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From the molly houses of the 18th and 19th centuries and New York’s iconic Stonewall Inn to Heaven and G-A-Y later, gay bars have long served as a source of community and joy for the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ centric venues have fostered new talent that wouldn’t be platformed elsewhere; hidden rooms above gay bookshops have allowed for the birth of countless grassroots movements. Through times of criminalisation and discrimination, we’ve carved out safe spaces that have provided a sense of belonging. But, as behaviours, attitudes, and trends shift, we’ve begun losing these hubs — including gay bars, performance venues, and cafes — leaving the queer community often scattered and disconnected.