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Gay Bar : Why We Went Out by Jeremy Atherton Lin

Gay Bar : Why We Went Out by Jeremy Atherton Lin


An indispensable, intimate and stylish celebration of the institution of the gay bar, from 1990s post-AIDS crisis to today s fluid queer spaces. 


From leather parties in the Castro to Gay Liberation Front touch-ins; from disco at Studio One to dark rooms in Vauxhall railway arches, the gay bar has long been a place of joy, solidarity and sexual expression. But around the world, gay bars are closing. In the wake of this cultural demolition, Jeremy Atherton Lin rediscovers the party boys and renegades who lived and loved in these spaces.

Gay Bar is a sparkling, richly individual history of enclaves in London, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is also the story of the author s own experiences as a mixed-race gay man, and the transatlantic romance that began one restless night in Soho. Expansive, vivacious, curious, celebratory, Gay Bar asks: where shall we go tonight?




'I can't remember the last time I've been so happily surprised and enchanted by a book. Gay Bar is an absolute tour de force.'- Maggie Nelson

'Each page made me yearn for the dance floor and made me think about our need for queer spaces. I'm so glad that someone has written this definitive book about gay bars.' - Amelia Abraham

'Searching, erudite and sexy. With verve and grace, Gay Bar probes the past, present and future of gay life, while refusing easy binaries. It is about pleasure, but deeply serious too. One of the best books I have read in ages.' - Katherine Angel

'I am utterly blown away. This is such a welcome, needed addition to the canon. - Niven Govinden

  • Details

    Imprint: Granta

    Publication Date: 13 January 2022

    ISBN: 9781783785834

    Pages: 320

    Type: Paperback

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