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George Takei, Perez Hilton, Michael Musto and More Open Up About Their First Gay Bar Experience

By Esquire

When hate invades a space known for tolerance, figuring out how to react can be the hardest part of the aftermath. The national conversation about the Orlando massacre has been focused on gun control and terrorism, and rightfully so, but there’s an aspect to the discussion being avoided by the media: the impact gay bars have on the LGBTQ community.

Every queer person remembers their first gay bar. Good or bad, it’s always more than just a bar experience. When you spend your life being a sexual minority, the gay bar is often the only outlet available to shape a sense of identity, an understanding, and a community.

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