Bisexual Action have been writing to gay businesses in Manchester ahead of the BiFest that BiPhoria are organising. In that city, many ‘gay’ venues have been found to operate biphobic door policies in recent times. Several gay clubs turning bis away at the door citing their “gay only” policy as meaning we’re not welcome. A well-known Canal Street bar told BiPhoria members that they had a “bisexuals allowed in on weeknights but not welcome on weekends” rule.
That kind of thing was always offensive and stupid – but now since the Goods & Services law got passed, it is also illegal.
To test the water of how welcoming gay venues are, we wrote to every venue in Gay Village we could find an address for to ask if they welcomed bi custom in this new era. We’ll post a list of who we wrote to on the Bisexual Action website but suffice to say, it was pretty much everyone you’ll think of.
And the result? Only two venues in Manchester’s gay village actually say they welcome bisexual customers. Hats off to the Rembrandt and Taurus. Guess the rest of the gay scene in the city still has a lot of catching up – and growing up – to do.