A week of tribute to activism, Part 2 of 7: Mahoney’s backs down from drag queen event luring children, makes it “adult only,” as “the pen is mightier than the sword”

A week of tribute to activism, Part 2 of 7: Mahoney’s backs down from drag queen event luring children, makes it “adult only,” as “the pen is mightier than the sword”

Image: Lord Lytton, who was British author Edward Bulwer-Lytton, wrote his most famous line, “the pen is mightier than the sword,” in 1839. He was a Conservative Member of the British Parliament and served as Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1858 to 1859.

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports

The Woodlands, June 21 – Mahoney’s Texish Bar and Restaurant backed down from its June 26 drag queen event after this newspaper reported that it sought to lure children to appreciate the transgender and gay lifestyle by offering that they would eat free at the event. The Woodlands pub “updated” its event policy and now prohibits children under the age of 18 from attending.

It’s an example of the fact that “the pen is mightier than the sword,” as British author Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote in 1839. Less than a day after The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, published the article about the event, Mahoney’s responded, even though its management had ignored requests for comment prior to publication. Please see “Woodlands Pub seeks to lure children into transgender, gay lifestyle with ‘Drag Me to Brunch’ event,” The Golden Hammer, June 17, 2022, https://thegoldenhammer.net/woodlands-pub-seeks-to-lure-children-into-transgender-gay-lifestyle-with-drag-me-to-brunch-event/

Parents and others in the community responded with heavy criticism and telephone calls to the pub, which claims that seventy percent (70%) of its employees are gay or transgender. By the end of the day on Friday, June 17, 2022, the owners of the restaurant overrode the managers and excluded children from the drag queen event.

Mahoney’s issued a press release late Friday and tried to criticize “the use of social media to blast a small business,” the precise means by which this newspaper and the community response to this newspaper’s article were able to bring the “small business” back into line with community standards of acceptable social behavior.

Community leader David Black said, “I guess a lot of people called and it looks like it had an impact.  Mahoney’s put out a press release saying the event will go on, but no kids allowed – must be 18 or older even if with a parent, IDs will be checked for all.  The reasonable tone of the press release is quite different from the borderline hostile tone of the guy answering the phone when my wife and daughters called.  My guess is the firestorm escalated to the point that the owners stepped in to override the restaurant manager and his 70% gay staff.”

This newspaper is an example of the positive impact of political activism on the direction of our community. The Golden Hammer has published thousands of articles and helped to bring about enormous reforms, some quite rapidly, to the Montgomery County Commissioners Court, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Woodlands Township, local Emergency Service Districts, the Texas Legislature, the Conroe Independent School District, and some scofflaw local businesses, among many others.

Mahoney’s defensive press release follows in its entirety:

“Family-owned and operated bar and restaurant in The Woodlands Texas serves and supports the entire community of Montgomery County.

“THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Mahoney’s Texish Bar & Restaurant is a family-owned and operated restaurant and bar located at the Waterway of The Woodlands, Texas. The owners of this fun and exciting establishment are pillars of the community, as they have lived here their entire lives and chose to raise their families in this area. They are well known in the community for donating hours of their time volunteering as coaches for youth sports, and at all the local elementary through high school events. They are an exceptional family to have in you and your children’s lives.

“Recently, Mahoney’s owners and staff decided that it would be nice to give back to the LGBTQ community during pride week, and in doing so, they coordinated a ‘Drag Me to Brunch’ event for June 26th, 2022. The event was a way of giving back to a segment of The Woodlands community that gives graciously to their business. ‘Drag me to Brunch’ was not coordinated to make a political or social statement. The event was to be fun and, at the same time, celebrate Pride Month, which is held annually during June.

“Mahoney’s Texish Bar & Restaurant would like to go on the record to dispel misinformation on social media. The Drag Show scheduled was by no means going to be a show similar to what was witnessed in Dallas a few weeks ago. Children were not going to be performing (as suggested on social media platforms), and there was never a ‘Kids Eat Free’ promotion to lure children to this event. Children 18 years and younger had to be accompanied by their parents, and they would have to pay for their kids’ meals. The owners and staff never intended to offend or alienate their loyal and supportive customers. After the past few days, it is essential to make this very clear,  the owners and staff of Mahoney’s Texish Bar & Restaurant are all about providing a safe and inclusive restaurant for their patrons.

“‘Drag me to Brunch’ WILL continue as planned on June 26th, 2022, as Mahoney’s feels it is vital for them to give back to the LGBTQ community. People on both sides of this issue need to remember that small businesses and small business owners fuel the economy of this country, and canceling anyone for any reason should not be accepted. Constructive communication is key and the most acceptable form of resolving an issue.  The use of social media to blast a small business without all the facts is not how Texans act and should not be tolerated on any level.

“The owners and staff at Mahoney’s heard the arguments on both sides regarding this event and felt compelled to compromise. The event will continue, but those who attend must be 18 or older regardless if accompanied by a parent. You will be asked for ID at the door. Pleasing everyone in the hospitality industry is an impossible task, and “we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but concerns have been heard and are now addressed.”

“The owners, who wish to remain anonymous, stated, ‘We feel as if we have come to a solution that will benefit all involved. We look forward to the event and a packed house on Sunday, the 26th. We want to make it clear that Mahoney’s Texish Bar & Restaurant supports ALL people of Montgomery County and surrounding areas regardless of Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation, or Political Affiliation. We have a restaurant/bar where people can come to escape all the insanity going on in this world. We do not want to be a part of adding to that insanity.’

“In closing, if you are 18 years and older and would like to enjoy a very talented group of performers while also celebrating pride month, on June 26th, 2022, come to ‘Drag Me To Brunch’ at Mahoney’s Texish Restaurant and Bar.  24 Waterway Ste. 100, The Woodlands Texas  77380.”

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