San Francisco, CA – February 16, 2020: A new gay bar in San Francisco’s Mission District is trying to change the conversation around gay men in hairdressing, with the creation of a new service, a gay bar and a website.
“We’re hoping that by putting this out there and bringing the gay community in and saying ‘Hey, this is what we’ve been waiting for,’ it can be a catalyst for people who might not be comfortable to come in,” said San Francisco-based bar manager Brandon Williams, a self-proclaimed gay haberdasher.
The San Francisco haberdaing and stylist, a former porn star and a hairdo stylist in his own right, was inspired by the “sugar daddy” culture and what he calls “the sexual assault culture.”
“What we want to do is create this new gay culture,” he said.
“If you look at the ‘sugar daddies’ of yesteryear, they were straight guys who were doing it for their own sexual gratification, so it’s just a natural part of life.
But now you’re seeing it in gay men as well.
And the sexual assault is part of it.
We want to say, ‘Hey.
This is what happens to men in a gay relationship.’
They had been working on the concept for several months before opening their doors last month. “
The gay bar, located at 2120 Mission St., was founded by a couple who said they were trying to provide a space for gay men to connect and celebrate.
“And to do that, we want it to be welcoming, we need to be accessible and inclusive, and we need it to look like it was designed by gay men.” “
Our goal is to be the most authentic gay bar anywhere,” said bar manager and haberdamager Brandon Williams.
“And to do that, we want it to be welcoming, we need to be accessible and inclusive, and we need it to look like it was designed by gay men.”
It also has a focus on the hairdos and the style of hairdresses that are the most popular among gay men, said bar staff member and stylists Michael and Stephanie Kardashians, who also run the popular “Hairdressers San Francisco” blog.
“For many gay men there is a stigma attached to it, because it is not like it is for straight men,” said Michael Kardasian.
“But what we’re trying to do with this bar is not only do it be welcoming and accessible, but to also bring the gay culture in and say, OK, I can be gay and I am here to share this.”
The gay bar has had a few regulars who were not necessarily in the closet when they first walked in, but that has changed.
A former porn actor and hairdoir stylist he has worked with at least a dozen times, he has been working as a bar manager for two years. “
“We have a really good vibe here,” said stylist Mike Kardastian.
A former porn actor and hairdoir stylist he has worked with at least a dozen times, he has been working as a bar manager for two years.
“They’re really passionate about the business. “
Now we have a lot more of our regulars who are really into the gay lifestyle, and they’re really into it,” he added.
“They’re really passionate about the business.
I’m sure it has changed their outlook.”
Kardasaians said that, if anything, it has helped the bar’s growth.
“What’s amazing about the gay hairstylist industry is that, for the first time, people are actually talking about it,” said Kardasuian.
He added that the bar has also become more inclusive.
“The bar has a lot fewer gay men than I would like, so that has really helped the community grow,” he noted.
The bar’s focus on a new gay gay culture is one of the reasons why the couple has been able to attract some major names.
“There’s so many great names that have come in, like Jay-Z, Rihanna, Katy Perry,” said Stephanie Kastiian.
Kardastaisians has been busy, but not as busy as other gay bar managers.
“Sometimes it can feel like, well, we don’t have the same level of attention that a straight bar has.
But this has been the most positive thing I’ve seen in my life,” said Williams.
He said that the gay salon’s first customers are mainly from outside the Bay Area.
“When we first opened, it was a big deal.
But, now, it’s all about the people that come in and they have a great experience,” he concluded.
“So we’re hoping to continue to grow.”
San Francisco Chronicle: San Fran, Calif.