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New LGBT London club night claims it will offer cheap drinks and a social purpose

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  1. yeah young gay men need cheap booze ffs

  2. How tacky – an advertisement posing as a news story.

    This ‘story’ is the online equivalent of one of those magazine articles that look like a news report but at the top of the page in small letters is a box which says ‘advertising feature’.

    Although it is sort of hilarious that they will be offering advice on alcohol abuse and sexual health, while encouraging binge drinking by offering 99p drinks.

  3. How old are you Dean & Marcus? For below 30 guys cheap booze is great, as we’re not exactly high up on the career ladder and money is tight. Even though we’re young it doesn’t mean we’re irresponsible, cheap booze for a lot of us will mean a smaller bill. Win-win situation.

  4. I can’t believe PinkNews, Attitude and Boyz are sponsoring this – especially after their recent issues trumpeting addiction etc etc in the gay scene.

  5. Hodge Podge 10 Sep 2010, 6:16pm

    Yay! Alcohol! Though it would have been nice if you had put “ADVERTISMENT:” or something before the headline, that is indeed tacky. As an alcohol fan, I would have read anyway.

  6. Count me in!! It may be geared towards 18-30 year old guys but there’s nothing in the story that us over 40s can’t frequent the place. Nice one!

  7. ty by the time your balls drop you’ll realise these no such thing as a free lunch and anything cheap should be avoided. I bet its full of pervs and roofies. I domt think I’ll be posting much more here it’s getting to be a really rubbish site.

  8. This is disgusting and shame on pink news posting what is an advert not news article.
    Reading daily how promiscuous gay people are and the high rates of sit/d and HIV yet companies are encouraging drunken sexualised behavior and the shame is youngsters will get drunk, people will take advantage and terrible mistakes will be made.
    The lgbt community just doesent help itsel some times.

  9. I hope PN got a decent bung for this advertorial.

    Shots for 99p? That sounds like a pretty horrendous recipe.

  10. Pinknews did not get paid for this article. We are media partners of Queerly in much the same way as we were media partners of Liverpool Pride. What we like about the concept is the fact that there will be a range of student focused advices on issues including sexual health and housing. Far from encouraging risky behavioural having people on hand to give advice, free condoms and referrals to sexual health services should be welcomed.

  11. Simon Murphy 10 Sep 2010, 10:44pm

    “Pinknews did not get paid for this article.”

    But Pink News will benefit financially if the club is a success?

    Fair enough. I have no problem with that.

    But this article is an advert and not a news story and should be marked as such.

  12. Pinknews will make no financial gain if QueerlyOut is a success or lose if it is a failure. The story clearly showed that PinkNews is a media sponsor.

  13. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2010/09/07/young-white-gay-men-are-contributing-to-spread-of-hiv-infections-in-europe-says-report/

    Didnt you just post this news and are now actively advertising a new club aimed at that targert demograph? I dont live near where its opening, but if i did i would be avouding like the plague after reading that artical and was close by.

  14. Give the guys a break, if it weren’t for Pink News I would have no idea about this club night. To be honest gaydar has become a bit of a hassle of late so Im’ returning to old school methods of picking up young guys like park cruising and this club will hopefully return dividends for us oldies.

  15. Young people are going to go out and get drunk anyway. I think them doing so in a safe environment, where they can also get sexual health and other pieces of advice is pretty responsible. There’s nothing wrong with charging reasonable prices. Do you think that bars in Soho charge £3.50 for a drink because they want to discourage alcohol consumption? No they do so because they want to make bigger profits and know that some gay people will pay. And £1.40 for a drink is only 20p cheaper than G-A-Y bar and who has been complaining about their “too cheap” prices? Give these guys a break.

  16. I think this is a great idea on many levels and of course the Pink News is right to cover it is a News source. I like the charitable side and that it allows for awareness campaigns to come together with a social audience. Lets be clear, people will socialise and often not have exposure to a broader social agenda.

    For those comming to terms with sexuality and the need to engage with their peers, it is expensive in London and less accessilble to some as a result. This does open up an nother avenue for the young suited to there pocket.

    My concern here is the degree of sensationalist over generalisation and level if cynism expressed by some.

    No everyone will drink to excess nor engage is risky sexual behaviour. This will be a minority and I don’t see why this should put and end to affordable fun for the majority.

    More objectivity please and less “Daily Mail” reader …..

    I wish the venture well.

  17. Even if it was an advert I think PinkNews deserves to make some money so they can run this site.

    I think people should back off with the criticism.

