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Virus Surge Fears and UK Leader's Quarantine Mar 'Freedom Day'

By Urooba Jamal and Jill Lawless | Jul 19, 2021

Corks popped, beats boomed out and giddy revelers rushed onto dancefloors when England's nightclubs reopened Monday as the country lifted most remaining coronavirus restrictions after more than a year of lockdowns.

New Jersey Issues Apology for Systemic Discrimination Against LGBTQ Bars

Jun 30, 2021

For 34 years, the state of New Jersey manipulated its liquor laws to disenfranchise the LGBTQ community, and now it's owning up, issuing a formal apology from the state's governor and attorney general.

Political Donations Lead Stonewall Inn to Ban some Beers

Jun 21, 2021

The Stonewall Inn's owners say they won't serve certain beers at the famous LGBT bar during Pride weekend to protest manufacturer Anheuser-Busch's political contributions to some politicians who have supported anti-LGBT legislation.

Berlin's Nightclubbers Sip their Drinks, Await Better Times

By Dorothee Thiesing | May 24, 2021

Battered by the pandemic, Berlin's legendary nightclubs are starting to reopen. Sort of.

5 of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly Bars Based in Boston

Apr 6, 2021

During Boston's annual Gay Pride Parade in June, these establishments are much busier than normal. Here are the top 5 LGBTQ bars in B-town.

The Bars that Brought Us the B.A.R. - from the Tavern Guild to the Bay Area Reporter

By Michael Flanagan | Mar 30, 2021

The Bay Area Reporter first published on April 1, 1971, two years after the New York Stonewall Riots. But the paper's emergence grew not out of activism, but from San Francisco's growing gay bar scene.

New Wave of Bars Creates Buzz Without the Booze

By Dee-Ann Durbin | Mar 16, 2021

There's something missing from a new wave of bars opening around the world: Alcohol.

Another Gay Bar Gone? Boston Eagle is Up for Sale

Mar 5, 2021

And then there were...? Gay blogger BosGuy> reports the "space formerly occupied by the Boston Eagle is now for rent."

SF Queer Bar Virgil's is Permanently Closing

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Feb 26, 2021

Virgil's Sea Room, a queer bar that opened in 2013 in the Mission District of San Francisco, is permanently closing.

Trixie Mattel Comes to the Rescue of Milwaukee Gay Bar

By Kilian Melloy | Feb 4, 2021

When This Is It!, the Milwaukee gay bar Trixie Mattel headed to as soon as she turned 21, faced COVID-related financial difficulties until the "Drag Race" star stepped in: She's now a co-owner.

In a Baghdad Bar, A Syrian Serves Cocktails to Fix War Woes

By Samya Kullab | Feb 3, 2021

Opening a bar is a dangerous trade in Iraq, where alcohol shops are frequently targeted by disapproving militias.

In LA, Gay Bars, Restaurants Look to Crowdfunding to Survive

By Kilian Melloy | Jan 26, 2021

LGBTQ bars and restaurants in greater Los Angeles are struggling to survive the second, and latest, COVID lockdown. Crowdfunding has proven to be a lifeline for many.

Confirmed: WeHo Gay Bar Faultline has Shuttered Longtime Location

By Kilian Melloy | Jan 23, 2021

The owner of West Hollywood gay bar Faultline has confirmed an earlier report that the establishment has closed down its longtime location. The bar will hopefully reopen elsewhere in the future.

In Protest, Oldest Amsterdam Gay Bar Adopts New Name - Ikea

By Kilian Melloy | Jan 21, 2021

The new owners of Amsterdam's oldest gay bar have made a surprising change: The sign that used to read "Spijkerbar" now sports the name and logo of the furniture store Ikea.

Queer Bars' Extraordinary Fund List

By Jim Provenzano | Jan 10, 2021

Despite our astoundingly difficult times, fans and patrons of LGBTQ Bay Area bars and nightclubs were extraordinarily generous to multiple fundraising efforts in 2020, donating nearly $400,000. You can still donate to help your favorite venues survive.

Iconic LA Gay Bar Oil Can Harry's Shutters After Half a Century

Iconic LA Gay Bar Oil Can Harry's Shutters After Half a Century

By Kilian Melloy | Jan 6, 2021

Iconic gay bar Oil Can Harry's, located in the Los Angeles neighborhood Studio City, has shuttered after more than half a century in business.

Oklahoma City Gay Club Vandalized With Soup, Blueberries

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Jan 4, 2021

Partners, a gay club in Oklahoma City, was vandalized with soup and blueberries last week.

Twin Peaks Tavern Reaches 60% of $100K Fundraiser Goal

By Jim Provenzano | Dec 30, 2020

The historic Twin Peaks Tavern, a landmark gay bar on Castro and Market streets, has collected almost $64,000 in its campaign to raise $100,000 to keep the struggling bar open and pay its staff. But more funds are needed in these difficult financial times

Atlanta Naming Atlanta Eagle Gay Bar as Historic Landmark

Dec 21, 2020

Atlanta has begun the process of designating a gay bar as a historic landmark, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says.

LGBTQ Bars and Restaurants Get Creative to Survive

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Dec 19, 2020

In the current COVID-19 conditions, LGBTQ bars have been forced to find creative ways of staying in business.

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