Having used the Old Red Lion for a number of years until three or four years ago I for one am pleased to see a change. In no way am I homophobic but they were intent in taking over and needed to be told this is a "public house" and not just for gay men, lesbians and TV's. Nor was it a social club for their use only. The new manager is very abrasive and clearly has graduated with honours from the Humphrey School of Charm and Diplomacy, no doubt when he has been put in his place by customers he and his partner will come to realise they are there for the customers benefit and not the other way round. It would be helpful if customers knew what the opening times were rather than him just shrugging his shoulders when asked.
Having said that I am pleased that the dross that used to go in there during the day no longer do so and assume they now frequent the Duncan or Elliot which is where they belong!
I can't imagine and don't imagine that for one moment the local gay community "conspired" to take over the Old Red Lion. If one or two customers of a certain group, gay, bikers, townies, rockers, etc, find a pub comfortable, then they will tell their friends and bring their friends and that's how a pub can build its customer base.
This is probably what has happened to the Old Red Lion with its gay customer base, and so be it. If a new landlord takes over a particular pub he/she should have done his/her research first to find this out and if not happy, then he/she should not have taken it over. Any new landlord that is not happy with a significant customer base should like it or lump it - they bring in the money.