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The Pros and Cons of Straight Guys in Gay Bars

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 09.02.2014 | Gay 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 04.21.2014 | Gay 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 05.20.2014 | Gay 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 03.28.2014 | Gay 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 07.22.2013 | Gay 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 09.10.2013 | Gay 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 07.21.2013 | Gay 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 05.14.2013 | Gay 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 06.16.2013 | Gay 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.

Iconic NYC Gay Bar To Shutter By End Of Month

Posted 03.04.2013 | Gay 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 01.29.2013 | Gay 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 01.30.2013 | Gay 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 08.18.2012 | Gay 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 08.06.2012 | Gay 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."

Should ALL Gay Bars Ban Bachelorette Parties?

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 05.26.2012 | Los Angeles

The Abbey, known as the best gay bar in LA and the world, has banned bachelorette parties until marriage is legal for everyone. “I just felt aft...

Poll Position: Do Separatist Policies Benefit Or Harm The LGBT Community? Vote Now! (POLL)

Posted 05.04.2012 | Gay Voices

Another Friday, another Poll Position and your chance to sound off on a topic facing the LGBT community. This week's question is inspired by a curi...

Off-Limits PDA: Danish Gay Bar Bans Straight Couples From Kissing While Visiting

Posted 05.03.2012 | Gay Voices

A Danish gay bar has sparked international debate after reportedly banning all heterosexual couples from kissing while visiting. As Pink News and ...

Joseph Erbentraut

Is Gay Bar's 'No Women After 11' Policy Legal?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.08.2012 | Chicago

A gay bar in Chicago's LGBT-centric Boystown neighborhood is under investigation by the state's Department of Human Rights based on reports that it ba...

Lesbophobia In A Gay Bar: A Personal Account

Zach Stafford | Posted 05.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Zach Stafford

During a break from bingo, I suddenly heard the drag queen yell over the mic, "Hey, I know you're lesbians and all, but this is a gay bar!" among a few other hateful comments. I thought, "Wait, did a man impersonating a woman just yell at women for being in a 'gay' bar?"

Love Grind (Part 1)

Marten Weber | Posted 03.13.2012 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

Social dating apps are changing the way we find sex partners and fall in love. What are the implications of these handy little widgets, both on traditional dating options and the psyche of those addicted to social apps?

Dan Savage Recounts First Trip To A Chicago Gay Bar

Posted 08.28.2011 | Chicago

As part of a new Slate feature closing out Pride Month, eleven prominent gay, lesbian and bisexual writers, including David Rakoff, Alison Bechdel and...

The Best Bars In America

The Daily Meal | Posted 09.16.2011 | Home
The Daily Meal

Bars are wonderful institutions, part watering-hole, part social hub, part cultural phenomenon -- places where people go when they want to be out ...

PHOTOS: Some Great Places To Celebrate Coming Out Day In Chicago

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's National Coming Out Day, Chicago. Whether you are queer and proud of it or a supporter of gay rights--it's a good day to celebrate. Coming Out ...