Published: April 12, 2007
First off, let me start by saying I’m not straight, but a gay male who would have never expected to find bigotry at one of San Francisco’s best gay bars, The Eagle, but that’s the case.
Tuesday, April 3 two female friends and I decided to take a trip out to the city. Hailing from the central valley, this was a much needed escape. The three of us—my best friend’s sister and my current girlfriend (some call me bi)—decided to visit the gay bars near our hotel at 9th and Harrison. I I’ve always loved The Eagle, my kind of place. Good music, great outdoor area, makes me feel like I’m out in the mountains at a lodge somewhere, a great atmosphere.
But what it made up for in decor, it lacked in friendliness. We were being looked at in a way that brought about this uncomfortable energy, then we were finally asked the question, “What are you doing here?”
The bartender even got into it and began telling us to leave. “You’re straight, you need to find a straight bar, you don’t belong here.”
I spoke up, I’m gay, but why should that even matter?
“You’re not gay, liars.”
I think saying that I got pissed might be an understatement. After a good hour of arguing with a couple lesbians who started it all and the rude bartender, we decided to leave.
I was embarrassed for my female friends. I was upset at the fact that the poor girls’ first experience out here was an hour of trying to stick up for themselves and their right to drink a beer wherever they wanted. I was pissed at the fact that San Francisco—a place where acceptance and love was supposed to inspire the rest of the nation—was full of these kind of people. Gay tolerance? I think it all went down the toilet with this handful of people who treated us like this.
The Eagle should be ashamed of themselves for hiring such creeps to work there. They should be embarrassed to allow that kind of hatred in there, and not do anything about it.For us out-of-towners, who try and love everyone, we’re left with a bad taste in our mouths. Shame!
Thank you for reading.Jr. Aron
Central Valley, CA
Hmmm .....Central Valley, CA .....isn't that covering a lot of ground????
generally displeasant *lookie-loo* bothering the other people in the bar by taking a bunch of flash pics that they didn't want to be involved in, and being crass about it......after we booted your rude ass out, you went to the powerhouse and got into a fight with a bartender there.
whatever with this obnoxiously earnest, hallmark card ....get something done about that dry socket and maybe the bad taste will go away.