What We're Losing If More LGBTQ Nightlife Spaces Close : 1A "For me, queer nightlife spaces have always been these places of possibility, of world-making, of learning to style yourself," says Madison Moore, professor of queer studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. What are queer bars and clubs doing to survive, and what happens to communities if they don't?

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What We're Losing If More LGBTQ Nightlife Spaces Close

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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, bars and clubs around the country have shut down over the last year.

It's the kind of absence that doesn't just change a neighborhood. It can change the whole city.

But for LGBTQ people, the shuttering of beloved nightlife spots isn't a new phenomenon. It's been going on for decades. But the pandemic is threatening to decimate those spaces that remain.

In this episode, we talked about the fate of queer nightlife. What are these businesses doing to survive? What happens to the communities who gather there if they don't?

Erica Rose, Elina Street, Jeremy Atherton Lin, Madison Moore and Jo McDaniel joined us for the conversation.

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