Gay Rights Movement Started In Bars
Tony and I recently had a conversation with friends of ours about the recent closing of New Hope’s last Gay Bar, The Raven. At one time New Hope, PA was a huge destination point for LGBTQ people up and down the east coast because there were 3 gay bars, with restaurants and hotel accommodations, and now we’re down to zero. Of course there’s a reason for all this and it didn’t happen overnight. Gay bars are closing everywhere, not just here. It’s assimilation, the Internet, and ironically it’s because of all those equal rights we’ve been fighting for over the years. If you do a simple search there are tons of articles out there about this.
In any event, this article suggests, among other things, that the gay rights movement began in gay bars.
Of course, at the same time, there was danger. Gay bars were a target since sex between men was still illegal in every state. Eleven years later the gay liberation movement would be born at a gay bar in New York City.
Here’s the link. If you’re interested in gay culture or gay history, you’ll want to read this in full. I remember the first time I ever went to a gay bar. I was in college, and I felt free for the first time in my entire life. Because up until recently, there were no other places for gay people to go and feel that way.
Scotty Bowers Who Arranged Hook Ups For Closeted Gay Hollywood Dies
I posted about Scotty Bowers a while back because he had a non-fiction book out that focused on the topic of closeted gay Hollywood stars many years ago. He wrote the book later in life. Supposedly, he waited his entire life to tell his stories, keeping all these secrets quiet for years. Which, of course, is natural for gay men to do. We all learn the meaning of the word discretion at a very early age.
I’ll be honest, though. I didn’t love the book. In fact, I didn’t finish it and I returned the e-book to Amazon, which is something I never do. I also left a short DNF review on Amazon explaining the reasons why I didn’t finish it.
But I’m still sorry to hear that he passed.