I wrote this the other night and sent it but I will just add a bit more. Firstly, females have not been banned, only straights.
Secondly, here is a cut and past from an acquaintance's experiences.
Here are three instances that I recall from my experiences at a GAY club:
3 years ago, in the men’s room 2 heterosexual man where making a joke of the fact they would not use the taps because the poofters had their hands on them, and they didn’t want to catch aids. I said in a friendly tone, that wasn’t very nice, one of them took a mouthful of beer and sprayed it at me (it was in the peel BTW).
At another mixed venue in Commercial Road recently, I was pushed over at the urinal by a conga line of pissed straight girls all screaming through the men’s toilet trying to see a bit of male penis.
And once more at the peel, where it is clearly marked as MEN ONLY upstairs, 3 women making a rush up the stairs before they got caught and removed. I was pushed to the ground as they made their dash.
I am not really sure about this exclusion ruling for the Peel Hotel but via tv news tonight and learning that hen's parties are attending really galvanises my thoughts.
Your view of the ruling was quite clear.
I don't go to bars anymore. I'm too old and they don't interest me now. But back when I did, I can recall times when there were straight girls around in the bars and they made for an unpleasant experience. Not particularly for anything that they could be thrown out for. Just young straight girls behaving as they do. I also recall the straight guys they attracted and they could be quite nasty, but again nothing that they could be thrown out for.
This is supposed to be my space. A place where I can be obvious and not feel uncomfortable. Why is it being invaded?
The worst was at Mardi Gras party in the early or mid nineties. Subsequently, policies were introduced to restrict the number of straight people but not with a lot of success.
I can think of many females who I would quite happily take to the Peel, but I fully understand why they have pushed for this ruling.
My view is probably unfashionable now where gays mix with straights in many clubs (I think). But Jon, you are a person who normally comes across as someone who feels empathy. Really though, I doubt you can understand the importance of gay male only space, for some gay guys anyway.