The Gay Bar: Is it dying?

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They were a place to meet, to socialize, to find friends and potential partners. In sexually charged straight bars, where people are looking to hook up, Bryan worries that he will get tipsy and "slip up. It's 11 AM on Sunday morning, and I'm standing under a railway arch in London's Vauxhall neighborhood discussing poppers —the dizzying liquid high that narrowly escaped a UK government ban this March—with Jay.

Gay bars, like straight bars, also come in many flavors—chic, dance-oriented, dive. This led to one of the pre-Stonewall gay revolts, in SF. I don't want to get stuck in nostalgie de la boue ; I'm very glad to live in an era where I don't have to pretend that my partner is my roommate or make a marriage of convenience.

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  • If you wanted to get tied up of a Saturday afternoon, chances are you had to do so in leather. Leathers were practical, but the rugged masculinity of biker culture imbued the material with an allure that spoke to men interested in men.
  • But location is important as well—increasingly, such events are held not in London or New York but in smaller, more relaxed cities like Berlin. In his much-cited book The Great Good Place , Ray Oldenburg celebrated so-called third places, which he defined as "the core settings of informal public life.

Bars played this political role because bars were where gay people gathered. It's created a climate where clubs must push envelopes in their programming more than ever to survive. More On: pride week. June 28, pm Updated June 28, pm. This urge to find community is especially strong for gay people, who may be rejected by their families or shunned by their co-workers.

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