Unless they’ve been living under a rock these last few days, everyone in New Orleans’ gay community has learned by now that the city’s last two naughty cruising bars – The Phoenix and Rawhide – have been cited for lewd behavior by the state of Louisiana Department of Alcohol and Tobacco Control and are forced to be on their best behavior.
Although the skirmish between the bars and the state is not yet over, we are very likely looking at a New Orleans (the Big Easy!) with no cruisey gay spaces, and no back room bars. This is heartbreaking. (you may recall that our last bathhouse, The Club New Orleans, closed in 2014 – Flex Baths never reopened after Katrina.)
All we can do in New Orleans at this point is try and turn lemons into lemonade. I’m using my frustration over recent events to refocus my efforts on this site and continue working on the Local Gay Bar comic strip. I have a couple other projects in mind, but they are still very conceptual. I’ll definetely share more info as they take shape.
Until then, have fun, grab a drink, and get some head. If you’re lucky, do all three at the same time.