How I Met Your Mother is a sitcom that premiered on CBS in 2005 and ran for nine seasons. It follows Ted Mosby (Bob Saget) and his friends Marshall (Jason Segel), Lily (Alyson Hannigan), and Robin (Cobie Smulders). The show also had recurring actors like Joe Manganiello, Jayma Mays, and Cristin Milioti.
While the show focuses on Ted and his friends, it also highlights LGBTQ+ culture. This includes gay bars. Gay bars are typically located in rough neighborhoods and can be dangerous. They are also notorious for being hot spots for pickpockets, pedophiles, and other types of predators. Because of this, it is important to be mindful when visiting one and to exercise common sense.
Despite this, many straight people still visit gay bars. However, they should be aware of how invasive and offensive this can be for queer people. They should respect the opinions and needs of their queer counterparts to make these spaces safer for everyone.
This episode of How I Met Your Mother shows how the gang goes to a gay bar in New York City. At the bar, there is a lot of camp and kitsch. The walls are covered with trinkets and nick-nacks, and there is usually a vintage disco song playing not too loudly in the background. The girls are happy that they are not being hit on by men while Marshall and Ted start to get tired of it. Eventually, James tells the guys that he and his fiance Tom are adopting a son and they all become more supportive of the marriage.