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“These Are Our Homes, And We’Re Fighting To Keep Them” La Gay Bars On Their Survival

Pandemic has caused a lot of mayhem all over the world. Even the LGBTQ community has suffered a lot. Regarding the four oldest Los Angeles gay bars which have a history of almost 130 years have been shut down due to the global pandemic named Covid-19. Many more gay bars are also on the radar of getting shut down as they aren’t able to get their livelihood out of them due to fewer numbers people visiting it. Even during the era of gay marriage acceptance, many queer bars across Southern California have struggled to stay open. As the nightlife scene becomes more mainstream, these bars are competing with company-sponsored happy hours and other services that they can’t keep up with.

The report that details the cultural and economic impact of this technology is a result of an investigation into how protocols like Covid-19 will affect our society and which institutions will be most affected. The spread of the virus has had a terrible effect on the hospitality industry but in Los Angeles, which has been under quarantine since Last March, things have been particularly disastrous. Due to the pandemic, over 10,000 pubs and restaurants have been officially closed which has led to a major downfall in the economy. The impact has been too much brutal that people are finding it tough to even cover their day-to-day expenses.

Since the new year, four LGBTQ+ bars have closed in Los Angeles alone. Just two weeks ago, Rage, a gay bar in West Hollywood that hosted many fabulous events over the years, shut its doors. The news came on the heels of Gold Coast, a historic dive bar that had been in business since 1979. Harry’s bar closed in January after more than five decades of welcoming LGBTQ folks to line dances, polka nights, and fish fries.

Everybody loved the old-school vibe of Las Vegas, including the elderly. The gay community regularly visited the city for a fun time with friends. Founded in 1966, Oil Can’s is one of the oldest continuously operating gay bars in Los Angeles – a heritage that makes it a must-see destination for every Angeleno. Kicking off disco nights and special events like the annual “Boots, and Briefs” Valentine’s Day party, the Clubhouse once drew lovers of cowboy kitsch. The login cabin was soft, with worn leather floor pillows and rustic wooden chairs. The decor had a cowgirl aesthetic, complete with plaid pails and a vintage saddle on the wall.

“It means so much for people who are already going through so much to ask for help,” said Alpuche, whose GoFundMe is less than halfway to its goal. Jake Opgenorth, co-owner of The Shanty, said the place won’t be as busy because of fire-code restrictions on the number of people permitted inside. “But we’re still going to fight and reopen,” he said.

Let’s see what holds up in the future of these LA gay bars, whether they will reopen or not. But the survival of this community is essential and one of the most looked topics in the recent news.

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Daksh Bhatia

Daksh Bhatia is a first year Computer Science and Engineering student at Manipal Jaipur.
He writes pieces on Technology, Gaming, Movies and Politics.

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