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New gay bar proposed for 14th Street

Tavern to include outdoor space, dance floor

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A “comfortable” new tavern is slated to open at 1410 14th St., N.W.

John Guggenmos, co-owner of the D.C. gay bar Number Nine and the popular gay nightclub Town Danceboutique, told a meeting of the Logan Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission on July 1 that he and his business partner plan to open a “comfortable” new tavern at 1410 14th St., N.W., according to a report by Borderstan, a neighborhood blog.

John Fanning, the gay chair of ANC 2F, which has jurisdiction over the Logan Circle area, said he and his seven fellow commission members voted unanimously at the July 1 meeting to support a pending application for a liquor license for the as-yet-unnamed new tavern.

He said the vote included the approval of a settlement agreement between the new tavern and the ANC that includes certain restrictions common to new businesses.

“We think it will be a nice addition to the neighborhood,” said Fanning, who noted that a planned “summer garden” with outdoor seating in the rear of the building where the tavern hopes to open will bring about a clean-up of the alley adjacent to the building.

Although Guggenmos did not mention during his presentation at the ANC meeting whether the new tavern will be billed as a gay club, Fanning said Guggenmos told him it would cater to a gay clientele.

“It is going to be a gay club,” said Fanning. “He is catering to the gay community. He told me that.”

Borderstan reported that the tavern hopes to include a small dance floor and live DJs.

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  1. lnm3921

    July 9, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    We need more places that cater specifically to the gay community. There seems to be no place to go anymore where you can find a crowd of others like yourself anymore it’s a shame.

    And for those of you that feel you don’t need gay specific places to patronize, that’s you. Don’t stand in the way of those of us that do!

    • Cole Carter

      July 10, 2015 at 10:44 am

      For those of you who feel you need to be with others like you, you are totally missing the point of all of the struggles the community has fought in order to achieve equality. I’m sure you will be “welcoming” to ALL who enter your “like kind” establishment, where you can be with others like you. You are a living example of hypocrisy. I personally, am like everyone else.

      • uhhuhh

        July 10, 2015 at 11:36 am

        You’re a mouthy idiot.

        • Cole Carter

          July 15, 2015 at 12:39 pm

          And well within my rights. All opinions matter, not just yours, or those like yours.

          • uhhuhh

            July 15, 2015 at 12:49 pm

            I didn’t say you don’t have a right to be a mouthy idiot. I said you are a mouthy idiot.

      • lnm3921

        July 10, 2015 at 7:35 pm

        First of all, do not be so pretentious as to think you can lecture me on the point of the struggles of the GLBT community to achieve equality. I’ve been fighting for over thirty years and my struggle has been to assure that I can’t be discriminated against for being gay in employment, housing, services and accommodations and to live openly without fearing violence without recourse. Marriage equality is a bonus but that is only good if you’re lucky enough to have someone in your life you want to marry in the first place and not everyone does.

        It’s never been about making the point for having a GLBT community irrelevant. Just like racial minorities seek out their own for strength, solidarity, a common point of view, mutual understanding and companionship why can’t we? I’m not going to be able to relate to gay culture or interest with most heterosexuals especially hetero men. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t also have heterosexual friends and socialize with them. I just don’t want to do it all the time.

        That said, what the hell does achieving equality have to do with my desire to be around other gay people and have a place where I can go and find them? I live in a heterosexual world 24/7. I work for and with heterosexuals. My neighbors are heterosexual and pretty much everywhere I go I can assume everyone else is heterosexual. While I don’t want to live in a gay ghetto, that doesn’t mean I don’t want gay predominate neighborhoods either where again I can meet my own.

        I don’t like bars in general. I don’t drink and I only go to meet and be around other gay men. In general, I can’t go anywhere and be sure that the people around me are also gay. I can’t even show interest in another guy without being concerned that he will be offended or worse. When I go out I want to feel like I don’t have to walk on eggshells around other people wondering if the men around me are gay or not.

        I’d actually like to meet someone as a potential partner. I’m not expecting that to happen in a heterosexual venue and online isn’t much better as an option.

        Frankly, if you assume everyone accepts you as yourself everywhere you are living in a fantasy. Many people still hate you for being gay and don’t welcome you around them especially if you have a partner and show overt affection like kissing or holding hands. Many heteros don’t want to see it.

        • Cole Carter

          July 15, 2015 at 12:38 pm

          Again, you prove my point. You don’t want to blend, but to segregate.

          • uhhuhh

            July 15, 2015 at 12:52 pm

            Actually, you just proved his point: that you’re a petulant child who has no credibility to lecture grown-up gay men about anything.

            Do you think you’re the first little boy we’ve encountered whose internalized homophobia comes out as a shrieking demand to assimilate?

          • lnm3921

            July 15, 2015 at 7:28 pm

            Again, you fail to get the point missy! Celebrating diversity means not assimilating! Equality to me doesn’t mean losing my cultural identity as a gay person or losing ties to my GLBT community. What’s the point of coming out if the goal is to become invisible just like you were before?

            Just like immigrants want to keep their ethnic identity and teach their children their language in lieu of ditching it to become American and only learn English. That doesn’t mean they can’t be bi-lingual and know English and be proud to be American.

            Irish, African-Americans, Italians, and other racial groups march to celebrate who they are. They join organizations celebrating their heritage. They seek out their own. We still have China Towns. We have Black History Month. We have other history months. Those groups have achieved more equality than we have but still don’t abandon who they are or seeking out their own.

            We have Black Gay Pride celebrations in DC not just an overall gay pride. People care about their individuality as a group, celebrate it and want to share it with others like them.

            Let me be blunt. I don’t want to fade into the heterosexual community. I never will and I make no apologies for it! None are required. If you don’t like it then tough suck it up. It’s your problem NOT mine!

            Keep living in your heterosexual world exclusively and when you someday get your butt kicked for being yourself by someone who thinks you are disgusting maybe you’ll finally get it.

          • lnm3921

            July 15, 2015 at 8:12 pm

            The point is on the top of your head!

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“We are deeply disappointed that these adults made such a hateful decision for kids in the community,” tweeted the ACLU of Virginia in response to the board’s vote.

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