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Hayward, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – In this city just 26 miles east of San Francisco, there were eight gay bars in the 1980’s.  Now, Hayward’s last gay club standing, the Turf Club, has converted into an outdoor live music venue and neighborhood gathering space.

“We’ve gotten rid of the labels. It’s no longer a gay bar; it’s a community bar with live music,” owner Larry Gray said last week. He added, “There’s no longer a need for gay bars, which were safe places to meet, get information and raise money for political causes.”

Renegades, one of three remaining San Jose gay bars
Renegades, one of three remaining San Jose gay bars

Twenty seven miles south of Hayward, another city — San Jose — is experiencing a similar phenomenon.  San Jose didn’t have as many gay bars to begin with, but two of its gay clubs shut their doors permanently in the last couple of years — Brix Nightclub and Tinker’s Damn. Only three San Jose gay bars remain open: Splash, Renegades and Mac’s.

Last week, The Adobo Chronicles  reported that a new government study shows that the U.S. gay population is shrinking.  Could it be that gay bars are also becoming a diminishing breed?

“As more gay men and women get married, they tend to stay away from public gay places like bars,” said  Paul White, a volunteer with Equality California. California is among the 19 states where same-sex marriage is now legal.





imageMoscow, Russia – Vodka is to Russia while apple pie is as American as it can get.   In recent weeks, many U.S. gay bars have boycotted vodka in protest of the Russian government’s increasing crackdown on homosexuality. This, despite the fact that vodka companies in the U.S. have been supportive of many U.S. gay events , including Pride festivities across the country.

In retaliation, restaurants and bakeries throughout Russia have agreed to ban all sales of apple pie in the country. The news was upsetting to the states of Washington, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia, the top six apple producers in the U.S.image

The Ohio-based General Mills, makers of the popular baking and pie product line Pillsbury, has not returned calls from The Adobo Chronicles for comment but is reportedlly preparing a media statement to be officially released tomorrow. General Mills is expected to address the issue on whether the Russian boycott of apple pie will affect its business.

Meanwhile, nationwide sales of Coors beer, once the target of a gay boycott, have registered a 150% increase since the vodka boycott was announced.