No entry for LGBTQIA+ community in Virat Kohli’s restaurant ! Indian skipper lands in big trouble

Nothing is going right for Virat Kohli and his fans. After giving up his T20I captaincy and India’s disappointing display in the T20 World Cup 2021, there are rumours that he might have to give up his ODI captaincy as well. However he has now been subject to some off the field controversies as well with his chain of restaurants named One8.

Virat Kohli’s Restaurant chain One8 has been accused of being against the LGBTQIA+ which is a very grave accusation in 2021. An Instagram page which acts as a voice for the members of the LGBTQIA+ in India called ‘Yes We Exist’ recently posted about the matter and it got viral in no time gaining much traction and the news spread like wildfire.

Let us first see what the page has said in it’s post.

“Virat Kohli runs a chain of restaurants, called One8 Commune, across Pune, Delhi Kolkata. Their Zomato listings say, ‘Stags are not allowed’”.

“We DM’ed (direct messaged) them 2 weeks ago, got no response. We called the Pune branch, they confirmed that entry is not allowed only for cisgender heterosexual couples or groups of cisgender woman; gay couples or a group of gay men are not allowed; trans women allowed subject to their clothing.”

“Discrimination against LGBTQIA+ guests is common at such fancy restaurants, bars and clubs in India, and Virat Kohli is no exception.”

In 2019, Zomato launched an LGBTQIA friendly tag for restaurants that don’t discriminate against their community. And this tag was what marked Virat Kohli’s restaurant as unsuitable for ‘stags’

The post also mentioned that they have attempted to ‘sensitise’ Virat Kohli by writing to Zomato.

“We have emailed Zomato asking if they have attempted to sensitise Virat Kohli. We shall share an update here once we hear back,” the post read.