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Community and Change

LGBTQ+ people from across the North Shore found a sense of community in bars, restaurants, churches, and public events, though these connections would change during the first quarter of the 21st century. The community formed around bars was especially hard hit after the city rolled back the closing time. On the more positive side, marriage equality, a greater acceptance of LGBTQ+ people, and online communities made the bars less necessary as places of connections.

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Lynn made bars close earlier.

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I started to work on Queer Lynn Scene.

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Now you have the internet.

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We couldn't have talked like this before.

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How they felt supported, not just included.

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There was no need for clubs anymore.

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Closing was like giving up their home.

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I knew so many people.

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I don't know who's gay or who's not.

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Experiencing Provincetown was the most beautiful I've seen.

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The advent of dating apps.

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I tried to keep it going.

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The clientelle changed with gay rights.

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Factors in the downfall of the bars.

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Bars still have a place.

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I read about gays moving into Lynn.

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Don't be an asshole.

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The bars were a place to organize. Copy

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It's nothing like it was.

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We stay connected with digital spaces.

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Cherish that community and share it with other people.

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I met my wife on MySpace.

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A sense of community

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Finding each others.

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It did not just affect the bars.

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Most gay bars in Lynn didn't last.

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I miss all of Lynn. I'm a Lynner.

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We're all serving the same mission.

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We don't have to hide anymore.

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It's hard for us to feel heard.

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What happened to all the gay bars?

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I cried as I locked the doors.

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We lost a lot when the bars closed.

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Mayor Clancy rolled back closing time to 1:00.

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Where can our community gather now?

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The neighborhood was rezoned as residential.

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Former patrons wanted their "Cheers" back.

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It's really sad to lose all the gay clubs.

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Boats would pull up to the Light House.

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My generation has lost our "third spaces".

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People would stick with each other.

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