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New Documentary To Focus On LGBTQ 'Safe Spaces' In The South

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.08.2016 | Queer Voices

A Canadian filmmaker is hoping to explore the plight of the LGBTQ community in the southern U.S. as part of a new documentary. In 2017, director Malc...

Gay? Still #NotOkay

David G. Dodge | Posted 11.03.2016 | Queer Voices
David G. Dodge

Thanks to a hashtag campaign that has flooded Twitter recently, it's become clear that some women share a far more disturbing first with gay men: unwanted physical attention.

Pokemon Gay

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

The phenomenal success of Pokemon Go has inspired me. I have developed a new game for the gay male community that combines the best features of the augmented-reality game Pokemon Go with gay hook-up apps like Grindr. I call it Pokemon Gay.

After 50 Years, Iconic San Francisco Gay Bar On The Verge Of Closing

NewNowNext | James Nichols | Posted 07.05.2016 | Queer Voices

San Francisco could be losing another legendary gay bar. Following a rent increase of 300%, the iconic gay bar The Stud could be forced to close i...

In The Wake Of Orlando: How Uneasy I (Still) Feel

Michael Rohrer | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

I have needed all my courage to throw my shoulders back, hold my head up, and walk down the street, completely visible -- vitally visible -- in the days since waking to the nightmare in Orlando.

Without A Pulse

Ryley Rubin Pogensky | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Ryley Rubin Pogensky

I fight every day to be able to breathe as a POC person. As a queer person. As a trans person. It is on dance floors that many of us forget all of the "others" that we are. We rightfully lose ourselves.

Inside Mongolia’s Only Gay Bar

Gawker | James Nichols | Posted 06.05.2016 | Queer Voices

At the only gay bar in the most sparsely populated independent country in the world, Zorig Alima tells me he’s a “penis shaman.” The proprietor ...

In Praise of Visiting the Gay Bar, at Any Age

William Dameron | Posted 03.19.2017 | Queer Voices
William Dameron

The modern day fight for LGBT rights began in a bar and there was a generation who fought for those rights but did not live long enough to see them come to fruition. The least I can do is raise a glass to them every now and then and perhaps under the disco lights, steal a kiss from my husband.

Lessons From Larry Kramer for a New Generation

Harry Lewis | Posted 03.16.2017 | Queer Voices
Harry Lewis

I too want queerness to be more than about just sex -- because living in a world where Republican candidates still reduce our community to animalistic, immoral heathens, it does us no favors to reduce ourselves to this one tiny piece of who we are.

Grindr Founder Responds To Claim That The Hook-Up Is Killing Gay Bars

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.15.2016 | Queer Voices

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai recently spoke out about claims that the gay hook-up and dating app is contributing to the death of the gay bar by enablin...

San Francisco's Oldest Gay Bar May Be Closing Soon

SFist | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Another one bites the dust, and this one's sad. One of the more charming remaining gay dives in the vicinity of Polk Street and the Tenderloin — one...

This Iconic NYC Gay Bar Is Celebrating Its 20-Year Anniversary

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

One of the most iconic gay bars in New York City just reached a massive milestone -- its 20-year anniversary. Barracuda opened in 1995 in Manhattan's ...

My First Gay Bar!

Christian Lewis | Posted 12.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Christian Lewis

As of yesterday, I am 27 days shy of (finally) turning 21, that magical age when I will legally be allowed to go to all the clubs, bars, and major par...

Bar Owner Faces Backlash After Kicking A Gay Couple Out For Kissing

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The owner of a North Carolina bar has come under fire for reportedly kicking a gay couple out of her establishment for kissing, but she contends she w...

A New 'Gay Bar' Targets Russian Anti-LGBT Laws

Associated Press | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

HELSINKI (AP) — Two Swedish comedians say they built a reconstruction of the "Police Academy" gay bar on Russia-owned land in Finland to protest a R...

Farrah Fawcett-Majors Made Me Realize I'm Super Gay

Michael C. Bryan | Posted 09.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael C. Bryan

I always told people I didn't know I was gay as a kid. But there it was, a photo of me, at 12, wearing a Farrah Fawcett-Majors T-shirt. In Montana.

An Interview with Club King Mario Diaz

Michael Podell | Posted 07.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Podell

In the ephemeral world of queer nightlife, it's rare to find a constant and important figure. Mario Diaz, who first made a name for himself back in 90s New York City with his take on what nightlife could be, is just such a person.

Chelsea, I Love You

Rick Schmutzler | Posted 05.27.2015 | New York
Rick Schmutzler

Over the last three years, I've had to answer seemingly endless questions asking if we were staying, how it felt to be in a dying neighborhood and if we were threatened because "all the gays left." Let me be clear about this: Chelsea is NOT dying.

The Pros and Cons of Straight Guys in Gay Bars

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jeremy Helligar

I have mixed feelings about straight men in gay bars. Should gay spaces be for gay people only? Straight men can disrupt the aura of acceptance in a gay space. We go to gay bars and clubs not just to drink, dance and score, but to celebrate our own desires in a safe place, away from homophobic hecklers and heterosexuality.

Landlord Allegedly Won't Let Bar Become A Gay Bar

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Lulu's -- a Greenpoint, Brooklyn bar known for good music and FREE PIZZA -- has been losing money. So the owner, John McGillion, had an idea: He'd tur...

5 Simple Rules for Straight Women in Gay Bars

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jeremy Helligar

Ever since Will & Grace set a new standard for relationships between gay men and straight women by suggesting that our straight-female BFFs must be No. 1 in our lives, I've noticed an international trend of straight women increasingly dominating gay nightlife too.

The Myth of "Gay Male Privilege"

Noah Baron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Noah Baron

"Privilege" is not something that exists "out there" in the ether, or a quality that adheres to someone by virtue of having any sort of privilege; rather, privilege is relational.

Only in NYC: How Four Old Friends Opened a Gay Bar

Cody Lyon | Posted 11.08.2013 | New York
Cody Lyon

Late one warm August afternoon, the food, drink and people carnival that is the stretch of Ninth Avenue running down the center of Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen is up and running. Clinking plates and glasses join random chatter up and down the main drag.

Retro NYC Gay Bars Return In A Surprising Way!

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Wish you had a way to remember all the past nights at legendary bars and clubs aside from the monstrous hangover the next day? Well, if you like to we...

Coming Out in Boston in 1969

Thom Nickels | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Thom Nickels

In Boston in 1969, homosexuals were everywhere, but the trouble was finding them. I did a lot of walking around Boston on weekend nights trying to do just that. I was in the city as a 19-year-old conscientious objector fulfilling my alternate service work contract in lieu of military service.