Demi Lovato and Q-Tip honor LGBT culture in new music video

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Demi Lovato and Q-Tip have released a queer-themed music video for their cover of Elton John’s classic song “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

The video, which doesn’t include Lovato or Q-Tip, is set at a gay bar where the patrons break out into a voguing party.

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Philly Eagles fans mistake gay bar for Eagles fan bar

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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On Super Bowl Sunday, a group of Philadelphia Eagles fans wandered into the Eagle Bolt Bar, a bar in downtown Minneapolis, thinking it was the perfect place to catch the game. However, instead of a Philadelphia Eagles fan bar the group found themselves in a gay bar.

Regular patrons found it amusing that the fans didn’t seem to realize where they were.

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Anti-LGBTQ Christian group buys shuttered gay bar building

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A Christian group that considers homosexuality to be immoral has bought a building that until late last year housed one of Ohio’s oldest gay bars.

The Blade reports property records show the Bretz Nightclub building in Toledo was bought last month for $148,000.

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New doc honors owner of legendary gay bar

By : Brian T. Carney of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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The title character in “Jewel’s Catch One” is Jewel Thais-Williams and “Catch One” is the Catch One Disco, the world-famous club she ran from 1973-2015.

During the economic downturn in 1972, Jewel started to look for a recession-proof business opportunity. She noticed that the bar across the street from her failing dress shop was for sale. Although she faced serious obstacles (her lack of bartending experience, an all-white male clientele and a California law that banned women from tending bar), Jewel raised the money she needed to buy the club.

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Cyndi Lauper hits Philadelphia gay bars for vote

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A 1980s pop star, a former governor, a senate hopeful and an actress walk into a gay bar — to encourage people to vote on Election Day.

Cyndi Lauper and former Will & Grace star Debra Messing are heading to a bar crawl in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood Nov. 4. They’re joining former Gov. Ed Rendell and Democratic Senate hopeful Katie McGinty to hit some hot spots and urge folks to vote Nov. 8.

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LGBT gun group memberships increase since Pulse shooting

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Memberships have more than doubled in a national LGBT pro-gun rights organization since a gunman opened fire at Pulse nightclub, killing 49 people.

Pink Pistols Utah chapter President Matt Schlentz said Pink Pistols membership has grown from 1,500 to 4,000 since the shooting, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

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Military investigates 2 Marines for anti-gay Facebook post

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Marine Corps is investigating two active-duty Marines at Camp Pendleton for a social media post of a photo of a corporal in uniform holding an assault rifle and the message: “Coming to a gay bar near you!”

Maj. Staci Reidinger said June 16 that fellow Marines alerted officials to the post, and authorities were able to track down the Marine in the photograph and another one who reposted it.

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17 U.N. envoys vow to fight for LGBT rights around the world

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NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power and U.N. envoys from 16 other countries visited the Stonewall Inn which helped spark the modern gay rights movement and vowed to step up their fight for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people around the world.

Power stood in the darkly lit gay bar that was the scene of a 1969 police raid that set off riots which emboldened gay activists nationwide and said that being LGBT is not only criminalized in many countries but some impose the death penalty if “you’re a man loving a man, you’re a woman loving a woman.”

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Watermark Reader Comments: Do we still need gay bars?

By : Jamie Hyman
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Watermark readers have a lot to say about “Raising the Bar,” our in-depth piece from our latest issue discussing the role and relevancy of gay bars now that LGBTs are arguably mainstream.

Read a sample of reader comments from WatermarkOnline.com and Watermark’s Facebook page after the jump: 

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12.3.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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When Dame David Bowie once asked us to “turn and face the strange,” because, you know, “ch-ch-ch-changes,” we had some idea what he was going on about. It wasn’t all platform shoes and glitter, shaved eyebrows and existential overstatement, the cold war and some cold cream – it was about evolving as people, living statements and art installations. Minus a trickle of pretension, that’s what this issue is largely about, too. We’re moving, not stopping; we’re trying, not giving up. We got this.

As several stories within this dangling, old-year issue purport, those changes don’t always come easy, and if we choose to roll our eyes and ignore our movements forward, we become the wrinkles of our checkered pasts. We become boring crows’ feet.

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St. Pete has a new gay watering hole

By : Aaron Drake
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St. Pete has a new face in town. From the looks of it, she’s sassy, wacky and eager for her guests to enjoy a night out. Punky’s Bar & Grill, 3063 Central Ave. at 31st St. N, is the city’s newest gay bar, set for a soft opening before Thanksgiving and a larger celebration in December.

“We’re excited to be in the Grand Central District,” says co-owner Brian Longstreth, owner of Gay St. Pete House and a longtime activist in St. Pete’s LGBT community. “In addition to several bars and restaurants, there are realtors, CPAs, attorneys, home décor, antiques – it’s still one of the largest concentrations of LGBT-owned businesses in the country.” He joins co-owners Lynn Deibert and John Burt, who are also local residents and proud members of the LGBT community, in starting Punky’s. The 3,200-square-foot, 150-person maximum capacity establishment was formerly home to Jimbo’s Joint.

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Santa Fe closes only gay bar

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe’s only gay bar has closed.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Blue Rooster, the city’s last gay bar, shut its doors Oct. 10.

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