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Suspect arrested after gay man ‘stabbed with bottle in a bar’

Members of the LGBT+ community march in the Pride parade in Durban, South Africa, in 2018

Members of the LGBT+ community march in the Pride parade in Durban, South Africa, in 2018. (AFP via Getty/ RAJESH JANTILAL)

A suspect has been arrested in connection to a gay man who was left bruised and battered after being stabbed with a bottle in Sasolburg, South Africa.

Segakweng Kimora Magoma was allegedly attacked at a bar in the sprawling industrial city by a gang of homophobic men who began taunting him on 24 April.

“Within a few minutes, about five or six men already were there,” he told TimesLive, “stabbing me with bottles.

“Fortunately, a bouncer saw what was happening and immediately came to my rescue.”

Free State Police, the province’s police force, confirmed that a 33-year-old was arrested Friday (30 April) in connection to the attack.

“He will appear at the Sasolburg magistrate’s court on Monday [3 May] on a charge of assault [with intent to cause grievous bodily harm],” spokesperson Brig Motantsi Makhele confirmed to the outlet.

Now recovering from his injuries, Magoma said he remains “traumatised” by the incident that comes amid a rash of homophobic violence in South Africa that has prompted increased vigilance – and fear – among the LGBT+ community.

Just weeks before Magoma’s attack, 34-year-old gay man Sphamandla Khoza was brutally murdered in an attack that deeply incensed queer South Africans.

Demanding justice after Khoza was stabbed to death, his family recoiled in horror as they followed a trail of blood from his front door to the ditch where his body lay.

What happened to Segakweng Kimora Magoma?

Segakweng Kimora Magoma told TimesLive how he visited a bar with a friend when a man approached them both and began lobbing homophobic insults at him in Sesotho.

Magoma retorted by asking the man to call his mother. That’s when the men struck.

They were all aiming for my face,” he said. “I kept it covered with my hands at all times and that’s why they ended up stabbing my hand.

The victim was left with deep wounds on his ear and hand and scratches covering his face.

“I don’t know those people,” he added. “I have never seen them and find it puzzling why they think they can attack me like that.

“What were they hoping to achieve? Were they thinking they can change my sexuality like that?”

Civicus, a civic alliance group, said that with six known murders of LGBT+ this year alone can be hard to square with South Africa’s image as a tolerant, inclusive society.

“South Africa has been lauded as a champion for LGBT+ rights on the continent because of its progressive legal framework that recognises same-sex marriage and full equality for everybody,” the group said in a statement to TimesLive.

“However, in reality, the situation of LGBT+ rights has been deteriorating, with LGBT+ rights campaigners and individuals living and operating in a hostile environment characterised by hate speech, death threats and killings.”

Historic downtown Los Angles bar The New Jalisco on the brink of closure due to COVID-19 / Queerty

Historic downtown Los Angles bar The New Jalisco on the

The New Jalisco. Via Rosa Hernandez

COVID-19 continues to rear its ugly head on safe spaces for the queer community. The historic downtown Los Angeles venue The New Jalisco has become the latest business to plead with the general public for help.

The New Jalisco opened in the 1990s to cater to LA’s growing LGBTQ Latino crowd. Now, more than 20 years later, the bar faces permanent closure due to mounting debts amid the ongoing pandemic. To counter the financial strain, owner Rosa Hernandez launched a GoFundMe page on December 20 in hopes to keeping the business open.

“Like countless small businesses, The New Jalisco Bar is struggling to stay alive during this ongoing pandemic,” Hernandez wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Our doors have been closed since March 2020 and we have not been able to obtain financial relief to support our business expenses or rent commitments. Unfortunately, we now owe our landlord 10 months of rent with interest. This debt puts us at risk of closing down permanently.”

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“We are reaching out to our clients, supporters, and friends to please consider donating to our cause,” she concludes. “Your contributions will help save a community space that has served as a safe haven for generations of Angelenos in our city.”

The New Jalisco has set a goal of raising $80,000 in hopes of staying afloat. At the time of this writing, the fundraiser has generated just over $18,000. Patrons can learn more or donate by visiting the bar’s GoFundMe site.

Queer businesses in Los Angeles have endured massive hardship due to COVID-19. In West Hollywood, the popular and historic venues Rage, Flaming Saddles, Gym Bar, Cuties and Gold Coast have all shut down permanently due to mounting bills and ongoing disputes with landlords. In Silverlake, the popular queer hipster bar Akbar also teetered on the brink of closure before a similar crowdfunding campaign raised $200,000 to address the bar’s debts.

