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Protest Planned Against Gay Bar Owner Who Compared Obama to Chimp

The Louisville Fairness Campaign is joining a group of African-American LGBT residents in protesting a gay bar owner who compared President Obama to a chimpanzee.

Small businessman Michael Flatt owns Tryangles and Teddy Bears, two gay bars in the city. Last week, he posted a picture to his Facebook page that showed former President Ronald Reagan feeding a chimp. The caption said it was a photograph of Reagan babysitting Mr. Obama in the early 1960s.

Since then, several black LGBT residents and activists have voiced outrage at the incident and the group Kentuckiana Black-Gay Pride has organized a demonstration outside Tryangles for this Friday.

“For me and my community it’s deeper than a picture. Even if you take Obama out of the situation, what is funny about the picture? It was created for racial humor only because when you question them what’s funny they can’t answer,” says Tanya Couch, founder of Kentuckiana Black-Gay Pride. “It is a lot of outrage for me. You are depicting our whole community as chimps and that’s not funny.”