First there was the legendary Tracks, a staple for LGBTQ dance club goers in the ’80s and ’90s. When it closed in late 1999, it was immediately replaced by Nation, which reigned until 2007. After that is when Town began its run that finished back on July 1.
Now the nation’s capital is without a large LGBTQ dance club and none is planned to open in the near future. This has added fuel to growing rumblings that “gay nightlife” is dying.
The speculation—in D.C. and in many other cities—is that the LGBTQ community is turning away from gay clubs and bars for various reasons ranging from apps like Grindr making it easier for people to meet without going out to the belief that younger members of the LGBTQ community are more comfortable going to straight clubs.