LGBTQ bar opens amid pandemic to support underserved community

How a Long Island, New York, bar owner's dream of opening a bar that catered to the LGBTQ community pivoted when the pandemic hit.
2:42 | 12/22/20

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And we're back now on "Gma3" with the suburban New York bar owner nearly prevented from opening by the pandemic, going to new lengths now to serve her lgbtq community. So this is how we're living during covid. This is btw. I opened an lgbtq bar. Because I thought it was important for an underserved community. It's a place where you can be your fabulous self, no matter what that is. We want you to bring I btw stands for born this way, that's what the community is, I never understood people judging people on this lifestyle. It's not a choice. People are born this way. The process to open up btw was a long one, it was 2 1/2 years. We were about a month out from being open andhen covid hit. I just think, right now, because of the covid climate, it's hurting us a little bit. The precautions that we're talking about btw are, are a lot. But we want to keep people safe. We come in in the morning, sanitize everything. I had a gentleman come in and order takeout food and the reason he did that was because his 15-year-old kid just came out of the closet and wanted to support us so badly. Back in the late '70s, early '80s, it was a different time. You couldn't openly be out and gay. We would meet at a bar on a Saturday night and we would come out to our cars and O tires would be slashed or a windshield would be broken. Having a bar like btw is simply a safe haven. We are capable of walking in without judgment, without feeling that somebody is going to, you know, look at us a certain way. There's really no place really around here for lgbt people. Gina is there and she always comes over and spends a decent amount of time talking to us and seeing what suggestions we have, what we think of the food, the drinks and everything. I think we did a really nice job. We put a lot of thought into this and there wasn't a brick put in this wall that wasn't put there with love. We're getting thanks for opening up something that I love to do. Love the community. I mean more could you ask

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