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Texas Governor Gives OK For Bars to Begin Reopening

Oct 8, 2020

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday allowed bars to begin reopening in Texas for the first time since June, ending a lockdown that began during a massive coronavirus outbreak that became one of the deadliest in the nation.

UK Nightclub Owner G-A-Y to File Lawsuit Over 10PM Curfew

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 6, 2020

London-based G-A-Y, a nightclub operating business, is preparing to file a lawsuit against the UK Department of Health over a 10pm curfew.

Historic Boston Nightclubs Ramrod and Machine Permanently Closed

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 30, 2020

Ramrod and Machine, the last two queer nightclubs in Boston's Fenway neighborhood, permanently shuttered their doors just before quarantine and won't be coming back.

Watch: A Fifth West Hollywood Gay Bar Closes Due to COVID

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 28, 2020

A fifth gay bar in West Hollywood, Calif. is closing for good after being hard hit by COVID.

Watch: The Past and Future of NYC's Lesbian Bars

Sep 12, 2020

Did you know there are only three operating lesbian bars in NYC? This is their story.

West Hollywood Gay Bar Rage Permanently Closes Amid Pandemic

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 9, 2020

Rage, the iconic dance club in West Hollywood, Calif., has become a causality of the COVID-19 pandemic, having recently closed its doors permanently.

West Hollywood Gay Bar Shutters, Victim of COVID Downturn

By Kilian Melloy | Aug 18, 2020

A West Hollywood gay bar has announced it will be closing its doors for good after negotiations with the landlord failed to secure the space for a reopening after five months of closure due to COVID-19.

Oasis Reopens Rooftop Bar Aug. 14

By Jim Provenzano | Aug 11, 2020

Good news for nightlife fans. Oasis, the popular SoMa nightclub, announced plans to re-open its rooftop bar on August 14, with proper social distancing rules in effect Fridays through Sundays.

SF Castro's Badlands to Close Permanently

By Matthew S. Bajko | Jul 30, 2020

The Castro nightclub Badlands at 4121 18th Street will not be reopening, according to a post on its Facebook page.

Moby Dick Fundraisers Support Bar, Staff

By Jim Provenzano | Jul 28, 2020

Moby Dick, the popular Castro district bar, is raising funds for employees and the owners' expenses in two online fundraisers.

Americans Want These Safety Precautions in Place Before Attending Events

Jul 25, 2020

The survey of 2,000 Americans found the majority are eschewing in-person events and parties — but there's always an exception to the rule.

Actor John Cameron Mitchell to Appear at Save Julius' Bar Online Fundraiser

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Jul 23, 2020

Iconic LGBTQ+ screenwriter and star to appear at online fundraiser for legendary NYC bar.

NYC Gay Venues Julius' Bar and Therapy at Risk of Permanent Closure

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Jul 22, 2020

Staples of NYC's LGBTQ+ nightlife could permanently close as a consequence of the pandemic.

SF Queer-Owned Bar Jolene's Faces Lawsuit, Demands for Change

By John Ferrannini | Jul 15, 2020

Jolene's Bar and Restaurant in the Mission district is embroiled in twin controversies — a lawsuit from one former owner, and anonymous allegations of employee mistreatment, manipulation, racism, and cover-ups of alleged sexual assaults.

Amid Rising Coronavirus Cases, Palm Springs Unites

By Matthew Wexler | Jul 7, 2020

With an economic hit $30 million in lost revenue and a surge of new cases, Palm Springs is digging deep to connect people and businesses with the resources they need to stay healthy and financially solvent.

Naked Men and Drunks: England Assesses the Reopening of Pubs

By Pan Pylas | Jul 5, 2020

It seems to have been more like a typical Saturday night than a drunken New Year's Eve.

LGBTQ Nightlife in NYC Faces a Long Road Ahead

By Matthew Wexler | Jul 5, 2020

"The outpouring of love and donations on the various platforms has been incredible. But we need continued support until we reopen," says Henrietta Hudson owner Lisa Cannistraci. "I'm not going to lose the bar. I'm not going to let it happen."

A Short Summer Outdoor Season May Put Chicago's LGBTQ Bars at Risk of Closing

By Matthew Wexler | Jul 3, 2020

"We're resilient. I do believe we'll recover," says Chicago nightclub owner and LGBTQ community advocate Mark Liberson. "It's just a matter of when. Remember, the last pandemic led into the Roaring 20s."

English Pubs Are Reopening — They Won't Be the Same

By Pan Pylas | Jul 3, 2020

Asking people in English pubs to keep their distance is going to be tough after they've had a few of their favorite tipples.

Houston Gay Bars Buddies, The Blur Close Temporarily Due to COVID-19

By Kilian Melloy | Jun 16, 2020

Two gay bars in Houston, Texas have temporarily shuttered due to staff members testing positive for the CIVID-19 virus. The owner of one of the bars also tested positive, though he says he is without symptoms.

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