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The pandemic is hurting gay and lesbian bars. The consequences for the community could be devastating

November 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Like other small businesses across the United States, gay bars have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, that that hurts the communities they serve.

Not only is it the first LGBTQ bar in the neighborhood, but Minko is one of just a few Black gay bar owners in the entire tri-state area.

But like other small businesses across the United States, Minko's bar was hit hard by the pandemic.

But Minko said closing his bar isn't an option.

Part of the reason that closing bars like Minko's is so troubling is that gay and lesbian bars have held particular importance in LGBTQ history -- and still do.

"These gay bars have always serve as central spaces for LGBTQ people," Gonzaba said.

Gonzaba, who has been studying gay nightlife for an upcoming book, said gay and lesbian bars reached their peak during the period between World War II and the 1970s.

As gay neighborhoods popped up around the United States, so did the demand for the bars as safe spaces.

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