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EMPOWERING LESBIAN SPACES
In the 1980, there were roughly 200 Lesbian Bars in the United States. Today, there are fewer than 30. As these bars disappear, filmmakers Erica Rose and Elina Street established The Lesbian Bar Project to celebrate, support, and amplify the remaining Lesbian bars. The Lesbian Bar Project believes what makes a bar uniquely Lesbian is its prioritization of creating space for people of marginalized genders including women (regardless if they are cis or trans), non-binary folks, and trans men. As these spaces aim to be inclusive of all individuals across the diverse LGBTQIA+ community, the label Lesbian belongs to all people who feel that it empowers them.
TEAMING UP TO TELL OUR STORIES
For the third consecutive year, The Lesbian Bar Project and Jägermeister have teamed up to highlight the critical need to support the LGBTQIA+ community and spaces. In 2022 Jägermeister and the Roku Brand Studio collaborated to create a new limited streaming series, "The Lesbian Bar Project.” Created and directed by Erica Rose and Elina Street, Executive Produced Lea DeLaria along with The Katz Company, the series spotlights the human stories behind Lesbian bars and the communities that they serve across the United States. Each episode of “The Lesbian Bar Project” series will tell the lively and powerful stories of different Lesbian bar owners and patrons in Houston, Phoenix, and New York. The three-episode docuseries is slated to launch October 11th, 2022 on The Roku Channel. Watch the three-episode docuseries which is live now on The Roku Channel AND scroll down to enter for a chance to win the ultimate Jägermeister and Lesbian Bar Project prize pack.
THE 27 BARS
THE 31 BARS
Scroll to learn more about the remaining 31 Lesbian Bars
The PSA was launched in October 2020, along with a 4 week fundraising campaign, raising a total of $117K. Jägermeister helped to produce the PSA, which raised awareness about the disappearance of Lesbian Bars across the United States.
In 2021, a short documentary film was released along with another fundraising campaign. The documentary focused on the bar owners, community activists, and patrons in three cities (New York, NY | Mobile, AL | and Washington, DC) and their struggles during the pandemic, their hopes for the future, and the impact on their communities. The 2021 fundraising campaign raised over $150k.
The 2021 film won two webby's, an ANA award, and was presented at The Library of Congress for the US Congress Equity Caucus. The film was nominated for the Tribeca X Award and was recently acquired by AMC + / Sundance TV for streaming. Jägermeister continued to support content that highlighted the needs for the LGBTQIA+ community and spaces.
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