Dissing Gays Plays Poorly in Peoria

Quiet gay community steps up to make some noise

Dozens of gay and lesbian civil rights supporters lined up outside Peoria's Elbo Room last weekend to voice their outrage at a sign the bar recently posted out front.

The sign reads: "We Are Not A Gay Bar," the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. 

Protesters say it might as well say, "Gays Are Not Welcome," and that's a sign of intolerance they simply won't tolerate.

"This is the first time we've mobilized for a situation like that," said Dawn Scally, 35, of Peoria Heights. "Let's finally do something and get together and stop taking everything as it comes. Let's take a stand and try to have a voice for the community."

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