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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.

Unique Pride Week wedding in downtown Los Angeles

A unique Pride Week wedding in downtown Los Angeles. Photography by Sarah Block. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding vendor directory.

JJ and Alex designed their wedding to celebrate their queer experience of love and partnership. “It didn’t feel like the traditional ceremonies accurately depicted our personal queer experiences or the color of our lives,” the couple told Equally Wed. So they invented their own traditions. In collaboration with Priyan Chandraratna of Alfred House Productions, the couple created a Pride Week wedding that was distinct, colorful, and full of joy.

Set in downtown LA, the ceremony featured queer glamor, customized augmented reality features, extensive drag queen performances, and a full Pride store. Instead of the traditional flower arrangements, they opted for bouquets of bright tropical leaves. Mexican churros replaced the traditional cake. Each partner wore exquisite suits in forest green and pearl white.

To other LGBTQ+ couples, they advise: “Figure out the ‘rules.’ Then figure out how to break them. Make your own!”

A unique Pride Week wedding in downtown Los Angeles. Photography by Sarah Block. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding vendor directory.

A unique Pride Week wedding in downtown Los Angeles. Photography by Sarah Block. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding vendor directory.

A unique Pride Week wedding in downtown Los Angeles. Photography by Sarah Block. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding vendor directory.

A unique Pride Week wedding in downtown Los Angeles. Photography by Sarah Block. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding vendor directory.

A unique Pride Week wedding in downtown Los Angeles. Photography by Sarah Block. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding vendor directory.

A unique Pride Week wedding in downtown Los Angeles. Photography by Sarah Block. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding vendor directory.

A unique Pride Week wedding in downtown Los Angeles. Photography by Sarah Block. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding vendor directory.

A unique Pride Week wedding in downtown Los Angeles. Photography by Sarah Block. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding vendor directory.

A unique Pride Week wedding in downtown Los Angeles. Photography by Sarah Block. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding vendor directory.

A unique Pride Week wedding in downtown Los Angeles. Photography by Sarah Block. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding vendor directory.

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Unique Pride Week wedding downtown Los Angeles -28

A unique Pride Week wedding in downtown Los Angeles. Photography by Sarah Block. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding vendor directory.

A unique Pride Week wedding in downtown Los Angeles. Photography by Sarah Block. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding vendor directory.

A unique Pride Week wedding in downtown Los Angeles. Photography by Sarah Block. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding vendor directory.

VENDORS

Photographer: Sarah Block Photography  
Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue: Valentine
Florist Company: Alfred House Productions 
Planner: Alfred House Productions 
DJ: Flip Collective
Attire: ASOS 
Catering: Huntington Catering
Photo Booth: Brass Street Photo

Elvira unites with Los Angeles LGBTQ Center for free Halloween virtual screenings / GayCities Blog

Elvira unites with Los Angeles LGBTQ Center for free Halloween

Halloween is likely to be pretty different this year. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs remain closed across whole swathes of the world so the opportunities for partying are more limited.

However, there are ways you can mark the occasion with others online. Camp horror icon Elvira has teamed up with the Los Angeles LGBT Center for a special, virtual screening event taking place this Friday (October 30).

Related: Gay Los Angeles

In connection with Shout! Factory TV, Elvira will host two free online screenings of her 2001 movie, Elvira’s Haunted Hills. The screenings will take place at 7 pm and 9 pm PT. The 7 pm screening will also include a virtual costume contest. Anyone interested in entering must submit photos of themselves in their outfit in advance to lalgbtcenter.org/costume 

Elvira, the gothic vamp played by actress Cassandra Peterson, earned herself a huge cult following on the release of the 1988 comedy horror film, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. It spawned numerous sequels.

Whilst watching this Friday’s movie, viewers will also be encouraged to donate to the LA LGBT Center via the Text-to-Donate mobile phone platform, to help it continue to offer its vital services during these difficult times. To join the fun, go to lalgbtcenter.org/watch this Friday evening.

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“What better way to start celebrating Halloween than with shrieks of laughter from the comfort of your own home!” said the LGBT Center’s Membership Associate Kimberly Fisher.

“We are thrilled to partner with Shout! Factory TV to highlight the entertainment company’s profound commitment to honor our authentic selves in visual media. And to have Elvira herself hosting this special ‘live scream’ event is certainly a treat—not a trick!”

Depressed that Halloween won’t be the same this year? Check out a recent video from Elvira encouraging people to celebrate in any way they (safely) can!

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Paraiso de los Angeles – Gay Friendly Vacation Rental in Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, Mexico

Paraiso de los Angeles - Gay Friendly Vacation Rental in Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, Mexico

Paraiso de los Angeles - Gay Friendly Vacation Rental in Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, Mexico

OAXACA OCEAN VILLAS & POOL

Welcome to El Paraiso de los Angeles, an exclusive set of oceanfront vacation rental villas on Oaxaca’ pacific coast in Mexico. Rent a house with a fantastic ocean view and a pool surrounded by natural beauty.

Our Oaxaca vacation villas are just 70 kilometers East of Puerto Escondido, a popular surfing beach, and close to the villages of Puerto Angel, Mazunte and Zipolite, a gay friendly spot known for its unique “clothing-optional beach” in Mexico.

You’ll enjoy spectacular sea views from one of our four villas – from the terrace or from the infinity pool. You can watch turtles, whales or dolphins, depending on the season.

Our oceanfront Mexican villas are far from Mexico’s major tourist destinations. If crowded pools, lobby’s and the “tourist bubble” are not your idea of an escape then El Paraiso de los Angeles might be the perfect place for your Mexican vacation.

El Paraiso de los Angeles provides a stunning combination of modern beach holiday and immersion in nature: hear the waves crashing against the shore all day and see dolphins and whales jumping in the sea at the right time of year.

See the Paraiso de los Angeles Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Casa De Los Arcos – Gay Friendly Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Casa De Los Arcos - Gay Friendly Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Casa De Los Arcos - Gay Friendly Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

OVERLOOKING THE BAY AND OLD TOWN PV

Welcome to Casa de los Arcos, a gay friendly vacation villa in Purto Vallarta that has been in operation since the late 1980’s. Susan has been your host since 1994, and the property has been rated # 1 on Trip Advisor for Specialty Lodging.

Casa de los Arcos is a magical escape where you can get away from the stress of your everyday life and relax surrounded by the sounds of rustling trees, waterfalls, and soft Pacific Ocean breezes. Our Banderas Bay and Vallarta views are spectacular, whether seen from your private terrace, or on one of the terraces in our tropical gardens. Casa de los Arcos blends the charms of old Mexico with modern comforts, and isbright with color and sunshine.

We’re also just a short walk away from the beach or downtown.

Enjoy this PVR villa with a group of friends or family by renting the whole property, or just rent one of our four “casas” for yourself. The design of the villa provides absolute privacy in your suite, but we also offer large common areas if you rent the entire villa.

See the Casa de Los Arcos Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Puerto Vallarta Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals