There are only 15 lesbian bars left in the U.S. & they’re fighting to stay open in 2021

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There are approximately fifteen lesbian bars left in the entire country, and the pandemic has put the existence of many of these iconic institutions in jeopardy. But the remaining bar owners are refusing to give up. Lisa Canistracci, owner of the country’s oldest lesbian bar, New York Citytes Henrietta Hudson said “To me there is no alternative, it has to reopen. But I don’t foresee dance clubs as we knew them, packed dance clubs, coming back in 2021. So we’re going to convert into a lounge and do a massive outdoor kiosk.” Moe Girton, owner of San Diego’s Gossip Grill, is similarly resolute in pushing through these tough times. She said “We will not give up. We are resilient, I am committed. I am committed to the community, committed to my staff…. We’re all family and we take care of each other and we will get through this.” Perhaps even more shocking was the dramatic decline in lesbian centric nightlife and clubs dedicated to the L in LGBTQ in America. Surveys showed there were more than 500 lesbian clubs and nightlife venues in 2020. In 2021, with market changes and Covid-19 we begin the year with just 15… in the entire United States of America.

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