Dispatches from the Gayborhood: Voyeur 2.0, drag kings and JUNK

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Welcome to Voyeur 2.0

For months, there have been murmurs in the Gayborhood’s nightlife scene about the 18,000-square-foot nightclub’s apparent shift in audience. A “Voyeur 2.0” launch party in October celebrated renovations to the club but also appeared to prime it for an audience broader than the LGBT patrons who’ve long dominated its dance floor. The thought, of course, is that it’s “gone straight.”

But reality is a little hazier than that.

“When you have [a capacity of more than] 500, you can’t stay open with just a certain group of people,” Billy Weiss, co-owner of Voyeur Nightclub, told PhillyVoice. “There’s just not enough people. It’s not there. And that’s what was happening: If we didn’t have major parties or a big DJ, we’d have 300 or 400 people. And with a building this size, to staff it, that’s a losing proposition.

“We didn’t want to go out of business, so it really comes down to a business plan.”

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