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Bar receives a weird postcard accusing them of turning street “gay”

The Admiral Duncan
The Admiral Duncan Photo: David O. Person via Gay Cities

A gay bar shared a strange postcard they received accusing them of turning their street gay.

The Admiral Duncan – which has a 94% rating on Gay Cities – is a popular queer pub in London’s Soho neighborhood.

Related: A mother didn’t know what to do when her son came out. So she called a gay bar.

On Twitter, the Admiral Duncan shared a postcard they received that opens by referencing a 1999 bomb attack that killed three people at the bar, before getting to the point: “Old Compton Street was much better before you lot turned it into a gay street.”

The letter-writer then discussed what Old Compton Street was like before the Admiral Duncan gayed it up: “In 1961 when I was picking up my cup final ticket, it was full of [anti-Italian slur], [anti-Semitic slur], and [anti-Irish slur], the salt beef of the Earth.”

“Soho was great,” the anonymous hater continued. Apparently the slurs in the previous sentence were used affectionately.

“Now you have to wear a chastity belt to feel safe,” the writer concluded, which is… probably not what the writer intended? A chastity belt is supposed to prevent the wearer from having sex that they want to have, so the writer is implying that they want to have sex with people in the gay neighborhood so much that they must wear the device to keep themselves “safe” from temptation.

Pink News notes that homosexuality was illegal in the U.K. in 1961, so the writer is effectively saying that they want homosexuality to be illegal.

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