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[ARTICLE] THE GAY BAR. Is it dying?

IS THE GAY BAR DYING: PERSONAL THOUGHTS

I came across a very interesting read tonight by June Thomas. It struck my attention because it hits home (directly). The Gay Bar…is it dying? Before I even dove into the lengthy article I already had personal views on this topic. Is it dying? YES it is. But it will never be fully dead. I’m only familiar with 2 ‘gay night scenes’ but I’m well aware it’s the same across the country.

First off, let’s talk about the Toronto gay nightlife scene. Coming directly from Toronto folks, they say “Church Street IS dying”. Even super gay club ‘Fly’ is potentially getting torn down and erected into condominiums. The gays have really spread themselves out east and west partying, hosting, promoting at ‘straight’ / mixed venues rather being faithful to the Church stomping grounds week after week(like it was years ago). They don’t abandon their local watering holes but frequent them less. Especially in big urban cities the growing acceptance of gays and lesbians allow them to mesh in heterosexual venues.

Back to my city (London, ON). Years ago, the days London had several co-existing gay bars and each night at least one of them would be packed (so the older folks say) are long gone. Present day, Cruising/meeting people can be done online/cell phones and frequenting hetero venues are far too common.

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