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February 5, 2012 10:59 PM Subscribe
How do we save our favourite gay bar?!
posted by rosken to Society & Culture (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So there are two big gay dance clubs in my city. One is older and busier. It is also well known for being sexist, transphobic, making false claims about charitable donations, getting kids hooked on hard drugs to make them return, etc. The second has been open for a couple of years and in that time has made a positive contribution and been a safer space.
Anyway. The nice one has been struggling, for a variety of reasons, but lots of it boils down to the fact that the other one is willing to fight dirty and has a better reputation for being busy (ie. fun). Sensing doom, some local community members/patrons have recently been meeting to plan out lots of events and projects to get more people into the good bar. Apparently we are a little late though, because tonight they announced that they will probably be closing in a few weeks and that they have a conditional offer to buy it from someone.
There is already a big event planned for a couple of days to show our support, but what else can we do? I haven't found any stories online of successful campaigns to save a bar. Is it even possible to go back from a "conditional sale? How do we get the message out that we have to save this place and that the other place sucks without sounding like some kind of pearl-clutching anti-drug psa?