A gay bar in
Galveston, Texas, has proved to be one of the few bastions
of safety after Hurricane Ike ripped across the Gulf Coast
island. Robert's Lafitte was planning a drag show and
Tina Turner sing-along as the city urged its last
remaining residents to leave on Monday.
blew out the bar's windows, and three feet of water
gushed inside during the height of the storm, according to
Reuters. A mopping the next day cleared the water,
allowing owner Big Mouth Robert to reopen the bar.
20,000 people were still on the island as of Tuesday. The
bar is offering food donated by locals for those in need.
Brian DeLeon, a
straight restaurant worker who had never been to Robert's
Lafitte, said the bar was a lifesaver. "This is like the
Coast Guard," he said to Reuters. "These are the
people who take you up out of the water and make life
livable. Once I get back to work, I'm coming back
here." (Michelle Garcia, The Advocate)