Oktoberfest in Munich Features "Gay Sunday"--When Will OC's Oktoberfests Do the Same?

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Oktoberfest season is revving, so I read with amusement a story in Der Spiegel today about how the granddaddy of all Oktoberfests, the one in Munich, has become increasingly gay-friendly over the past 15 years, with a special "Gay Sunday" set aside for tourists and residents alike and brewers setting up special LGBT-themed celebrations at their tents for the duration of Oktoberfest.

Der Spiegel's hook for the story was the acceptance of LGBT folks in Munich, and especially of their money. Which got me thinking: when will OC's major Oktoberfests, the ones at Old World in Huntington Beach and the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, follow the mother ship in catering specifically to LGBT folks?

The answer, of course, is probably never. The German culture preserved at our local Oktoberfests is ossified, definitely decades behind the progressive politics now prevalent across Germany (even relatively conservative Bavaria is now gay-friendly, the major point of Der Spiegel's article). Think about it: imagine the uproar from the regulars if either of them started hosting Gay Days.

Which really sucks for the bottom line of the two Oktoberfests: not only do LGBT folks have much, much more money than skuzzy skinheads, but you know they'd ROCK dirndls and leiderhosen. How about it QueerInMySoup? Get your tribe together and invade the Phoenix Club!

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FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I think ditching that horrid picture as advertisement would be progress...

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Sure, and can we have ménage à trois day and how 'bout bestiality day and tranny day and ???

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

Let me say as a member of the family who founded and built the first Phoenix Club..... a special day for gays would not be in keeping with the original by-laws. Membership is open to anyone....Correct me if that has changed!

Sam
Sam

No self-respecting gay in CA has any interest in Oktoberfest. Ugly outfits and heavy food.I do know someone who could do a killer Frau Blücher though. 

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

From the article, it seems like the LGBT crowd just started gathering there back in the 70's, and each year it grew and grew until you have the big "gay day" they have now. Sort of like Gay Days at Disneyland. So the answer that the article's title poses would probably be "OC Oktoberfest will have a LGBT day whenever the LGBT community decides they want one." It doesn't sound like the Munich fest just out of nowhere said "Hey gays, come today. We designated it for you!". No, it just grew out of a continued support and demand for such an event. I think OC would follow suit.

Cunning Stunts
Cunning Stunts

The accompanying picture to this write up may exclude the gay men that may visit this site.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Only if we can celebrate "Hetero Day"... other wise just show up just like the rest of us and have a good time.  If anyone gives you any shit there will be enough civilized people to to have your back (No pun intended)!

909Jeff
909Jeff

By the way, I'm dying to know how you came up with that name? 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Fish, Until know I have never questioned your gender because frankly it doesn't matter. But let me guess... Female? 

And let me tell you that picture is genius in advertising!  

Rocket J
Rocket J

I am guessing it comes from "a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle"

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I suppose it irks me because I grew up reading "Ms." magazine...but don't hold that against me. ;-)

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

The other commentors seems to feel the same way.  Why don't we have a Jew day or a Catholic day or a Zoroastrian day?  How 'bout a Mexican day or Canadian day?  Why do you want to single out gays for special treatment?  Like 909Jeff said, let everyone be equal.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Yup!  Its calle EQUAL rights for a reason!

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