Wright St., 850-433-9491), which is a key player in many of the parties and events that take place during Memorial Day Weekend and is also host to plenty of other big parties: Saturday dance parties, Thursday women's events (with "girls only" drinks specials), Wednesday and Sunday "drink-and-drown" parties (with great drag performances at pm and 1 am), drag bingo nights, and more.
Emerald City has also become quite famous for its annual Halloween party.
The funky bar and vegetarian restaurant Sluggo's (101 S.
Jefferson St., 850-791-6501) serves good, healthy food (try the Cajun carrot cakes, or pecan-dusted seitan), and the trendy, retro-cool Leisure Club Coffee Bar & Restaurant (1151 Office Woods Dr., 850-912-4229) is a great bet for artisan-roasted espresso drinks (made with superb Intelligentsia Coffee), fantastic ice cream (the bourbon-burnt sugar flavor earns plenty of raves, and terrific, creative food three meals a day; plus, there's a well-chosen wine and beer list. Wright St., 850-429-0336), not far from Emerald City, is another gay-friendly option for great coffee and healthful veggie fare.
Donovan's book is likely to be well-received by homosexuals who find that, for which of many possible reasons, they cannot align with the narrow worldview of the gay mafia.
The powerful impact of this book is its ability to critique and call to question all of the basic values of the gay community ("The Gay Party" in Donovan's jargon).
The rest of the year, however, this relatively conservative small city in the Florida panhandle has a relatively quiet, even discreet, gay community, although it's become far more visible in recent years, in part because Memorial Day weekend has shown the value of GLBT tourism dollars.
One example of this increased visibility is that there's now a Pensacola Gay Pride held each June, organized by the local GLBT organization, Gay Grassroots Northwest Florida.The hyper masculine caricature is said to be that, but better to try to be that than let ANY effeminate traits exist. This is the basic point of the book it seems, that men everywhere don't accept gay men, so you've got to hate gay culture and be more hyper masculine in order to push away any criticisms of being a (inter typical derogatory term here for homosexual male). Basically it boils down this: since a very small minority of gay mean can have a long term relationship, and a small number of then would want children, and most of them would perpetuate effeminate values, be to keep marriage a hetero-only deal. The powerful impact of this book is its ability to critique and call to question all of the basic values of the gay community ("The Gay Party" in Donovan's jargon).This entire portion seems like a reaction, a pendulum swing away from his "gay club" days. After dealing with innefective green party progressives, unable to buy a damn coffee pot in under 3 meetings, I got tired of spineless relativism and went to the Republican side for a while. Basically, while this book had some interesting thoughts about masculinity, over all it felt like that in order to become accepted in a culture of men that generally talk very badly about homosexual men, the way to become accepted was to be more stereotypically manly than them. Someone will see my (insert non manly thing here: comic book, pokemon go, magic the gathering, etc) and I will simply retort that if they deem me unmanly, let's go head to head in a variety of challenges (ruck march with 100 lb packs, run 30 miles, anything physically demanding... Oh, and the REAL reason of marriage is to have kids. Many of these values go unquestioned because of their status as a minority critique of society at-large.Just steps from beautiful Seville Square and adjacent to the historic Saenger Theatre, the Cabaret (101 S.Jefferson St., 850-607-2020) is sophisticated but welcoming, a cheerful spot for gay men, lesbians, and friends to congregate during daily happy hours (3 until 8 pm), during the neighborhood's monthly Downtown Pensacola Gallery Night, before or after a show at the Saenger, or during the popular karaoke events on Monday and Thursday evenings.On any given evening, the big draw here is first-rate jazz and piano, with some of the most talented songstresses in the region.