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In Praise of Visiting the Gay Bar, at Any Age | HuffPost
The first time I stepped inside a gay bar was also the first time I kissed a man. I was 19 years old and the bar was in the conservative bastion of Colorado Springs. Like many gay bars in the early 's, it was a non-descript building with blacked-out windows and perched on the edge of town; the city's dirty little secret. The bar, like the kiss, was a thrill I would not experience again for more than 20 years. I was working as a tour guide at "The Lost Gold Mine" in Central City and living with my lesbian aunt and her psychic girlfriend in the summer of There are stories I have yet to tell my mother about that night. The way I lied about my age to the bartender and became drunk on vodka tonics.