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  • All of Lauderdale’s Gay Bars in Jeopardy After Code Violations

    UPDATE on May 25, 4:45 p.m.: Mayor Trantalis met today with the city manager and city staff to discuss the recent decision they made to not renew the extended hours licenses of several bars that serve a gay clientele. Based on the meeting, the city will proceed with renewing these licenses. This will allow the bars to continue to remain open and serve alcohol after midnight. Staff’s initial intention was to try to address concerns about police calls and code violations by holding up the annual licenses. This was not the appropriate way to raise these matters with the establishments. The Police Department and the Code Enforcement Division will now work with the bar owners directly without targeting their licensing. Mayor Trantalis has consistently maintained that City Hall must be run in a business-friendly fashion. He also has long touted an appreciation for the city’s growing diversity. LGBT businesses and LGBT tourism are important components to our community, and Mayor Trantalis strives to ensure they are protected and nurtured. – Scott Wyman, Assistant to the Mayor 

    Once the center of nightlife in South Florida with well over a dozen gay bars, Fort Lauderdale now is the home to only five: Le Boy, Boardwalk, Mona’s, Slammers and the Ramrod.

  • Couple in Texas Beaten Outside of Gay Bar

    Four men were arrested and charged with beating a gay couple in Austin, Texas. Tristan Perry and Spencer Deehring were leaving a gay bar, hand in hand, when the men started yelling homophobic slurs at them.

  • Design Project Spotlights Defunct LGBT Bars

    (WM) Promoter and designer Art Smith has launched an online store highlighting defunct LGBTQ bars to honor and preserve community history.

  • Gay Bar-Restaurant Orchid Closes on Capitol Hill

    (WB) The Capitol Hill gay bar and restaurant Orchid, which opened in June 2018 on 8th Street, S.E. near the U.S. Marine Barracks, announced on Facebook this week that it has closed permanently.

  • GoFundMe Started for St. Pete Georgie’s Alibi Employees

    St. Petersburg, Fla. – The news of Georgie’s Alibi closing spread quickly through the community after Watermark broke the story Sept. 9. Many took to social media to share stories of the LGBT watering hole and to ask what this means for the gay bar scene in St. Pete.

  • Lincoln Gay Nightclub Heavily Damaged By Fire This Weekend

    LINCOLN (AP) — Investigators are working to determine what caused a fire that heavily damaged a Lincoln bar and knocked out power in the surrounding area.

  • Man Pleads Guilty in Fire at Seattle nightclub

    SEATTLE (AP) _ A man who set fire to a crowded Seattle nightclub just after midnight on New Year's Eve has pleaded guilty to a federal arson charge.

  • Man Seen On Video Trying To Set Tropics Restaurant Ablaze, Police Say

    One man's early morning attempt to set a restaurant on fire literally blew up in his face, and it was all captured by a surveillance camera.

  • Nevada Man Guilty in Plot To shoot up Gay Bar

    (WB) A Nevada man pleaded guilty Monday in Las Vegas to a series of charges, including planning to shoot customers at an LGBT bar, the AP reported.

  • Puerto Rico Gay Bar Becomes 'Oasis' After Maria

    It was around midnight on Feb. 2 at the Bear Tavern PR, a gay bar in the Ocean Park neighborhood of the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan, when a woman began to pass around pieces of her birthday cake.

  • Remembering the LGBT UpStairs Lounge Fire 47 Years Later

    (WM) Today marks 47 years since the UpStairs Lounge Fire, an arson incident that claimed the lives of 32 people and was the deadliest attack on the LGBT community in the U.S. up until the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016.

  • SFGN Gift Guide: Books

    You do it at least once a week, just because. It’s fun, relaxing, enlightening, and social. You love to shop… except when you have to shop for a gift for someone and you don’t know what to buy. Gah.

  • Teen Makes Bomb Threat on Florida Gay Bar

    A teen was arrested for making a bomb threat against the West Melbourne gay bar Twisted Rooster.

  • The Gay Bar You've Seen in Half-A-Dozen Films

    (CNN) Given the rate at which some of locals' most cherished spots close — high rents, ownership changes and city bureaucracy issues — it's especially important to value the longstanding places that've managed to stay afloat and weather the changes in a city that's constantly shifting.

  • The Stable Merges with Scandals Saloon

    Local neighborhood bar The Stable is having a “Moving Party” this Friday, July 31 at 8 p.m., as they merge their bar’s operations with it’s sister property Scandals Saloon.

  • Three Arrested in Robberies at Phoenix Gay Bars

    (AP) Phoenix police say three people, including a juvenile, have been arrested in connection with robberies at two gay bars.