Barbados entrepreneur, Charles ‘Charlie Spice’ Lewis has reported an overwhelmingly positive response to a club for members of the LGBT community that has been advertised on social media.
Lewis asserted that the response is reflective of a paradigm shift in how Barbadians are seeing that segment of society, according to Barbados Today.
The newspaper quoted the entrepreneur as saying that that ever since he started advertising his new club, G Lounge Barbados, on social media over the last 48 hours, word has spread quickly, and has been mostly very positive.
“We have had 75 applications for membership and another 60 inquiries (about membership). I have also spoken to visitors from the LGBT community who are over the moon about it and are even willing to extend their vacations here so they can patronize it when it opens later this month. I have also had a positive response from some prominent Barbadians who say they have been longing for a place like this,” Lewis told Barbados Today.
While acknowledging there were other clubs with the G Lounge name in New York and Philadelphia among other places, Lewis said the name of his establishment was distinct enough from his counterparts’ not to create any problems, and indeed he had reached out to them regarding cross-promotion opportunities.
The businessman said he had encountered no legal difficulties with establishing the club, since it was located on a property he already owned.
But he cautioned club members, especially the visitors, about public displays of affection owing to the nature of Barbadian society for the most part.