Bart and friends were having a great time on a Saturday evening at a bar in London when a bouncer came in and started yelling at them.
“This is a big deal,” the bouncer said.
“We have to let you in.
This is not a bar.
This isn’t a nightclub.
This bar is a nightclub.”
The bar’s manager, who was in the bar with her husband, was on the phone with the bouncers, so they knew the bouncier was talking about the club.
“I thought, ‘This is it’,” she recalls.
“They had come into my bar, they were yelling at me, and I thought, what the hell is happening?”
Bart and his friends went to the front door to ask for help.
They had only just arrived and there was nowhere to hide.
But the bouncy house is not meant to be a safe space, and it wasn’t long before someone was killed inside.
“It was like a firefight,” says Bart.
“The bouncer went up to the window, put his gun to my head, and said, ‘You’ve got to get out of the way now’.” Bart was shot in the chest and back, and then he died in hospital.
“Bart was a very good man, and he loved music, so he went into a trance and listened to all these great artists.
I’m not going to lie, I was a bit scared at the time, but I was in shock, too,” he says.
“If he was still alive, he would have been just like me.”
Bart’s death, and subsequent case that sparked nationwide protests against the UK’s ban on gay men dancing in bars, became a national cause celebre for many people, including celebrities such as Lady Gaga.
But there is one part of the UK where the ban remains in place.
The BBC’s Paul Gompertz travelled to Edinburgh to find out why.
“In the last two weeks there has been a huge push for Scotland to get rid of its ban on dancing gay men in bars,” says Gomprich.
“But there is this strange anomaly in Scotland where they still have the ban.
There is a lot of people who are against gay men, who feel it is not fair for the rest of us to be excluded.”
“In Scotland the bar culture is so strong, and so ingrained, that even if you’re a gay man you still get to dance in a bar,” says Gaynor Smith, who runs the Edinburgh Gay Pride, which was the catalyst for the Edinburgh Bar Brawls protests.
“People say, ‘Why should I have to dance with someone I don’t like?'”
Gaynor has worked to get people to understand that there are people who can support you and people who won’t.
“My first job as a bar manager was to take people to the bar.
I said, you’ve got a lot going on, so why don’t you tell your friends about it?'”
“My friends who are straight, or gay, they don’t know it, but the bar is part of their identity, and they feel a responsibility to support and support people who aren’t like them.”
The bar in question is called The Blue Cross, which has a bar called The Big House, a bar where straight and gay people gather, and a bar with a barbershop called The Barber Shop.
“You can have the same conversations at The Blue Crockery, or The Big Bar, or any bar you want,” says Barber Tony Condon.
“At The Big Blue Cross you can say, you know, I can’t dance with this person, so you can’t hang out with them.
At The Big Barber Shop you can go and hang out and talk about what you like.
It’s just a different space.”
Barbershop owner Tony Corman is one of many who support The Blue Collars protests.
But it’s not just The Blue Colours who support the movement.
The Big House barbers in Edinburgh, The Big Hair Shop in Glasgow, and The Barber House in the Scottish capital Edinburgh have all called for the ban to be removed.
“In the past I’ve been to bars, but in the past 10 years I’ve come here a lot more,” says Tony.
“Every night, when you go to a bar, you can talk to people about what’s going on in their lives.
There’s no judgement, no judgment.
People are just being themselves.
There are so many people in the world who are gay and are very supportive, and we want the same.
We don’t need any more bars.
We want to stop discrimination.”
“We need to change the law and make it legal to be who you are and to enjoy life as you want.”
Bart and his girlfriend, Bethany, are planning to launch a campaign to have the law changed, but they also want to support people struggling with the ban and those who are