The first gay bar in Europe and probably in the world was Zanzibar Cannes on the French Riviera. The place was opened in 1885 and has existed for 125 years, before it was closed in December 2010.
Of course, from those years to today, the multitude of gay clubs has become surprisingly innumerable located in almost all over the globe … where this is obviously allowed …
In fact, many gay bars in history have participated in a revolt against institutions in language, thought and respect, giving life over time to a real ideological war, achieving impressive results and bringing much of the West towards an expression of freedom and respect still unfortunately not fully achieved …. but you know, wars are made of small battles …. just as someone will certainly remember “the Stonewall Inn”, perhaps the oldest in America, but certainly the most symbolic and the first gay bar to raise its crest against continual suppression and injustice, and after armed themselves with courage, they reacted against the police …Certainly born to wish equality with the already existing bars, a meeting point that could satisfy that part of the population with a different ideal than the common perception of a different reality, which had to come out into the open. Who likes to feel forced to hide?
Today they are common places that are found in all the big cities in a western world that has obtained the freedom that for many decades have seen contrasting what has always been and what will have to be in the future, in the respect and awareness of what real life proposes, and which does not hide; despite the fact that still today many still struggle to accept the freedom of others that should instead be due a priori and not requested.
Gay clubs, whether they are clubs or bars, serve primarily as a meeting point for the gay community, just as its heterosexual counterparts are.
Music, as in heterosexual bars, can be live, mixed by one or more DJs, Latin American, jazz, blues, disco, drum and bass, punk, house, trance, techno, pop. Generally the genre of music is associated with a particular weekly day, by the size, image and clientele of the bar itself.
A striking feature of these rooms is the scenic effect produced by the lighting, implemented with electronic technology using modern high intensity LED devices, in addition to the mirrored sphere, the fog machine (fog machine), the projection of special effects or films. videos, cubes, platforms on which to dance or see shows, cages, cubes for image boys (called go-go boy / girl). Some gay clubs also have a backroom or dark room, which are usually dark rooms where couples can be secluded.
The gay bar bathrooms, where there is a strict entrance policy, are usually not discriminated against by the sex of the clientele, in fact some bars have unisex bathrooms, while others even if discriminated against by sex are used by the clientele as unisex bathrooms, this could be illegal in some jurisdictions. Bars dedicated solely to lesbian people are generally less common.
Some gay bars restrict entry to gay or lesbian people only, others opt for a mixed clientele with a homosexual prevalence. Darkroom gay bars generally have a more restrictive entry policy. Gay bars are also often open for transgenders and transvestites, and can offer drag performances.
Those who run a homosexual club are wary, at least at the beginning. He has a task to do: to protect his privacy, that of the club and that of those who frequent it, with the necessary reassurances and, above all, by showing a sincere respect for the local, who manages it and who entertains it.
How strange it is to feel different, to be those out of place, the intruders. There are those who drink a glass, those who dance, those who chat on the sofas. And there is a muscular young man who looks at me and smiles, as if to say, what are you doing here, woman? Or, I’ve never seen you, how come here?
What happens in a gay club? In this we meet even just to have a chat. We go even just to listen to music in a discreet place, without censor eyes on us, or we also go to find a soul mate, put a little everything that happens when you go to a place for heterosexuals … it seems that quite a few couples have formed here .. quite a lot to say .. And they are also together time, because the relationship is going well, even if it is not always like this ‘exactly as it happens for heterosexual couples .. But in this kind of gay club, which is also a cruising club, there is also sex, which is bad in having fun with who we like, it happens to everyone even to non-gays.
In this type of club there are special rooms where sex is consumed in every shape and position. Ullallà. But what is legal? – I ask. Of course, since they are private clubs. So, in gay cruising clubs you will find the room with porn screenings, the Glory Hole, the Dark Room, a place with all the paraphernalia for Fetish sex and much more, as indeed happens in any other non-gay place, where make your acquaintances and then decide on what to do ….
Locals like this are essential for the gay community. Both casual sex would do it anyway. Here, however, gays are protected. They have a room available and do not risk being beaten up or sent to hospital as when they are located in outdoor places, which are not as numerous as straight ones, in theories they have many more alternatives. they meet in peripheral and isolated streets.
A meeting place not only for the gay communities that today join together with lesbians, transgender people, but that decade after decade are creating their own neighborhoods, streets, with saunas and much more exclusively for them … one almost battle won that is trying to achieve what it was private but never aware of it was … gay bars willingly accept the hetero who at most will receive a wink in the hope of being reciprocated ..
After all, homosexuality is full of history..just rightly study it and learn what preceded our times to understand and really understand how a normal always existed in the past and among other things accepted in the not too distant past can to represent in a certain period of the past epoch as something that should have been hidden; but if it has always been normal why then decide that it is no longer?
With the birth of gay bars many have finally been able to find themselves and their identity perhaps forgotten or perhaps not yet rediscovered or discovered, with a near the table that you have never seen and that you do not know who it can be but what tomorrow could be a friend of yours, perhaps a lover, perhaps a colleague or just an acquaintance or who knows, perhaps your greatest friend; these situations are not always possible on the street or other environments where many prying eyes and multitudes of people with an always frantic coming and going does not allow you to understand or find which of the many is closest to you, to your thoughts, to your desires and expectations … a bit like heterosexuals … they certainly don’t go to a nightclub just for a beer !!
The gay bar is a safe alternative option for all people who love company, in a “safe” place, being together with friends, meeting new people, having a chat with the bartender or the owner, having fun in a ballet that the music played at that moment inspires you, “perhaps with your him”, to attend a place born from a struggle for freedom that still continues, these and much more is a gay bar, this and much more what it represents … being together for an almost achieved freedom.