  18. Simon Murphy 12 Sep 2010, 3:55am

    “Even if it was an advert I think PinkNews deserves to make some money so they can run this site. I think people should back off with the criticism.”

    Well I have no problem at all with Pink News earning some cash. That’s absolutely fine.

    But really, new gay nights open all the time. Some succeed, some fail. Such is life. But the fact that there is a new clubnight opening is not a news story. If it was a new gay club night in Baghdad then it would be news. It’s in London however. Is there so little going on in the gay world that Pink News needs to run a story about a club night that it is connected with?

    Pink News should just stick the ‘advertisement’ word somewhere in the headline to let people know what they are reading.

  19. andrew and Wayne Howard-Williams 12 Sep 2010, 10:08am

    I agree that drinks charges are far too high for EVERYONE in Gay Bars and Clubs (this is also the case in Straight venues).
    What is not put across is that it is not just young people 30 or below who are on low income in fact from 21 years old onwards National Minimum Wage at £5.93 an hour from October Applies this means that all poorly paid gay people and those on benefits (unemployed and disabled) are in the same position as those below 20. What should happen is everyone should be entitled to the lower cost alchohol unless what your trying to do is to have an ageist club limiting the age of entrance up to 30. Maybe I can suggest then we have 30 plus clubs which bar people under 30 from entrance. We see many young LGBT people who look at people over 30 as if they should not be in their pubs and clubs (they dont belong to the young exclusively they are their for everyone to enjoy. The extra services related to the LGBT Community are a good idea but one that is already being put in Walsall in the West Midlands this very month. We have a club opening up called Out Bar and an LGBT Group both located at the same site offering the same as this London Club. The only concern is that cheap alchohol will promote alchohol abuse. Out Bar and P.C.C. can be seen on facebook.

  20. Interesting that this rag likes to remove any post that puts it in a bad light. I have had two comments removed from here, not for any bad language, personal attacks or insults, but merely because I criticise the editorial.

    Interesting that they are the ones always complaining about police states, yet censor anybody that doesn’t concur with their opinions. One wonders how many other comments get deleted.

  21. “Even if it was an advert I think PinkNews deserves to make some money so they can run this site. I think people should back off with the criticism.”

    PinkNews has news running down the left and ads running down the right. The right hand side should be there to make money, but more importantly the left hand side should be there to serve the interests of readers.
    I am getting rather bored of the left hand side containing uncritical press releases, particularly when announcing future events that PinkNews then doesn’t even bother to cover as news!

  22. “Interesting that this rag likes to remove any post that puts it in a bad light. I have had two comments removed from here, not for any bad language, personal attacks or insults, but merely because I criticise the editorial.

    Interesting that they are the ones always complaining about police states, yet censor anybody that doesn’t concur with their opinions. One wonders how many other comments get deleted.”

    Why leave this one up then? If they were going to censor you they’d not leave half a story in. I’ve ‘lost’ posts before, it’s just the nature of the beast with these sites. I doubt it’s a personal vendetta.

    Also, ok it was a bit tacky to pop this up as a news story if the story only concentrated on cheap drinks however, you’re missing the point. It’s also to promote sexual health and that in my book is a good thing and should be given as much coverage as possible.

    Also, cheap drinks? What’s wrong with that? I don’t see why I should pay through the nose for a product which the pubs buy relatively cheaply.

    Also, cheap alcohol doesn’t encourage alcoholism of bad behaviour. Being irresponsible and being a dickhead do.

    I’m a little put out that this is aimed at 18-30 yr olds. I think that’s pretty silly. But then, knowing that STi’s are on the increase heavily in that age range comparitively – it’s understandable.

    Honesltly, some of you are just so eager to comment you fail to see the flaws in such arguments.

  23. I work for an LGBT organisation and the article would not have made it onto our website or Newsletter for the following reasons:

    1) As many have pointed out, it is an advertisement posing as an article
    2) Offering alcohol advice to people buying 99p drinks is inherently unethical
    3) It rather cynically offers space to community organisations, which will provide it with ongoing cheap advertising

    Students are especially vulnerable to early alcoholism and I would pick up Ty’s simplistic comment… quite simply, Ty: rubbish!

    I went to university as a very mature student and I was horrified at the amount of alcohol the majority of students I saw in the Students Union bar would drink, of an evening.

    People in my year progressed from a couple of pints in a night, when they first arrived, to 10 pints, in their final year.

    One of them, a good friend, came into the shop I then owned, a few years later, and I found out that he had developed diabetes because of his drinking and heard that another friend of ours had developed pancreatitis.

    Drinking is curbed only by prices, one of the reasons happy hours are now frowned upon.

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