Soccer game street closing blocks access to gay nightclub

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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As more than 20,000 fans exited Audi Field, the newly built stadium for the D.C. United soccer team on its opening night on July 14, D.C. traffic control officers temporarily blocked cars from entering the street leading to the nearby gay nightclub Ziegfeld’s-Secrets.

Among the motorists that the traffic control officers attempted to prevent from entering the section of Half Street, S.W., on which the nightclub is located, was its owner, Alan Carroll.

“I kept yelling that I work over there on this street and I have to get in there,” Carol told the Washington Blade.

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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.

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.

Upstairs Inferno: The 1973 New Orleans Gay Mass Murder

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Join us at SunCoast Cathedral MCC in Venice on Friday, June 9th for a special one-time viewing of the emotional and explosive documentary, “Upstairs Inferno.”

As we mark the first anniversary of the tragic Pulse massacre, we need to remember what happened 43 years prior at the Upstairs Lounge, a gay nightclub in New Orleans. Learn about how an arsonist blocked the exit doors and set fire to the building, resulting in the death of 32 people, mostly gay and lesbian.  In the same way that we remember the Holocaust, we need to acknowledge and recall these dark days of our history and use these painful memories to energize us to ensure this never happens again!

Hear first-hand from survivors as the events of this tragedy are retold… how a MCC Pastor and 1/3 of his congregation perished that night and how the pastor, who couldn’t make it through the barred windows, died as on-lookers below were unable to provide assistance. Learn about families efused to claim the bodies of family members. Four individuals were never identified and were buried in a common grave in pauper’s field.

A $5 donation will be accepted at the door. Following the film, there will be a time of sharing and discussion.

Looking back on a gay nightclub that almost wasn’t; looking forward after a massacre

By : Alma J. Hill
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The news coverage of Pulse is a 24-hour cycle of tragedy. Again and again, readers are forced to relive chaos and carnage. Images of the battered wall fill our news feeds, and the faces of the 49 float in and out of our consciousness on a regular basis. Bodies in corners, mothers crying in cars, candles in the rain; remembering Pulse has come to almost exclusively mean reliving the events of June 12th.

Rarely is the legacy of the club discussed. As an LGBTQ friendly space that had been operational for well over a decade, Pulse represented many firsts for Orlando. It was the first Orlando nightclub to feature a space even remotely similar to its famed futuristic white room (that changed colors). In 2013, it became one of the first gay clubs in Central Florida to give a Saturday night home to a Latin night. The club’s opulent interior garnered national attention, earning Pulse coverage in both Club and Mondo magazines.

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Tear gas thrown at LGBTQ nightclub in Croatian capital, 2 hurt

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ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) – At least two people have been injured after an unknown assailant threw a tear gas canister during a party for LGBTQ people in Croatia’s capital.

Police say an investigation is underway into the incident at a Zagreb nightclub early Sunday. Local news reports say people inside the club fled in panic, storming the exit and breaking windows to get out.

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Months after brother died at Pulse, sister reopens his salon

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juan-rivera-valazquez-luis-condeORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Six months after her brother and his longtime partner were killed in Orlando’s gay nightclub massacre, Jessica Silva is re-opening the couple’s beauty salon.

Half a dozen black salon chairs are in place. One of them faces a large photo of the brother Juan Rivera Velazquez and his partner Luis Daniel Conde, who died June 12 in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. It’s the same chair where Velazquez once styled hair.

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Orlando to buy Pulse, turn it into memorial

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The city of Orlando, Florida, has announced plans to purchase the Pulse nightclub and eventually convert the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history into a memorial.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel  Nov. 7 that the city has reached a deal to buy the gay nightclub for $2.25 million.

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Pulse victims’ families can testify on 911 calls

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Relatives of the Pulse shooting victims, as well as the parents of the gunman, will be given the chance to speak at a hearing on whether all the 911 calls from the massacre can be made public.

A judge issued an order Oct. 11 setting a hearing when relatives of the 49 deceased victims can weigh-in on the impact of the release of calls made by their loved ones from inside the Pulse nightclub.

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The other side of life: Bumps

By : Jason Leclerc
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In 2001, I may or may not have done my first bump of ketamine. We called it “kitty” back then. Since 2003, I have no idea what they call it. Ketamine, an animal tranquilizer, when taken by humans in just the right amount, made a night at The Club just memorable enough.

Whatever happened of note, we accepted, could be recounted as necessary by the people whose bumps were less potent. Generally, kitty purred in the shadow of what we called “X.” The combination of these two, ecstasy and anesthesia, made for an evening in which reality could be cloaked behind alternate states, the 10th Amendment to the Constitution notwithstanding.

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Major Pulse funds join forces

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – The GLBT Center, National Compassion Fund and Equality Florida are teaming up with the city of Orlando to distribute funds raised for Pulse shooting victims, survivors and their families.

The city’s fund is called OneOrlando and its total is not publicly published, but as of June 30, OneOrlando, EQFL and The Center combined had raised more than $17 million. As of July 6, EQFL’s fund stood at nearly $7 million and The Center’s total was $545,022.

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Police dispatcher calls from Pulse shooting released

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Orlando (AP) – Police dispatchers heard repeated gunfire, screaming and moaning from patrons of the Pulse nightclub who called to report that gunman Omar Mateen was opening fire inside the club, according to written logs released June 29.

The first call of “shots fired” came in at 2:02 a.m. and the caller reported “multiple people down.”

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