While I love Boston, you’d have to be from a very small town to be impressed by the gay nightlife. Something I’ve heard from older gay men is that in the 1970s & 80s Boston had a great gay nightlife so what led to the decline that started in the 1990s and seemed to fast forward in the first decade of the new century?
Will gay bars become as scarce as LGBT bookstores?
Some attribute the decline to the public’s acceptance of homosexuality. Others point to online sites where guys can connect. However, I tend to believe it is society’s general acceptance. There are many gay Bostonians who lament the closing of gay clubs and bars, but the phenomenon is hardly unique to Boston. Out Magazine’s recent post The End of the Gay Bar is more about how clubs in Philadelphia’s suburbs are closing but the story is the same throughout the US. The quick read is interesting and I’d be curious to get your thoughts.