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NYC Bars Sign on for Two Day Benefit Event


Peter Dunn at 'Drinking for a Change' writes us: "On March 19th and 20th, fifteen of the most popular gay and lesbian bars across the city will be Drinking for a Change and encouraging patrons to donate a-dollar-a-drink to LGBT-focused not-for-profits. By focusing on small donations on a mass scale, Drinking for a Change aims to engage a greater portion of the LGBT community and its allies around the causes that matter to them. Their first weekend on March 19th and 20th will collect a dollar-a-drink for The Empire State Pride Agenda, The Ali Forney Center and the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, three prominent LGBT-focused not-for-profits in New York. With no paid staff and minimal expenses, nearly one hundred percent of the money collected will go directly to the charities.

Said Kevin Forsyth the group’s founder: "The idea Drinking for a Change was inspired by the Church, quite frankly. Faith-based donations played a huge role in passing Prop 1 in Maine and Prop 8 in California, which stripped marriage rights away from same-sex couples. Every week, you give your five dollars. Whether it goes to fixing the roof or fixing America's morals is irrelevant, you just know your beliefs and lifestyles are being protected. Why can't gay people and their friends have that? We may not have gay church, but we do have gay bars."

Visit the group's website here.

New U.S. Embassy in London to Have a Meadow, a Forest, a Moat, and Quick Access to Gay Club Scene


The winning design for the new U.S. Embassy in London has been unveiled:

"The U.S. State Department has increased security at its embassies across the world in the past decade, but efforts to increase security at its historic embassy in London led to a protracted battle with the building's neighbors, according to The Times of London. Consequently, the U.S. is building a $1 billion new, high-security facility in a less dense part of London. The 12-story building, designed by Philadelphia-based architecture firm Kieran Timberlake, will use its surrounding natural setting to protect it from potential terrorist threats -- a meadow, woodland and a moat will buffer the embassy the main road."

It's also in a new location: "While the Grosvenor Square embassy is near expensive restaurants and boutiques, the new building will be in the Nine Elms area of Wandsworth, a district 'under transition,' according to the AP. The Times described the site as 'known for its gay clubs.'"

The complex is projected to cost $1 billion.

Watch: Susan Sarandon Spanks Pigs


Susan Sarandon's not one to turn down a little late night fun. At a concert by Of Montreal on Tuesday night at NYC's Highline Ballroom, Sarandon got busy and delivered some corporal punishment to some naughty pigs (as in, bad boys in pig suits).



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Vandals Slash Tires of Two Dozen Cars at Gay Orlando Nightclub

More than Police are looking into an incident Monday night at Revolution nightclub in Orlando, Florida in which the tires of more than two dozen cars were slashed:

Revolution "Monday night at Revolution is billed as an evening catering to mostly Hispanic gays and lesbians, according to the club's Web site. Police investigators have not confirmed if the incident is considered a hate crime, but some victims said the tire slashing made them think it was an attack against their sexuality and ethnicity. 'There are cars at the nearby apartments and I have not heard of any tire slashing happening there last night,' patron Miguel de Arias said this morning. 'It's been Latino gay night here for years and someone had to know that to do what they did.' If detectives confirm the tire slashing incident is a hate crime, it will be the second such crime in the city in the last two months."

In November, The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Community Center of Central Florida in Orlando and a nearby gay-owned business were targeted with graffiti featuring a swastika and the words 'Gay Pawer,' 'Die Fags,' 'Go To Hell' and other homophobic slurs.

At Chicago Gay Bar, Drag Queens Need IDs of Themselves in Drag

Hunters Nightclub, in Elk Grove Village outside of Chicago, recently implemented a new entrance requirement because of cross-dressing prostitutes. However, the new rule (a valid photo ID that matches their "gender presentation") is presenting some issues for transgender people. The Chicago Tribune reports:


"Hunters Nightclub reluctantly imposed its new ID requirement because cross-dressing prostitutes were advertising on Craigslist and mentioning the establishment, said manager Peter Landorf. 'They're implying they're coming here,' said Landorf, whose new rule could cut down on his cross-dressing clientele. 'If it is prostitution in any form, that could cost me my liquor license.' Under the new admission rule, cross-dressers must have a government-issued photo ID that looks like the person presenting it at the bar. That, of course, is a serious hurdle for people like Andy, a 'part-time transgender woman' who lives in Goshen, Ind., but goes to Chicago to 'dress' as Jeanette. The ID requirement is unfair, he said.' Since I am not a full-time trans, it is not really feasible for me to have my 'femme' photo on my license,' he said. 'I do not even know if they would allow it. ... This is discrimination, pure and simple.' And, according to Ed Yohnka, spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, it could be."

The club's owners say they are working on a solution.

At 10, Anderson Cooper Went to Studio 54 with Michael Jackson


Anderson Cooper shared a personal Michael Jackson story last night on AC360:

"When I was 10, for some odd reason, I went to Studio 54 with Michael Jackson and a bunch of people and I had no idea who he was and I saw him dance and I was like, Oh, that guy is a really good dancer. Why I was at Studio 54 is a whole other story... Child welfare authorities probably want to talk to my mom."

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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