The decision we've all been waiting for is finally here: same-sex marriage bans are now unconstitutional in the U.S. It's been a long, hard fight for marriage equality in this country and at last there's a national decision in favor of it. The United States joins the 19 other countries in Europe, North America, South America, and Africa that allow same-sex marriage nationwide. No more gay marriage bans. No more local judges blocking gay marriage decisions. No more couples waiting for the day they can legally have their dream wedding.
Now it's time to celebrate. SCOTUS's same-sex marriage decision will go down in history as a monumental achievement for equality in America and that deserves a big celebration. Put on all your rainbow flag clothing (or go buy some) and head to a local bar or club to spend all night partying in honor of the historic decision. People will be celebrating all over the country, but if you're in New York, you have a lot of good celebratory spots to choose from. The birthplace of the gay rights movement and Gay Pride, New Yorkers have been fighting for this for decades.
Here are the top six places to celebrate the gay marriage decision in New York City, whether you're LGBT or otherwise.
The famous Stonewall Inn is the site of the 1969 riots in response to police raids of gay bars that first sparked the gay rights movement. This iconic gay bar has seen the fight for equality come full circle now that same-sex marriage is legal. It seems fitting to celebrate were the movement began.
This West Village bar is known for being a great lesbian bar, but straight men and women are also welcome. The Chinese lanterns and fish hanging from the ceiling, make it a fun, eclectic place to party. There will no doubt be a large crowd celebrating and singing along to the jukebox.
In Park Slope, this lesbian dive bar is unpretentious and laid-back. You can celebrate with a drink at the bar, a game of pool, or a rendition of your favorite gay song during karaoke.
One of Brooklyn's first gay bars, Metropolitan has been a gay hang-out since 2002. Everyone is welcome — gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or straight. There's even a big outdoor patio so you can celebrate in the open air.
The West Village is known for it's gay bars and Henrietta Hudson is no exception. It has a reputation as a fun nightlife spot for lesbians and others who are gay-friendly. There's a lot of room for dancing, or if you prefer to celebrate while sitting, there are plenty of couches.
Barracuda is a cozy gay bar in Chelsea with lots of seating and frequent drag shows to keep you entertained while you celebrate. What better way to celebrate than with a drag show?
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