Who Needs Gay Bars? Summer 2017 Tour, Updated

First published May 17. Gay bars are closing and there’s misleading agreement on why: gentrification, social networking apps like Grindr, and the rise in the social acceptance of gays and lesbians. Yet bars are closing fastest in the regional cities of Middle America, such as Cleveland or Birmingham, cities where gentrification is a pipe dream, … More Who Needs Gay Bars? Summer 2017 Tour, Updated

Shuttered by the coronavirus, many gay bars – already struggling – are now on life support

I published a piece for The Conversation on gay bars and the COVID-19 pandemic. It was interesting to publish something for no pay, but under a Creative Commons license. I was surprised at how many places picked it up, from Slate, Yahoo News, Business Insider, Curve Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Seattle Post-Intelligencer… to … More Shuttered by the coronavirus, many gay bars – already struggling – are now on life support

Stonewall didn’t spark the gay rights movement

(Now a piece in JSTOR Daily, the blog of your favorite academic digital library) Stonewall was not the spark that ignited the gay rights movement, despite what you may hear during this year’s 50th anniversary commemorations. The story is well known: how a routine police raid of a mafia-owned gay bar in New York City … More Stonewall didn’t spark the gay rights movement

The poignant queer art of gentrification

The piece I wrote for Belt Magazine about the loss of my favorite gay bar has now been used by two artists to explore gentrification in Cleveland’s Hingetown neighborhood. Danny Volk interviewed me for his piece called Cruising, which used smartphones’ geolocating technology to sonically take listeners back to earlier versions of the neighborhood. It’s … More The poignant queer art of gentrification

“Weaponization”: The Metaphor That Rejects Politics

N.B.: This post is now a draft article under review by a journal available here. The scandal about Cambridge Analytica’s theft of Facebook data for political marketing is often described as the “weaponization of social media.” On March 25, 2018, Meet the Press‘ Chuck Todd asked Senator Mark Warner if Steve Bannon’s company was designed … More “Weaponization”: The Metaphor That Rejects Politics

Small City Gay Bars and Big City Urbanism

(This piece became a peer-reviewed journal article in 2020, available here) Just presented at the Eastern Sociological Society in the Small Cities miniconference. The slides for my presentation are here. They detail the 9 ways that small city gay bars are different from big city gay bars, and what small city gay bars teach us … More Small City Gay Bars and Big City Urbanism