You think the (Double) Standard Hotel was moronic for telling a guy with a ladies’ bag that he had to check it because it wasn’t gay night?
Well, get a load of what William Angel Bailey (Jada Valenciaga) wrote on Facebook about an attempt to go to Pulse karaoke bar on West 41st Street.
“Calling all gay, lesbian, transgendered, bisexual, or ANYONE who is a supporter:
“Last night I tried to go to a friends birthday party at PULSE in drag before I had to be at work. I was not allowed in after being told by the bouncer that ‘they don’t accept my kind’ and following that he proceeded to call me a stripper and say that they have a dress code.
“I proceeded to put on BOY clothes in front of the Bar in order to see my friend and he says ‘We have a dress code.’
“Yet according to another friend who was there, there were boys in jeans and sneakers, which is what I had changed into.
“Needless to say it was one of the most humiliating moments in my life.
“PLEASE send me every number to every LGBT center and organization in NYC. This kind of ignorance cannot and will not stand. We have fought too long just to take 3 steps back. IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE!”
PS: I’ve asked Pulse bar for comment and will relay it when they respond.
Photo: Leland Bobbe
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 16, 2012