Seattle’s own and much beloved lesbian and allies bar “The Wildrose” was featured last year in The Lesbian Bar Project, a nationwide effort to help save, protect, honor and promote lesbian bar spaces across the country. Sadly, only a handful of lesbian bars are left in the United States and this project hopes to save the ones remaining while encouraging support for them and the promotion of lesbian spaces.
This year, the LBP returns with three new episodes airing on The Roku Channel and once again hosted by popular lesbian comedian and actor, Lea DeLaria. There will also be a three city bus tour promoting the screenings and the project coming to NYC, Houston, and Phoenix, cities featured in this year’s series and their respective lesbian bars: Henrietta Hudson in New York City, Pearl Bar in Houston, and Boycott Bar in Phoenix.
There’s also a “Metaverse” version of the project where you can digitally visit a lesbian bar.
We have a query: will they serve digital tacos and corndogs in this “bar”? Will k.d. lang and Melissa Etheridge be on the jukebox?
Will there be a pool table? Digital coupons for discounts on U-hauls and Subarus?
We hope so!
Last week saw the announcement of a three-city bus tour scheduled to celebrate the next iteration of The Lesbian Bar Project — the premiere of a new limited streaming series, “The Lesbian Bar Project” on The Roku Channel, the home of free and premium entertainment on America’s No. 1 TV streaming platform*. The bus tour will arrive in New York, NY on October 6, Houston, TX on October 11, and Phoenix, AZ on October 15, and feature screenings of episodes for the local communities. Sponsored by Jägermeister, the bus will also be outfitted with the traveling “The Lesbian Bar Project Museum,” commissioned by Megan Metcalf of The Library of Congress, to educate patrons on the history of lesbian bars and queer spaces in the U.S. and the importance of preserving these vital safe spaces.
Ahead of the series’ premiere, Jägermeister and The Lesbian Bar Project will also debut the first lesbian bar experience in the Metaverse. As a certified safe space by SIGBI, this unique digital experience in Decentraland was built to replicate a bar and museum, and will include NFT wearables, gaming modules, live performances, video streams, and shed light on the history of lesbian bars and culture.
The three-episode docuseries is slated to launch October 11th on The Roku Channel. The series will spotlight various lesbian bars and the vibrant communities that they serve across the U.S. Each episode will tell the lively and powerful stories of different lesbian bar owners and patrons in New York City, Houston, and Phoenix.
“The Lesbian Bar Project” series is created and directed by Erica Rose and Elina Street and hosted by Lea DeLaria (“Orange is the New Black”) who also serves as Executive Producer along with The Katz Company. Speaking about the series, Lea DeLaria, Executive Producer of The Lesbian Bar Project said, “You don’t have to be a lesbian to watch this!”
In the 1980s, there were roughly 200 lesbian bars in the United States. Today, there are fewer than 25. As these bars disappear, creators and directors Erica Rose and Elina Street established “The Lesbian Bar Project” to celebrate, support, and amplify the remaining lesbian bars.
“The Lesbian Bar Project” series comes on the heels of the 2021 The Lesbian Bar Project short documentary film and fundraising campaign, supported by Jägermeister’s #SAVETHENIGHT initiative. The documentary short spotlights the bar owners, community activists, and patrons in three cities (New York, NY; Mobile, AL; and Washington, DC) and their struggles during the pandemic, their hopes for the future, and the impact on their communities. “The Lesbian Bar Project” documentary film was a Tribeca X Award finalist, acquired by SundanceTV, and invited to screen at The Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The 2021 fundraising campaign raised over $150K for the bars.
*America’s No. 1 TV streaming platform is based on hours streamed according to Hypothesis Group, October 2021
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About The Lesbian Bar Project
The Lesbian Bar Project aims to bring greater awareness and prosperity to the remaining Lesbian Bars across the country. In the 1980s there were roughly 200 Lesbian Bars in the U.S. Today there are less than 25 left. As the bars continue to disappear at a staggering rate, Creators and Directors Erica Rose and Elina Street established The Lesbian Bar Project at the start of COVID-19 to celebrate, support, and amplify the remaining Lesbian Bars that exist in the United States. In October 2020, they released a PSA and fundraising campaign, which helped raise over $117K for the remaining bars. In June 2021, they released a short documentary film and another fundraising campaign. The documentary short spotlights the bar owners, community activists, and patrons in three cities (New York, NY; Mobile, AL; and Washington, DC) and their struggles during the pandemic, their hopes for the future, and the impact on their communities. The 2021 fundraising campaign raised over $150k for the bars. Both the PSA and film is Executive Produced by Lea DeLaria, The Katz Company and supported by Jägermeister’s #SAVETHENIGHT initiative. “The Lesbian Bar Project” documentary film was a Tribeca X Award finalist, acquired by SundanceTV, and invited to screen at The Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
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