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Gay Strip Club Swinging Richards Files Nude Suit Against North Miami Beach: VIDEO

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As the Steven Soderbergh stripper film Magic Mike prepares for its release, a gay strip club in North Miami Beach is experiencing its own drama.

According to CB Jones, owner of the aptly named club, Swinging Richards, North Miami Beach coppers have been cracking down on his nude dancers while allowing female dancers to bare all. And now he's filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city.

"Female dancers have been allowed to dance nude and serve alcohol for years but as soon as a gay club is introduced the city has wanted to enforce old ordinances," he said, according to the Miami Herald.

"Does everyone want to see nude male dancers onstage?" Jones continued. "Unequivocally no, but do they have as much right to view male performers as heterosexual patrons have to view female performers. Is the City’s reaction to nude male performances fair? Is this Equal protection or is this discrimination against gender or sexual preference? What's good for the goose is good for the gander." Quite.

City officials say they have yet to review the lawsuit and have no comment.

AFTER THE JUMP, the not work friendly commercial for Swinging Richards.

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  1. Wow.

    Posted by: Boop | Jun 21, 2012 2:34:16 PM


  2. Just like in Nevada. Brothels? A-ok!

    Brothels where men are the commodity? SINFUL!! ABOMINATION! THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!

    Posted by: Tyler | Jun 21, 2012 2:40:02 PM


  3. they're obviously not paying off the right people.

    Posted by: Danny in the East Village | Jun 21, 2012 2:47:01 PM


  4. MANY YEARS AGO, I SAW Home Box Office's [HBO] SERIES, "Real Sex." ONE OF THE SHOWS FEATURED A NEGRO-MALE-PERFORMANCE GROUP OF C-O-M-P-L-E-T-E-L-Y NUDE [PETERS AND NUTS EVERYWHERE] DANCERS WHO "GOT UP CLOSE" AND RECEIVED TIPS FROM THE NEGRO-FEMALE PATRONS AT A CLUB IN PHILADELPHIA. I CAN NOT BELIEVE PHILADELPHIA IS MORE PROGRESSIVE THAN MIAMI ["COCAINE" CITY] IN THIS AREA.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2012 2:59:27 PM


  5. The video is for the nude male strip club in Atlanta with the same name of Swinging Richards. Maybe it's a chain haha

    Posted by: CJ | Jun 21, 2012 3:02:48 PM


  6. Christopher Allen Horton.

    Well, I won't even respond to your usage of the word "negro" or that you apparently don't know how to use the caps lock button. I will tell you that the events you saw featured by HBO on the northeast's black dance circuit were "private" events, where someone rents a hall, and then sell tickets. A performance. No alcohol, a ticket constitutes a "membership", etc. the laws are very different than those that govern a location with a liquor license.

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 21, 2012 3:13:26 PM


  7. @cj.i think it must be the same organization, the one in Atlanta has been there a long time, I think it was at least ten years ago I was there.

    Also, the video "ad" is for the location in Alanta, so I assume it's the same ownership.

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 21, 2012 3:15:25 PM


  8. Why did they have to show the ATM machine, LOL?

    I hope they have different kinds of men. I only saw the swimmer's build, hairless types.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 21, 2012 3:19:54 PM


  9. "CJ,"

    I KNEW THAT. BUT, THE PROBLEM IS WITH THE ONE IN MIAMI. MY POINT WAS, ONE WOULD THINK PENNSYLVANIA WOULD BE MORE UPTIGHT THAN FLORIDA.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2012 3:22:34 PM


  10. Road Trip!!!! LOL

    Posted by: GLAW2014 | Jun 21, 2012 3:24:50 PM


  11. 'Do they have as much right to view male performers as heterosexual patrons have to view female performers'.
    This logical argument is too real for the haters and anti-sex crowd.
    I hope they win and win big.
    What a double standard.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jun 21, 2012 3:26:22 PM


  12. IT WAS FUNNY SEEING THE "ATM SIGN" IN THE VIDEO. WHAT HAPPENS IF THE ATM MACHINE IS EMPTIED BEFORE ARRIVAL OF THE NEXT ARMORED TRUCK?

