Iceblink saidThe authors of that article, or rather commentary, are "night party promoters" and if their claims were true that gay nightlife was still thriving, then there should be no need to convince us of that, because their business and the gay nightlife industry would be making money just like it always was. The truth is, while it is not dead, it is certainly nothing like it was in the 80's and 90's. Back then, you could go to any major city in the country and club hop from busy gay club to busy gay club, even on a weekday night like Tuesday or Wednesday, because there were so many to chose from and so many people went out every night of the week. In many cities today it will be difficult to find a busy club on a non-weekend night and even in some of the very largest cities there might only be a couple to choose from that are busy during the week. I wasted a lot of time and spent way too much money I did not have to spend at clubs back in the day, but I am still glad I am old enough to have experienced the 24/7 club and party days. It was an enormous amount of fun.
Given that I'm one of the very oldest guys here, I go back to about 1969 or 1970 for the beginning of my bar and party days. I partied like a maniac and wonder how the hell I'm still alive .... here, Cincinnati, Detroit Chicago and Toronto before I moved to SoCal in 1980.
Bars were huge and completely pack. Lines were frequently 30 to 60 minutes to get into the bars. Even lowly Dayton could pack a long closed bar named 1470 which was a former Kroger's store ... so that's 70,000 to 80,000 of bar. We have nothing that size today.
Little of the gay bitch BMW attitude that we see so much of today. Most folks were quite friendly and no one was sitting in the bars on their phone because we didn't have any.
Wasted a bunch of time and money, but sure had a great time.