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.
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Get ready for next month!!!!