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Texans needs to learn not to mess with Texas minority groups. Former Red Room bartender Josh Moon is accusing the Fourth Street bar of turning away gay customers, according to KVUE. The owners' explanation? A new dress code.

On Friday, July 19, the owners brought in a new promoter, who allegedly told staff, "Well, we're not going to call this a gay bar anymore; we're going to call it a straight bar." Several gay patrons reported being kicked out or refused entry that evening. "They said no shorts, no hats, no this...But then they were letting people in with shorts and letting people in with hats. They were turning gay people away for being gay," said Moon.

The lawyer of Red Room owners tells KVUE that a private party had rented the bar for the evening, and it was actually the private party who was kicking people out, which is within their legal right.

Angry Yelpers have already taken to the internet with protest posts, replacing Red Room's Yelp page with a "No Gays Allowed: By Order of the Management" photo.
—Ashley Cheng
· Austin bar accused of turning away gay customers [KVUE]
[Photo: KVUE]

Red Room

219 West 4th St Austin, TX 78701