We spent most of the day Saturday with my large extended family in a very small town, at a pool, little kids running around everywhere. The place where they were attacked was more than a nightclub—it is a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights. Your session is about to expire. Now image that you wanted to do what straight people often do, meet someone, hang out, maybe even have some sexy-time. If I was not game or the person was hostile I would have either not had the opportunity to try and meet someone, or had a blood nose. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to get away from that. Described as a place to meet "others without the stress of having to drink loads as well," these types of sober gatherings might take you way out of your comfort zone, but it's weirdly comforting to know that everyone will probably be feeling that way, too not something you can say about your local gay watering hole.
And so far I've had one person Rainbow Paul actually respond to the actual topic I wanted to discuss.
You'll also find aggression, judgment, shade, prejudice, side-eye, rejection, and heartbreak. If policing bathrooms for trans people was ridiculous, is policing bars to verify the sexuality of patrons any less so? And its true — the reason you go to a gay bar or bring your straight friends to a gay bar is because of the appeal a gay bar has.
This is ridiculous.