Jeremy Atherton Lin & Bob Orr
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.
“Lively and dirty, intellectual and gossipy, Gay Bar feels both like a guilty pleasure and like it is making you considerably smarter as you read. A super exciting debut.” - Michelle Tea
To mark the launch of Gay Bar, he returns to this old stomping grounds, its memories and legacies in conversation with Bob Orr, co-founder of Lavender Menace, Scotland's first LGBT Bookshop. 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: does gay still have a place?