Elbo Room, a karaoke bar in Peoria, Illinois, which was formerly called the Quench Room and known as a gay bar, posted this sign at the window:
This sign basically screams homophobia and implies that Elbo Room does not welcome gay or lesbian customers, but Diesel down the street does. Supposedly this sign was put up because the owner of Elbo Room, Greg Quast, always complains about how many gay and lesbian people come into the bar. Regardless of however Elbo Room tries to justify its sign, it is wholly discriminatory and unnecessary to display such an offensive sign.
Bad, not-funny joke or not, this sign is insensitive and insulting. People don’t go out to bars to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, and discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. Furthermore, considering that we are living in an economic downturn right now, many businesses are struggling to stay afloat and there should be no reason for any business to not discriminate against any group or not welcome them as customers.