Gay rights groups are calling for a boycott after an Atlanta bar denied entry to a popular cross dressing performer.
A bouncer at Don Pollo Bar and Grill on Buford Highway denied entry to drag queen performer Alissah Brooks, whose driver’s license identified him as a male, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“My reaction is simply just surprised… So it feels awkward,” Brooks told Project Q Atlanta. ” (I) Feel a little less than.”
Brooks and his friends walked back to their cars after the encounter with the bouncer. But one friend returned to the door to pester the bouncer with questions — and videotape his answers.
From The AJC.com:
In the video, a restaurant representative tells Brooks’ friends the bouncer was right to turn her away. “Yeah, we can do that,” he says. “We have the right to be selective… We can do that. We’re private property. We have the right to do that.”
The video, along with Brooks’ account of the incident on her Facebook page, has prompted droves of supporters to admonish the restaurant on social media sites.
The news has spread quickly. One user posted the following review to Don Pollo’s Facebook page: “Civil Rights for all Americans, from your friends in Canada. I hope to hear that this bigoted dump goes out of business just like other bigoted establishments in the recent past!”
Brooks told Project Q she will not sue the bar over the incident. “I’m just spreading the word so everyone is aware,” she said.”I’m not seeking a lawsuit. Just awareness. Hopefully an apology and maybe they can be more sensitive to other girls like myself.”
Gay marriage is not legal in Georgia, and adult establishments that serve liquor can bar anyone from entering if they don’t have the proper identification.
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