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Julius’ Bar, New York City

Julius’ Bar, now the oldest gay bar in New York City, was the site of a 1966 "sip-in" protesting a state liquor regulation that prohibited serving alcohol to suspected gay men or lesbians, on the grounds that their very presence made a bar disorderly. Not that the law was widely obeyed — Julius’, while not yet an exclusively gay bar in the 1960s, already had a large gay clientele in that era, given its location in Greenwich Village, the center of New York gay life. But when activists Dick Leitsch, Craig Rodwell, John Timmons, and Randy Wicker announced that they were gay and ordered drinks, the bartender at Julius’ refused to serve them. The incident received much press coverage and brought about a change in regulations. Julius’ was named to the National Register of Historic Places in April of this year.


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