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Denver Gay Bar Found Guilty of Discriminating Against Drag Queen: VIDEO


Back in November we posted about the Denver Wrangler, a gay 'Bear' bar in the Mile High City which was under fire for a transphobic gender matching ID policy in which a man named Vito Marzano was turned away from the bar when he showed up in drag.

MarzanoEarlier this week the Civil Rights Division at the state's Department of Regulatory Agencies ruled that the bar discriminated against Marzano and that the bar has a history of discriminating against women and effeminate men, the Denver Post reports:

An investigation by DORA's division of civil rights found the bar violated Vito Marzano's right to public accommodations on Aug. 31, 2013, when it turned him away because of his appearance, according to the document.

"The law is new and developing. I think you will see more cases that are consistent with this ruling," said Darold Killmer, a Denver-based civil rights lawyer. "I think this was a courageous decision, but a correct decision by the Civil Rights Division."

DORA is ordering The Wrangler, a high-profile uptown gay bar, to go through mediation with Marzano, according to the document obtained by The Denver Post on Monday.

Watch a news report from KGMH on the ruling, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I don't get the insistence of some people to change the atmosphere of a venue. I hope the Wrangler turns itself into a private club and be done with this nonsense.

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 8, 2014 2:03:10 PM

  2. Why discriminate? What's the goal, besides looking like an ass?

    Posted by: Mikey M | Aug 8, 2014 2:04:59 PM

  3. @Mikey M

    How can you have a gay bar if you don't "discriminate"?

    Posted by: Eugene | Aug 8, 2014 2:09:04 PM

  4. So they are boycotting the bar? Wouldn't that bevexactly what the bar wants? lol

    Posted by: Gman | Aug 8, 2014 2:11:54 PM

  5. *be exactly

    Posted by: Gman | Aug 8, 2014 2:12:53 PM

  6. stupid, stupid, stupid, they should have made everyone feel welcome, they deserve the ruling. i know several lesbian bars that should feeling a little worried...

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 8, 2014 2:14:01 PM

  7. I've only been once, but I loved The Wrangler. I had a great time there and found it to have a very welcoming atmosphere. Of course, I'm not transgendered; and if they are discriminating against any subgroup of people, that's not cool.

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Aug 8, 2014 2:16:51 PM

  8. Bars, restaurants, clubs, etc. can institute dress codes. This man in a dress and wig clearly was not adhering to that dress code. I would like to hear Marzano's reasoning for dressing in drag before attending the bar. Seems like a stunt to me.

    Posted by: Brian W. | Aug 8, 2014 2:19:11 PM

  9. This story is going to bring out the Anti-Trans, Anti-femme trolls out of hiding (well it's the same, single troll, but still...).

    Before that happens, let me just say that this self segregations into scenes does not due the LGBT community any favors. So what if there's a drag queen at your bear bar? If you're looking for other bears, you'll find them. Some people who aren't bears like bears. You can have a theme but you shouldn't force that theme on anyone.

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 8, 2014 2:20:57 PM


    Are you trying to discredit any and all opposition to discrimination by making it seem like Kiwi and I are the same person? I really don't get your motivation. Enough is enough!

    You must hate when the non-straight-acting gay guys show up to whatever gay club you frequent. Oh don't go to gay clubs, because you're a closet case.

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 8, 2014 2:28:03 PM

  11. Real Tyler, it looks that way. Let's be real - this site's resident troll is dangerous with his obsessions with some of us -bordering on utterly sociopathic.

    Tyler and I are not the same person, and the only person who wants it to appear that way is this site's multiple-anonymous-usernames Troll whom Andy and the staff here should permanently ban.

    Have you seen how many comments JoemyGod gets? and the great, and interesting and meaty conversations that evolve in his comments section? It's because the layout allows for trolls to be weeded out.

    Any gay bar that discriminates against drag queens ought to have its head examined - they're a part of our f***ing fabric.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 8, 2014 2:33:46 PM

  12. LOL! Check out the insanity of Raymond Miller aka Little Kiwi aka Tyler:

    1. Posts a pro-drag message under fake name "Tyler". Forgets to remove link to his Kiwi blog.

    2. Realizes his mistake. Quickly posts another comment under the name "Tyler" claiming that someone else posted the first comment so as to make it look like Tyler is a sockpuppet name.

