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Reader: The Denver cops have gay bars in their sights

Last Friday night, the Denver Police Department did an undercover operation, sending underage police cadets to liquor establishments across Denver where they tried to buy booze. And succeeded in the case of four bars (and numerous liquor stores), all of which were cited for selling to a minor.

The bars that got stung? Boyz Town, Aqua Lounge, Highland Tavern and Denver Wheel Club 404.

See also: - Denver police sting nabs four bars for selling to minors - Highland Tavern is LoHi and mighty - Denver Wheel Club 404 rolls into Club 404

Two of the four are gay bars, which made some readers suspicious. Says peegee303:

Out of 28 bars that were checked (and 25 liquor stores), three were gay bars. That's 10.7% of the bars they checked. Denver has over 1200 bars with about 40 gay bars. That means that gay bars make up about 3.3% of the amount of bars in Denver. I don't presume to know why DPD chooses the bars they do for enforcement, but it's clear that the numbers indicate a disproportionate share of gay bars in their sights.

Are the Denver cops gunning for gay bars? Post your thoughts below.


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