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Gaycrash Canberra- it begins!

By GaycrashCBR 16 January 2012 59

Gaycrash Canberra is part of the worldwide Guerrilla Gaybar Movement.

Once a month, we take over the coolest/dodgiest Canberra straight bar we can find, for one night only (the night of your life). Think flashmob meets the French Revolution meets Gaga/Ke$ha. And you’re invited, as long as you’re queer/love queers, and game for a great night.

Trick is, we don’t announce our shindig’s digs until the day of the party – we don’t wanna give them any notice. So, the only way to know where to go for the party is to like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter, and connect with your friends on Foursquare (you’ll find out why on the night)

WE THE GAYS (and drag queens, flamboyant queens, bull dykes, lipstick lesbians, and big nelly homos), decree, that one night a month, we will take over the coolest/dodgiest bar we can find in greater Canberra for one night only, without any warning. Think of it as gay affirmative action. For this night, our presence will be a new and fun experience for you, the bar’s patrons, and allow you to check out a venue you might not otherwise check out. Only with the gay scene you’ve always wanted. Then, the next night, it’s back to normal for another month.

It begins!

On Friday 20 January 2012 (ie next Friday) we’ll be gaycrashing our first straight venue, and hope lots of gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender, intersex and generally queer Canberrans/their supporters will come along for the ride.

Exact location will be posted on the afternoon of the event, but it is a central location in the Civic area. The only way to be informed of the venue is by friending Gaycrash Canberra on Facebook, or our Twitter feed @GaycrashCBR

We want straight venues to realise how great queer customers are, so be friendly, tip well, and make em wish that every night would be queer night at their bar. Likewise, be friendly to the usual patrons. We want to build a good reputation, and some of these folks may never have encountered real life queers before. Remember, prejudice doesn’t survive experience, and you never know, you might get lucky!

Remember to add four square and facebook and twitter to your mobile device, so we can keep in contact with you on the go.

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Duffbowl 8:23 am 28 Jan 12

LSWCHP said :

OK, it’s a week later and the last post on this thread was on the afternoon a few hours before the event. I’ve been wondering all week how it went, but haven’t seen any reports about giant crowds of queer people (can I say that if I’m straight?) drinking/dancing/rioting/whatever.

So what happened? Did it go well?

Looking at their FB page and Twitter feed:
– The Civic Pub was the venue.
– It went well, in that nothing controversial appears to have happened.
– Events appear to be invite only, thus filtering out the crowd.
– Locations are keep close to their chest (see third point above).
– Expect initial events to be monthly.

LSWCHP 6:26 pm 27 Jan 12

OK, it’s a week later and the last post on this thread was on the afternoon a few hours before the event. I’ve been wondering all week how it went, but haven’t seen any reports about giant crowds of queer people (can I say that if I’m straight?) drinking/dancing/rioting/whatever.

So what happened? Did it go well?

Watson 4:47 pm 20 Jan 12

Dork said :

Right…
I’m not sure if you actually know what it is like or not. I walk into a bar holding hands with my partner, and get aprouched by guys saying “oh lesbians, kiss for us, how open would you be to a three way? ” and the like, that’s just one venue, the only place we have never had this was cube. Holding hands is not an extreme display of affection. We don’t have our tongues down each others throats, and that is not the only thing that attracts attention. I shouldn’t have to walk/stand 2 meters apart from my partner to feel safe.

Yup, the same kind of pubs most hetero women I know wouldn’t frequent because they would fear for their safety and damage to their self-respect. Especially if they are young and attractive.

I still don’t see what you are trying to achieve by taking over these places once in a blue moon? It’s not going to change the scumbags being scumbags on other nights?

