I wanted to write about this great idea but Jim Burroway beat me to the punch. I guess in the longrun, he saved me the trouble of saying much more than this is nonviolence at it’s best. Even when the partipants don’t know they are taking a part in nonviolent direct action, they are…
This is a group of gays and lesbians who target one bar, once a month, go and have a social…..Did I mention it is a straight bar?
ABC News has a fun article about “Guerrilla Gay Bar” in Washington, D.C. It’s a phenomenon that began in San Francisco among gay men and women who grew tired of segregating themselves at the same old watering holes. So they gathered up a couple hundred friends and started going to a straight bars. It’s spread to several cities across the country:
There is strength in numbers. [D.C. organizers] believe many people who come to Guerrilla events would be afraid to otherwise venture socially outside of gay bars. “Especially early on, we got a lot of e-mails from people saying, ‘What if I get beat up?’” Jones said. That’s never happened.
…The neighbors are noticing. Alan Dickey and his wife, Ann, play pool at Black Cat every weekend… His wife said she loved the concept, but confessed that she didn’t see anything too different about tonight’s crowd. “It’s really busy, the energy is really up. It’s really wonderful,” she said.
Good article, but ABC News accompanied it with a very unfortunate poll: “Should Gay Patrons Go to Straight Bars?” Only if they use separate restrooms I guess?
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