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Read This Bar Owner's Wonderful Comeback To An Anti-Gay Email

Proud Galleries could lose out on several thousand pounds after cancelling a company's Christmas party. The car dealership wanted to warn staff the venue may be a gay bar.

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A major international car dealership was going to have its Christmas party at London's Proud Camden venue. Until they emailed to ask if the venue was a gay bar, because "it's against some people religion" [sic].

Alex Proud

"We have our Christmas staff party booked for next Friday at Proud."

"Some of our staff have been told that proud is a Gay bar, is that correct? We need to know as it's against some people religion so we will need to make them aware."

Venue owner Alex Proud emailed back to say his venue isn't a gay bar but "a lot of gay stuff happens here". And promptly cancelled the booking.

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"I think best we cancel your visit. We are pretty gay and a lot of gay stuff happens here."

"Gay drinks, gay food, gay loos etc..."

"Sorry to disappoint"

"Booking cancelled."

He posted the email exchange on Twitter and it quickly went viral. Lots of people loved it.

@AlexanderProud I'm a bit disappointed you didn't surprise them with a entire troupe of Village People lookalikes.

Paul Moloney@oceanclubFollow

@AlexanderProud I'm a bit disappointed you didn't surprise them with a entire troupe of Village People lookalikes.

5:41 PM - 05 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@AlexanderProud So much love for you over this. Businesses have values, not an universal service obligation.

Matthew Plummer@mwypFollow

@AlexanderProud So much love for you over this. Businesses have values, not an universal service obligation.

7:17 PM - 05 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@AlexanderProud @CuriouslyEmily can't move for gay tables and chairs either. Wouldn't want them to catch it.

Tom [PositiveLad]@PositiveLadFollow

@AlexanderProud @CuriouslyEmily can't move for gay tables and chairs either. Wouldn't want them to catch it.

11:26 AM - 06 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@hipstercon @obamuh @Popehat religious customers very welcome. not homophobic idiots hiding behind religion to mask feeble bigotry

Alex Proud@AlexanderProudFollow

@hipstercon @obamuh @Popehat religious customers very welcome. not homophobic idiots hiding behind religion to mask feeble bigotry

5:54 PM - 05 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"I was shocked that a lot of people said they didn't see what was wrong with their question," he told BuzzFeed News. "I think some people think homophobia is a thing of the past – there were a lot of people out there who think it's a fair question. A lot of people think you can justify homophobia using religion."

"I was relieved to get that email because I wouldn't have wanted those people in my venue anyway."

But he won't be naming the car brand involved. Instead he just hopes they change their attitudes.

"They are a dealership for an international car brand. They would undoubtedly be in very serious trouble if I'd been minded to name them. They wouldn't have been an official dealership for long."

"One thing I despise on the internet is that thing where people hound people to death. I am a believer in redemption. Hopefully this teaches them a lesson and makes them think about their attitudes."

"Proud Cabaret is a cabaret club so it's absolutely full of queens, 30% of my staff are gay! It's an extremely fun, vibrant, incredibly gay-friendly place. I'm proud that many of my staff represent all sorts of minorities."

Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Jim Waterson at jim.waterson@buzzfeed.com.

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