Chris Driscoll, the owner of Sircuit Bar and Mollies Dinner on Smith Street in Melbourne, has been forced to offer an apology after the venue was lit up in blue last Thursday to honour the memory of gay police officer Glen Humphris who along with three of his colleagues were killed in an accident on the Eastern Freeway last year.

The Facebook post by Smith Street gay bar, Sircuit, that received a backlash.

Bar Owner Apologises

A torrent of abuse began flooding the Sircuit’s social media channels. Comments described the venues’ actions as “vomit”, “gross” while also asking management to “read the room”.

The backlash was so swift, that the venue has now blocked any further comments being posted on its Facebook page.

Another social media user declared it as an “absolutely abhorrent statement to make. Why not stand in the fight to stop black deaths in custody instead of supporting oppressors? The queer community will never stand with cops.”

Another user posted “White gay men proving, yet again, that they will always be white men before they are anything else. Truly the weak link in the movement.”

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 Driscoll in response to the outrage posted that Humphris was a “Sircuit regular and a valued member of our community and is missed”.

Smith Street gay bar Circuit posted an apology for its tribute to Victoria Police.

“We would like to acknowledge that the way that was chosen to remember Glen has deeply affected our community, and this was never the intention. We will do better. We always want to welcome all our LGBTQI+ community and provide as safe a space for our community as possible.”

Sircuit also announced it would be making a donation to Black Rainbow, a national organisation supporting Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander LGBQTI+SB (Sistergirls and Brotherboys) while also announcing that in the coming days and weeks, the venue would be in contact with community leaders to further its scope of inclusion and continue to provide support to other LGBTQI organisations.

 

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