We know one celebrity who won’t be the grand marshal in June’s LA Pride Parade (unless she does it with blinders on). And there’s no question she won’t be asked to serve as a judge at West Hollywood’s annual Go Go Appreciation Day in November.
TMZ said a Gaynor representative said her request didn’t reflect a distaste for gay men, but stems from her religious beliefs. He noted that she also refuses to be photographed next to women in sexy garb.
At least Gaynor won’t have to worry about being cited by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which in recent months has cracked down on WeHo gay bars for the “lewd conduct” of their go go boys. In December, the ABC folks closed Here, the gay lounge next door to the Abbey for one month, citing such behavior.
The Abbey, at 692 N. Robertson Blvd. south of Santa Monica, was opened 22 years ago as a coffee shop by David Cooley and has long been viewed as one of the most popular gay bars in California, if not the United States. But since its acquisition in 2006 by SBE Entertainment, whose founder, Sam Nazarian, is heterosexual, some gay customers have complained that the Abbey has lost its gay edge, noting the large number of straight women who go there and the fact that many of the shirtless male bartenders aren’t gay. Cooley, in an interview with Out magazine, confirmed that the intent is to make the Abbey a mixed venue. “That’s what our goal is, right? Not going to a straight bar, gay bar, black bar, Latino bar — but a place where everyone can feel welcome,” he told Out.
The Abbey’s acquiescence to Gaynor’s demand is likely to add fuel to the verbal fire raging in Boystown, the area on the western end of West Hollywood’s Santa Monica Boulevard where the city’s gay bars, restaurants and shops are clustered. Some see an effort by business and civic interests to “de-gay” the area to attract bigger outside investors and improve. In fact, Here’s Pat Rogers, in an interview with WEHOville, said he would entertain the idea of a night or a straight crowd if it would improve business.