Can straight people visit gay bars? Yes, says comedian Michael Henry. But not without being informed.
The gay YouTube star released a parody PSA, "Gay Men Love Me," which explained what a gay bar is to two clueless straight people he encountered on a ride share from West Hollywood, the gayborhood of Los Angeles.
"It's a place where gay men and women go to feel safe, welcomed, and flawless, because they don't feel that same way outside of the gay bars and clubs the same way that you both do," Henry said in the clip released Tuesday.
"You can go to gay bars anytime you want to," Henry told the straight people in the video. "It's a public place, like you said. Just go knowing that you are not the focus and you should not be the focus. We are the focus. Places like Big Fat Anus are a precious place to a lot of people."
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Henry confirmed that the video was created in a response to a controversial Out op-ed, "Dear Gay Men, Stop Telling Women They Can't Be in Gay Bars," which launched a thousand think pieces. He hoped his video would bring some clarity to the debate.
"I would love for the take away to be that gay people love women and straight people," Henry said. "Just know that these bars and clubs do belong to us. LGBTQ people have the feeling that the rest of the world belongs to straight people, so we're very protective over our venues."
"We would love to have you there, just be smart and follow my rules. Lol."