Portland Could Soon Become Home to Gay Lightlife Again Once Former Ember Dance Space Opens

This summer it’s now official that Portland will get a huge downtown nightclub called Badlands from a Bay Area bar owner 

After years of seeing bars close, downtown Portland’s gay scene will get a big new nightclub as soon as this year.

Last November, Portlanders mourned when nightclub Embers announced it would closeafter 48 years as a bastion of gay culture at the edge of Old Town—an unusually sudden end that came about after the owner suffered what the club called a “massive stroke.”

But the new business owner in the space, TJ Bruce, says he plans to “carry on the tradition” in the former Embers space at 110 NW Broadway by opening a new gay dance club called Badlands, as soon as this summer—although timing will depend heavily on the level of renovations needed.

Bruce is a 20-year veteran opening bars, with another spot called Badlands in Sacramento, plus three different nightclubs called Splash in FresnoSan Jose and Reno. He says he hopes to bring much of the same vibe to the Portland Badlands as at his previous Splash locations. His two-story, video-screen-packed San Jose location was apparently the most popular Lyft location in the Bay Area, potential good news for a Portland gay bar scene that hasn’t seen a high-profile opening in years.

Bruce says it was his local ties that led to him taking over the former Embers space.  “My family lives on the Oregon coast, he says. “I come up here often, and I’ve become enamored with the space.”

Bruce, who also works as a contractor, will do his own renovations on Badlands, and hopes to begin construction within the next couple months.

He also says his new lease gives a strong option to buy the building, allowing him to remain in the space for the long haul. “I plan to put in substantial work,” he says. “It’s about coming up with a plan for the first year, and then a long term plan. It’s a big project.”

This is great news for the LGBTQ community in Portland who love to go out and free themselves to good dance music. Portland has been losing ground lately with an almost non-existent gay scene.

The current bar on the strip called CC’s has been running away customers because many gays have written the place off or been so enraged by the security that they refuse to go back. Those who do still go only do so because no suitable alternative has opened up. It takes CC’s a week to gross what Red Cap Garage used to gross on Saturday night alone, and it is all because of arrogance, laziness, and inept management team, and a gestapo security team that needs to be shown the door.
“The only reason we still go is because for whatever reason we care about the place, nostalgia I guess. Also the drag host is great, and I know most of the bartenders so I get fucked up cheap. They always make me doubles for the price of singles. So I get there for 2 dollar happy hour at 10 and have 3-4 doubles for 2 dollars each. Then after that the price only goes up to 5 so I am good the rest of the night.”
The reason they have not-so-talented dancers is because they have done nothing to make the club a place where gays want to to go and want to be seen. Their security has driven everyone away. They are just unbelievably stupid. Like they alway close at exactly 2am even though they could keep the dance floor open until 2:30. They could and should also stay open after hours and charge a cover for dancing like Castros in Austin. The gays are dying for a place to dance in this town. Like I said though, too arrogant, lazy, and stupid to see the forest thru the trees. Hopefully with this new edition to the gay strip we can get more disco queens out to party!

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2018 Gay Events, Circuit Parties & Pride

20 – 27 Jan Arosa Ski Week

20 – 27 Jan Ft. Lauderdale Atlantis Caribbean all gay cruise

21 – 28 Jan Vancouver – Gay Whistler Ski Week

31 Jan – 5 Feb Playa del Carmen -Arena dance music festival arena.mx

9 – 13 Feb NOLA Gay Mardi Gras

9 – 14 Feb Rio de Janeiro Carnival Rio

16 Feb – 4 Mar Sydney Mardi Gras

18 Feb – 1 Mar Atlantis Auckland to Sydney Atlantis cruise

21 – 26 Feb Antwerp, Belgium Leatherpride

Miami 28 Feb – 6 Mar Winter Party Miami
2 – 11 Mar Gran Canaria Carnival
14 – 18 Mar Elevation Mammoth gay ski week
28 Mar – 3 Apr Berlin Easter leather and fetish week
April 2018
13 – 15 Apr Bangkok Songkran Thai New Year Continue reading 2018 Gay Events, Circuit Parties & Pride

One Magical Weekend is Back for Gay Days Orlando 2018

We post each year about one of our favorite events held the first week of June called One Magical Weekend during Gay Days Orlando. One Magical Weekend at Walt Disney World includes three magical days at Disney plus great events such as daytime pool parties. Here you will see some of the hottest and funnest gays from around the world landing on the happiest place on earth. There are several parties and events that take place in the afternoons and evenings at the host hotel properties and other amazing venues at night and afterhours.

