Earliest Gay Bars Featured Grog, Trade, Drag, Weddings, Danger


An expose first published in 1709 describes “molly houses,” secretive London gay bars that managed to exist and thrive despite operating during a perilous time. Atlas Obscura has unearthed Ned Ward’s 18th Century reportage, which gives a somewhat disdainful view of the outposts as “dens of sin” for the “Gang of Sodomitical Wretches.” Nonetheless, it’s…

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