Friday, May 25, 2012

L.A. Bar Bans Bachelorette Parties

The Abbey, one our popular gay bars in L.A., has put their disco boot down on wedding bells bliss. The top bar is banning Bachelorette parties.

Here's a statement from the owner, David Cooley:

Every Friday and Saturday night, we’re flooded with requests from straight girls in penis hats who want to ogle our gogos, dance with the gays and celebrate their pending nuptials. They are completely unaware that the people around them are legally prohibited from getting married. Over the past 22 years, The Abbey has been a place that accepts everyone, gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and everything in between. We love our straight girlfriends and they are welcome here, just not for bachelorette parties. It has long been a policy at The Abbey to deny admission to groups in costume, including  regalia. 
Bachelorette parties had previously been allowed inside if they removed their costumes. The Abbey's Bachelorette Ban comes on the heels of a ban on Gay Marriage in North Carolina and a number of other states across the south. The Abbey encourages other gay-owned and operated establishments to institute their own bans as a sign of solidarity until Marriage is legal everywhere for everyone.
I think it's fair. Why host a wedding parties for some, when you can't host for all?


Cubby said...

Banning anyone from a public place is bad policy and un-American. Would it not be better if bar owners and management and patrons spent time talking to the women and showed them how holding a bachelorette party in a gay bar is like rubbing salt in our wounds? After hearing this description and being reminded that we lack the basic civil right of marriage, they'll get the message and leave. Plus they'll tell their friends about the injustice we suffer and word will get around that holding bachelorette parties at gay bars is a bad idea.

Bob said...

I think their statement makes it very clear: we all need to be equal.

GeorgiaUnity said...

I wish Cubby's world existed.

Barring that, let's be frank; an across-the-board ban on sales to breeders is the way to hit folks where they understand it.

If straight people stopped getting their hair cut, their flowers delivered, their food made (and delivered,) their taxes done, their yard work done, etc., then they might decide to see that they need to change.

Appealing to people's sense of justice doesn't work if they don't have one.

R.J. said...

Having a bachelorette party in a place where the regulars can't get married is the same as rubbing Prop Hate in their faces. I support this.

behrmark said...

It's about freaking time that one of our WeHo establishments stands up against the All Mighty Dollar. Kudos!

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