A STATEMENT FROM OUR OWNER CLINT TAYLOR REGARDING THE CITATIONS FROM ATC
February 23, 2019
We want to take this moment to thank everyone for the outpouring of support from our incredibly loyal and beloved Phoenix family. You’ve been in our corner for more than 35 years now, and we have overwhelming felt that support these past few days, too.
On Thursday afternoon, ATC cited us that we were in violation of some state laws. The citations were not unlike what we have seen them recently give other gay bars. We plan on attending our hearing and stating our case.
We feel it’s important to state the bar was not raided. Patrons were not arrested. Our queer ancestors were dragged out of our safe spaces and sanctuaries by law enforcement. They were arrested. They lost their jobs, families and friends. They were assaulted. And as we saw at Upstairs Lounge and Pulse, they lost their lives. It’s important that we state clearly what happened on Thursday and what our ancestors fought for and persevered are two different things.
But the fight is the same. An attack on one of us is an attack on all us. We hope you stand with us. We hope you stand with Rawhide. Our LGBTQ+ community in New Orleans is one full of so many beautiful people. We have been so honored to be a part of this community for more than 35 years. We love hosting the local queer groups for monthly fundraisers and special events.
As we work toward our hearing date, the entire bar is open, upstairs and down. While we wait for that date, there might be some slight differences to what you’re used to seeing. Most things will go on as planned. Next weekend, Atlas Grant returns for Mardi Gras. The Southernmost Puppy Weekend is back April 5-7. And we are very excited for our Phoenix Leather Weekend April 12-13, where we welcome all folks and all expressions of leather.
Thank you for all your outpouring of support. It means more than you know. We hope that you continue to do so as we navigate this moment.
The Phoenix Bar
FEBRUARY 28, 2019
UPDATE: We need to clarify that ATC’s actions are not from a targeted campaign against the Phoenix or the LGBTQ community. The office was acting on a complaint it received specifically about the bar. We have been working with the various local and state organizations that have come to the bar in regard to the citations we received a week ago.
Some of you have asked about our hearing and the public’s ability to attend. To our knowledge, it is not a public hearing. We are working with the New Orleans Human Relations Commission to set up a meeting where the community can address its concerns. We hope to give details after Mardi Gras.
Thank you again to our incredible Phoenix family. Happy Mardi Gras!