Gay bars are under threat but not from the obvious attackers

DAPHNE SUMTIMEZ, a drag queen, dances so vigorously that it looks as if she might bring the low-slung ceiling down. It is the last Friday night of This N That, a gay dive in Brooklyn, New York. Essentially a long brick tunnel, the venue has a bar running down one side and disintegrating leather banquettes along the other. Covered in sparkle, Daphne gyrates and does the splits; her diamante belt flies off, to the delight of her audience. A young man in a black skirt and cracked leather boots pounds the stage with appreciation. “We’re here, we’re queer and that’s what makes us family,” she sings in elegy for This N That over music from “Beauty and the Beast”. A fairy tale is ending.

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