My friend and I attempted to access the G-A-Y LATE club. I have a membership card to the area which allows immediate entry so I approached the man guarding the front door who examined my card and informed me that I would not be allowed access because I did not have sufficient ID to accompany the card. When I presented my driving license, the individual in question walked away, spoke with his female colleague briefly and came back informing me I was 'too drunk' to access the premises (my friend and I had only consumed a cider each beforehand). He had also written on my membership card in thick permanent marker that I should not be able to access G-A-Y premises for a two week period, claiming it was 'punishment' for attempting to access the club while 'drunk'. I refused to let this sad episode ruin my night and we went elsewhere.
I have accessed G-A-Y Late on numerous occasions and not had any issues. Not sure if it was my look, age or if they perceived me to be straight but I feel I was discriminated against by the door staff and will not be giving the business my custom again.
G-A-Y really need to re-evaluate their security procedures. If a gay person was refused access to a straight bar on the basis of looking gay there would be a huge uproar so not sure why these establishments are getting away with it?