Teen arrested after Boston gay bars receive threatening calls

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ABOVE: Bar patrons attend a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” viewing party at The Alley, one of the Boston gay bars where a 16-year-old made threatening calls. Photo courtesy The Alley’s Facebook page

BOSTON (AP) | A New Hampshire teen has been arrested for allegedly making threatening calls to gay bars in Boston.

Boston Police say the 16-year-old Hampton, New Hampshire resident was arrested by police in New Hampshire Nov. 23.

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Book remembers devastating 1973 fire at gay New Orleans bar

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The cover of Robert Fieseler’s book “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation.”

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A new book details the 1973 deadly fire at a New Orleans gay bar that killed 32 patrons.

Robert Fieseler’s book is called “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation.”

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New Orleans mayor to create city task force on LGBTQ issues

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ABOVE: New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell. Image from mayor Cantrell’s Facebook page.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Issues affecting LGBTQ people, particularly ones that disproportionately affect those of color, will be a focus of a task force the mayor of New Orleans said she will create.

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Pride on Edge: A pop-up gay bar and nightclub experience

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Love is magic and we’ll be celebrating both as I Love the Burg St. Pete, Uniqorn, and OpenHouse ST. PETE welcome revelers to Pride on Edge, St. Pete’s first pop-up gay club experience for TWO NIGHTS ONLY.

This is not your typical pride party. The magical Uniqorn touch means an experience that’s never over the top, but hardly comfortable playing it safe.

We’ll be popping up on the fringes of downtown in one of its coolest up and coming neighborhoods, the Edge District. OPENHOUSE’s new and unique event space provides the perfect blank canvas for a weekend full of music, lights, dancing, drinks, DJs, and other colorful entertainment.

A portion of proceeds go to benefit Metro Wellness & Community Centers in support of their essential LGBTQ, transgender, and youth programs.

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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