Famed NYC Lesbian Bar Seeks Community Help After Feds Deny Aid

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05/05/2020

Henrietta Hudson, the country’s longest operating bar for queer women, is pleading for financial help from the LGBTQ community after requests for government aid went unanswered. “Over the years we have seen it all… 911, the 2008 recession and Super Storm Sandy in 2012. We rose above all of these obstacles, but never could have anticipated or prepared for the onerous burden of a pandemic that threatens our very survival,” Henrietta Hudson co-owner Lisa Cannistraci said in a statement. “Although we have applied for federal and local disaster and payment protection loans, we have been ignored. And it has been extremely disheartening to see news reports showing bigger businesses prioritized for assistance.” The 29-year-old bar is not just a watering hole, but a community fixture in Manhattan’s West Village, offering performances, fundraisers, and a safe space for the city’s queer women and all LGBTQ denizens.

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