The way I feel about trans bars is the same way most American’s feel about public transit: I fully support them, even if I don’t really use them. This is why I was dismayed to learn that Le Roundup – one of New Orleans’ most unique gay bars – will be closing tomorrow.
I recently learned that Le Roundup, which is well known for its transgender and sex worker clientele, has been sold and will be closing its doors for good on Saturday, December 20th at 3pm. A bartender I spoke to believed it would reopen after the New Year “as a straight sports bar.” He was young, he had long dreadlocks, and his forearms were covered in tattoos – it was clear that neither he nor the handful of patrons mulling around the bar anticipated feeling welcome in whatever Le Roundup becomes.
Sure, a dive bar which caters primarily to a niche within a small gay community can’t last forever in one of the most desirable [hyper-gentrified] parts of town, but it is sad to see Le Roundup go. Add it to my list of 2014 New Orleans gay casualties:
The Club New Orleans
The Country Club