Wanting to start a Guerilla Queer Bar group in Denver - other cities, got suggestions?

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    Sep 09, 2008 9:17 PM GMT
    Hey all-

    I'm considering starting a Guerilla Queer Bar group here in Denver ( ya know, where a bunch of us 'mo's secretly agree to all show up, en masse, at a normally "straight" bar for a few hours, socialize, and then depart )

    I know there's one in Austin, and a couple of other cities.

    I know it would be fun. Not in a snarky way, either.

    A couple of my friends have expressed concerns, though. "Would we get beat up?" is the #1 question.

    So I'm asking my RJ buddies from other cities to chime in - got any suggestions, thoughts, pointers, etc?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:35 PM GMT
    facebook - though some people aren't down being part of a group with homo affiliations but can be tied in with an....


    email group - folks who have friends who are interested in getting updates on events but aren't down with publicly showing they're part of the group can receive updates through regular email.
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    Sep 09, 2008 10:24 PM GMT
    jms84 saidfacebook - though some people aren't down being part of a group with homo affiliations but can be tied in with an....



    you can make groups private - so they dont show up on profiles.
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    Sep 09, 2008 10:59 PM GMT
    Fable said
    jms84 saidfacebook - though some people aren't down being part of a group with homo affiliations but can be tied in with an....



    you can make groups private - so they dont show up on profiles.


    that kinda defeats the purpose of random people finding the group through people joining.it's not meant to be a private friends only affair.
  • metlboy

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    Sep 09, 2008 11:41 PM GMT
    I don't understand this. How is it significantly different from just deciding to go to a bar with your friends?
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    Sep 09, 2008 11:50 PM GMT
    Start at Hooters. Those are always the most fun.
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    Sep 09, 2008 11:58 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX saidStart at Hooters. Those are always the most fun.

    OMG! If I have to walk into one more Hooters this year - I have gone far above my quota due to my softball team's... love of their "wings". icon_rolleyes.gif

    Yeah... that excuse has been exhausted!
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    Sep 10, 2008 12:30 AM GMT
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    XRuggerATX saidStart at Hooters. Those are always the most fun.

    OMG! If I have to walk into one more Hooters this year - I have gone far above my quota due to my softball team's... love of their "wings". icon_rolleyes.gif

    Yeah... that excuse has been exhausted!


    Hooters wings are the worst ever.
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    Sep 10, 2008 12:45 AM GMT
    I'm pretty sure Denver already has a Gorilla Gay Bar group that has been in existence for awhile. I've heard that it's a riot and have wanted to join in the fun. Unfortunately living up in the mountains makes coordinating the schedules a little tuff. You might find their schedule by googling them. And FYI Metlboy, the primary difference is that the group is usually big enough (i.e. Busload O' Boys) to effectively comandere a straight bar and "turn it gay" by shear numbers of men and of course the occasional drag queen.
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    Sep 10, 2008 1:36 AM GMT
    XRuggerATX said
    jaydub said
    XRuggerATX saidStart at Hooters. Those are always the most fun.

    OMG! If I have to walk into one more Hooters this year - I have gone far above my quota due to my softball team's... love of their "wings". icon_rolleyes.gif

    Yeah... that excuse has been exhausted!


    Hooters wings are the worst ever.


    I know there is a "breasts" joke in there somewhere, but we're not straight so we're going to have to let that one go...
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    Sep 10, 2008 2:51 AM GMT
    They have one in Charlotte. I don't know if it is still active. It was called take-over Friday. It became so large they had to start notifying the bars beforehand so they would staff up. They even did it at a strip club but I think the turn out was much less there. I only went to one but thought it was much better than going to one of the gay bars. If they can pull it off in Charlotte I'm sure you can do the same in Denver.
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    Sep 10, 2008 2:58 AM GMT
    XRuggerATX saidStart at Hooters. Those are always the most fun.

    LOL! --- I've never heard of this Guerilla Gay Bar movement before, but it's SO up my alley, I want to start one here if they don't already exist. In fact, I've been cooking up a scheme to upstage a production I have tickets to in November, basically in the same vein, but with no political merit whatsoever. We don't have Hooters here, never seen one (TG!), but we do have topless "Serveuses Sexxxy" breakfast diners in the East End that I've never been game to go to alone -- truckers, titties and screamers; what a hoot!
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    Sep 10, 2008 3:07 AM GMT
    Here is the web page of the Charlotte one:

    http://takeoverfriday.com/whatis.htm
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    Sep 10, 2008 3:36 AM GMT
    metlboy saidI don't understand this. How is it significantly different from just deciding to go to a bar with your friends?


    It's a larger group, and the gays kind of "take over" the bar which can be fun. In Austin at least, it seems like there's a more varied selection of people that go to GQB than go out to the standard gabars on a Saturday night.
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    Sep 10, 2008 3:47 AM GMT
    Wow I think this idea is brilliantly amazing. I would definatly be down if someone did something like that in St. Louis.
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    Sep 10, 2008 4:22 AM GMT
    metlboy saidI don't understand this. How is it significantly different from just deciding to go to a bar with your friends?


    haha exactly what I thought when I read it
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    Sep 10, 2008 6:23 AM GMT
    I'm doing it reverse in a couple weeks. Most of the events I throw attract a more straight, artsy crowd.

