I love Berlin. To a gay man like myself it’s paradise. The city harbours more than a hundred gay clubs and bars. No city in Europe can compete, not even larger cities like London and Paris. Therefore, it really saddens me that some gay venues are discriminating against ethnic minorities and people who are too old or not attractive enough. One such example is Tom’s Bar in Motzstraße, located at the centre of legendary gay neighbourhood Schöneberg. It used to be one of my favourite bars, but the day before yesterday I was shocked to learn that the staff refuses people entry based on their looks, age, and ethnicity. Basically, you have to be young, white, and handsome to get in. Now, what’s handsome is really a matter of taste—many of the potbellied skinheads that frequent the bar would not fall into the mainstream definition of a good-looking male—but the open hostility towards middle-aged men and people of Asian descent is repugnant. In the past, Tom’s Bar has been a place I recommended to friends planning a visit to Berlin. No more. Establishments that discriminate deserve no customers.
I have been in Berlin for two days, and I have heard that Tom’s Bar is not the only place that discriminates against ethnic minorities. Apparently, it’s something of a trend. The party-blog Discodamaged writes about similar discrimination at club Connection in Fuggerstraße, another major attraction in Schöneberg’s gay area. After the club reopened in June 2010, Asians are no longer welcome. It is scandalous.
I can’t stop but thinking that discrimination against ethnic minorities in Berlin—bad as it is wherever it occurs—is something Germans should pay extra attention to.” - Christopher Aqurette
….and it’s legal….