ANOTHER LESBIAN BAR BITES THE DUST
New York’s well-known lesbian bar Rubyfruit Bar and Grill has celebrated its last Pride. The owners told the New York Times the bar will be closing its doors because of rising rent and the fact that there are so many more options for lesbian patrons in 2008. The West Village bar has been open since 1994 and has been a go-to place for gay women coming through the city. Owner Debra C. Fierro said:
Back then in 1994 there wasn’t this liberation yet for lesbian women, so it became a haven with private, intimate dinners, great wines, a place to hold hands and feel comfortable being out and having dinner. Here we are in 2008, where they no longer need to have their own place. They can go anywhere and do whatever they want. It’s kind of a good thing, I guess.
The bar is famous for several reasons, especially because it is the namesake of the lesbian novel, Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown. The Times detailed some of the other high-profile events that are tied to the bar:
“It was mentioned as a setting in the work of the novelist Patricia Cornwall. It was the scene for a retirement party for the tennis champion Martina Navratilova. Tammy Lynn Michaels, an actress who is the partner of the rock singer Melissa Etheridge, was spotted by a talent agent while she tended bar there. Celebrities from Liza Minnelli to Neil Sedaka to Billie Jean King have stopped by.”
So where will New York celesbians meet now? It’s either one of the other existing girl bars or open another with an obvious literary lesbian tie-in: The Well of Loneliness Lounge or Stone Butch Bar, anyone?
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Tila Tequila actually chose a woman on the end of A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila 2. However, the woman (Kristy) was not interested.
Gay dramedy Holding Trevor opens this weekend in New York and Los Angeles. It’s directed by out lesbian filmmaker Rosser Goodman who directed the short film Life’s a Butch!, worked on Wave Babes, and is currently developing the project Kiss My Fist with producer Honey Labrador.
Check out Sistahs on the Shelf for black lesbian fiction reviews and news.
The French reality television series Secret Story includes a lesbian couple (contestants have to guess and see whose secret it is).
Goth-punk apparel chain store Hot Topic is now selling lesbian shirts and other wares as part of its new Pride section.
— by Trish Bendix
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