In fact, Julius' has been open at West 10th Street and Waverly Place since the s, although not always as a gay or gay-friendly bar. According to the police, one man buying another man a drink, or chatting him up in a flirtatious manner, was enough grounds to be charged with disorderly conduct in New York City. Kissing was certainly regarded as disorderly conduct. Homosexuality was defined as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association until Reporters came with Leitsch and the others. Leitsch and the others tried two other bars but, unexpectedly, when they announced they were homosexuals, they were served drinks.
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It was an unlikely partnership. As the gay community blossomed in New York City in the s, members had few places to gather publicly. Shunned and criminalized by the broader culture, LGBT people were eager for any spot where they could safely come together. But going to a bar could be a dangerous proposition.
Stegall, Gwendolyn. Lesbian and gay bars are much more than spaces for drinking and socializing though this is important --their very existence has been and continues to be a political act. From police raids of Mafia-run locations in the mid twentieth century, to the pivotal Stonewall Riots of June when patrons fought back, to organizing of Pride marches and other political actions starting in the s, to the terrorist attack at Pulse in , bars have been key public sites where LGBTQ history has unfolded.
In a new book, journalist Elon Green explores the under-reported stories of gay men brutally murdered by a killer who evaded justice for a decade. O n 10 July , a grisly stash of body parts was found in trash bags by a rest stop on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. The parts had been cut so cleanly that barely any blood could be found amid the sinew and bone. Over the next few years, similar scenes of horror would emerge in the region, leaving scores of clues about the character of the victims as well as the origin and method of their deaths. If this story had traced the common arc of serial killings, a wave of fear would have rippled through the communities most likely to suffer the next victim.