    3. Then posts a third comment as Little Kiwi endorsing the second Tyler comment and sanctimoniously denouncing the abuse of the comment system.

    Raymond, a few months ago, you said you were "done" with this site and would not be back. Why not follow through on your pledge and go away. You are the single worst abuser of the comment system and no one takes you seriously anymore.

    Posted by: James | Aug 8, 2014 2:55:06 PM

  13. What a crock. He just happened to want to go into a leather bar dressed in ridiculous drag. This is just another example of the trannies wanting to destroy what little gay male culture is left. Their hatred of anyone who doesn't share their obsession with dressing like women is well known. I'm so sick of their harassment.

    Posted by: Raul8 | Aug 8, 2014 2:56:11 PM

  14. What a joke. This makes a mockery of civil rights law. Establishments should be able to establish their own atmosphere. If they want people in business attire or in bathing suits or in casual clothes or whatever, that should be their prerogative. Cases like this one show what happens when you bow to trans activists and include "gender expression" in civil rights laws.

    As for drag queens, it does seem that they go out of their way to dominate their environment. They look and act outlandishly in order to capture attention. They show up at solemn occasions like the oral arguments before SCOTUS in the Windsor and Perry cases and sure enough, all the media pics are of some man in a dress with devil horns attached to his head. Same thing that has happened at every Pride march for 45 years. There is a hegemonic aspect to their presence and the bar should have been allowed to exclude them.

    Posted by: Ben | Aug 8, 2014 3:05:33 PM

  15. There is a basic misunderstanding that all gay men love drag queens, but we don't. Some of us find them annoying and talking to various people over the years, I'm not alone.

    Posted by: Arkansassy | Aug 8, 2014 3:07:52 PM

  16. And let him try that in a straight bar. He would never make it past the door - and they would never be "found guilty" by this ridiculous civil rights panel of idiots. Another things about the transsexuals, once you let them in they always take over the venue, bringing in the street prostitutes, the johns, drugs and every other kind of street trash imaginable.

    Posted by: Raul8 | Aug 8, 2014 3:14:58 PM

  17. I love a good drag queen. But I super REALLY love a BAD drag queen.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Aug 8, 2014 3:15:35 PM

  18. From what I've seen, bears are friendly with other bears. They're distinctly UN-friendly with people who aren't as meaty and furry as their standard, whatever that is.

    The only things that surprise me on this article is that any action was taken against a bear bar for what they do constantly everywhere, and the surprise and outrage here.
    Even gay media (TV shows, etc) depict bears as generally exclusive to themselves.

    Posted by: Squidification | Aug 8, 2014 3:21:14 PM

  19. This abuse of civil rights is infuriating. They're like the extremist feminists of yesteryear who forced themselves on everyone meaning that most regular people just walked away & left them to it. Trans extremists need to realize that when even the gay community hates you, you may have laws that support you, but no community.

    Posted by: Paul | Aug 8, 2014 3:21:47 PM

  20. If they don't comply, sue them into the ground.

    Posted by: Bryce Ageno | Aug 8, 2014 3:28:33 PM

  21. Why would we discriminate against ANYONE? That makes us no different than those who won't make us a cake or serve us in businesses. And making it a private club doesn't make it ok. Those guys should be ashamed at themselves.

    Posted by: macmantoo | Aug 8, 2014 3:29:55 PM

  22. Put them in a cage at the back of the bar with a hose somewhere near so the patrons can have some fun giving them a real reason to scream. For their gross mirepresentation of most of us we want to get even.
    Now gimmie that hose.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 8, 2014 3:43:14 PM

  23. James (aka Rick), you're the only person on here who calls Kiwi by his real name. Surprise surprise the troll infamous for creating aliases has little self awareness when he claims others do the same. Kiwi and I are not the same person, though clearly we are like minded, as we both call you out on your obvious trolling (see the fake comment under my name).

    I honestly am over you. Post as me all you want. But I'm going to call you out every time you do.

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 8, 2014 3:50:08 PM

  24. This could mean that LGBT focused federally funded health centers will have to remove LGBT from their mission statements.

    Posted by: Tom Smith | Aug 8, 2014 3:58:29 PM

  25. Any self-respecting gay man who sides with the bar on this issue should do some serious introspection.

    Posted by: tdh1980 | Aug 8, 2014 4:02:57 PM

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