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The Montrose Mining Company Bids Farewell

The Montrose Mining Company Bids Farewell

Houston’s Oldest LGBTQ+ Nightclub Announces Their Closure And Development Of A New LGBTQ+ Bar Concept After 38 Years Of Service.

Change can be big and hard to swallow but a happy ending always abounds. One of Houston’s most historic nightclubs to the LGBTQ+ community of Montrose announced yesterday that they would be closing their doors after nearly 38 years of service. The Montrose Mining Company was Houston’s oldest LGBTQ+ bar still in operation.tattooed-lady-mining-company-nuntius-0271 The Montrose Mining Company Bids Farewell

Owner Charles Armstrong explained that ‘changing times’ and ‘the concept has gone,’ in the social media alert that was posted on Thursday afternoon.

The Montrose Mining Company opened in 1978 and Armstrong acquired the venue in 1986. Nearly 30 years ago. Armstrong took the popular bar, that once housed a ‘late night disco diner’ the ‘Tattooed Lady,’ and made it a destination for queers looking for great drink prices, larger patios, and a place to see dancers on boxes.

A new era is about to begin,” Armstrong expressed. No other details have been released except that the new concept will ‘absolutely be GLBTQ.’  Details expected within the next 18 months.

Can Wal-Mart Change LGBT Nightlife In Texas?

Can Wal-Mart Change LGBT Nightlife In Texas?

The nations largest retail chain claims a Texas law violates their rights to sell alcohol at fair prices.

Wal-Mart has filed a federal lawsuit in Austin challenging the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commissions over a state law that forbids the company from owning and operating liquor stores, or selling alcohol at their stores.

The lawsuit contends restrictions on package liquor licenses, some dating to the end of Prohibition, handed out by T.A.B.C. amount to unconstitutional discrimination.

Currently, T.A.B.C. code prevents stores like Wal-Mart from selling hard alcohol, making it only available to ‘liquor stores.’ Wal-Mart is seeking to change that.

Should Wal-Mart win in Federal court, and T.A.B.C revises in alcohol codes in Texas, the changes that may accompany, could change the way Texas, and members of every community, including how the LGBTQ+ community purchase their cocktails of choice.

Alcohol would become available at any ‘corner store’ like in Louisiana, and because Wal-Mart operates 24-hours a day, the current law prohibiting alcohol sales from liquor stores on Sundays, would disappear. It’s possible that the 2 a.m. law in Texas would also disappear.

Out of 38 states that Wal-Mart operates in, Texas is the only state Wal-Mart has sued.

Where Have The Bathhouses Gone?

Where Have The Bathhouses Gone?

The ‘Bathhouse’  Has Always Been A Part Of Mainstream Culture, Tracing All The Way Back To The Historical Dates Suffixed With B.C.  It’s Embedded In Our History With Discoveries Of Ancient Greek Records That Expose What Was Then Not Such A Secretive Lifestyle.


The accommodations in history were magnificent with marble brick columns lining mosaic shallow pools of warm water. They were communal areas intended for bathing and socializing among someone’s peers, friends and family.  Now occasionally, some had other intentions and bathhouses served to fulfill the sexual desires of the men that frequented the establishments.

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As the years progressed, the bathhouse dissipated due to the onset of private bathrooms. No longer were they needed. After years they did reemerged and took on a new role as a ‘convenient hookup’ spot for men who wanted to have sex with other men. The wave created the modern day  ‘gay-only facilities,’ that were less elaborate, and centered on privacy and dark, discreet areas.

Somewhere in the 1960’s, bathhouses were labeled gay saunas,  and they began popping up throughout the country. By the time the 80’s rolled around, the number of bathhouses had exploded, and their were thousands across the country.

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Moscow’s forgotten LGBTQ+ Bathhouse

When the general public took notice of these ‘scabs of society,’  authorities began to raided many of these facilities and arrested patrons for sodomy and any other de facto anti-gay laws that could keep patrons behind bars or at the very least incur any number of fines.

 

The results led to the reputations of the bathhouses being soiled, and became known as nothing more than seedy sex establishments where the perverted went to play. This led people to lose interest in the establishments. As such, the number of facilities started to decline.

With the invention of, hookup apps, came the slow demise. Today, there are an estimated  100 or less bathhouses in operation in the United States, with Houston having two locations. Midtown Spa, and Club Houston.

 

UT Students Protest Campus Open Carry Law By Carrying Dildos

UT Students Protest Campus Open Carry Law By Carrying Dildos

University Of Texas Students Protesting Texas Law Known As “Campus Carry”  By Highlighting What You Can’t Carry: A Harmless Dildo.

Texas law known as S.B. 11, passed by a Republican led legislature and signed into law by the amazing Texas governor Greg Abbott, has went into effect, as of August 1, 2016. 3,500+ students at the University of Texas signed up to carry around dildos on their backpacks in protest of the new law.

Here’s an excerpt from the protest’s #CocksNotGlocks Facebook page: “Starting on the first day of Long Session classes on August 24, 2016, we are strapping gigantic swinging dildos to our backpacks in protest of campus carry.

Anyone can participate in solidarity: alum, non-UT students, people outside of Texas. Come one dildo, come all dildos.“You’re carrying a gun to class? Yeah well I’m carrying a HUGE DILDO.” Just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play.

Protest organizer Jessica Lin, has pointed out a Texas law which states that anyone displaying or distributing “obscene” materials (such as a dildo) in public can be issued a $500 fine. A law she thinks is hypocritical:

“The State of Texas has decided that it is not at all obnoxious to allow deadly concealed weapons in classrooms, however it DOES have strict rules about free sexual expression, to protect your innocence.“You would receive a citation for taking a DILDO to class before you would get in trouble for taking a gun to class.

“Heaven forbid the penis.”