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Nick Adams talks to Advocate.com about NYC club gay snub and using the Internet to spread the word

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Skoh-lE8sO0/SEQDYTF1c0I/AAAAAAAAIgg/jIosYRxRX2g/s400/Nick%2BAdams%2BChicago%2BPromo.jpgIt’s a different world for those who want to try and discriminate against gay people. Not only are we more primed than ever before to stand up for ourselves, we have the Internet to spread the word about any injustice – large or small.

I posted yesterday about in-demand Broadway performer Nick Adams (A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls) who decided to grab a drink with his boyfriend at the Turtle Bay Grill and Lounge when they were denied entrance by a smirking bouncer. The official reason was that Nick was breaking the club’s no white T-shirt rule but Nick saw others allowed in and put two-and-two together.

He did not cause a scene, he turned to Facebook and Twitter, linking a blog post he wrote about the incident. People were outraged and fans bombarding the bar with complaints.

A PR and marketing person for the bar had attempted to smooth things over but Nick re-iterates that he is very clear about what happened to him and no spin or explanations can change that.

“I work with a group called Live Out Loud, I’m constantly doing work with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, so if they want to donate a check or cash to that, awesome,” he said. “An apology letter that sort of makes it look like I was confused about what was happening is not what I was looking for.”

Despite everything, Adams says he’s shocked and thrilled at the response he’s received from friends and fans.

“It’s been tough times for [the gay community], and I think people are more sensitive now to little things like this that, in 2009, are just unacceptable. And especially with the help of the Internet — we’re a strong community, we have a lot of pride, and I think it’s beautiful to see people I don’t know back me up on this and say, ‘We shouldn’t have to deal with this.’”

Well said!

NEXT FOR NICK: He is gearing up for his solo cabaret show debut at New York’s famed Birdland on August 17. For more information visit BirdlandJazz.com or Adams’s official website.

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