Monday, March 30, 2009

Get Ready!!!!

Hello Valiant CGQB-ers,

The April GUERRILLA QUEER BAR is fast approaching.
The anticipation is building!
Where will we spread the queer-love-fantastic next?

Cancel all your previous engagements. Get all your friends to mark it on their calenders. Invite people to the facebook group. It's going to be great.

Things to look forward to: no cover, extremely cheap drinks, tons of cute queers, a new social space to explore, sweaty dancing, showing a normal straight and narrow bar beauty of queer Cincinanti, and more.

Make sure to check your email and facebook Friday morning to find out the top secret location!



ps. ON SATURDAY-- come to the CINCY SAME SEX KISS IN at 8pm on Fountain Square! Check out the facebook event for more info.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Spreading the Love

Hello Guerrilla Queer Bar Compatriots,

If you weren't there, you've probably heard by now that the Lodge Bar on the first Friday was glory beyond glory. We're already planning April's take-over-exploration and it's gonna get better and better, just wait.

A couple of Guerrilla Queer Operatives voiced concern about spreading some of the glory around to more queer establishments as well as having more opportunities to get to know their fellow CGQB-ers. Hence-- another monthly CGQB event has been launched!


Every THIRD FRIDAY, CGQB will SPREAD THE LOVE and have a more informal get together at an under-utilized queer bar. It will be a way to support a diverse network of establishments and have a chance to get to know each other in a less pressure filled environment.

The first SPREAD THE LOVE event will be THIS FRIDAY, March 20th at the SUBWAY LOUNGE, 609 Walnut Street-- across the street from the Aronoff. We'll start early again, so come around 10. They've got a juke box, dance floor, pool tables, miniature bowling, and all your favorite queers will be there! What more are you looking for?

Tell all your friends, mark your calenders!



Saturday, March 7, 2009

3.6.09 -- THE LODGE BAR --

Thank you to every brave and beautiful person who came out last night. You sent waves (big and small) through Cincinnati and I think the Lodge Bar will never quite be the same.

This blog is meant as a space where GQB-ers can make their experience of the bar and the event public. Let the bar know how they did, tell a story from the night, suggest next month's bar, make a complaint, send some love, anything.

Personally, I think the night was a huge success (although we definitely learned some valuable lessons on the organizational end). A couple of things you can expect for the next GQB night:

1. We'll communicate more with the bar ahead of time so we can continue to get deals and preemptively challenge ridiculous policies (that unquestioningly sexualize and objectify women's bodies) like, "only girls get to dance on stage". I know this takes an element of the "guerrilla" out of it, but I think the "guerrilla" is more about the other people in the bar and less about the bar management.
2. We'll set a meeting/congregating section of the bar next time. I heard there were some people who came after we had taken over the dance floor and turned around and left because when they first walked in they didn't see any GQB compatriots.
3. Find out about any possibilities of southern-rock-cover bands ahead of time.
4. The Lodge Bar was a challenging first mission. There aren't many other bars that have dead animals with Bengals helmets on the walls and guys walking around in bear suits!

Although men weren't allowed on stage because, "No one wants to see dicks on stage" and the Bar Staff on the microphone threatened to, "Throw out on the curb", any of the beautiful men that tried to express their bodies on stage, the manager was extremely apologetic and gave us lots of gift certificates (which brought you the deliciously enormous bowls of spiked kool-aid floating around the dance floor). Things also started to feel a little less safe as the night went on and the bar began to be dominated by drunk straight men who were bad at taking, "no" for an answer.

Even with all of that, I think the night was fantastic. There were so many beautiful moments of sexual celebration, interplay, and progress.

Share your experience and suggestions!

Get ready for next month!!!!

Queer-love solidarity,