Backstory: The Gay Bar

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The gay bar has long been at the center of the social, and even political, lives of gays and lesbians. June Thomas, Slate’s foreign editor, talks about the gay bar’s history; its many incarnations and whether it remains relevant in today’s society. Her six part series for Slate is called The Gay Bar: Its Riotous Past and Uncertain Future.


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Comments [1]

Bill from New Rochelle

Back in the '70's, I had a girlfriend who though it hilarious to send me into a gay bar.

Because my 'gaydar' is practically non-functional, it would take me about 10 minutes to realize, which made her laugh all the more.

I did like the people, and the music, but they were usually very loud bars, and I guess their 'strait-dar' was better than my gaydar, much to her disappointment.

Finally, I asked her, how can you always tell which bars. she said that if you can't see in, and it is not a topless bar, it's gay.
Sure enough, all the joints had very small front windows, with heavy curtains.

And this was east side.

Jul. 14 2011 01:43 PM

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