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David Cooley's Abbey is also his castle
David Cooley's Abbey is also his castle

Ohio native David Cooley opened the Abbey in 1991 as a gay coffee and pastry shop. The West Hollywood landmark has evolved into an iconic gay bar that Cooley has no qualms about using as a platform to support his beliefs. His security guards for a while carried head shots of the anti-gay politicians Cooley has banned. The California section's Hailey Branson-Potts loitered at the Abbey recently, grilling Cooley on such topics as why, for a while, he shut down the straight bachelorette parties that used to come and ogle the Abbey's go-go dancers. We later emailed him questions and crunched the conversation into this: They say your gay bar's gone too straight. We fight to...

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