    I am throwing one of my events, with a burlesque show included, at a gay bar. I want trannies, 1/2 naked girls, topless straight boys, ravers and bull dykes to party together!

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    Sep 10, 2008 6:33 AM GMT
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    XRuggerATX saidStart at Hooters. Those are always the most fun.

    LOL! --- I've never heard of this Guerilla Gay Bar movement before, but it's SO up my alley, I want to start one here if they don't already exist. In fact, I've been cooking up a scheme to upstage a production I have tickets to in November, basically in the same vein, but with no political merit whatsoever. But... we don't have Hooters here, never seen one (TG!), but... we do have topless "serveuse sexxxy" breakfast diners in the East End that I've never been game to go to alone on my own. What a hoot that'd be!




    dude, i've been trying to convince my friends to go to one of those breakfast joints for a while now. but they all have girlfriends who are opposed... LAME.


    and too make sure i'm still on topic

    http://www.new.facebook.com/groups.php?src=fftb#/group.php?gid=5258460298

    that's the ottawa Gay-Fare group on facebook.
  • Hunter9

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    Sep 10, 2008 7:05 AM GMT
    BearCub17 said
    metlboy saidI don't understand this. How is it significantly different from just deciding to go to a bar with your friends?


    haha exactly what I thought when I read it


    laugh all you want... the point is those million dollar looks on the faces of those straight folks when they realized all of a sudden their local bar is full of homos. Then all the straights leave and the gays have a new venue for the night, rather than the same old gay bars everybody has been going to for years.
  • stevarino7

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    Sep 10, 2008 8:37 AM GMT
    Boston has recently started up on this again and it has been a really big success, from what I understand.

    http://groups.google.com/group/bostonguerrilla

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5757107804

    As said in here already, facebook seems the best way to go.
  • metlboy

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    Sep 11, 2008 8:09 PM GMT
    Hunter9 said
    BearCub17 said
    metlboy saidI don't understand this. How is it significantly different from just deciding to go to a bar with your friends?


    haha exactly what I thought when I read it


    laugh all you want... the point is those million dollar looks on the faces of those straight folks when they realized all of a sudden their local bar is full of homos. Then all the straights leave and the gays have a new venue for the night, rather than the same old gay bars everybody has been going to for years.


    I guess the bars I go to have a pretty mixed crowd anyway, so perhaps the charm is lost on me.
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    Sep 11, 2008 8:12 PM GMT
    Hunter9 said
    BearCub17 said
    metlboy saidI don't understand this. How is it significantly different from just deciding to go to a bar with your friends?


    haha exactly what I thought when I read it


    laugh all you want... the point is those million dollar looks on the faces of those straight folks when they realized all of a sudden their local bar is full of homos. Then all the straights leave and the gays have a new venue for the night, rather than the same old gay bars everybody has been going to for years.


    I have seen worlds collide and new understandings emerge from these events. The dive bars and super-hetero joints are always the most fun, if only because they are also the most frightening initially. The transformation in dymanic from 6pm to 9pm is remarkable.

    At Hooters, a couple of the Hooters girls overheard a gay slur by a straight patron during one of these events. I'll never forget seeing a straight meathead homophobe get called out, loudly, in a crowded restaurant by four Hooter's girls. They made a glaring example of him in front of everyone. That is an experience he'll never forget. Loser.
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    Sep 11, 2008 8:20 PM GMT
    Interesting idea. We have had this occur here in CT about 5 or 6 years ago. Queers just dropped by a coffee and tea bar in Hartford every Tuesday and word spread. Even with no announced gay night or advertising it's pretty much the spot to be on a Tuesday night for gays. A certain circle of people claim the credit for founding the gay night too.

    It's called Tsaines for anyone who might every drop by Hartford.
  • metlboy

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    Sep 11, 2008 9:08 PM GMT
    hobronto said
    metlboy saidI don't understand this. How is it significantly different from just deciding to go to a bar with your friends?


    It's a larger group, and the gays kind of "take over" the bar which can be fun. In Austin at least, it seems like there's a more varied selection of people that go to GQB than go out to the standard gabars on a Saturday night.


    I guess that sounds kind of like "Dyke Night" that used to happen at the Homy Inn (one of the top 50 bars in the US! Woo! Go Omaha!)
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    Sep 12, 2008 10:34 AM GMT
    metlboy saidI don't understand this. How is it significantly different from just deciding to go to a bar with your friends?


    Because it usually confronts homophobic heteros and helps them realize that they cannot hide from us. I would love to invade a straight bar, go up to some hot guy, and be like:

    "now u see how it feels when some dude who ain't like u is in ur bar n makes a spectacle of it! U n ur 'gay friendly' str8 girl friend are ruining my game everytime you waltz into my shizz like it's Disney Land. Now stay outa my gay bars or have sex with me, ya god damn uterus-stabber!"