Saturday will mark nightclub G-A-Y's last night of drinking and dancing in Astoria, Central London, the U.K.'s Times Online reported Thursday.
Jeremy Joseph, the club's promoter, told the Times about the importance of places like GAY to gay men, young and old. "It was the first place they went to when they came out -- or before they came out; the place they went to be themselves if they were having problems with families or colleagues. I've even had messages such as 'I met my boyfriend ten years ago at G-A-Y. If you hadn't been there, we'd never have met.'"
G-A-Y, formerly Bang! has welcomed Kylie Minogue, Madonna, and Cyndi Lauper to its stage since its opening in 1976.
While saddened, Joseph is proud of the nightclub's 32-year run and refutes allegations that his business was suffering because the club was "outdated." "We've survived longer than any other gay club," Joseph told the Times. "Does that sound unsuccessful to you?" (The Advocate)