Glenn Archer, the Aussie former Australian Rules Football player for North Melbourne, is the proud new owner of a homosexual club. The Market Hotel in South Yarra, which is a big deal if you’ve ever been a gay person in Melbourne, is known for its flashing lights and go-go boys. But now that a straight jock has bought the place, is the place gonna change? Yes. And no.
“We’re not going to discriminate, but it won’t be the same as it is now,” Archer says. “I have a couple of gay friends and they told me that area is dying, so they spend a lot of their time in St Kilda now.”
Not going to discriminate? That sounds lovely — but is also means it will (theoretically) be like any other nighttime establishment in the country. So yes, the new Market Hotel (Archer is keeping the name) will let the gays in. But if Archer’s gay friends are telling him the area “is dying,” he wouldn’t be snapping up a local institution without plans to change things up a bit to actually make some cash. The venue’s existing management will remain in place, but only for another month. That’s when Archer will come in and — I fear — take an ax to the go-go boys. Not literally, of course, but you know what I mean. [via]