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Lesbian bars are a sacred place, a place where you can be yourself and find your family and learn your history. It's hard to believe that in the whole United States there are only fifteen lesbian bars still in operation, but that's the sad and frustrating reality.
Now in the midst of a pandemic, these few remaining havens for women who love women are at even higher risk of shutting down themselves, leaving no lesbian bars left at all. That's where a new fundraiser The Lesbian Bar Project comes in. Them reports that created in partnership with Jagermeister's #SaveTheNight initiative, this new campaign seeks to raise enough money to keep these sacred lesbian spots afloat during quarantine.
Over the next four weeks, the Lesbian Bar Project will be raising funds for the bars on its website. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the bars, and will be split evenly. You can also explore each of the remaining bars on the website so you can see just how important these spaces are.
They're also releasing a sleek and beautiful PSA starring the voice of butch icon Lea DeLaria (Orange is the New Black) and directed by Erica Rose (GIRL TALK) and Elina Street.
The PSA features absolutely stunning vintage footage and photographs of lesbian bars from a time when they thrived. According to the website, there were an estimated 200 lesbian bars across the country in the late 1980s. "I remember the first time I walked into a lesbian bar, there was this feeling...this is us" DeLaria says in a voiceover.
In a statement, Rose said that when she learned there were only fifteen lesbian bars left in America she was taken aback. "That number is staggering and frankly unacceptable," she said. "Losing just one more of these cherished spaces has devastating consequences for queer people in this country."
The fifteen bars being supported by the project include A League of Her Own in Washington, DC.; Blush & Blu in Denver, CO; Cubbyhole and Henrietta Hudson in New York, NY; Herz in Mobile, AL; Ginger's in Brooklyn, NY; Gossip Grill in San Diego, CA; Lipstick Lounge inNashville, TN; My Sister's Room in Atlanta, GA; Pearl Bar in Houston, TX; Slammers in Columbus, OH; Toasted Walnut in Philadelphia, PA; Walker's Pint in Milwaukee, WI; Wildrose in Seattle, WA; and Sue Ellen's in Dallas, TX, which is giving its share of the proceeds to other bars to help them survive.
You can donate now online to help these historic lesbian spaces survive.