CNN Alexi Minko's bar is so much more than just a place to get a drink. The pandemic is hurting gay and lesbian bars. The Alibi Lounge is trying to raise funds to stay afloat during the pandemic. Not only is it the first LGBTQ bar in the neighborhood, but Minko is one of just a few Black gay bar owners in the entire tri-state area. And it has remained open almost every day since it opened. But like other small businesses across the United States, Minko's bar was hit hard by the pandemic.
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Gay bars once served as the centre of gay culture and were one of the few places people with same-sex orientations and gender-variant identities could openly socialize. Other names used to describe these establishments include boy bar , girl bar , gay club , gay pub , queer bar , lesbian bar , drag bar , and dyke bar , depending on the niche communities that they served. Gathering places favoured by homosexuals have operated for centuries.