Friday, June 18, 2010

America's Oldest Gay Bar To Close After 71 years!

"The Cedar Brook Café's status as the oldest gay bar in the United States will come to an end on June 26 when the 71-year-old institution closes. Clem Bellairs, who has owned the club for 12 years, said his reasons for closing the Cedar Brook were financial."

Alexander Laska reports:
"The landlord died and the people who bought it doubled my rent," Clem Bellairs said. "I can't afford it anymore."

Bellairs, 57, bought the club in 1998 after going there since he was 21.

"It was closing down and they were going to turn it into a strip mall," he said. "I wanted to see it stay alive."

According to Dan Woog, author of School's Out: The Impact of Gay and Lesbian Issues on America's Schools, the Cedar Brook has played an important role within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community for many years.

"In the early days, when bars were the only place gay people could congregate, it was a refuge," he said.

"In the 1970s, when gay people came out more publicly, it was the center of Fairfield County gay life.

In the 1980s, when more women started going, it helped bring the gay and lesbian communities closer together.

Always, it was a rite of passage for young people -- for many, their first introduction to the gay community." READ MORE
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