LA’s lesbians are rebuilding long-lost sapphic spaces

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“We're all like an army of lesbians who are just trying to make something happen so that we all feel like we can fit in finally. And we all feel like it's our time,” says Lauren Richer. She’s behind the latest concept for a brand new lesbian bar in West Hollywood. Photo by Abby Mahler

LA currently has zero lesbian bars. Since the closure of LA’s last remaining gay bar in 2017, the second-largest city in the U.S. has been left without any brick and mortar center of lesbian nightlife. It’s a trend reflected across the U.S., which only has 21 lesbian bars. Now young queer women are part of a new wave in LA to feed the hunger of LGBTQ Angelenos and are building new spaces.