How the Fruit Loop came to be

What’s now known as the Fruit Loop, a cluster of LGBT nightclubs and businesses on Naples Street near UNLV, wasn’t always a gay epicenter. Even in the 1950s and ’60s it was a happening hangout, home to several restaurants and clubs, before taking on the Fruit Loop name in the 1970s. “There was some controversy about that name in the gay community,” historian Dennis McBride says. “Some thought it was demeaning, but you own it and take the teeth out of it.” Here, McBride takes us through a Loop of time. –Kristy Totten

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