Requiem for The Country Club

Once upon a time, an intoxicated orgy at The Country Club which you struggled to piece together the following day was the sign of a highly successful visit.  Not anymore.

WWL-TV proudly announced on Tuesday that – thanks to its sleuthing! – The Country Club was ending its well-known “clothing optional” policy following allegations that a woman was drugged and sexually assaulted by men at the iconic Bywater pool.  The Country Club once attracted an almost exclusively gay (and very frisky) clientele.  When it reopened under new ownership following Hurricane Katrina, the crowd grew increasingly straight while the neighborhood around it gentrified.  Along with more heterosexuals came more rules, more regulations, and a slow death of the “anything goes” culture that its gay clientele enjoyed. (more…)