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Why are there so few lesbian bars in Paris?

Lesbians in France

By Elsa Pereira

In the capital, where there are dozens and dozens of bars and gay clubs, very few places dedicated to homosexual women keep their heads above the water. Why is the lesbian nightlife so fragile?

It’s a deficiency that is not exclusively Parisian. Even in a city like New York, famous for its vibrant gay life, the number of bars for queer women is shrinking. Last March, the Bum Bum bar closed after twenty years of loyal service, leaving NYC with only three lesbian bars: Henrietta Hudson, Cubbyhole and Ginger’s Bar. For Ken Lustbader of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, the loss is deadly. “Although their importance is often underestimated or ignored by heterosexual society, bars and other institutions play a central role in LGBT culture as centres of acceptance, community and LGBT activism,” he said. The closure of the places dedicated to lesbians thus participates in a systematic invisibilisation of women – and especially lesbians – in the public space.
(Translated)

 

Dans la capitale, alors que l’on compte des dizaines et des dizaines de bars et de clubs gays, très peu de lieux dédiés aux femmes homos et bies gardent la tête hors de l’eau. Pourquoi la nuit lesbienne est-elle si fragile ?

Une carence qui n’est pas exclusivement parisienne. Même dans une ville comme New York, réputée pour sa vie gay animée, le nombre des bars destinés aux femmes queer se réduit comme peau de chagrin. En mars dernier, le Bum Bum bar fermait ses portes après vingt ans de loyaux services, laissant NYC avec seulement trois bars lesbiens : Henrietta Hudson, Cubbyhole et Ginger’s Bar. Pour Ken Lustbader du NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, la perte est funeste. “Bien que leur importance soit souvent sous-estimée ou ignorée par la société hétérosexuelle, les bars et autres établissements jouent un rôle central dans la culture LGBT en tant que centres d’acceptation, de communauté et d’activisme LGBT”, décrypte-t-il. La fermeture des lieux dédiés aux lesbiennes participe ainsi d’une systématique invisibilisation des femmes – et a fortiori des lesbiennes – dans l’espace public.
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Continue reading at: https://www.lesinrocks.com/2019/08/09/actualite/societe/pourquoi-y-a-t-il-si-peu-de-bars-lesbiens-a-paris/ (Source)

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Lesbian spaces are still needed, no matter what the queer movement says

As lesbian bars continue to close and lesbian-only spaces continue to be attacked, Susan Cox highlights the disproportionate damage queer politics has done to lesbians and our spaces.

“To pretend the decline of lesbian spaces is merely a sign of progress is totally inconsistent with reality. Rosenthal implies we have reached a kind of utopia, with regard to female sexuality, stating, “It wasn’t too long ago that identifying as lesbian carried a huge stigma.” But she also notes that in Portland State University’s recent “survey of students and their identities, more students identified as ‘pansexual’ than lesbian” and quotes a young woman (who dates women, albeit some who identify as “non-binary”) saying, “‘I have never felt comfortable with the term lesbian.’”

Hmm. That sounds like… what’s the word… oh, yeah: stigma.

This “progress” explanation not only falls flat because stigma around lesbianism remains, but because it fails to account for the fact that spaces for gay males have remained largely intact. In my hometown of Philadelphia, for example, a peek at any “gayborhood” calendar offers a plethora of events catering to gay men, including: gay bingo, gaybill (musical theater night), gay burlesque roulette, free country line dancing, gay antiques shows, and a best gay mac and cheese contest.”

Continue reading at: Lesbian spaces are still needed, no matter what the queer movement says (Source)