Dallas Airbnb host suspended after denying gay couple – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Airbnb is investigating a Dallas-based host after a potential guest says he was denied reservation because of his sexual orientation

“I love trying to book a [Airbnb] with my boyfriend in Dallas and have this as an answer to our reservation,” Curtis Kimberlin Jr. posted on Twitter.

The tweet was accompanied by a screenshot where the host replied to his post with, “So I’m hosting two men who sleep together…right?”

According to Kimberlin, the man rejected their Airbnb request soon after.

In a statement to NBCDFW.com, Airbnb said the host has been suspended from the platform as it investigates the matter. Additionally, Airbnb has contacted affected guests.

“We operate a strict non-discrimination policy, and when a potential violation of this policy is brought to our attention, we investigate and take action, including expulsion from our community,” the company said in a statement. communicated.

Last month, Airbnb released a six-year update on their work to fight against discrimination and make the company more inclusive. Airbnb also has previously stated that hosts “cannot refuse guests based on their sexual orientation or gender identity”

In response to Kimberlin’s tweet, Hilton Hotels and even another Airbnb host asked for help and their own offers.

“Curtis – if you and your partner still need help with a staycation, we’ve got you,” Hilton said in a tweet.

“If you ever need to come back to Dallas, I’d be happy to host you and your boyfriend!” a Twitter user replied with a link to their Bishop Arts list.

It’s unclear where Kimberlin ended up staying on her trip to Dallas. NBCDFW.com has contacted him for further comment.

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