Business is a drag: the closure of gay bars in Ottawa

Strobe lights flicker as a disco ball spins above the dance floor. The crowd’s applause welcomes the drag queens to the small stage at The Lookout Bar in Ottawa. A loud pop song thumps as people gather around, ready to capture every glorious moment. The queens grab their microphones and look like they were born for the spotlight. “Are we all ready for some show? I said, are we all ready for some fucking show?” yells drag queen Savannah Balenciaga Couture as she walks onto the dance floor. Couture is one of three queens performing at the ByWard Market gay bar’s weekly Saturday show and starts off the night wearing a teased lace front wig while  putting on polished lip-syncing […]

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