The mantra at Club In or Out is to just be you. That was the intent for opening Club In or Out, an LGBT nightclub and lounge in Hammonton, "to give our community a safe, friendly environment to just be yourself without any discrimination," says Filomena Boccella, who co-owns the business with Kristen Distler.

Club In or Out's aim is to support the LGBT community, Boccella says, but everyone, gay or straight, is encouraged to come party with them.

The club, which Boccella calls "a hidden gem," offers a lounge area with pool tables, a juke box. air hockey and bar as well as nightclub area with an extensive dance floor, more than 1,000 square feet, a full bar and live entertainment.

There is also a gazebo and tiki outback, which is open throughout the summer.

"It's beautiful in the summer," Boccella says of the outside area. "We host a lot of customer appreciation BBQs out there, just a way to thank our loyal patrons for supporting our business."

Club In or Out constantly hosts themed events and celebrations, such as the summer BBQs and its upcoming Masquerade Ball on Saturday, Feb. 2, and its V-Day Party on Feb. 9.

"We also try to host a Latin night at least once a month," Boccella says. "That's a big thing here. Anything our customers want, you try to have."

Upcoming Events:

On Saturday, Feb. 2, Club in Out is hosting a Masquerade Ball and birthday party for resident DJ Sir, aka Miss ChiChi Rodriquez. Also performing will be DJ Jerzy Jeff. Costumes are encouraged, but optional.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, Club In or Out will host its Hip Hop Party with music by DJ Jerzy Jeff and live performances by Goodfellas Entertainment, Shy and Full Circle Entertainment. Special guest Sir Ian Roberts will be hosting the event.

Drink Specials include $5 mix/well drinks. There is a $5 cover charge from 10 p.m. to close.

Valentine's Day Party:

Club In or Out will host its annual Valentine's Day celebration on Saturday, Feb. 9, with live entertainment by famous Atlantic City DJ Joey the Hatt and a performance by Miss Chantel Curtis, the Queen of New Jersey, who will be accompanied by a male revue.

Miss Chantel Curtis will perform at 11 p.m. The celebration also will include a free food buffet and Club In or Out's alcohol-infused Almost Cupcakes, $2 Jell-O shots and $3 Corona and Modelo cans. There also will be sex toy vendors set up in the club.

Also back by popular demand will be the second annual Shred Your Ex station. Shred a picture of your ex-lover for a chance to forget the past. Each participant will get a free Jell-O shot. There is no cover charge for this event.