Ogunquit Bar Holds Shirtless Protest


Last week I posted about Mainestreet bar in Ogunquit, Maine, where bartenders were ordered to put their shirts back on following a homophobic complaint from resident Harriet Yaffe.

The controversy inspired a shirtless protest last weekend attended by hundreds of people. Seacoast Online has the details:

Mainestreet  "In response to Yaffe's comments, Anthony Moulton, coordinator of Saturday's protest, handed out 60 white T-shirts with the words 'Yaffe's Gaffe' written across the front, stamped out with a red 'no' symbol — a circle with a diagonal line through its center.

Yaffe could not be reached for comment.

'(The protest) was a show of unity that we were going to stand together against this injustice,' Paquin said Tuesday. "We acknowledged the injustice and we said we're just going to go and have a good time as we always do."

Ogunquit Select Board Chairman Donato Tramuto attended the event and expressed his sympathy to the bar's staff and Paquin before making a trip around the nightclub to shake hands and exchange pleasantries with the regulars.

'Communities are made up of diverse people and I think the great part about this town is that it's both gay and straight,' Tramuto said.

He added that he was 'extremely disappointed' with the town's decision.

'I say that as an elected official and a gay man,' he said."

Officials are checking health codes to see if the bar is, in fact, in violation.