From a piece I wrote for Contexts in the wake of the mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs:
The public only takes note of gay bars when something bad happens. It makes being a gay bar expert utterly depressing. I feel an obligation to share my knowledge, but I also feel like a trauma vulture. Journalists don’t contact me when new bars open, when they set new fundraising records, or when their events send queer joy spilling into the streets.