Houston Bar Refuses To Admit Gays

Houston Bar Refuses To Admit Gays

There are 762 comments on the queersunited.blogspot.com story from Mar 14, 2009, titled Houston Bar Refuses To Admit Gays. In it, queersunited.blogspot.com reports that:

The Union Bar Lounge in midtown Houston, Texas refused to serve nearly 100 gay patrons, leaving them to wait in the rain while the bar was empty and heterosexuals were being ushered inside.

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“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#1 Mar 14, 2009
Sounds like unbeatable PR for Gorilla Gay nights!
Creative1

South San Francisco, CA

#2 Mar 14, 2009
It is amazing to find such blatant, up front discrimination in the 21st Century. They might want to consider opening a bar in other enlightened areas like Saudi Arabia or Iran. They treat gays and lesbians in a way the people at Union Bar might find very comfortable.

But then again, they are already in Texas
Sir Andrew

Ewa Beach, HI

#3 Mar 14, 2009
Wow. Homophobia in Texas. I'm stunned. Next thing you know they'll become the execution capital of the world.
RJ in STL

Ballwin, MO

#4 Mar 14, 2009
Poor Houston tries so hard to be the big city with liberal and cosmopolitan attitudes but after all it is in TEXAS

“laugh until your belly hurts”

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#5 Mar 14, 2009
so, please explain to me why over a hundred people, gay or straight, would wait in the rain to get into a bar... why didn't they either simply go to another bar or go home? houstin's full of bars.

“equality for ALL means ALL”

Since: Jan 07

Fort Lauderdale FL

#6 Mar 14, 2009
As if any place in Houston is worth waiting in line to get in. ROFL.
equalityboy81

United States

#7 Mar 14, 2009
I don't see why they didn't put a sign out stating all of the categories they refuse to serve. If they didn't want to serve me then I wouldn't bother trying to give them my gay money. I wouldn't want to visit a place like that in the first place.

“The Buybull is innerrrent.”

Since: Jun 08

King Of Prussia, PA

#8 Mar 14, 2009
When I saw the headline I though it meant the "Bar" for attorneys to join.

And speaking of lawyers...I smell litigation! Praiz!

Barry Soetoro

Since: Jan 09

Mombassa, Kenya

#10 Mar 14, 2009
The queersunited blog reads: "Gays had to wait in the rain, even as 'straight-appearing' people were ushered inside." What does a 'straight' person look like? If being gay is so normal and natural, how does one look straight or gay? What a load of crap.

Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions.
MrSir69

United States

#11 Mar 15, 2009
Im Confused, Is my "American Dollar" Gay,Str8,Bi or Lesbian ?( The story sounds fishy to me , NO "GAYS" would ever stand in the rain and let thier hair do's get soggy )

“The Buybull is innerrrent.”

Since: Jun 08

King Of Prussia, PA

#12 Mar 15, 2009
Barry Soetoro wrote:
What does a 'straight' person look like?...Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions.
Good, then you won't mind if we discriminate against you ignorant bigots as you have done against gays and lesbians. Praiz!

The blog makes it clear that a group of gays and lesbians showed up en masse, so in this context str8 appearing would be "not part of the self identified group."

Nevertheless, glad to hear you've dropped your homophobic generalizations about gays and lesbians...since you now can't imagine what str8 appearing (and thus gay appearing) would be like. Praiz!
MrSir69

United States

#13 Mar 15, 2009
The "Str8's" showed up in last years fashions (?),... OR,..In Flannel (?)
Lilllith

Portland, OR

#14 Mar 15, 2009
Apparently the bar owner has a ton of cash burning a hole in his pockets he wants to spend on legislation. It's a free country. Nothing stopping bigots from giving away their money for being stupid. If he's lucky, he will just get a fine, and survive, and be forced to comply with the law. Or, he might end up losing his business if he can't afford the leagl fees when he loses the case(s). But, it's his livelihood, so no worries. It might be nice if more bigots would act out like this, because it would just mean more of them would be bankrupted by their own stupidity.
Lilllith

Portland, OR

#16 Mar 15, 2009
How does the bar know what? WTF RU talking abt?
The bar is being discriminatory and will pay the price in the courts for their stupidity and homophobia. So, like I said, it's a free country. If they want to shovel beaucoup cash to the courts to defend their stupidty, let 'em. They will lose every time.

