Category: The Death of the Gay Bar

Rainbow Detectives In Print; LGBT Refugees In Amsterdam; Gay Sexual Harassment In Workplaces; Running a Successful Gay Venue These Days

Rainbow Detectives In Print

Here’s a list of books for The Rainbow Detective Agency that I’ve released for publication in print. The links will all lead you to Create Space where, if you are interested, you can purchase them. They will also be for sale on Amazon, in both print paperback and as e-books. I’ll post links when I get them.

The Rainbow Detective Agency

LGBT Refugees In Amsterdam

Five gay refugees in Amsterdam seeking asylum had to be removed from the rest of the refugees because the rest of the refugees were attacking them. Why they were being attacked should be obvious. They’re gay.

Five gay asylum seekers–three Syrians, one Iranian and one Iraqi–have been moved to new housing after they were spat on and attacked at their previous refugee center.

A spokesman for the Salvation Army, which is in charge of refugee accommodation in the capital, was quoted as saying that the men’s safety could not be guaranteed in their former housing.

The Parool newspaper reported that gay refugees will have their own wing in the Groenhof refugee center in a former care home close to the city centre early next year.

I keep hearing about how peaceful these refugees are and I try to keep an open mind. However, they’re so peaceful they’re attacking and spitting on gays? Enough so that the gay people had to be moved for protection.

Take note that it’s the Salvation Army helping the gay refugees. I have one very loud gay friend who is always slamming the Salvation Army I should show this to. 

You can read the rest here. 

Gay Sexual Harassment In Workplaces

You don’t see many cases like this being reported because most gay men don’t want anyone to know when something like this happens. You know, because of the shame that not only goes along with sexual harassment, but also the shame that goes along with being gay. So most gay men live with it quietly.

A truck driver has won an eye-watering $2.2 million in a lawsuit against a former employer who repeatedly grabbed his buttocks and drew penises on his paychecks.

Raymond Rosas accused his boss at Balter Sales Co, a New York City restaurant supply company, of sexual harassment in the suit filed in 2012.

According to the New York Daily News, Barry Rosenberg would draw a penis on his paycheck nearly every week.

This is one of those cases where I’m glad someone got litigious. You can read about it here. 

Running a Successful Gay Venue These Days

That almost sounds like an oxymoron because I’ve been posting about gay bars…and businesses…shuttering here on this blog for a long time. I’ve also seen gay publishers, as we’ve always known them, closing up, too. I’m talking about traditional gay publishers who published content for gay men. But I don’t want to drift off course with this, and I could very easily.

This article talks about how to run a successful gay business in these changing times. The focus seems to be on gay bars.

Veteran London club promoter Wayne Shires is one person who has, with the launch of Bloc Bar in Camden and monthly club night Brut, which takes place in a series of railway arches beneath Cannon Street Station.

He says that reports of the death of the gay scene have been exaggerated; it’s just changing, as it has always done.

‘I don’t think people are necessarily going out less. Things change. I’ve been operating for over 20 years, and years ago when I was a young, Earls Court was the gay hotspot, then for whatever reason that went into decline, and then Vauxhall flourished, and that had a good ten years and now that’s in decline. The scene has always been fluid.

‘I think as long as there are people who want to do things, LGBT entrepreneurs who want to put on a party or open a bar or café, or whatever, then there will be a scene. They will find somewhere to do it.’

I don’t know anything about the UK so I can’t comment on this, but I do know that there are several places in the US where I think gay venues will continue to thrive, at least for the next decade or so. However, these venues are usually located in resort towns where there’s a huge concentration of gay people…like Provincetown. Even if you’re gay and you don’t go out to gay bars anymore where you live, you’ll go to a gay bar in Provincetown because you’re on vacation. 

You can read the rest here. One person so far commented and I think he’s right.  Age and generation have a lot to do with this, too. And let’s face it, people are more health conscious and they’re drinking less. They’re also terrified of getting a DUI. 

I might be wrong, but I blame it on technology. Nowadays we have apps like G and H, that allow us to meet likeminded people, without having to go out to the local lgbt bars. Also, some bars want to stick to the “good ole days” and try to avoid change. Again, I might be wrong, please educate me.