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. It is not clear which place is the first gay bar in the modern sense.
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The last day for Rawhide, at Eighth Ave. We will let you know where and when in NYC. Rawhide will also raffle off a motorcycle that hangs from the ceiling over a pool table at the closing night event.
A year ago, if the old Portofino at Thompson Street in Greenwich Village was remembered at all, it would have been as the restaurant where Elaine Kaufman cut her teeth in the early s, before opening her own place uptown. A bit of context is often needed to appreciate the triumphs, disasters and dramas that have played out in these buildings. On Sunday, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation unveiled a plaque at the church commemorating the first Pflag meeting there in Bishop Alfred Johnson , who leads the church, said he was pleased to have the plaque, as a sign that the congregation is as welcoming as it was 40 years ago. Not every church feels that way.