Whoa Nellie’s – Racial Incident At D.C. Gay Bar Launches A Revolution

Saturday night at Nellie’s Sports Bar in Washington D.C. typically involves copious cocktails and dancing upstairs, but this past Saturday night the scene at the D.C. sports bar was far from celebratory. The LGBTQ community of D.C. started on a high that day, as our nation’s capital marked Pride on Saturday as well as the lifting of almost all COVID-19 restrictions. Unfortunately, it ended with 22 year-old Keisha Young being forcibly dragged down the stairs at Nellie’s by her hair by the establishment’s security. 


For her own part, Young ascertained that had not done anything to prompt the treatment she received during her visit to Nellie’s. She told WUSA9’s John Henry that the incident kicked off shortly after she walked up the stairs to the bar. “It was an altercation in there,” she said. “They were trying to get some other people out because somebody else brought a bottle in there. Somehow I got mixed up in an altercation because I look like somebody else and I got hit and dragged down the steps.” When asked by Young what should happen next, she simply said “I want them (Nellie’s) gone.” While maintaining that she did nothing wrong, Young did appreciate the large amount of support being shown, saying “I didn’t expect it to turn into something like this, to be honest, but I’m feeling very warm that a lot of people are out here helping support me.” 

For their own part, Nellie’s released a statement online saying “We were incredibly upset and disturbed to see the unfortunate event that took place at Nellie’s last night. We are undergoing a full investigation of the situation. At Nellie’s, we foster an inclusive and safe environment, so events like this are completely unacceptable to us.”


Keisha Young’s mother Tammy Young has set up a GoFundMe page as Keisha lost her glasses, iPhone, and shoes during the altercation.

5 thoughts on “Whoa Nellie’s – Racial Incident At D.C. Gay Bar Launches A Revolution”

  1. How is it racial when 90% of the people that hangout there are black, including the security guard? All about the Benjamin’s. Hell, for a go fund me or a payout, I will let someone pull me down the steps by my wig, lol!

    • The mom sure is jumping on the give me, “the money train”. Hopefully she will use some of the money to go back to school and learn how to speak intelligently, yo. Lol!

  2. I don’t care what bar where you are you don’t treat anyone regardless of color or anything like they are a piece of trash and she has rights to lay a suit against those who did this to her and the bar that hired them, but Nellie’s needs to make a full apology to her in person and live on some real format of media so that she is compensated for what things are going to cost her to replace. I don’t care what happened if someone tried that with me I’d be getting a lawyer to help me recover what things will cost and ask for a public covered apology and those “Security” guards fired first and in full view of the way they handled that situation entirely.

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