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2012 3:26:23 PM


  13. I was recently in Portland, OR and they essentially have a nude male bar there too. Needed more nude but we all got glimpses.

    Posted by: andypharmer | Jun 21, 2012 3:44:35 PM


  14. @christopher Allen norton. You are aware that typing in all caps is the Internet equivalent of yelling, right? Some sites ban commenters that type in all caps.

    Secondly, I believe it was me you were responding to about Philadelphia, and my point was that evenif PA was more "uptight" than Miami, there would be nothing they could do about it because of the laws. Unlike, liquor laws, which is what is being enforced in Miami. If you were aware of the differences, you would have realized that you had created a false equivalency.

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 21, 2012 3:45:08 PM


  15. The location in ATL is the original Swinging Richards. They only recently opened a second venue in FL.

    Posted by: clemsonaj | Jun 21, 2012 3:48:25 PM


  16. Have any of you ever done a google search for Christopher Allen Horton's web footprint?

    It's hilariously moronic.

    Posted by: endo | Jun 21, 2012 3:50:57 PM


  17. I'm assuming this case will be settled out of court, unless North Miami city officials are willing to almost definitely have their taxpayers pay for their discriminatory practices in court. Good to see the owner here fight back. The residents in this suburb are the ones who I think began this initiative to essentially drive Swinging Richards out of the area because they don't like the name and it's connotation. Hopefully the owner gets a lot of money from this deal and is also able to stay in business.

    Posted by: Francis | Jun 21, 2012 3:52:15 PM


  18. @endo. Now you made me google him, and you can't unsee that.

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 21, 2012 3:59:08 PM


  19. ENDO - I did so, awhile back. Yep. Dude's a trip.

    Posted by: TJ | Jun 21, 2012 4:01:04 PM


  20. There is a Swinging Richards in Atlanta that has been open for many many years. The one in Miami is a second by the same owners. Miami has always been a bit odd with their laws and always had a way of picking on the gay establishments while overlooking the straight ones.

    We will be at SR in Atlanta tomorrow to celebrate our 11th anniversary. We met there 11 years ago tomorrow.

    Posted by: Lee | Jun 21, 2012 4:46:04 PM


  21. So I googled CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON and he just won a gold star for his commenting!

    http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2012/06/15/gold-star-comment-of-the-day-goes-to/

    Posted by: CJ | Jun 21, 2012 4:52:37 PM


  22. I have never understood the reasoning behind barring full nudity in a strip club where alcohol is served.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Jun 21, 2012 5:23:09 PM


  23. The SW shown in the video is located in Atlanta....the Miami location is owned by the same investors.
    The thing about SW that irks me is that 80% of the dancers are Str8 and dancing gay 4 pay.
    I refuse to tip and give any time or energy to the gay 4 pay str8 dancers...it is insulting to gay men that SW hires these guys to dance for gay men and manipulate them for $$$. They take viagra to arouse their cocks while they work the gay men for tips.
    Most of the the dancers are young, hairless and the choice of diverse types is very limited.
    My friend works there and the SW Atlanta location is a known as the best place to buy "tina"/crystal meth and pills.

    Posted by: bdc | Jun 21, 2012 5:27:51 PM


  24. Been to Swinging Richards in ATL and had a great time. I don't drink so I was able to soak it all in. I personally don't care if the dancers are gay or str8, as long as they are hot and they had a wide range of guys, even a little person, who had a average size "richard".

    Posted by: justandra | Jun 21, 2012 5:47:16 PM


  25. "CHRIS,"

    THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION. I DO REMEMBER THE STRIP SHOW EVENT ON THE HBO BROADCAST WAS FOR A BACHELORETTE PARTY; A PRIVATE FUNCTION. YET, IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, THE PATRONS WERE DRINKING ALCOHOL. I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY, YET, YOUR COMMENT ABOUT THE LEGALITY OF A PUBLIC VENUE DOES NOT SEEM TO MATCH THE PUBLIC PERFORMANCES OF MALE TROUPES IN LAS VEGAS.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2012 5:56:48 PM


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