The SFGN Gayvine – September 1, 2010
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando's oldest gay entertainment club, the Parliament House, faces foreclosure and is headed into receivership, according to court filings.
Houston-based Southwest Guaranty Ltd. and Compass Bank of Alabama initiated foreclosure actions against the property in July over a $7.5 million mortgage that matured at the end of 2009. Attorneys for the creditors said Monday they expect it will taken over this week by a court-appointed receiver, which would continue the club’s operations under court orders.
The hotel, which opened in the 1960s as a stopover along what was then a highly traveled section of U.S. Highway 441, suffered after Interstate 4 opened in the mid-1960s and became the preferred route for travelers through Central Florida. Historians say it became a gay club in the 1970s.
Entrepreneur Donald Granastein and his wife purchased it in 1999 and have operated it since then. The couple have been credited with renovating and reinvigorating the somewhat-faded landmark on the western edge of downtown.
Granastein said Monday he didn’t have the money to repay the note when it came due. He added that he holds the liquor license and expects to continue operating it, even under a receiver.
“Am I happy with this? That’s a big no,” he said. “But I’m stuck with whatever happens, and we will be open 100 percent.”
Lenders have taken the initial steps to foreclose on the property, which is owned and controlled by Grantastein, president of Parliament Partners Inc.; Gerald Cadesky; and the Gardens LLC.
Village Voice Media Launch AfterDarkLA.com
The LA Weekly and parent company Village Voice Media have officially launched AfterDarkLA.com, a new sex-centric website that unabashedly dares readers to explore the sexier side of the other city that never sleeps.
“AfterDarkLA.com is the go-to spot for sex stories, advice and tips, and is without a doubt the sexiest way to procrastinate online,” AfterDarkLA.com Web Editor Anne Hodder said. “Our articles revolve around topics typically tossed around with a dose of giggling, groaning and a gimlet or three – if people can muster the courage to share! AfterDarkLA.com is a place in which to both show and tell, and pick up some pointers while you’re at it.”
LAWeekly’s newest city blog also lifts the sheets to expose Los Angeles’ not-so-private parts, showing readers the local events, clubs and very special occasions they’d never have known existed. From erotic poetry slams to bondage demonstrations to monster sales at the best adult shops in town.
“AfterDarkLA.com brings carnal news, sex advice and the sex industries’ best writers, designers, performers and entertainers together on one open-minded website,” LAWeekly Advertising Director Mat Cooperstein said. “We now can connect companies, service providers and anyone with the common goal of opening the minds of the masses.”
AfterDarkLA.com also gives readers the opportunity to explore L.A. Libido, an entire column devoted to user-submitted stories of sex tales and erotic rendezvous “too good to keep inside.”
Rumor has it that if the Los Angeles launch is successful, then South Florida may be there next target market.
BRAZILIAN POLITICAL CANDIDATE PROMISES STRIP CLUB IN EVERY TOWN
According to purestrange.wordpress.com, a female candidate for Brazil’s parliament has come up with one of the election season’s more intriguing campaign pledges – a strip club in every town,The Guardian reported Friday.
Adriely fatal, 23, a stripper and “erotic actress” from northeast Brazil, told the paper: “My campaign is different to the others. I’m using sensuality to attract votes – I’m trying to attract young people and men.”
Fatal is one of four adult entertainers battling it out for a place in Ceara state’s local assembly in hopes of forming a “sex lobby.”
She claims she has about 10,000 votes lined up so far and if she can reach 12,000 her campaign manager believes she will clinch the seat in upcoming October general elections, the Guardian said.
But it’s not all about strip clubs, she told the British paper. Fatal, who campaigns outside the local football stadium by dancing on a truck, promised: “I’m going to concentrate on healthcare and on showing people that just because I use tight clothes it doesn’t mean that I can’t do a proper job.”