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Palm Springs’ historic gay bars see light at end of tunnel

I’m Kristin Scharkey, features editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, wishing you a happy Friday and sincere apologies for missing our Thursday edition. The news cycle never sleeps!

‘We’re still here’: Palm Springs’ historic gay bars see light at the end of the tunnel. Despite more than a year of pandemic-related closures, many of the bars located in the Southern California destination are open again.

The city has long been one of the most popular LGBTQ destinations in the country.

“These bars are more than just drinking places,” Rob Giesecke, owner of Chill Bar Palm Springs, told Desert Sun reporter Amanda Ulrich. “This is where the community comes together.”

In other parts of California, some gay bars haven’t been as lucky. San Francisco and Los Angeles, for example, have seen several famed establishments go under. The Stud, San Francisco’s oldest LGBTQ bar, was one of the first to announce it was shuttering last May.

Bartender Masio Winston prepares a drink at Chill Bar in Palm Springs, Calif., on Friday, April 30, 2021.

Giesecke partially credits his business’ survival to the tight-knit community that came together and “formed ranks” around the historic street. Customers sat in outdoor patios in 120-degree heat when they could have stayed home. Some started GoFundMe pages for Arenas bars. 

“We’re like a gay community center bar. Local gay men treat this as their living room,” said David Farnsworth, the co-owner and general manager of nearby Streetbar. “It’s been ground zero for them for forever.” 

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