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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.

You can watch "Ask A Homo" AFTER THE JUMP...

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Attacks On Russia's Largest Gay Club Continue, Roof Completely Destroyed

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Central Station, Moscow's largest gay club, has suffered the brunt of attack after attack recently, including a shooting and even a poison gas attack. The latest attack occurred last Saturday when over 100 people utterly dismantled the roof of the club, stealing and disabling some of the club's utility equipment in the process. Club owner Andrei Lishchinsky wrote a letter to President Putin asking for protection and arguing that the attacks on the club have been provoked by anti-gay animosity.

It is unlikely that Lishchinsky will receive any response as the government has collectively turned a deaf ear to the plights of gays in the country. The police even refuse to open a criminal investigation, and the over 30 complaints that have been filed with them have been ignored. It should be noted that the police were quick to follow through on a drug bust on the club that produced exactly zero evidence of drug trafficking or consumption.

It is suspected that the source of the conflict is between the club owners and the building owners, who are believed to be putting pressure on the club to get it to shut down.

LGBT activist Nikolai Alexeyev chimed in and gave further credence to the theory that he is really just the Kremlin's "pocket gay" by claiming that the attack was purely an economic issue, saying:

The building got a new owner recently who tried to break the lease contract with the owners of Central Station, but failed to do so even through a court, which is why the owner started to take measures that would not allow the club to function properly.

The Moscow Times made repeated calls to Central Station on Sunday that went unanswered.


New York City Nightlife Ins and Outs: Atlas Social Club, Rawhide, and 'Project Pie'

San Diego-based Project Pie is set to take over the space once occupied by the gay bar Rawhide on NYC's Eighth Avenue, DNA Info reports:

RawhideThe new tenant plans a "major renovation" on the 2,640-square-foot space, according to Cushman & Wakefield, including the addition of folding glass doors and outdoor seating.

Rawhide was a darkened space with no windows, advertising itself as having "NYC's hottest male dancers every night." The bar will soon reopen at East 58th Street and Third Avenue.

It is one of several longtime Chelsea institutions to close. Gay club Splash is expected to shut its doors later this month, and the nearby Paradise Cafe closed last week.

Towleroad also received some info about Atlas Social Club, the new Hell's Kitchen bar from Josh Wood, Benjamin Maisani, Pablo Raimondi, and Asi Mazar (below) opening in September:

Weekday nights and weekends, A.S.C. will bring a downtown feel to 9th Avenue and 51st Street. Josh Wood, of Josh Wood Productions, says, ‘Atlas Social Club brings downtown uptown. The DJs. The vibe. The sensibilities. Hell's Kitchen has exploded as a nightlife hub in New York City, but there has not yet been a bar to bring that cool, edgy, downtown culture to the neighborhood. I'm thrilled to be opening this bar with three of my closest friends. We created A.S.C. as place for us and our friends to go.’ A schedule will be announced for the fall season focusing on up­and­coming New York DJs with international guest DJ sets.

Benjamin Maisani, who designed the interior together with the team of partners, describes A.S.C. as ‘a cross between a gay speakeasy and a retro athletic club. The decor uses vintage muscle magazines and turn­of­the­century photographs of various early physical culturists, such as Eugen Sandow, for inspiration.’ Gentleman's club Chesterfield furniture, industrial light fixtures and 1940’s boxing/wrestling posters accent the stylized three­room bar.

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New York City's Splash Bar Closing In August

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Sad news for New Yorkers:

Brian Landeche and the late Harry Bartel opened Splash in 1991, quickly making it the go-to bar in Chelsea. But as gay life has migrated to the East Village and Hell’s Kitchen neighborhoods, Splash became know more for tourists than locals, cutting into the crowds who once flocked to strip shows, happy hours and vibrant social scene.

The bar will have farewell celebrations starting August 1st, leading up to a disco ball-dismantling before the bar shuts its doors for good on August 10th.


Let's Watch the Fire Island Pines Pavilion Rise from the Ashes: TIME-LAPSE VIDEO

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Fire Island Pines' iconic Pavilion nightclub, which burned to the ground in November 2011 and tore the social heart out of the New York gay resort community, is well underway to being resurrected.

See the plans here. Developers this week released a time-lapse video of the progress.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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As Ban Looms, Gay Nigerians Enjoy A Night Out

6a00d8341c730253ef017c33704433970b-800wiNigeria's House of Representatives is currently reviewing a Senate-approved law that would expand laws against homosexuality there to include not only a ban on same-sex marriage, but also one on any LGBT gathering, including night clubs. As the law is debated in corridors of power as well as on Nigeria's streets, BBC News traveled to an underground gay club in Lagos, Nigeria's capital, to get a sense of what it's like to be gay in the African country.

From that report:

"A friend invited me here a few months ago," one chatty spectator says excitedly. "I love this place because it makes me feel at home."

This gathering of members of the gay and lesbian community in Lagos is held regularly, albeit discreetly, but it could soon be illegal.

The vast majority of gay Nigerians may not be interested in this kind of event but they still have to hide their sexuality in this conservative society.

Despite the jovial atmosphere, there is heightened caution, and no-one is allowed to take any photos.

The thought of being identified as being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender in a country where the public still turns to mob justice haunts some here.

And that is a huge concern for Richard (not his real name): "If you don't become discreet and try to hide yourself, even the man on the street will want to also act on the bill because it has been passed."

"If you're walking on the street and he stones you, he knows the law would stand for him because the law is against you."

A number of foreign nations have condemned the potential Nigerian law, but proponents are using this international opposition to bolster their argument: homosexuality is a colonial creation being imported from abroad. Opponents, meanwhile, insist laws against sodomy and gay people are the real colonial remnants.


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