February 5, 2018 at 11:49 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Nightclub discontinues Sunday male strip show
Jim Graham, Rock Hard Sundays, The House, Mark Guenther, gay news, Washington Blade

Former D.C. Council member Jim Graham, on right, founded the male strip night at The House but attendance faltered after his 2017 death.(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The owner of The House nightclub on Georgia Avenue, N.W. in early January discontinued a weekly Sunday night male strip show that gay former D.C. Council member Jim Graham started in 2015.

According to two of the male dancers who worked on Sunday nights and several regular customers, House owner Daryl Allen informed the Sunday night employees in the first week of January that he would resume featuring female strippers on Sundays. The club has featured nude female dancers since its opening in 1979.

Graham, 71, died last June 11 from complications associated with an intestinal infection. At the time of his death Allen told the Washington Blade he planned to continue the Sunday night male strip shows that Graham called Rock Hard Sundays when Graham began managing the Sunday venue under a business arrangement with Allen.

Allen couldn’t immediately be reached this week for comment. Regular customers said the number of mostly gay men who patronized the Sunday night venue and often filled the club dropped significantly after Graham’s passing.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

2 Comments

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