Identity Metamorphosis for the club scene

Keeping the lights on at the local gay bar

Across the country, gay bars have been impacted by the pandemic in different ways, some fully shutting down, others going on hiatus, still others contributing to their community’s welfare by arranging food drives. As spring arrives, so does renewed hope.

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Small-town gay bars serve as the hubs of regional LGBT communities, provide social services, organize regional pride parades, retain residents, and provide modest but consistent economic benefits. Source: City & Community - Journal of the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association

Gay bars across the country serve as social spaces and community hubs for many in the LGBTQ community. During the pandemic, bars across the country have faced varied restrictions based on their state and local guidelines. Some establishments never had to fully shut down, while others closed or went on hiatus to wait out the worst of the quarantine. They are finding ways to fly the rainbow flags while navigating the red tape of restrictions. Going into spring, there is a whiff of hope.  

Here’s a look from six photographers from around the country: Ash PondersSarah RiceJulia GillardEllen Jaskol, and Lynsey Weatherspoon.

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Episode Metamorphosis for the club scene