CNN Alexi Minko's bar is so much more than just a place to get a drink. The pandemic is hurting gay and lesbian bars. The Alibi Lounge is trying to raise funds to stay afloat during the pandemic. 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. And it has remained open almost every day since it opened.
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Gay bars once served as the centre of gay culture and were one of the few places people with same-sex orientations and gender-variant identities could openly socialize. Other names used to describe these establishments include boy bar , girl bar , gay club , gay pub , queer bar , lesbian bar , drag bar , and dyke bar , depending on the niche communities that they served. Gathering places favoured by homosexuals have operated for centuries. Reports from as early as the 17th century record the existence of bars and clubs that catered to, or at least tolerated, openly gay clientele in several major European cities. The raid led to the executions of John Hepburn and Thomas White for sodomy.
There's a musty feel to the place — not from improper maintenance or poor plumbing — but the kind that shows it has been around a long time. The only city to stray from the trend is Washington, D. They are very much needed.