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No ban on women at men

Fri 1 Jun 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News

In light of today's story of a Montreal woman's complaint to the Human Rights Commission for being asked to leave an all-male gay bar, management at New Zealand's only all-male gay nightclub say they have a ‘slightly more relaxed' view on female guests. "The question of whether women are allowed into Urge has come up quite a lot recently,” says Auckland's ‘Urge' bar co-owner Alan Granville. "Urge has been, and always will be, dedicated to gay men. Over the last nine years Urge has successfully catered to a generally older male audience which is often overlooked in the gay world. "Since we took over the bar nearly two years there has been a slight relaxing of the ‘men only, no women' rule. As long as people respect the bar and its patrons and realise that Urge caters towards a masculine, male clientele, they are welcome, Granville makes clear. “But we will not allow large groups of women, for example hen parties or party buses, as we are only a small bar and do not want our patrons to be outnumbered or feel like they are in a zoo.” Urge management has the legal right to refuse entry to anyone, either male or female, for a variety of reasons, under the liquor licensing laws. "We do have specific nights which are definitely men-only, including this Sunday's Underware Party and any of our leather nights."     Ref: (m)

Credit: News Staff

First published: Friday, 1st June 2007 - 12:00pm

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