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As Seattle’s LGBTQ+ nightlife venues face closure, the community could lose crucial safe spaces

Submitted by Arts & Sciences Web Team on March 18, 2021 - 1:00pm

Although LGBTQ+ nightlife venues have existed in Seattle since the 1920s, many of them operated in the shadows amid threats from police and government, and bigoted strangers. Today, these spaces operate more openly but face new threats: increasing property taxes and rents, gentrification, a rise in hate crimes and now, of course, the closure of bars and restaurants due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kemi Adeyemi, assistant professor of gender, women and sexuality studies at the UW, is quoted.

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