Someone set fire to a rainbow flag outside of Bourbon (2321 18th St. NW) on Sunday, owner James Patrick Woods told the Washington Blade yesterday. The flag-burning occurred on the same day that someone spray painted the words “down with the gay agenda” on a sidewalk in Dupont.
Locals Morgan Tepper — who also goes by DJ Lisa Frank — and Legba Carrefour will hold a “gay-in” at the bar and replace the flag at 8 p.m. tonight. During the event, queer activists and allies will present Woods with a new rainbow flag in an act of solidarity and support.
“The main goal of this is to be make people feel OK and not be scared,” Tepper said. “When you get scared, it’s very detrimental to a community.”
Attendees are encouraged to “be a little more affectionate than usual” during the event, Tepper said, in order to make their presence known.
“You can burn down a flag… but it doesn’t mean the gay community is going to go away,” Tepper said. “We’re not going to be afraid of you.” She added that “thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need physical action.”
Following the event, Tepper and other DJs will spin tunes inside the bar.
Photo via Facebook / Bourbon Adams Morgan