Thursday, June 18, 2009
I found this article to be quite interesting.
The owner of the Chicago gay bar Cocktail prohibits bacherlorette parties in this club. He says that although this causes him to lose money, he feels its important enough not to have these soon-to-be-brides flaunting their upcoming nuptials in the faces of his patrons who can not marry.
I give him credit for risking a financial loss for the sake of his principles, something most businesses can't afford to do these days.
Down the block from Cocktail is Circuit, a gay bar that not only welcomes bachelorettes, it goes out of the way to actually advertise its Sat night go-go boy show to bachelorette parties. Circuit's owner says banning bachelorette parties doesn't accomplish Cocktail's purpose of educating heteros about gay's inability to marry, so he welcomes the brides-to-be. Personally, I don't like this because it seems like a 'sell out' to the heteros, and also because I find it annoying when bachelorette parties invade my space.
Then, perhaps somewhere in the middle of these, is Washington DC's Town Danceboutique. When bachelorette partiers enter Town they are asked to sign a petition in support of gay marriage, which Owner Ed Bailey sends to the customer's representative in Congress. Bailey claims he's never had anyone refuse to sign.
Now, that's pretty clever!
But as a gay man, I get really annoyed by drunken hetero females hanging out in gay clubs. Yeah, gay clubs may have the best music, the best drag shows, and provide females with a place to 'let loose' without fear of being groped by hetero men, but that is NOT their purpose. Their purpose is to provide a safe and fun place for gays to hang out and be entertained, without fear of being bashed by heteros.
I have nothing against heteros (hell, my parents are heteros!) but sometimes its just nice to hang out with folks 'like me'.
Which of the three approaches above makes the most sense to you?
Crush du Jour: Szabi