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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 &mdash...

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 Manh...

My First Gay Bar!

Christian Lewis | Posted 02.02.2016 | 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, ...

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 protes...

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

Michael C. Bryan | Posted 02.02.2016 | 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 02.02.2016 | 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.

Dancing at The Abbey

Andrew Nackerud | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Nackerud

If there were gay rights trading cards, my character would have high tolerance, 9 acceptance, 10 respect and telekinesis. But in spite of all this power, the moment I stepped foot in The Abbey in West Hollywood and a man caressed the chest hair protruding from my V-neck, I flipped out.

Gay Man Assaulted Outside Popular NYC Bar: Report

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A gay man was allegedly attacked outside of a popular New York nightspot in what appears to be a spate of citywide assaults. ABC 7 reports that th...

Beyond The Orange Glow: How We Gay Men Use Grindr

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Extein, MSW

It's Saturday night, and I'm at a Silver Lake gay bar with some friends. Despite the packed room, my friend Zack is fixed to his iPhone. Our friends' nudges and pokes can't shift his eagle eyes from the warm, orange glow. What bothers us is Zack's inability to interact with his surroundings.

My First Gay Bar

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J. Patrick Redmond

My first gay bar was the first night of the rest of my life. Perhaps sharing our "my first gay bar" stories will reveal to those still struggling for acceptance that their community is out there, waiting for them under a silver, disco-ball moon.

Iconic NYC Gay Bar To Shutter By End Of Month

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Iconic New York gay bar Rawhide is expected to close its doors by the end of the month. Jeremiah's Vanishing New York blog reports that the leathe...

PHOTOS: 5 Closeted Gay Hot Spots

Posted 02.14.2013 | Travel

Because the march of progress is as unstoppable as the best pride parades, attitudes toward homosexuality are changing around the globe and new destin...

LOOK: Sports Illustrated Honors Gay Sports Fans In Super Bowl Issue

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Sports Illustrated surprised some readers by featuring a photo Hi Tops, a popular gay sports bar in San Francisco's Castro District, in its annual Sup...

Take Your Bachelorette Party Somewhere Else

Katie Miller | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Katie Miller

After my angsty Facebook status regarding bachelorette parties in gay bars received more "likes" than my picture with the president, I feel as if I've received a mandate to explain what it is that is just so wrong about brides-to-be in gay spaces.

Queeries: The Delicate Challenge of How to Lose Someone at a Bar... Politely

Steven Petrow | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steven Petrow

Casually mention your have a boyfriend or partner (even if you don't). That should do the trick (unless he's interested in a three-way). If he's still breathing down your neck, you'll have to add: "And we're 100 percent monogamous."

When I Get Married, Will It Be A 'Gay Marriage'?

Robyn Harper | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robyn Harper

I believe our crusade for equality will fair better by leaving sexual orientation out of marriage -- that's what we want, after all: no gender-based distinction, and our end goal is marriage, not "gay marriage."