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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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Brooklyn Landlord Forbids Opening of a Gay Bar on Premises, Gets Sued

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John McGillion, who owns Lulu’s in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, wants to turn the establishment into a gay bar to reap the benefits of the neighborhood’s growing gay and lesbian community, but a stipulation in his lease forbids the opening of a gay bar on the premises, so McGillion is suing, the NY Post reports:

“I am barely scraping by on the proceeds of the bar . . . If I am permitted to operate a gay bar at the premises I believe that I will be able to make a considerable profit,” McGillion said in Brooklyn Supreme Court papers filed last week…

…McGillion, who owns a handful of other bars in Brooklyn and Manhattan, believes he could have done another “40 to 50 percent” more business as a gay establishment.

McGillion has withheld the rent for months and has been battling landlord Guard General Merchandise Corp. for more than a year over the issue, but says it won’t budge.

“I don’t know what their problem is. Who knows? I thought those days were gone,” he said of the lease. “I mean, who cares, today? Gays — everybody’s got their rights. What’s the big deal?”

McGillion is asking a judge to declare the clause in his contract forbidding him from going gay invalid.


Michael Sam Gets Down Shirtless at Missouri Gay Bar: VIDEO

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TMZ tracked down footage of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam getting some impressive grooves on to Michael Jackson's "Rock with You" at the SoCo nightclub in Columbia, Missouri a few months ago.

The gridiron isn't the only place this player's got moves!

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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One Direction's Harry Styles Hits NYC's Therapy for 'Gays Gone Wild'

StylesHarry Styles of One Direction (whose sexuality is the subject of THIS epic flame war) took his new girlfriend to NYC gay bar Therapy on Saturday, Us Weekly reports:

The same day that the One Direction singer, 19, and model/reality star, 18, were spotting leaving the Ganservoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District together, the pair resurfaced at Therapy with a few other pals, and "didn't make a huge deal about it," the source tells Us. Saturday's theme at Therapy was "Gays Gone Wild," with other bargoers dancing up a storm to pop hits. Alas, Styles, Jenner et al, however, didn't hit the dance floor, the source notes.

And it's not his first time at the bar:

"Harry has actually been her a few times before," the source explains of the fairly low-key hangout. "He's just a regular customer when he comes in -- he gets a table and usually drinks beer and cocktail on the side."

The 1D boys were in the Big Apple for their Saturday Night Live appearance with Paul Rudd.

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Denver Wrangler Gay Bar Hit with Protest for Discriminating Against Trans People, Drag Queens: VIDEO

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The Denver Wrangler gay bar is under fire for a transphobic gender matching ID policy, was hit by a protest on Sunday.

In September, the Denver Post reported that Vita Marzano was turned away from the bar:

According to Marzano, he visited the bar many times prior to this particular altercation and never had a problem. But when he showed up that Saturday night in drag apparel — after a fundraiser event nearby — the bouncer said his ID didn't match his appearance. This, Marzano believes, demonstrated a transphobic policy.

"My picture looked like me just with makeup on, and I didn't have a beard anymore," Marzano said. "Right away, I took off my wig." When he told the bouncer he had been there multiple times before, Marzano was told, "It doesn't matter. Your ID gender must match your gender appearance."

It's an accusation backed up by several people who protested outside the bar on Sunday and air their grievances in a new video. Marzano has since launched a boycott of the establishment.

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