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    Lucas Hilderbrand to discuss His Book ‘The Bars Are Ours’ at Book Soup

    Lucas Hilderbrand will discusses his book The Bars Are Ours: Histories and Cultures of Gay Bars in America, 1960 and After at Book Soup, on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, starting at 7:00 p.m., at 8818 Sunset Boulevard, in the heart of West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip.

    Gay bars have operated as the most visible institutions of the LGBTQ+ community in the United States for the better part of a century, from before gay liberation until after their assumed obsolescence. In The Bars Are Ours, Lucas Hilderbrand offers a panoramic history of gay bars, showing how they served as the medium for queer communities, politics, and cultures. Hilderbrand cruises from leather in Chicago and drag in Kansas City to activism against gentrification in Boston and racial discrimination in Atlanta; from New York City’s bathhouses, sex clubs, and discos and Houston’s legendary bar Mary’s to the alternative scenes that reimagined queer nightlife in San Francisco and Latinx venues in Los Angeles. The Bars Are Ours explores these local sites (with additional stops in Denver, Detroit, Seattle, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Orlando as well as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Texas) to demonstrate the intoxicating—even world-making—roles that bars have played in queer public life across the country.

    Book Soup is located on the world-famous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. Founded by Glenn Goldman as “Bookseller to the Great and Infamous,” the store has been serving readers, writers, artists, rock ‘n’ rollers, and celebrities since 1975.

    Guarded over by two golden dogs, Book Soup has 60,000+ titles, specializing in art, film, photography, music, and literary fiction. The book store has a deep commitment to university, international, and small presses, and maintain an array of exclusive autographed books. Customers are delighted by the rare gems they discover on their shelves.

    Known for our floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, high-profile author readings, limited-edition books, vinyl records, and celebrity clientele, Book Soup is an essential stop on any tour of Los Angeles. Their booksellers are standing by to recommend your next book, pick out a gift, or just talk lit with you.

    Visit staff picks to see what our extraordinary (and very opinionated) booksellers are reading, and join their mailing list for a complete schedule of upcoming author events, updated signed books inventory, and other store news.

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    Paulo Murillo
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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Kiss it
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    3 months ago

    First of all that’s a great name for a buck second of all I’ve never heard of him but that’s OK .. nextly these bars are just full of freaks now they think it’s drag race every single night and the male dancers are wearing bras and garter belts and skirts and we are not going to bars to pay these exorbitant prices to see the cross dressers. We want to see hot guys let’s bring the hot guys back

    John Cleese
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    3 months ago

    Sadly, the bars WERE ours. If you took 1999 me through a time warp and dropped me in a 2023 Weho bar I’d think, “where are the men?”.

    Curtis
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    3 months ago

    There are still bars for me…..the Eagle in East Hollywood/Silver Lake as well as the Bullet in North Hollywood, the Barracks in Cathedral City & the Tool Shed in Palm Springs. There are also Eagle bars in San Francisco, San Diego, New York that usually men only.

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