This summer, my research assistant Jack Spector Bishop and I are completing the interviews for my book on gay bars. I’ll be based in Ohio, Philadelphia, and Providence to do interviews in New York, New Jersey, and New England (CT-MA-RI-NH-ME); if you or someone you love owns or manages a gay bar, I’d love to sit down with you for 45 minutes. So far I’ve spoken to 92 bar owners or managers in 30 states.
No one has ever sat down with gay bar professionals to ask about changes to the industry over the last 20 years, and nobody knows local economic conditions like small business owners. I’m particularly interested in how patronage has changed, what new opportunities have arisen, and what are your challenges in the current business climate.
If you’re interested what kinds of things I write, I’ve mapped the closure of lesbian bars and written a few journalistic pieces; including one about Pulse and another about my favorite gay bar in Cleveland that closed.