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Photos of Imperiled L.A. Gay Club Precinct

Downtown LA’s iconic Precinct is the latest queer space to ask for help via crowdsourcing to help it dig itself out of debt that has accumulated almost a year due to being forced to close during COVID-19. Husbands Brian McIntire and Thor Stephens opened Precinct in 2015, a few weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the historic Obergefell v. Hodges case that same-sex couples had the right to marry. It was the first downtown Los Angeles gay bar to open in nearly two decades. The watering hole is known for its police theme, hence the name Precinct, and attracts an alternative queer crowd, a refreshing change of pace to some people looking for an alternative to the West Hollywood scene. At Queer News Tonight it reminded us to look at the footprint of our gay nightlife. How it has been an integral part of our Queer Culture and history. We show you some of the pictures that created the tapestry of Precinct. McIntire wrote on the Precinct GoFundMe page “Precinct is not just a bar or a restaurant or a dance club; it represents family, love, community just as much as it is Thor’s legacy to the downtown queer family.” The goal is to raise $250,000. After the campaign was launched Wednesday, supporters already have donated more than $26,000. Queer News Tonight encourage you to visit the Precinct’s GoFundMe page for more information.

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