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History of gay nightclubs shows vulnerability of safe spaces

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According to Tim Retzloff, the history of gay clubs and bars goes all the way back to the early 18th century.

When society marginalizes who you are, there’s an impulse to gather with people who are more accepting.

That’s why LGBTQ people gathered at the night club Pulse in Orlando, Florida. It was also Latin night. Members of two marginalized groups went there to have fun, be safe.

That night, 49 people were killed and more than 50 others wounded in a hateful attack.

Now, everything for the LGBTQ community seems less safe.

Tim Retzloff joined us on today's Stateside to talk about the history and importance of gay nightclubs. 

GUEST Tim Retzloff teaches LGBTQ studies and United States History at Michigan State University.

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