Ellen DeGeneres and the Allegedly Racist Tweet; Gay History In San Francisco; Another Gay Bar In London Closes

Ellen DeGeneres and the Allegedly Racist Tweet

Either Ellen DeGeneres or her publicist tweeted something that some people are questioning as racist. I know this is yesterday’s news for people I see daily on social media, but this blog is (and always has been) for the Internet and most of my hits come from random searches that aren’t always related to social media. I also like to post these things in case I want to revisit them in the future for one reason or another. It’s happened before.

In any event…

In the edited picture, DeGeneres is seen riding piggyback on Bolt using him for transport.

If you consider America’s history of slavery, where black women and men literally had their backs broken by their white slave owners, this did not go over well. 

You can check this out here. There’s a photo of the tweet.

I don’t think for a minute that Ellen DeGeneres is racist or that she meant any harm at all with this tweet. However, I do think it’s an excellent example of how cautious we all have to be these days with the PC police questioning everything.

Gay History In San Francisco

In one of my most recent books, Unabated, I have two young adult characters who are gay…openly gay. One was raised by two gay dads in a world where he has completely assimilated into the mainstream. His gay dads are, too, and they did that on purpose because they didn’t want their family to be different. I think that’s happening a lot these days in RL, and will continue to happen, but sometimes I worry it will be at the expense of all gay culture.

This article says a lot about how things have changed.

Back in the day, people looking for Osento on a similarly soupy afternoon were probably just as confounded. The women-only communal bathhouse, a frequent haunt for lesbians, didn’t have a sign out front. It was mostly known through word of mouth by its clientele, who say its founder ended a nearly three-decade run when she shuttered it in 2008 and moved north to Lake County, Calif.

You can read the rest here. 

Another Gay Bar In London Closes

Speaking of gay culture, here’s yet another story about a long running gay bar in London shuttering its doors for good.

The Queen’s Head on Tryon Street, Chelsea, has been serving gay customers since the mid-20th century.

On Sunday it posted the following message to its Facebook page: ‘Unfortunately it’s true, the Old Lady of Tryon Street will be closing her doors for the last time on 6 September.

You can check this out, here. I’ve written many posts on this topic, and about the reasons why bars like this are closing. At one time I went to gay bars all the time, and the truth is I haven’t been to one in almost a year. Changing times…moving forward.

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Another London Gay Bar Closing; Nate Berkus and Husband Get TV Show; Pennsylvania Gay Bar Closes

Another London Gay Bar Closing

The Richmond Arms, a gay bar in London, is set to shutter its doors on April 23. This isn’t the first gay bar closing in London, or anywhere else in the world for that matter.

In an emotional announcement, the staff of the Richmond Arms in southwest London wrote: ‘It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that we will be closing ours doors for good on Saturday 23rd of April 2016.

‘This place is so close to many of us, we have laughed and cried here together for over 30 years.

I know that feeling very well. We’ve lost several long time gay bars here in New Hope, PA in the last decade and it leaves a huge hole in the gay culture of an area. Every time I drive by a place that’s now a bank where a gay bar called The Prelude used to be, I find it amazing that banker people are now parking in the same place where I used to lose my underwear in someone’s back seat.

You can read more here. 

Nate Berkus and Husband Get TV Show

Designer, Nate Berkus, and his husband, Jeremiah Brent, are getting their own TV show on TLC.

The show, to be called Married to Design: Nate & Jeremiah, will air on TCL which in the past has been home to such shows as 19 Kids and Counting and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

‘Design isn’t just what we do for a living, it’s what we do on our weekends,’ says Berkus. ‘So this show is perfect. We get to have all the fun and the homeowner gets rescued from a money pit that is consuming them. They’re lost. We’re not. We know where to save, where to spend, where to shop … it’s what we love most.’ 

I think this might be a good one. I’ve always enjoyed Berkus on HSN…and boy does he have great sheets!!

Here’s the rest.  

Pennsylvania Gay Bar Closes

Here’s another example of how times are changing for gay men, and gay culture. And this particular gay bar has been around for 50 years. That’s an institution for the gay men who live in that area.

The long-running Altland’s Ranch in York County, PA, suddenly closed its doors last week, with a representative for the owner saying the bar and restaurant’s demise was due to a downturn in customer numbers.

I’m not familiar with this bar. York County, PA is miles away from Bucks County, PA. They’re down near Maryland, and we’re on the 95 corridor in between New York and Philadelphia.

I’m starting to think that the only gay venues that will survive are those located in tourist areas like Key West or Provincetown.

You can check that out here. The announcement was made, ironically, via Facebook. It’s ironic because one of the biggest reasons gay bars have been closing is the Internet.

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