is saying “I don’t” to bachelorette parties.
Calling it an offensive heterosexual tradition that flaunts marriage inequality in the face of gays and lesbians, the trendy Boystown bar is now banning bachelorette parties from its premises.
“Every Friday and Saturday night, we’re flooded with requests from straight girls in penis hats who want to ogle our go-gos, dance with the gays and celebrate their pending nuptials. They are completely unaware that the people around them are legally prohibited from getting married,” Abbey founder David Cooley said in a press statement.
While bachelorette parties are banned, The Abbey, which has been named the Best Gay Bar in the World by MTV’s Logo, will continue to welcome straight people.
“Over the past 22 years, The Abbey has been a place that accepts everyone, gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and everything in between,” Cooley said. “We love our straight girlfriends and they are welcome here, just not for bachelorette parties.”
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.
The Abbey is also encouraging other gay-owned and operated establishments to institute their own bans as a sign of solidarity until marriage is legal everywhere for everyone.