March 2,1984 / The Star 9
Looks at Gay Bar Patrons
By Kenny Pope
The following was submitted by a Texas
high school senior whose English teacher
is entering it in a Junior Literature Essay
Contest. Mr. Pope has been going to gay
bars for over four years, he said, since he
It is Friday night. Time to go out and
party. The bars are filling up with some
interesting characters. Dozens and dozens
of men, packed within the bar and expecting a good time. However, despite the
many quasi-decent people here, there are
some undesirables among us.
There are several types of people who go
into gay bars. I, or most people in the gay
community, have grown accustomed to
recognizing three types. The three types I
have chosen to discuss are extremists in
their personalities and are often considered undesirable by the majority of the
respectable members of the gay community. The three types that I would like to
inform you about are the "butch" type, the
"queen" type, and the "hustler" type.
There are many people who fit slightly
into these categories; however, I am
strictly discussing the extremists.
The first one on the agenda is the
"butch" type. "Butch," in the gay community, designates the he-man type. This
type is very stereotypical. "Butch" struts
ever-so-graciously around the bar, wearing his skin tight jeans and t-shirt and
forever flexing his muscles. "Butch" considers himself "God's gift"; when "Butch"
talks, people better listen. "Butch" cannot
be approached by another man; "Butch"
must be the aggressor. "Butch" does not
fool around with someone who has
approached him; his machismo will not
When "Butch" carries on a conversation, which is a rare event, he keeps it
short and impersonal. "Butch" does not
care to waste the energy it requires to complete a sentence. Consequently, "Butch"
talks in fragmented sentences. However,
the occasion may arise when "Butch" is
forced to utter a few syllables. For
instance, when he has to get another beer,
he might say, "Be back; gotta get beer." If
one looks, not too carefully, one can spot
"Butch" in just about any bar.
The next one encountered in a gay bar is
the "queen" type. "Queen" too is a very
stereotypical role to uphold. The term
"queen" is often used synonymously with
the terms "fag," "fruit" and "fairy."
"Queen" types, unlike the "butch" types,
have never heard of a fragmented sentence. In fact, "Queens'" entire vocabulary
consists of run-ons that they sing. When a
"queen" has to get another beer, the incident is usually turned into a major production number: "Girlfriend! I finished my
beer, I have to go and get another one,
although I'm really not supposed to be
drinking, but I don't think that a few beers
will hurt anything, but I want to have a
good time, and how can you do that if you
don't at least have a buz. REALLY!"
A "queen" always has tobethecenterof
attention. He will prance around the bar
with his hands on his hips as he sways his
buttocks from left to right. A "queen" is
the one who dances around the bar, since
the bar does not have a dancefloor. Fortunately, most "queens" tend to go to the
same bars in large groups, sparing the rest
of the gay community.
Lastly on the list is the "hustler" type. A
"hustler" is someone who will take a man
for everything he has got, and then move
to the next victim in line. This type is often
the most undetectable because they usually fit into the "butch" or "queen" categories.
"Hustlers" are infamous for buying a
cocktail, and when they finish it, go into
the restroom and fill their glass with
water. This method results in the
"hustler" appearing asif he can afford the
night o-ut; while in reality, the "hustler"
does not have a cent. "Hustlers" go to the
bar to try and sniff out money. If a
"hustler" spots a man who appears to
have money, then the "hustler" leaches
onto the man immediately. If the
"hustler" happens to discover that the
man does not have money, then the
"hustler" restarts his sniffing routine.
These three types of gays are not too
popular. They are the ones who give the
gay community a bad name. Although
these types of gays frequently go to the
gay bars, the other men at the bars tolerate them. The gay community struggles
enough with the prejudices coming from
the outside to create problems within
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