Legendary Chicago dive bar, Manhandler Saloon, closes after 40 years / GayCities Blog

Legendary Chicago dive bar, Manhandler Saloon, closes after 40 years

Manhandler Saloon
Manhandler Saloon (Photo: Facebook)

The COVID pandemic’s impact on businesses continues to rage on. The most recent gay casualty is Chicago’s Manhandler Saloon, at 1948 N. Halsted.

Manhandler Saloon first opened its doors in 1980. As its name suggest, it was a place you could in the hope of being manhandled in the back room area! It marked its 40th anniversary in September. However, the COVID pandemic of recent months has taken its toll. Chicago is a city that has seen a resurgence in cases in recent weeks.

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After several months of closure, the Manhandler reopened in late summer, making full use of its outdoor yard for socially distanced drinking. However, it finally called last order on November, 9.

The bar posted on social media that it was closing on that date, inviting regulars to come down for one last goodbye. Afterward, it posted a simple message: “Thank you all! 1980-2020.”

Many men shared their memories of happy times at the venue.

“Thank you for all the fun times, the memories, the fun in the back. You will truly be missed. Won’t be another place like The Manhandler!” said one – a sentiment echoed by others.

Related: The iconic gay venues that won’t be returning after COVID-19 

2020 has seen a deluge of LGBTQ bars closing across the US. This is partly due to landlords increasing rents or leases expiring, but has also been greatly accelerated by the COVID pandemic. Other sex venues to have closed this year include the legendary Blow Buddies in San Francisco and The Crew Club Sauna – the last remaining bathhouse in Washington DC.

Bars to have closed include The Stud (San Francisco), Parliament House (Orlando), and Flaming Saddles (West Hollywood). Check out a fuller list here.

Dolly Parton-inspired rooftop bar opens at Nashville hotel / GayCities Blog

Dolly Parton-inspired rooftop bar opens at Nashville hotel / GayCities

The rooftop, Dolly Parton-inspired bar at the Graduate Nashville (Photo: Digital Love)
The rooftop, Dolly Parton-inspired bar at the Graduate Nashville (Photo: Digital Love)

We’ve seen some camp interior decor in our time, but this is something else. A hotel in Nashville has opened a Dolly Parton-inspired restaurant and rooftop bar, and it’s a veritable pink palette of fabulousness.

The name of the restaurant and bar is White Limozeen, and it can be found at the top of the Graduate Nashville (101 20th Ave. North), which itself opened late last year.

(Photo: Digital Love)

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Named in honor of Parton (White Limozeen, released in 1989, was the singer’s 29th studio album), the hotel says the destination, “celebrates the uniquely Nashville identity of unapologetically following your dreams.”

(Photo: Digital Love)

The new bar and restaurant were unveiled in July after the hotel was allowed to reopen to guests following COVID restrictions.

“We’re thrilled to finally open our doors at White Limozeen and welcome locals and travelers alike to experience this over-the-top, elegant, yet inviting rooftop destination,” said Ben Weprin, Graduate Hotels CEO and Founder in a statement.

The bar at White Limozeen, Graduate Nashville Hotel
The bar at White Limozeen (Photo: Digital Love)

“White Limozeen is a celebration of the nonconformists that have always done it their own way. It’s unique, beyond special, and tells the narrative of a relentless, rags-to-riches journey. Whether you are playing for tips on a stool on 16th Avenue, selling out Nissan Stadium, or just stopping by for a cocktail, this will be an unforgettable experience for everyone.”

(Photo: Digital Love)

Decor wise, the theme is opulence and over-the-top. The restaurant features a pink onyx bar, baby-pink walls, portraits of country music legends, glitzy chandeliers and gilded fabrics.

The exterior patio features plenty more pink, oversized daybeds, a wading pool, and – the pièce de résistance – a large, pink bust of Dolly Parton. It’s the perfect place to soak up some sun and sip on a ‘Queen of the Rodeo’ cocktail from the bar.

A pink settee at White Limozeen, at the Graduate Nashville (Photo: Digital Love)

If that’s not quite enough Dolly for you, the hotel also offers a ‘9-to-5’ suite, complete with a disco ball tiled ceiling, shag carpets, and a kingsize water bed.

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If you want to check out the restaurant and bar, be sure to book ahead, as social distancing precautions are still in place.

(Photo: Digital Love)