Dork 2:36 pm 20 Jan 12

Right…
I’m not sure if you actually know what it is like or not. I walk into a bar holding hands with my partner, and get aprouched by guys saying “oh lesbians, kiss for us, how open would you be to a three way? ” and the like, that’s just one venue, the only place we have never had this was cube. Holding hands is not an extreme display of affection. We don’t have our tongues down each others throats, and that is not the only thing that attracts attention. I shouldn’t have to walk/stand 2 meters apart from my partner to feel safe.

fgzk 2:34 pm 20 Jan 12

P1 “A couple of guys (or girls) giving each other a quick hug and a kiss in greeting would likely only attract a little attention in most pubs, and then only because it isn’t something the patrons see often. “

Ive often wondered about Canberra and the hug and kiss greeting. Growing up here I didn’t see it or do it. It wasn’t till I headed down south that I found people that hug and cheek kiss. Ive always found Canberra “Don’t touch me”, regardless of gender.

p1 1:37 pm 20 Jan 12

devils_advocate said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

I don’t really see how this can succeed. If the gaycrash people turn up and behave sensibly, most likely they will go largely unnoticed. If they turn up and make a big fuss, people will think they’re idiots and their cause will be hurt.

I don’t think most people care whether others are gay, straight, whatever anyway.

This was my original thinking, but further to a post above, “normal” (for want of a better term) displays of affection between same-sex couples can, apparently, be a cause for offence in some sectors or otherwise result in derogatory comments (never seen it myself but fair enough). I guess it depends on the venue. I mean with most local pubs, I wouldn’t be bumping and grinding or otherwise getting overtly handsy with a chick, just cause it’s in bad taste. But the same behaviour is probably fine at a nightclub. So provided common sense dictates it *could* be ok and also achieve some kind of outcome. Or, as has been pointed out above, it could backfire terribly.

What you hint at here is one of the big things that complicates the situation. A couple of guys (or girls) giving each other a quick hug and a kiss in greeting would likely only attract a little attention in most pubs, and then only because it isn’t something the patrons see often. A full on “handsy” smootch with obvious tounge, would raise eyebrows regardless of gender combinations, but when it is same sex it brings out well hidden fears, phobias, and confusions.

Watson 1:07 pm 20 Jan 12

My first reaction when I read that was to think it sounded like a great idea. But I think that was just because I’m a rebel at heart.

But to be honest, I don’t really get what they are trying to achieve. And I think protest actions without a clear goal tend to be counterproductive.

Why would you WANT to go to some bogan pub? They are the same kind of pubs that I avoid as a woman because of concerns of being treated with disrespect and that most of my hetero male friends avoid out of fear of being punched in the face if they don’t appear bogan enough. Bogans are bogans and they hate many things that they don’t know and I doubt there is much you can do to change it. Unless you remove them from their parents as babies and bring them up in a middle-class environment maybe?

I kinda understand the sentiment, but it sounds like it’s just an amusing game without any ideology behind it.

devils_advocate 12:14 pm 20 Jan 12

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

I don’t really see how this can succeed. If the gaycrash people turn up and behave sensibly, most likely they will go largely unnoticed. If they turn up and make a big fuss, people will think they’re idiots and their cause will be hurt.

I don’t think most people care whether others are gay, straight, whatever anyway.

This was my original thinking, but further to a post above, “normal” (for want of a better term) displays of affection between same-sex couples can, apparently, be a cause for offence in some sectors or otherwise result in derogatory comments (never seen it myself but fair enough). I guess it depends on the venue. I mean with most local pubs, I wouldn’t be bumping and grinding or otherwise getting overtly handsy with a chick, just cause it’s in bad taste. But the same behaviour is probably fine at a nightclub. So provided common sense dictates it *could* be ok and also achieve some kind of outcome. Or, as has been pointed out above, it could backfire terribly.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 10:44 am 20 Jan 12

I don’t really see how this can succeed. If the gaycrash people turn up and behave sensibly, most likely they will go largely unnoticed. If they turn up and make a big fuss, people will think they’re idiots and their cause will be hurt.

