Tuesday, August 5, 2014

This Dog Has Finally Bitten Its Own Tail

Unfortunately it's a dog that is rabid and is going to continue snapping and biting.

A gay bar in Colorado is in trouble with the state because it didn't allow a man wearing drag onto its premises. It's the state versus bears. Read about it at reason.com.
The state's report notes that the bar has a dress code forbidding high-heeled shoes, wigs or appearance-altering make-up or strong perfumes. While the report states there's nothing wrong with the dress code itself, it has determined that the bar uses this code as an excuse to exclude overly feminine women or transgender people. The Wrangler is a "bear" bar, whose target demographic is the burlier of the gay men. What's alarming about the ruling is that it seems to act as though catering to a particular demographic is in fact evidence of a likelihood of discriminating against others. 
This case is a good demonstration as to why it's so important to hold a hard line on the right to freedom of association. The Wrangler should have the right to pursue whatever customer demographic it wants for its bar. And if the community finds it significantly discriminatory, they can use social pressures to push for change...
More at the Denver Post.

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