Crews Inn, a gay
bar in Dallas, instituted a policy on July 15
prohibiting drag queens and transgender women from
admittance on Tuesday nights.
queens act like they are divas and think they can do no
wrong," said bar co-owner David Moore to the
Dallas Voice. "They have stolen
money straight off the bar, hassled customers for
drinks, and locked themselves in the bathroom with a bunch
of guys. And with Tuesday being our busiest night, there is
just no way for me to keep the drag queens under
control then. I don't want drag queens in here
that are going to misbehave."
"It's kind of like I'm a positive role
model in the community," said local drag
performer Ivana Tramp to the Voice. "It
wasn't like I was there hammered or begging people to
buy me a drink. I felt like it was very embarrassing
Tramp and other
performers are consulting attorneys about the legality of
the ban and plan to take legal action.
"I'm not sure if it is legal or not, but if
they are acting stupid, I have that right under TABC
[Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission]," Moore
told the Voice. "As a bar owner, we have the
right to refuse service to anyone."
believes it is legally permissible to bar drag queens
because a customer's appearance must match his
or her picture ID.
Tramp plans to
picket Crews Inn on Tuesday night, July 22. The group is
expecting 50 to 100 performers and fans to show up. (The