24 July 2014

Intolerant Gay Bar Threw Out Straight Couple for Kissing

Never Mind Club
Gays argue that if too many straights come to their clubs, they won't have a place of their own. So what did they do when straight couple walk in? They threw them out!

It's Friday night way back in April 2012 and 21-year-old Danielle Young has just left the nightclub Never Mind – a gay club in central Copenhagen known for its partying. She's straight, but says places like Never Mind appeal to her.

"Here I can be left alone without anyone feeling me up or trying to make a pass. It's also easier to let your hair down, because there’s always someone who’s crazier than me,” she said.

Inside, the entire club is moving. Some nights the party continues until 10:00 A.M., and attracts so many heterosexuals that the homosexuals find themselves outnumbered, which happened at one point on this particular night. Last weekend, the frustration culminated when a straight couple was thrown out of the bar for kissing and told that such behavior was "frowned upon".

"I know that we need equal rights, but this is a gay bar," said the club's owner, Christian Carlsen. "We obviously have a lot of guests who aren't homosexuals and that's fine as long as they understand that this is a gay bar. The gays can't go to so many other places to meet each other. See, for instance, what would happen if two men walk into Pub & Sport and start making out. That’s why I really can't see the big problem in this."

The case of the straight kissing couple has caused a hefty debate about whether it is a double standard for gays to demand equal rights while gay bars retain the right to remain primarily for homosexuals. When Carlsen took over the Never Mind three years ago, only three out of ten guests was a homosexual. The same situation occurred at another well-attended gay bar in Copenhagen, Cosy Bar, until the owner changed the music style and started sorting people at the door. Today, Cosy Bar’s owner says half the guests are homosexuals, though he would like that number to be 15 percent.

"People think gays in Denmark is so tolerant with gay people, but try walking inside a gay bar and kiss your partner who is of opposite sex. Gays spit and yell at you. It's happened to everyone who tries to be support gays in their bars," said a straight person who witnessed the couple being thrown out.

On several online posts, many expressed support to a user who identified himself as 'Going Straight' and said: "I think it's fantastic that you can bring your friends – which for many gay men means girlfriends – to the club, but f**k it’s annoying that every gay wants to throw out a paying straight couple. This just shows how dedicated the gays are in showing their prejudiced against those who do not accept their perception and principles. Maybe it is time for straight clubs to also do the same and throw gay couples for fondling each other in public."

"Let's take back the straight bars and impose a quota of one gay person for every 5 straight paying customers," he added.