Take note, gay bars, The Abbey in West Hollywood has taken a stand against the scourge of bachelorette parties, as reported over at LAist. The bar has decided enough is enough, and despite being an enormous venue with room to spare most evenings for gays and straights alike, they're putting the kibosh on bachelorette fetes until marriage equality is gained across the country, and they're calling on other gay-owned establishment to take similar stands.
We noted some vocal opposition here in S.F. to the trend of brides coming to have their own shrill celebrations in Castro bars before their special day in the comments on our bar etiquette post, and we know there's been some tension here over this very issue namely gaggles of drunk women who seem to see gay bars as places for their entertainment, and go-go dancers as like strippers they don't have to pay for.
Abbey owner David Cooley writes in a press release that he's not trying to ban straight women, just not ones in tiaras who are there to celebrate their impending nuptials while gays and lesbians can not do the same.
It has long been a policy at The Abbey to deny admission to groups in costume, including Bachelorette 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.
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