Just a few years removed from the popular social phenomenon known as Guerilla Gay Bar Baltimore (GGBB), a revival has been launched. Whereas GGBB organizers focused their “invasions” of straight bars and clubs predominantly in Baltimore City, the new edition called Pop Up Gay Bar (PUGB) will initially involve LGBT folks taking over straight establishments on a given night in the suburbs of Baltimore.
GGBB lasted about three years in Baltimore and at its peak more than 500 people would attend a particular outing making new friends and at the same time filling the coffers of the bar.
The first of the PUGB events will occur on Nov. 1 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the All American Sports Bar, 1205 Crain Highway N. in Glen Burnie. As had been the case with GGBB’s coordinators PUGB’s organizer David Jones contacted the management of the establishment and discussed the plan to have a sizable contingent of LGBT folks visit the premises of a straight bar.
Jones, who lives in Glen Burnie, told the Blade the owner and bartenders of the All American Sports Bar are excited to host the PUGB. “They are looking forward to welcoming the LGBT community with open arms and are going out of their way to make sure we have everything we need to make Nov. 1 a huge success,” Jones said.
Jones sees additional opportunities in the suburbs around Baltimore for future events and has his sights on bars in Annapolis and Columbia in the near future.
PUGB originated in the San Francisco area. It, too, was a reinvention of the Guerilla Queer Bar movement that had existed there a decade ago. The website popupgaybar.com seeks organizers around the country to establish local events. A form exists for folks to sign up to receive alerts should someone start a PUGB in their area.