Gay gets its licence – at a cost

G-A-Y won an extension to its opening hours by offering to close another venue early.

The venue’s application to open until 4am was heard by Westminster City Council’s licensing sub-committee yesterday.

The committee granted the request on the condition that the company closes its Old Compton Street venue an hour early.

http://www.cityam.com/273762/sohos-g-y-nightclub-awaits-crucial-late-night-licence

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Keep drinking and keep us in business, please

A hearing is currently taking place regarding the late-night licence of G-A-Y, the Soho night club, which wants to stay open until 4am.

G-A-Y is arguing that the revenue taken from a late licence would offset the “ridiculous” rent hike of £400,000.

More than half of London’s gay venues have closed in the last ten years according to UCL’s LGBTQ+ Cultural Infrastructure in London report. More gay venues have closed than any other category of venue.

While not wanting to see another venue close, we have to face the facts: alcohol is a major cause of poverty, poor health and negative life outcomes in the gay community.

http://www.cityam.com/273762/sohos-g-y-nightclub-awaits-crucial-late-night-licence

India’s sham shame

The Times of India looks into why so many gay Indian men are going into sham marriages.

Marriages of convenience are clandestine part of South Asian gay culture — a homosexual man and woman decide to tie the knot to stave off questions from nosy families or find protection from the law in countries like India where homosexuality is a criminal offence. In India, the Delhi high court decriminalised homosexuality (Section 377) in 2009, but the Supreme Court overturned the ruling four years later.

In 2015, a lesbian couple from China launched a smartphone app iHomo to facilitate marriages of convenience or ‘cooperative marriages’ between gay men and lesbians. But in more conservative India, the LGBT community looks for MoCs on private Facebook groups, chat rooms and Craigslist.

There is still a huge stigma attached to being gay in India. Many Indian parents prefer not to admit that their child is gay, and hope he or she ‘will grow out of it’ once married.

In a marriage of convenience, terms are agreed beforehand, so both sides know what they are getting into – but problems often emerge later.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/why-gay-men-are-seeking-a-marriage-of-convenience/articleshow/60811116.cms

Gay nomads turn up in Australia

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ABC have been to meet some of Australia’s gay nomads, fed up with city life who prefer to live in caravan parks and tour.

Laine Isaac is new to the group and said he felt at ease spending time with like-minded people during his travels.

“You don’t have to be closeted [with gay nomads] … you can be outspoken and discuss things,” Mr Isaac said.

“It’s very difficult when you’re sitting down at a camp with straight people to all of a sudden say, ‘Hey, I’m not quite what you think I am’.”

Lynne Hocking said the group debunked the stereotype that all LGBTI people were urban and city dwellers.

They felt more accepted in their nomadic community than they did in Australian cities.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-15/gay-nomads-fly-rainbow-flag-in-outback-caravan-parks/8944470

Goodbye Pierre

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The French fashion tycoon Pierre Bergé – the business brains behind the Yves Saint Laurent empire – has died aged 86.

The longtime partner of the late designer Yves Saint Laurent died in his sleep early Friday at his country home at Saint-Remy-de-Provence in southern France.

The passionate bibliophile and art collector was a tireless campaigner for gay rights and donated a large part of his fortune to AIDS research.

Gay Activist sends condolences to family, friends and colleagues.

Pop Up Pride Centre opens in Belgrade

A gay pride information centre has opened in Belgrade to disseminate information about gay pride week and the pride parade on September 17.

The new centre will be open until September 25 and feature a photo exhibition depicting past violence toward gays. Despite improvements, discrimination and violence toward gays continues every day in the former communist country.

https://www.rferl.org/a/first-gay-pride-information-center-opens-belgrade-serb/28704450.html

Mark Merlis

Your Activist is sad to report the death of gay writer Mark Merlis on August 15 at a hospital in Philadelphia. He was 67.

Mr Merlis died of pneumonia associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, said his husband, Robert Ashe.

Mr. Merlis worked as a health-care analysis for the Library of Congress’s Congressional Research Service and as an independent consultant. His first novel, “American Studies,” was published in 1994.

It remains an excellent book.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/mark-merlis-novelist-who-explored-gay-life-in-20th-century-america-dies-at-67/2017/08/23/d5bbac94-8762-11e7-a94f-3139abce39f5_story.html?utm_term=.eb4875e972f6

One million?

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An estimated 25,000 people took part in London’s Pride yesterday, marking 50 years since the legalisation of homosexuality between consenting adult men, and one million spectators were expected to line the route.

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More than 100 firearms officers patrolled the parade, with police warning attendees of an increased police presence following the recent terror attacks in London and Manchester.

A policewoman with British Transport Police had the surprise of her life when her partner proposed to her. She said Yes.

Lord Fowler, Speaker of the House of Lords, said: ‘Homosexuality is still illegal in over 70 countries around the world, including many in the Commonwealth.

“None of this will be solved by a march, or a display of lights in Westminster. But these acts will demonstrate to those who are being persecuted or abused that they are supported.”

Kiev’s Pride

Participants take part in the equality march in Kiev

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Ukrainian politicians and foreign diplomats joined thousands marching for gay pride in Kiev today, carrying banners and waving rainbow and Ukrainian flags in a parade which was flanked by a thick cordon of police.

The march was largely incident-free, but 200 people protested, variously calling it an affront to traditional values and to soldiers fighting pro-Russian separatist rebels in the eastern Donbass region.

Ukrainian authorities have increased their support for gay rights since a pro-Western government took power in 2014. In 2015, a law was passed banning workplace discrimination against the LGBT community.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-lgbt-march-idUSKBN1990IU