"How Lesbian Bars Are Surviving a Pandemic"

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"How Lesbian Bars Are Surviving a Pandemic"

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From the article: "As the pandemic stretches onward, America’s few remaining lesbian bars are hanging on for dear life, and waiting for their moment. While there is no official Queer Bar Registry, current estimates put the number of lesbian bars in the United States at a vanishingly small 16. In the 1980s, there were hundreds, according to a study which has confirmed the gut feeling in queer America that the gay bar is in decline, and lesbian bars are the most endangered. Without major community and even government support, COVID-19 could reduce those numbers further — or cause a full-on extinction. Many of the bar owners I spoke to are getting by trading off bills, hoping for landlord understanding, and maxing out their credit cards; some aren’t sure if they can last past June or July if they remain closed. But still, they are holding out hope."

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This item was submitted on July 21, 2020 by Carolyn Evans using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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