A Brisbane Hotel has responded to the recent controversy surrounding Melbourne club Poof Doof by allowing all of their staff to be photographed in burgundy t-shirts and chino pants to show it doesn’t matter what people wear, all are welcome.
The controversy erupted two weeks ago when an old Poof Doof photography brief surfaced that demanded photographers take photos of guys with “big muscles” but ignoring women and skinny boys in burgundy t-shirts and chinos.
The brief has since been slammed and pushed the owners of Poof Doof to apologise and publish their new policies.
Off the back of the furore, Brisbane Photographer Dylan Hodgon has created the Burgundy Top n Chinos (#BTnC) movement to promote unity and celebrate the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community and even Allies.
Hodgon asked his co-workers at the Sportsman Hotel in Brisbane to take part in the #BTnC movement and last Friday all the staff turned up for work proudly wearing their Burgundy Tops n’ Chinos.
Hodgon said the catalyst for the movement was one negative statement that was intended to divide and exclude.
“I’ve flipped this statement on its end and am now using it to unify our broad community through a series of photos with one reoccurring theme – Burgundy Tops & Chinos,” Hodgon explained.
“It was the most amazing feeling, turning up to work and seeing everyone so ready to get on board with this silly little idea of mine, and the response from the patrons was just as heartwarming.”
The Sportsman Hotel is Brisbane’s only gay owned and operated Hotel, winning Brisbane Pride ‘s licenced venue of the year award 17 of the past 18 years.
The venue, which is turning 30 in November, has also worked closely with a number of local charities and non-for-profits such as QUAC, Open Doors, QPP and Brisbane Pride.
Along with his work at the Sportsman Hotel, Hodgon also works as a studio photographer at Urban Jungle Studios in Brisbane and the studio has been happy to support this great initiative and provide the studio space free of charge for the shoots.
Hodgon is doing individual photo shoots for anyone who wants to take part in the #BTnC movement.
“It’s great to be getting support from the business I work at and I’m encouraging other businesses and people to organise nights like the Sportsman Hotel have done”
The pictures taken to date are posted on the Facebook Group “Burgundy Top n Chinos” which already has 320 members following.