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Gay New York City | The Essential LGBT Travel Guide!
The fabulosity of Gay New York is unrivaled on Earth, and queer culture seeps into every corner of its five boroughs. This leads to the unusual position of many venues declaring themselves straight-friendly which we are absolutely living for. So, why not have a little fun…. Another aspect we loved in Gay NYC was discovering a local LGBT community infused with energy, passion and genuine excitement about the future — all this despite the best efforts of this current Trump era politics of hate and discrimination. From gender-bending drag, post-gay nightlife venues, queer arts festivals and one of the biggest Pride Festivals on Earth — there is never a boring minute in this trend-setting city with performances with their finger on the pulse of global queer culture, or more often setting it. For just one example, consider the House of Yes parties out in Brooklyn, one of the best things to do in the entire world right now, reviving the gritty NYC party scene with a sensory overload of the weird, wonderful, taboo and exotic.
There will always be gay bars, but will they be as vivid, sexy, and subversive as the haunts of yore? To learn more about the places we miss, I turned to Kyle Supley and Michael Ryan , who specialize in documenting the formative days of bar hopping. Here's our chat:. Kyle: My favorite is probably the Ninth Circle a fab West 10 th Street steakhouse-turned-gay-bar full of leather clones, twinks, hustlers, and celebrity drop-ins, all either cruising, playing pool, doing drugs, or rubbing against each other.
The best and easiest places for leathermen to meet each other were and are of course the leather bars all around the world. In the mid 's the first ones were opened. That was just after the first specifically gay motorcycle clubs were founded. According to Tony DeBlase former publisher-editor of Drummer magazine and creator of the leather flag in one of the first bars opened in Los Angeles in the mid-fifties, but by they also existed in New York and Chicago. Argos advertisements, left: for the hotel and right: for the bar that finally closed in