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SAN DIEGO — Iconic local gay bar The Brass Rail will not allow a "straight Christian singles" night onto its event calendar. For many straight Christian singles, not only is the decision disappointing, it's also frustrating.
Straight Christian single Rod Drayton is questioning the decision by launching a petition. Here's what he told SD on the QT about it:
Q. Why are you involved?
A. Now, as a straight Christian single, I'm really passionate about making The Brass Rail safer and a more loving place for straight Christian singles.
Q. Now, as I understand it, straight Christian singles weren't asking even for an affirmation from the bar, just a night to hold their annual mixer, and then word came there wouldn't be such an event. Obviously, that didn't go over well with you, so you've decided not to give up the fight.
A. Right, I think that's a real important point because even as now, a straight Christian single, I have a deep abiding passion for straight Christian equality. I also recognize that The Brass Rail is uniquely situated in terms of its affiliation with a way of life that doesn't affirm straight Christian single people in all parts of their sexual mores. The reason the denial is so frustrating is that, you were exactly right, the Christians wasn't asking to move the sociopolitical position of the bar, but simply wanted a space for straight Christian singles to gather.
Q. Are you the person behind the petition drive?
A. I am. The petition has actually taken off in a really surprising manner. And I think what that shows is that even among LGBTQ people, there is growing support for straight Christian single inclusion and safety.
More than 1,200 signatures appeared on the petition, which will ultimately be delivered to The Brass Rail's owner.