Who Needs Gay Bars? : Bar-Hopping Through America's Endangered LGBTQ+ PlacesGay bars have been closing by the hundreds. The story goes that increasing mainstream acceptance of LGBTQ+ people, plus dating apps like Grindr and Tinder, have rendered these spaces obsolete. Beyond that, rampant gentrification in big cities has pushed gay bars out of the neighborhoods they helped make hip. Who Needs Gay Bars? considers these narratives, accepting that the answer for some might be: maybe nobody. And yet..
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Where are All the Lesbian Bars? (The Brink)Back in the 1980s and 1990s, there were upwards of 200 bars that catered to lesbian, bisexual, and queer women across the United States; now, there are an estimated 21 lesbian bars left—and zero in Massachusetts. Though the mass closures have left a void in many cities, lesbian bars are often celebrated and commemorated long after they shut their doors. For sociologist Japonica Brown-Saracino, an expert on urban communities and LBQ identities, that long-held affection is indicative of the value queer spaces have in communities.
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Celebrating Pride Month With Resources From ICPSRAs we consider the struggle, triumphs, tragedies, and milestones in the 53 years since Stonewall, here at ICPSR we turn to data to remember, reflect, and gain new insights about the past as we move forward. We have updated our selection of datasets, video and audio content, and more to share and explore as you celebrate Pride Month with data and resources from ICPSR.
ONE: The First Gay Magazine in the United States (JSTOR Daily)ONE, Inc., was one of the first gay rights organizations in the United States. It was founded in Los Angeles in 1952 with money and leadership from U.S. groups like the Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis, as well as Swiss magazine Der Krei.
“There Was Grit and Talent Galore” (JSTOR Daily)Before Zoom, before Twitter, before Tik-Tok and Instagram and the 24/7 news cycle, information was more of a trickle than a gush. That was true for the pre-Internet culture as a whole, but it was especially the case for the burgeoning LGBTQ+ movement in the period from Stonewall through the repressive Reagan-Bush years. There was risk simply in seeking out information about such a despised community. Gay bars—in urban areas that had them at all—were often our only social medium. Meetings and demonstrations were organized through telephone trees, or via posters slicked onto telephone poles with wheat paste, usually in the dead of night.