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Human Rights Commission Condemns Attack On Gay Bar In New Zealand

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The Human Rights Commission has condemned an alleged violent attack on staff and patrons at a gay bar in Wellington, New Zealand on August 22nd, reports TVNZ One News.

Steven Mawhinney, a bar manager at the Ivy Bar, said a group of men came into the venue without realising "what sort of bar it was.”

Mawhinney initially made the men leave but they returned soon after, reportedly throwing cans of alcohol at patrons.

An argument then broke out and when Mr Mawhinney tried to intervene, he was set upon by the group.

Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley said New Zealand's excellent human rights record is worthless if such blatant homophobia is still taking place.

"We value our freedom in New Zealand and that includes being able to live our lives free from fear. Respect for others is a founding principle of human rights - you don't pick and choose who deserves dignity and who doesn't."

According to Stuff.co.nz, police arrested a 23-year-old man on the night of the incident and charged him with two counts of common assault. The man was released on bail and was due to appear in the Wellington District Court last Friday.

Earlier this year, a 30-year-old Minneapolis gay man was beaten unconscious in a brutal attack after leaving a gay bar.


Denver Gay Bar Found Guilty of Discriminating Against Drag Queen: VIDEO

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Back in November we posted about the Denver Wrangler, a gay 'Bear' bar in the Mile High City which was under fire for a transphobic gender matching ID policy in which a man named Vito Marzano was turned away from the bar when he showed up in drag.

MarzanoEarlier this week the Civil Rights Division at the state's Department of Regulatory Agencies ruled that the bar discriminated against Marzano and that the bar has a history of discriminating against women and effeminate men, the Denver Post reports:

An investigation by DORA's division of civil rights found the bar violated Vito Marzano's right to public accommodations on Aug. 31, 2013, when it turned him away because of his appearance, according to the document.

"The law is new and developing. I think you will see more cases that are consistent with this ruling," said Darold Killmer, a Denver-based civil rights lawyer. "I think this was a courageous decision, but a correct decision by the Civil Rights Division."

DORA is ordering The Wrangler, a high-profile uptown gay bar, to go through mediation with Marzano, according to the document obtained by The Denver Post on Monday.

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Landmark NYC Gay Bar 'Boots & Saddle' to Close at Christopher Street Location After Nearly 40 Years

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Boots & Saddle, the country-western themed gay bar at 76 Christopher Street in NYC's West Village, will shutter after nearly forty years in business because of rising rents, DNA Info reports:

The gay bar — known for its drag shows, packed parties and welcoming vibe — cannot afford to pay a rent increase on its space at 76 Christopher St. and will shut down soon after 40 years in the Village, managing owner Rob Ziegler said.

"I'm sad," said Ziegler, who started as a bartender at Boots & Saddle in 1999 and later became an owner. "I've been here 15 years. Fifteen years is a long time."

Ziegler said a new landlord is taking over the building in the coming months and plans to raise rent for the 700-square-foot bar by thousands of dollars per month, to the "high twenties."

The owners say they have been searching for a new space for months, and have not yet set a final closing date.


Threatening Letters Sent To San Diego Gay Bars - VIDEO

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Threatening letters have been sent to two gay bars in San Diego.

Baja Betty's and Flicks, both in the Hillcrest area of the city, received the letters that threaten “car accidents, even death,” according to ABC 10 News.

The letters, each with fake return addresses, come amid a series of decisions favouring same-sex marriage in California.

The 15-page letter sent to Baja Betty’s, written by “Eddie 777, servant and messenger of God Yahweh,” says that the bar is full of pedophiles and sex addicts and that “god will punish you, Mr owner and staff, with bad luck, bad karma, injuries, accidents, car accidents, and worse, death.”

Speaking to ABC 10 News, Baja Betty’s marketing manager Eddie Reynoso said:

"In my opinion, it's a definite reflection of the current progress toward equality. It's not going to distract us from our momentum. In fact, it's going to make us celebrate even more.”

Although a report has been filed, police have yet to make a statement.

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Central Station, Moscow's Largest Gay Nightclub, to Reopen in New Location

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Central Station, Moscow's largest gay nightclub which was closed after a string of attacks forced owners to shut it down, is reopening, according to The Calvert Journal:

 The club has moved to the south of the city, near Avtozavodskaya metro station. The decision to close the club, formerly located near Komsomolskaya metro station close to the city centre, came just months after the club’s co-owner Andrei Lishchinsky stepped down as Central Station’s CEO, frustrated that none of the 30 complaints lodged with the Moscow City Police about homophobic attacks on the club had been investigated. The club’s return was announced on its website, accompanied by a statement which read: “The concept of the previous Central Station is not lost and is even more clearly embodied in the new project. The goal is to give everyone what they want.”


Should Straights Stay Out of Gay Bars, and Gay Men Avoid Lesbian Bars? — VIDEO

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Slate has started a new video series called "Ask A Homo" and for the first outing June Thomas, editor of Outward, fields questions about gay bar etiquette, specifically what should straight people do when they go to gay bars. Her advice, in short, is to not go to bars where you don't belong (this also means gay men should stay out of lesbian bars), but if you absolutely must then stand quietly to the side and just accept any disdain or abuse the waitstaff gives you and be prepared to tip them - and drag queens if you're at a drag show - extra generously as a "tax" for being a straight person in a gay bar.

Less separatist and more tongue-in-cheek advice can be found from both gay and straight perspectives over at Vice and BroBible, respectively.

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