From June 1st to June 5th, over 6,000 gays will attend from across the US and the world. The event is being held on the Disney World Resorts property located at the B Resort & Spa. The B Resort will be the host hotel for One Mighty Weekend.

It all begins on Friday, with the first “Therapy Pool Party,” when hundreds of men converge on the pool at the Official Host Hotel, the B Resort & Spa where international DJs will spin the pool deck on into the evening. You will notice one slight change to the one-hour later time this year at the pool parties compared to last year where they start at 12 noon instead of 11 AM and run until 7 PM instead of 6 PM. We welcome this change!

The weekend’s signature event will be Disney’s entire 52-acre fantasy water park, where 6,000 party boys clad in little more than a bathing suit to dance, enjoy the amazing water rides or chill out inside this sprawling theme park. It’s no wonder Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is known around the world.

One Mighty Weekend’s Line Up of Events in Orlando for 2018 are below. Use promo code ORLANDO for 10% Off.

Friday, June 1st

12 PM – 7 PM: Therapy Pool Session #1 @ B Resort & Spa with DJ’s Dj Erik Armiliato And Dj Louis Tham [Tickets] Notice this starts an hour later than past years.
8 PM – 2 AM: Riptide @ Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Waterpark with Dj Grind And Dj Toy Armada.  [Tickets] Notice this starts an hour later than past years.
2 AM – 8 AM: Cadabra After Hours With Dj Alyson Calagna
Sun On The Beach Night Club (5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, Fl)  [Tickets] Continue reading One Magical Weekend is Back for Gay Days Orlando 2018

Drama Erupts As Major Circuit DJ Blasts GHB

Our lives are filled up and down with bad decisions but also living by the information that the media tells us to live by. We trust the media to tell us what drugs are good because the FDA doesn’t exactly weigh in on our club drugs and there is no way to find out truths to what we are taking. There are organizations such as DanceSafe.org that protects the rave community or the EDM festivals from unsafe drugs. It was Dance Safe that opened up our minds to the truths of GHB.

Recently a Dj known as DJ Paulo mostly in the LA and NYC area mostly went full “you do GHB at my event you get banned”. Wow. No mention of all the other drugs? And are we talking B or G or GBL? No mention of Tina? We do love DJ Paulo and find it odd he would post this but we do share the same fact that people need to respect their venues and respect their own lives and enjoy the music more without overdoing it with an overdose or strong cocktail of drugs.  Continue reading Drama Erupts As Major Circuit DJ Blasts GHB

Cher to Headline Mardi Gras 2018? White Party Palm Springs Headliner 2018?

We constantly hear rumors about the music legend and pop goddess Cher. This time it involves two oh-so-fabulous rumors involving mega-gay festivals.

A google search tipped off by a suspicious Facebook post this morning reveals a VERY interesting article posted a few hours ago by KIIS FM:

It’s almost like an Apple leak though because the story is mysteriously absent from the KIIS website! The excerpt from google is pretty detailed. It’s not like Cher has not played NYC Pride a few years back and has been a gay icon since the Sonny and Cher show. This will be the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Mardi Gras so they will absolutely have someone as big as Cher if not her. Continue reading Cher to Headline Mardi Gras 2018? White Party Palm Springs Headliner 2018?

“Athletes” Bonding with a Hot 4-way Makeout Session in Brazil Goes Viral

Revelers at Carnatal in Natal (located in the state of Rio Grande do Norte) managed to pull off a highly passionate four-way kiss. The highly contemporary, no-doubt innovative display of group love happened to be captured on video, and quickly amassed over a million views on Facebook. The Carnatal is a raucous dance party, replete with trucks full of blaring speakers and a nomadic mass of revelers.

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New LED Twink Harness Collection

Porn Model Danny Gunn with LED Harness TwinkBreedwell recently came out with a new Twink collection. This is great because now it will fit tighter for the boys that want to play in the LED lights.

Kinky twinkies, party boys, and slim and slender studs, it is time to get lit. The best-selling BREEDWELL LED HARNESS now comes in twink size: for a size 31”-38” chest. Light up that sexy boyish body for daddy 🙂  

You can Save 15%. Enter promo code GLOWZ to save 15% on your order at Breedwell.com. Continue reading New LED Twink Harness Collection

New York City to Host WorldPride 2019

New York City has been selected to host WorldPride 2019, which is to be held in conjunction with Stonewall 50, the official commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. The theme of Stonewall 50/WorldPride 2019 is “Millions of Moments of Pride,” and it will feature an expanded two-month series of events and programs alongside NYC Pride’s historic March, Rally, PrideFest, and legendary dances for men and women. Continue reading New York City to Host WorldPride 2019