A long time ago I posted on a Australian gay bar that started screening people at the door for sexual orientation (I can't look it up because Bilerico, as well as some other LGBT sites, are blocked at the library where I'm working). And now they lost their legal right to do so:
In a fresh ruling this month, VCAT senior member Cate McKenzie granted the Peel a new three-year exemption minus the gay ID provision.
Instead the new exemption allows Peel staff "to explain the nature of the venue to prospective patrons ... and to permit them to choose whether or not to enter".
The pub can still bar those it believes may threaten the safety or comfort of patrons or the pub's nature as a gay bar.
The Peel did not oppose the changes.
Back when I first wrote about this bar I was a bit more gung-ho about the bar's choice to ban straight people, but now it all seems a bit sillier. It's partly because I've soured to the idea of "safe spaces," since every time I've seen that concept deployed it's a way to solidify group-think and the power structures within an identity, and partly because I've stopped seeing sexual orientation as neat categories and more as several continuums with lots of between space as a result of some more varied experiences.