THE Laird, one of Australia’s longest-running gay bars, has announced that its premises is up for sale.

In a website and Facebook post last night, The Laird’s operators announced that the property will go under the hammer during an on-site auction on Thursday, June 25.

While the announcement also stated that The Laird “will continue to trade as normal”, the property advertisement indicates that new owners could potentially redevelop the pub.

The Laird’s operators have clarified in comments on the Facebook post that the business itself is not for sale.

The Laird is one of Australia’s longest-running men-only gay bars, catering to the leather, bear and alternative crowd.

The pub also provides accommodation and hosts several unique parties and events, including the infamous Midsumma Mooning and charity fundraiser Northside Bizarre.

Australia’s longest-running HIV and AIDS health organisation, the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC), was also founded at The Laird. On July 12, 1983, around 70 people packed the hotel to debate and pass a motion to establish Victorian AIDS Action Committee — the beginnings of VAC.

Today, The Laird is the official home of VicBears, VicLeather and Melbourne Leather Men. The pub also supports community groups such as the VAC and gay-friendly rugby union club Melbourne Chargers.

The building itself was built in 1847, making it one of Melbourne’s oldest hotels. However, it wasn’t until 1980 that the pub became purely gay-centric.

This story is developing. More updates to come.

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