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Drag could subvert the rules at male-only ‘gentlemen’s club’

Nick Duffy December 12, 2015
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One of London’s last male-only private clubs has opted to keep a ban on women… but one member has come up with a fantastic solution.

The famous Garrick Club has been operating since 1831, and is one of the last venues to operate a “gentlemen only” policy banning female members.

A number of proposals to end the ban have failed to reach a required two-thirds majority – with the latest such vote attracting support from 50.5% of existing members earlier this year.

However, one studious observer of the club’s rules might have cracked a workaround.

According to the Standard, Garrick member Clive Francis mooted the idea in the club’s magazine.

He wrote: “All is not lost, there is a glimmer of hope at hand, a compromise.

“From what I can gather, although women may not become members, there is nothing to stop members becoming women… as long as they’re wearing a tie.”
Drag could subvert the rules at male-only ‘gentlemen’s club’
The writer proposed a Garrick drag dinner, to “soften the blow for those whose fervent wish to see ladies enter our ranks as members was dashed”.

He wrote: “I have had an occasional foray into fishnets, as an all-singing, all-dancing hag in D Potter’s Lipstick on Your Collar.

“I am sure there have been many other worthy members who have at one time or another enjoyed the fragrant attire of the female undergarment.”

Related topics: club, Cross-dressing, drag, London, Women

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