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Straight man banned for not being gay?

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Fortunately in many ways, times have changed. In the past, gays were discriminated against by straight people. Now one South Florida man says he is being banned from a gay club because he is straight. Is that legal to do? It's why he called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.

WSVN -- You can say a lot of things about Omar Rajpute, but one thing you can't call him is modest.

Omar Rajpute: "Forgive me if I'm bragging about myself but I mean with all this feedback, I can openly say that girls love me."

And why do girls love you Omar?

Omar Rajpute: "I'm a good dancer, dance with the girls, have a good time, they take pictures with me, they add me on Facebook."

No doubt, Omar can dance. Whether it's on a sidewalk on Ocean Drive with a girl that walks by, on the hit TV show X-Factor, where he was a contestant, or in shows where he impersonates Prince and Michael Jackson.

Omar Rajpute: "I do impersonations. I don't look like it right now. I transform into Michael Jackson, transform into Prince.

When he is not being paid to perform, Omar likes to go to nightclubs to dance for fun. His favorite? Gay clubs.

Omar Rajpute: "Gay clubs have good music, good dance music. You can wear whatever you want. I can wear this, I can wear my shirt upside down, I have a little tattoo here that I like to show off that is a heart."

Omar loves the gay clubs, says the women love him, but one club manager at a South Beach gay club is not so enamored with Omar.

Omar Rajpute: "I would go there to dance and of course I'm the center of the attention. One of the managers is cool with me but another manager seemed like he didn't like me."

Omar says the manager told him he was not buying enough alcohol and was bothering the girls.

Omar Rajpute: "Sometimes he would tell me I'm harassing girls, 'Which one? Really? I'm dating her.' And you know, girls would kiss me now and then. I think when they see a straight guy kissing the girls, maybe they don't like a straight guy in there, you know what I mean?"

Omar says he was then told that he was banned from the club and he says it's clear why.

Omar Rajpute: "They told me because I'm straight. That is one of the reasons."

A guy banned from a gay club, because he says, he is not gay. Not fair Omar says.

Omar Rajpute: "If a guy can't go to a straight club there would be all this commotion, gay rights, this and that and then I feel this is happening to a straight guy."

Well Howard, I don't remember getting this question before. Can you ban a guy from a gay club, because he is not gay?

Howard Finkelstein: "In most parts of the country, yes you can. But not in Dade, Broward, Palm Beach or Monroe counties, because they each have a law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation. Meaning, you can ban a gay person from a club and you can not ban a straight person from a club."

We spoke to a manager at Twist who told us 'I think Omar is good person at heart and does a good Michael Jackson impression.'

Then he was blunt...

He said Omar is not allowed into Twist because he is a nuisance. That he does not seem to have funds to buy his own drinks and solicits drinks from other guests and staff. 'We receive complaints from other customers, male and female that he is annoying and bothers them.'

He then added, people from all walks life; gay, straight, male, female have been welcomed since Twist opened its doors in 1993.

Howard Finkelstein: "The club can absolutely bar him for not buying drinks and bothering customers, in other words interfering with the clubs money, they can absolutely do that. That's not discrimination, that's running a business."

Cut the music, Omar is disappointed.

Omar Rajpute: "This is America. We all have our rights and I don't think it's right what they're doing. Yeah, I would like to go back to the club but if they don't want me there."

Patrick Fraser: "Well Howard says Omar is not a victim of discrimination but if you feel you are, whether it's race, religion, age, sexual orientation, you can file a complaint in Miami-Dade or Broward.

Dancing around trying to get a straight answer from someone? Don't discriminate. Contact us. We don't brag, just modestly try to help you.

With this Help Me Howard, I'm Patrick Fraser, 7News.

Miami-Dade Discrimination Complaint
http://www.miamidade.gov/humanrights/human-rights-complaints.asp

Broward Discrimination Complaint
http://www.broward.org/Intergovernmental/Pages/EmploymentHousingDiscrimination.aspx

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