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Gay Glasgow

PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:31 pm
by JumpingAtTheWoodside
Does anyone have any reminiscences/ horror stories about gay venues in Glasgow over the years? I'm gay and used to go out in Glasgow when I was a lot younger, but then I moved away for many years. When I came back all the places I knew had closed! 8O
Some I used to know:

Club X
Austin's
Vintners
Squires

Re: Gay Glasgow

PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:44 pm
by Mark N
Does getting chatted up by a pensioner in Revolver the other week count ?

Re: Gay Glasgow

PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:47 pm
by JumpingAtTheWoodside
It depends on how embarrassing or horrific it was. Tell!

Re: Gay Glasgow

PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:49 pm
by Mark N
It wasn't either really, though he did go into a bit of a huff when he realised he wasn't going to get anywhere!

Re: Gay Glasgow

PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:00 pm
by JumpingAtTheWoodside
My best story is when I first set foot in gay venue, Austin's in the mid eighties. I was a bit anxious, and walked up and down Hope St for a good while before I went in. As soon as I entered the bar, a drag queen roared over at me, "Obviously a Roman Catholic!" Then she bought me a drink and calmed me down. I was later to learn this was Betty Hutton. I've heard all sorts of off-colour stories about Betty, but I won't hear a word against her.

Re: Gay Glasgow

PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:34 pm
by Pgcc93
JumpingAtTheWoodside wrote: "Obviously a Roman Catholic!"



Dexter St Clair perchance?

Re: Gay Glasgow

PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:28 pm
by JumpingAtTheWoodside
Betty Hutton used to be well known on the gay scene in Glasgow. I haven't seen her around for quite a few years. Does anyone know if she is still with us?

Re: Gay Glasgow

PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:34 pm
by Josef
Wasn't Squires a lesbian bar?

And, come to that, no namecheck for The Muscular Arms?

Re: Gay Glasgow

PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:48 pm
by John
Wasn't Sylvester's a gay bar?

Any excuse for a photograph....

Image

Re: Gay Glasgow

PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:54 pm
by Josef
JohnR wrote:Wasn't Sylvester's a gay bar?


No, a piano bar. And Glasgow's first no-smoking pub too.

That worked well, obviously :D .

Re: Gay Glasgow

PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:56 pm
by Fossil
oh aye Betty Hutton

Re: Gay Glasgow

PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 11:16 pm
by Pgcc93
JohnR wrote:Wasn't Sylvester's a gay bar?



Nah! That was Glasgow's first under 18's bar c.1984-1987ish if you looked a day older you had no chance of getting in without proof of age :D

Re: Gay Glasgow

PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:55 am
by John
I had a genuine reason to suppose it was as I once knew the guy who owned it and he told me it was.

Re: Gay Glasgow

PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:19 pm
by Fossil
Mark N wrote:Does getting chatted up by a pensioner in Revolver the other week count ?


The Banana Man gets everywhere

Re: Gay Glasgow

PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:09 pm
by HollowHorn
Any port in a storm.