I don’t think most people care whether others are gay, straight, whatever anyway.

orangegirl 9:07 am 20 Jan 12

devils_advocate said :

These days my reasons for staying away are to do with not wanting to be stabbed in the head.

actual lol

Pandy 8:47 am 20 Jan 12

Baldy said :

This looks like it could be fun if you don’t go to entice confrontation.

The cube isn’t really a gay venue anymore. Even the ad on TV is aimed at the str8 crowd. Particulaly girls nights out.

Does Canebrra have a gay nightclub?

Anywhere were people rock-up with a Prius, is gay.

Tooks 7:51 am 20 Jan 12

poetix said :

neanderthalsis said :

At the end of the day, I don’t care if my usual drinking hole accommodates a few homosexuals…

So very tempting…
I’m sure they’ll consider the offer.

Comment of the thread!

matt31221 11:48 pm 19 Jan 12

Thumper said :

GaycrashCBR said :

neanderthalsis said :

Realistically (and remembering that this is Canberra), how many “gays” are likely to show up to this? 5? 10? Hardly a flashmob. But how the OP puts it, it sounds like the aim of the event is to be confrontational. A dozen gays having a quiet drink in the corner won’t elicit much comment, whereas 12 pansies mincing about disturbing other patrons will, in much the same way that drunken bogans and obnoxious sports fans ruin a good venue.

At the end of the day, I don’t care if my usual drinking hole accommodates a few homosexuals, as long as they don’t disrupt the other patrons or staff.

I will not reveal the precise number of people who have RSVP’d for the event, suffice to say there will be plenty of mincing pansies, obnoxiously having a few drinks, playing pool and catching up with their gay mates.

At the end of the day, I dont mind if my drinking hole accomodates a few heterosexuals, as long as they dont disturb the gay staff and the gay patrons, while im drinking my gay drink and spreading my gay agenda.

Man, just a hint.

You appear to be young and excited about this new scene.

However, most people really don’t care if you’re gay, straight, black, white, green, whatever.

What they care about is people carrying on like pork chops.

Remember that the world is not really your enemy, just some people who just cannot understand or have extreme religious beliefs.

Have fun, but seriously, don’t go out of your way to piss people off just because you can. All this will do is reinforce negative views and in some cases turn others against you, not for being gay, but for being a complete nob.

This is not a criticism, just some advance.

Unfortunately most people DO care if they are gay or straight and that is the problem. You have just indirectly stated that you care. Just leave them be or go along and have a good time.

LSWCHP 10:12 pm 19 Jan 12

Thumper said :

GaycrashCBR said :

neanderthalsis said :

Realistically (and remembering that this is Canberra), how many “gays” are likely to show up to this? 5? 10? Hardly a flashmob. But how the OP puts it, it sounds like the aim of the event is to be confrontational. A dozen gays having a quiet drink in the corner won’t elicit much comment, whereas 12 pansies mincing about disturbing other patrons will, in much the same way that drunken bogans and obnoxious sports fans ruin a good venue.

At the end of the day, I don’t care if my usual drinking hole accommodates a few homosexuals, as long as they don’t disrupt the other patrons or staff.

I will not reveal the precise number of people who have RSVP’d for the event, suffice to say there will be plenty of mincing pansies, obnoxiously having a few drinks, playing pool and catching up with their gay mates.

At the end of the day, I dont mind if my drinking hole accomodates a few heterosexuals, as long as they dont disturb the gay staff and the gay patrons, while im drinking my gay drink and spreading my gay agenda.

Man, just a hint.

You appear to be young and excited about this new scene.

However, most people really don’t care if you’re gay, straight, black, white, green, whatever.

What they care about is people carrying on like pork chops.

Remember that the world is not really your enemy, just some people who just cannot understand or have extreme religious beliefs.

Have fun, but seriously, don’t go out of your way to piss people off just because you can. All this will do is reinforce negative views and in some cases turn others against you, not for being gay, but for being a complete nob.

This is not a criticism, just some advance.

Very wise words. I really hope this ends well.

Thumper 7:57 pm 19 Jan 12

GaycrashCBR said :

neanderthalsis said :

Realistically (and remembering that this is Canberra), how many “gays” are likely to show up to this? 5? 10? Hardly a flashmob. But how the OP puts it, it sounds like the aim of the event is to be confrontational. A dozen gays having a quiet drink in the corner won’t elicit much comment, whereas 12 pansies mincing about disturbing other patrons will, in much the same way that drunken bogans and obnoxious sports fans ruin a good venue.

At the end of the day, I don’t care if my usual drinking hole accommodates a few homosexuals, as long as they don’t disrupt the other patrons or staff.

I will not reveal the precise number of people who have RSVP’d for the event, suffice to say there will be plenty of mincing pansies, obnoxiously having a few drinks, playing pool and catching up with their gay mates.

At the end of the day, I dont mind if my drinking hole accomodates a few heterosexuals, as long as they dont disturb the gay staff and the gay patrons, while im drinking my gay drink and spreading my gay agenda.

Man, just a hint.

You appear to be young and excited about this new scene.

However, most people really don’t care if you’re gay, straight, black, white, green, whatever.

What they care about is people carrying on like pork chops.

Remember that the world is not really your enemy, just some people who just cannot understand or have extreme religious beliefs.

Have fun, but seriously, don’t go out of your way to piss people off just because you can. All this will do is reinforce negative views and in some cases turn others against you, not for being gay, but for being a complete nob.

This is not a criticism, just some advance.

GaycrashCBR 6:03 pm 19 Jan 12

neanderthalsis said :

Realistically (and remembering that this is Canberra), how many “gays” are likely to show up to this? 5? 10? Hardly a flashmob. But how the OP puts it, it sounds like the aim of the event is to be confrontational. A dozen gays having a quiet drink in the corner won’t elicit much comment, whereas 12 pansies mincing about disturbing other patrons will, in much the same way that drunken bogans and obnoxious sports fans ruin a good venue.

At the end of the day, I don’t care if my usual drinking hole accommodates a few homosexuals, as long as they don’t disrupt the other patrons or staff.

I will not reveal the precise number of people who have RSVP’d for the event, suffice to say there will be plenty of mincing pansies, obnoxiously having a few drinks, playing pool and catching up with their gay mates.

At the end of the day, I dont mind if my drinking hole accomodates a few heterosexuals, as long as they dont disturb the gay staff and the gay patrons, while im drinking my gay drink and spreading my gay agenda.

GaycrashCBR 5:36 pm 19 Jan 12

CB43DW said :

Well done guys and gals (and others)…unfortunately, I have to agree with you that there is still extreme discrimination against people that are anything other than straight.

As a happily straight married Mum of a 1 year old, I have fond memories of dancing to the wee hours of the morn in Cube as a youngster..honestly, it was the only place that I felt I could have a great time without guys being sleazy and trying to crack on to you….The gals in Cube did try occasionally (and it was taken as a complement), but a smile and a “sorry, I like the other team” was enough.

Are you happy to accept supporters? I”m sure Granny wouldn’t mind babysitting for an evening 🙂

And an I suggest the Charny Tavern as a venue…I’m sure they’d need a good shake up…plus..Hubby is fully supportive and could provide bouncer assistance 🙂

Dear CB43DW,

The GaycrashCBR crew want to marry you. And your husband. If only we weren’t a bunch of homosexual lesbian, transexual, intersex queers :-)~

In lieu, we’ll just have to get you and hubby a drink tomorrow.

Regards

We love you

Postalgeek 3:06 pm 19 Jan 12

A bar full of the only gays in the village. Move over, Little Britain.

powerpuffpete 2:22 pm 19 Jan 12

Baldy said :

This looks like it could be fun if you don’t go to entice confrontation.

The cube isn’t really a gay venue anymore. Even the ad on TV is aimed at the str8 crowd. Particulaly girls nights out.

Does Canebrra have a gay nightclub?

Bar 32 on Friday nights is pretty gay.

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