Since: Feb 09

Location hidden

#17 Mar 15, 2009
Barry Soetoro wrote:
What does a 'straight' person look like?
Gay looks like two men together or two women together and straight looks like a man and a woman together. It is even easier to tell if they are holding hands or kissing.

My elderly gay uncle tells me that in San Francisco when the cops would raid a bar the gay men would stand next to the gay women and pretend to be a couple. The cops would let these 'straight' couples leave but anyone not matched up would get their name in the paper the next day. One bar owner was arrested and he asked the judge to look out into the room and tell him who is gay and who is not. The charges were dismissed against him running a gay bar. All the Lesbians carried lip stick and if the bar was raided they would put it on as the cops were bashing heads to prove their were straight and should be let free to go.

Could I make that up?

What I don't understand is why these 100 gay patrons didn't support a gay establishment for dinner and a drink?

And I would not be so quick to bash Houston when the problem is Christianity.
stan

San Diego, CA

#19 Mar 15, 2009
Read the yelp comment from the owner. Guy has reservation for 50 peeps. Shows up with over 200. Legal capacity is 110 otherwise city/fire marshall will shut him down. Other people have reservations. See a problem?

Since: Nov 08

Roanoke, VA

#20 Mar 15, 2009
Discrimination is as discrimination does. Personally I would not have waited in the rain. After reading the yelp page seems like someplace I would not want to go anyway. If they are allowing entrance based on their perception of anything that can be construed at a door, not my place. Way too superficial. And the posts on the yelp page support that superficial attitude. As for Texas being rough & tough, LOL. Way back in the 70's there were tons of GLBT folks. Texas is just in denial, ot at least Quite Frankly is anyway. As Gallagher the comic said, "There is little difference between a lady in a party hat and a man in a cowboy hat & boots." Both have heels on, a huge hat, and a tude. It's all in the elbos, LOL.

“STFU”

Since: May 07

Atlanta, GA

#21 Mar 15, 2009
stan wrote:
Read the yelp comment from the owner. Guy has reservation for 50 peeps. Shows up with over 200. Legal capacity is 110 otherwise city/fire marshall will shut him down. Other people have reservations. See a problem?
Sorry, don't buy the owner's story. And the yelp from the supposed "gay guy" claiming some sort of planning meeting is bogus as well, no doubt the owner or an employee trying to place blame somewhere else. I have friends who are in Houston and were at this place on the night in question. My friends were inside and heard/saw everything. Sure, by fire code they couldn't have let EVERYONE in, but they were letting in "str8" couples and single women who looked bimbo-ish but none of the obviously gay men or women standing outside were allowed.
Houston

Houston, TX

#22 Mar 15, 2009
Lilllith wrote:
How does the bar know what? WTF RU talking abt?
The bar is being discriminatory and will pay the price in the courts for their stupidity and homophobia. So, like I said, it's a free country. If they want to shovel beaucoup cash to the courts to defend their stupidty, let 'em. They will lose every time.
How do you know so much about it? Were you there? Did you fly down from Oregon and witness the event?

You know how misleading the media can be at times. Why don't you wait until you get the whole story before you make assumptions and bash other people? That doesn't sound very tolerant to me. Or does tolerance only apply to certain people/groups at certain times?

This isn't about Houston or Texas and the millions of people living in both. It is about one, sorry to admit, not so great bar and one side of the story.

All of you people who took this story as a chance to bash Houston or Texas need to grow the hell up and bring your self-righteous asses down from your pedestal. There are homophobic morons living in every town, every state, and every nation. If you are gay you deserve the right to live your life however you want without harming others. But, being gay doesn't entitle you with carte blanche to criticize and stereotype others just because other people do it to you. THAT is hypocritical.

Since: Feb 07

Lansdale, PA

#23 Mar 15, 2009
stan wrote:
Read the yelp comment from the owner. Guy has reservation for 50 peeps. Shows up with over 200. Legal capacity is 110 otherwise city/fire marshall will shut him down. Other people have reservations. See a problem?
Read the article. The group called ahead and were expecting 100 people. The owner didn't seem to have an issue with the number of people or conflicts with other reservations then. And if the bar was empty as reported by those who did get inside, why not let in the paying customers waiting in the rain?

Open your eyes.

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