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I can’t imagine why anyone would want to open a bar in that one horse town and the building looked like a tacky shack. No one understands the plight of the rural gay better than I that’s why I moved, duh. Shannon is an ugly backwater full of homophobes and hello it’s bloody Mississippi. I had some pretty funny snarky comments to make but I shall leave those to others who possess less decorum and are better known for their quips and acerbic wit.
@dirknerd: I agree, but go figure. She lives there and probably wants some people to hang out with in her own bar. But who wants to go against the whole town to do it? Life is too short.
Maybe P.J. grew up there and feels an affinity for the town. Either way, I am glad she is fighting them, and I wish her success. It’s a shame that there are so many ignorant people in the world. Perhaps they are afraid of their own tendencies?!
Seriously, they may have saved her from a big business mistake. Perhaps the lawsuit will be a bigger moneymaker. Anyway, its another reason not to move to the rural south, ever. For any reason. Ever.
In a perfect world, Mississippi and all of the back asswards Bible Belt states would miraculously break off of the rest of the country.
It it’s an abomination to God why wouldn’t they leave it to God to deal with? Maybe they know no one’s listening.
The good thing is, the 80-year-old bigot will be dead soon; we can only hope her cohorts in homophobia will follow her quickly, because in a small town of inbreds like that the only chance for social progression is the opposition dying off.
@Eiswirth: I hate saying this but I agree with you. Most people under 35 do not care about racism,sexism or anything like that. Those senior citizens will never get it.
What this article fails to mention is that MANY gay people from that town and surrounding areas begged her to reopen O’Hara’s and she said that she would if they spent their money there. They said they would. And yes, she IS from this town, though she had since moved away.
All she has to do is change the application for a license to open a bar / gun range with a big sign saying “we luv FOX news”. It would pass easily. The citizens will be happy and the gay folk would laugh at the idiots for falling for such a stunt.
Like or not – understand it or not – some of us live and feel more comfortable in small towns. I can’t imagine it, but there you go. The ridiculous piece to this homophobic puzzle is that P.J ran a gay bar several years ago in that space. After she left, another guy ran a gay bar there under a different name. There’s been a gay bar in that space for more than a decade. The bigots think they’ve won, but they haven’t.
This doesn’t just happen in small towns though. In Toronto where I live, a gay pub opened about ten years ago in a space that was run as a steak house [mostly straight clientele] for about 40 years. Even though it was located downtown on Church Street, smack dad in the middle of the gaybourhood, similar arguments were made. Parents wanted to stop it from opening because it was beside a school. Never mind that the pub opened every day after school let out. Bigots never let facts or logic stand in their way. Ultimately their pleas were ignored, the pub opened, and life went on. Hopefully the same will happen in Shannon.
I give PJ credit just for living in a place like that.
It’s almost sad (almost) that the backward backwater hillbillies don’t realize they will be using their tax dollars to pay her to open her bar.
PJ is a very strong women. I am always in awe of people who fight for what is morally right. I hope the court gives her a quick legal win.
Proud of their ignorance. They’re what’s wrong with this country.
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