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2018-01-27 13:33:06


30 drag queens resigned in protest over a gay bar owner’s racism

Racist Facebook posts written by the owner of an Atlanta gay bar surfaced. Yesterday, the bar’s drag queens walked out in protest.

Palmer Marsh, who owns Buckhart’s Pub, posted several racist messages on Facebook in 2015. One of them said that the South should have won the Civil War. Another called Barack Obama the n-word.

Marsh, 70, and his wife, Mary, have not commented on the Facebook posts or the backlash.

But LGBT community in Atlanta reacted, loudly. There was so much outcry that Buckhart’s closed its Facebook account.

Bar manager Doug Youngblood told 11Alive that business on Thursday night was half of what it usually is. “We are being boycotted.”

On Thursday, the drag queens said they were feeling the pressure from the community too.

“Even though the owner put those words out there, no one sees the owner. Everyone looks at what are the girls going to do. Are they going to leave, are they going to say something?” Shavonna Brooks said, adding that racism has been a recurring problem at the bar.

After a staff meeting on Thursday, entertainment director Phoenix announced that she and the other queens at Buckhart’s were all resigning. “It pains me and also terrifies me to say, that I’ve officially turned in my resignation, beginning now. Also, as a whole, all entertainers that are under my direction have turned in their resignation.”

Several of the queens posted messages on social media themselves, often discussing fears of what will happen to them without their income.

“I will not be used, nor will I help put money in someone’s pocket that finds it acceptable to use the N word toward any POC,” Evah Destruction posted on Instagram. “I’m terrified, because this was a large chunk of my financial income.”

“When we wore the weight of the community on our shoulders this weekend, that didn’t feel good,” Shavonna Brooks said. “This is how we survive, this is how we feed ourselves.”

The bar closed early last night and a meeting was scheduled for today to discuss the controversy.

11Alive is reporting that the bar has been sold, but details of the sale have not been made public.

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