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Gay Bar: A night (in) with Jeremy Atherton Lin & Bob Orr

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Who yearns for a great night out? Jeremy Atherton Lin invites us 'out' to celebrate the Gay Bar - the places, the history and the book!

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From leather parties in the Castro to Gay Liberation Front touch-ins, from disco at Studio One to dark rooms in Vauxhall railway arches, the gay bar has long been a place of joy, solidarity and sexual expression.

But around the world, gay bars are closing. In the wake of this cultural demolition, Jeremy Atherton Lin rediscovers the party boys and renegades who lived and loved in these spaces.

“Lively and dirty, intellectual and gossipy, Gay Bar feels both like a guilty pleasure and like it is making you considerably smarter as you read. A super exciting debut.” - Michelle Tea

To mark the launch of Gay Bar, he returns to this old stomping grounds, its memories and legacies in conversation with Bob Orr, co-founder of Lavender Menace, Scotland's first LGBT Bookshop.

Gay Bar is a sparkling, richly individual history of enclaves in London, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is also the story of the author's own experiences as a mixed-race gay man, and the transatlantic romance that began one restless night in Soho. Expansive, vivacious, curious, celebratory, Gay Bar asks: does gay still have a place?

Praise for the book Gay Bar, which can be ordered HERE, or with a ticket:

“An absolute tour de force” -Maggie Nelson

“Utterly blown away. Jeremy Atherton Lin creates something new from a territory that feels so familiar and known. We can never have enough complex, intersectional writing about queer experience, and this is such a welcome, needed addition to the canon.”- Niven Govinden

"GAY BAR is searching, erudite and sexy, probing the past, present, and future of queer life while refusing easy binaries. GAY BAR is about pleasure, but is deeply serious too. It is wonderful — one of the best books I have read in ages." – Katherine Angel

Our Speaker:

Jeremy Atherton Lin was raised in California and now lives in London, where he studied writing at the Royal College of Art. His work has been published in the White Review, Tinted Window and the Times Literary Supplement, and he has been shortlisted for the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize. He is an editor at Failed States, the journal of art and writing on place. He lives in London.

Our Host:

Bob Orr came out in 1971 in Glasgow and sold Gay News in the Waterloo Bar thus starting his career as a gay entrepreneur and habitual bar and club fan. He opened Lavender Menace Bookshop which had its origins in Fire Island disco with Sigrid Nielsen in Edinburgh in 1982. In 1994, he became a partner in Taste for Extroverts and Perverts a house dance club whose mission was that sexuality, gender or age wasn’t an issue. He retired from night life in 2008 and now runs Lavender Menace Queer Books Archive with Sigrid Nielsen. He lives with his partner and husband of 37 years Raymond Rose in Edinburgh.


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