Jeremy Atherton Lin: Gay Bar: Why We went Out
Jeremy Atherton Lin: Gay Bar: Why We went Out

Jeremy Atherton Lin: Gay Bar: Why We went Out

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An indispensable, intimate and stylish celebration of the institution of the gay bar, from 1990s post-AIDS crisis to today’s fluid queer spaces

‘A brilliantly written and incisive account of gay life in Los Angeles, San Francisco and London’
- Colm Tóibín

‘An absolute tour de force'
- Maggie Nelson


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.

Gay Bar is a sparkling, richly individual history of gay enclaves. 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: where shall we go tonight?

'Each page made me yearn for the dance floor and made me think about our need for queer spaces. I'm so glad that someone has written this definitive book about gay bars'
- Amelia Abraham, author of Queer Intentions