The Great Gay Guerrilla War appears to be over...for now.
As we reported last week, gay Houstonians were banding together to target one "straight" bar and flood it, part of a phenomenon that's happened in LA and New York. The picked out the Union Bar in Midtown, and results were complicated.
Gays were saying that as many as 100 of them were left outside in the rain; the Union Bar people said they had no room for more and emphasized their gay-friendliness.
Now, peace has been declared.
In the Facebook page United Against Union Bar, which will go defunct tomorrow, a joint statement of detente has been issued.
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It reads in part:
"Due to a miscommunication between management of Union Bar and Lounge and the door staff, we acknowledge that actions by the door staff caused an unintended perception of discriminatory actions towards the gay and lesbian community. We wholeheartedly did not want or intend for this to happen. We also acknowledge that this unintended action caused hurt and bad feeling within the gay and lesbian community towards Union Bar and it staff. We also extend this apology to all of our regular gay and lesbian customers who may have been hurt by this misunderstanding," [said an unnamed Union Bar rep.]
"We deeply appreciate Union Bar and Lounge coming to us to clear up this incident," said Kris Banks, president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus. "We accept Union Bar's explanation that miscommunication was at the heart of the problem. We understand that there was no discriminatory intent, but circumstances led to a strong perception that we were excluded because of our sexual orientation.'
"Our community is sensitive to discrimination, an understandable sentiment given the unfinished nature of our civil rights movement. Discrimination still exists, and should be addressed with legislation like House Bill 2215. We were happy to hear that the owners of Union Bar and Lounge are supporters of this legislation 100%."
The Union Bar turns out to be so damn gay (or hungry for business), it's holding a fundraiser for groups supporting the bill sometime soon.
Now, we'll see what happens with whatever bar gets to be the target of Round 2.