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Iconic gay bar goes hetero

Sat 18 Dec 2004 In: New Zealand Daily News

Landmark Auckland gay bar Surrender Dorothy is going hetero, as owner Robert Street sells up to new owner Lyndsay Sorrell, who wants a "local bar for local people". "The gay community cannot ask for inclusion and then segregate itself," says Street, who bought the bar in 1999 to stop it becoming a heterosexual nightspot. "The day we don't need separate gay bars is a day we all pray for, and I don't think it's too far away." The ruby-red decor and Judy Garland memorabilia is likely to be consigned to the dustbin before the bar reopens with a new name next month. "It's a sad day for the gay community and a lot of people are shocked, wondering where they will go," says Street. "But with the Civil Union Bill passed, I tell them we can 'cub' all over the place now."    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Saturday, 18th December 2004 - 12:00pm

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