I’m very much a creature of habit, not entirely out of laziness, but more out of time management. I know I have a finite amount of time between tasks so I slot in the same things as required.
Wednesdays are no exception. It’s usually an early rise, lock the dog out the back, quick shower, feed the dog, eat my supplements then off to the gym for the trainer. After 90 minutes of sweating I stagger home to a very excited pooch. Still sweaty, I read my Sydney Star Observer to catch up on the news. I was stunned to read last week one of the problem clubs on Oxford St is now doing a ‘boys’ night. Confused, I re-read the advertisement numerous times. Being in one of our gay papers, I’m guessing the night is directed straight at us.
Is this the same club that has given our community so many problems? The one that a patron spat on me out the front of? Security guards who seem to see nothing and even jeer as you walk past?
I felt myself get angry. You’ve given us so much grief for so many years and now you want our money? Could it be that simple?
Settling myself, I tried to look at it objectively. Could this be a good thing? This would mean the majority of clubs at that end of Oxford St are gay. We have been whinging for more gay clubs. Now they are coming, what’s the problem?
Is it just me over-reacting once again or are there others out there who find this a little unsavoury?
Maybe the club has had enough of their troubled patrons and have decided it is time to move them out. With two very successful gay clubs either side, (one has been with the community for years, the other very new) it’s easy to see opening the doors could be an easy way to get them out.
But advertising a BoysBoysBoys night doesn’t necessarily make it gay. Will the club and staff be able to deal with boys kissing boys? Will girls feel safe being intimate without being leered at? Will a showgirl be able to enter the venue without ridicule?
Is this a move for our community or just a grab for our money?
I love change and I’m prepared to give everyone a second chance, but this venue really needs to work for it.

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