London Gay Bar Receives Hateful Postcard Espousing Homophobia and Racism

by Sam Cronin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday November 14, 2019

The Admiral Duncan, a gay bar in Soho, London, received a postcard seemingly from the Phillippines, claiming "Old Compton Street was much better before you lot turned it into a gay street." The letter went on to use racially offensive terms to refer to the neighborhood's Italian, Jewish and Irish populations, and referred to those groups as "the salt beef of the earth."

A spokesperson for the Admiral Duncan told "London has a rich, diverse cultural roots and is accepting of all nationalities, faiths and backgrounds. We are proud to be part of such an inclusive city and the Admiral Duncan has been central to the transformation of Soho as the community has diversified over the years."

The establishment posted a photo of the postcard online, which received responses ranging from bemusement to critical backlash. Some seemed not to take the card seriously initially, such as Debra Hillyard, who wrote: "Bloody hell!! I thought it was a joke at first sight, what a horrible person!!"

Others took the card as an opportunity to celebrate the positive impact on diversity the Admiral Duncan has had on the neighborhood over the years, such as Georgia Agass, who wrote: "Oh wow, this reminds me why I need to visit OCS more often — far more welcoming and fun now in 2019 and past two decades than in this person's memory! Keep being awesome."

The postcard can be seen below in this Twitter update, as well as the comments from people in the neighborhood and beyond.