No Boundaries

The Evolution of Safe Space in Buffalo for LGBTQ Community

In this video from No Boundaries, we talk with community leaders and members of the LGBTQ community about how things have evolved from the 90s and 2000s when gay bars were the safe space for people to go and be themselves, to greater integration and acceptance in the community, coupled with gentrification, leading to the demise of many of those bars.

In light of a new presidential administration pushing legislation and, in some cases, inciting violence against this community, its members express lament in not fighting harder to hold on to those bars, but describe to us how the safe spaces have also evolved beyond bars and into arts and culture centers, coffee shops and more.

Note: This video was recorded before Dreamland was given a sudden Cease and Desist order from the city after giving away household goods and wares during the Allentown Arts Festival, and they are still working to reopen with new permits.

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