Gay Bars Closing

Gay Man, Lawsuit For Pride Nudity, Suicide; Another London Gay Club Closes; Ten Gay Films of 2016

Gay Man, Lawsuit For Pride Nudity, Suicide

When I saw this story I immediately felt sorry for the gay man who allegedly committed suicide. Then I noticed how many reactions there were to this story. It’s amazing how people will comment on something on social media without knowing all the facts. Some don’t even read the article. They only read the title. Don’t be that person.

A young gay man named Will X Walters was arrested at San Diego Pride in 2011 for wearing an outfit that allegedly exposed part of his bare buttocks. It started out as a misdemeanor, but then Walters refused to sign the misdemeanor based on principle. Walters claimed that he wasn’t naked and that he was being discriminated against. That’s the gist of it, but there’s nothing uncomplicated about this story.

Ultimately, Walters sued the police. That dragged on for five years, which lawsuits like that tend to do, and he wound up losing the case anyway. His legal costs reached one million dollars.

Then this happened…

On Wednesday, Walters’ body was found at his apartment in Hillcrest, San Diego.
It’s not yet known how long his body had lain their undiscovered, but his attorney, Chris Morris, says he had not spoken to him since the 13 December jury ruling.
Morris said that Walters had been left ‘shocked’ by the failure of his lawsuit. His legal team say that the case had racked up $1million in costs for Walters.
Authorities believe that he committed suicide.

You can read the rest here. As complicated as this story is, I think any gay man alive who has ever been discriminated against by the police will understand what happened here. And as sad as this is, it continues to happen all the time. The comments are interesting.

Another London Gay Club Closes

Sadly, this also continues to happen…

Kazbar, a beloved gay venue in Clapham, London, has announced it is closing in a post on their official Facebook page.
The anonymous post reads: ‘After 20 years of being the iconic gay bar of South London, we regret to inform you that we will be closing down this year.’
The post adds that the bar’s last day of trading will be 1 January 2017.

Here’s the rest. The closure is due to an alleged rent increase.

Ten Gay Films of 2016

Here’s a list of ten gay films that were released in 2016. It should come as no surprise that James Franco had a lot to do with this.

I saw a few of them, and I especially loved this one, Tab Hunter Confidential.

The documentary spotlights former matinee idol Tab Hunter, a squeaky-clean hunk that charmed America with his good looks, crooning voice and appearances in over 40 movies. Hunter, however, had to hide his sexuality during most of his Hollywood days before changing tastes coupled with age thrust him into obscurity.
Tab Hunter Confidential suffers from loving its subject a bit too much. The film totally ignores Hunter’s vocal opposition to marriage equality in the 2000s and bashes Hunter’s ex-boyfriend and fellow closet case Anthony Perkins. That said, it does shed light on the era of closeted Hollywood, the fickleness of showbiz, and just how far LGBTQ has advanced.
You can read the rest here. It was a good documentary and I don’t think it was disingenuous. 
There are a few films on the list I haven’t seen yet, like King Cobra. I’m not sure I’ll bother to see that one. 

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Gay Guy Reacts To Rejection Badly; Cabinet Member Who Might Be Pro-Gay-ish; San Fran Stud Bar Safe For 2 Years

Gay Guy Reacts To Rejection Badly

This is about how one gay guy rejected another on a hook up app, and the guy who got rejected went berserk on the other guy.

But one guy took bitter rejection to a whole new level.

After rejecting a guy off OK Cupid, he responded by going totally defensive and ranting about the other guy.

It’s a bitter diatribe, in screen shots, you can find here. 

Kind of reminds me of an altercation I had on Facebook last week with some idiot (a gay guy) I didn’t know at all, and who wasn’t even a Facebook friend. I finally had to delete and block. Some people truly believe that because they are hiding behind the safety of a computer screen they can say or do anything they wish.

Cabinet Member Who Might Be Pro-Gay-ish

A guy named Rex Tillerson who is the CEO of a large oil company was recently named Secretary of State by President Elect Donald Trump. 

Tillerson is also the first member of the President-elect’s cabinet who may be considered to be somewhat in favor of LGBTI equality.

A long-time volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, Tillerson played a significant role in updating the organization’s views on including gay youth.

In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board decided to end its ban on gay scouts, although the ban on homosexual leaders and adults joining its ranks was upheld until 2015.

You can read the rest here. I know nothing about Tillerson, so the best I can do is go by what I’m reading in this article and hope it’s accurate. I do think that LGBT people want/need to hear something positive with regards to the Trump administration and LGBT equality.

San Fran Stud Bar Safe For 2 Years

With so many gay venues closing all over the world, and gay culture changing so rapidly, this is excellent news.

The collective of activists and cabaret artists that are battling to save San Francisco gay club The Stud, which has been running for 50 years, has announced that it has secured the venue’s future for at least the next couple of years.

However, after that time, they will be looking to find a new home for the bar.

There’s a lot more here. It’s actually a group of regular customers who are keeping it open. They’ll be holding some kind of crowdfunding with a $500,000 goal. If you’re inclined to donate, you can find the link with this article. I think you can buy T-shirts and tote bags, too. I actually want one of the T-shirts. I’ll post a pic if I can get one.

Stepbrothers In the Attic by Ryan Field