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NYC Lesbian Bar Asks For Community Help After Federal Aid is Denied

Henrietta Hudson is the United States' longest operating bar for queer women with 29 years in its history. It offers performances, fundraisers and it is considered a safe space for New York’s queer women and the greater LGBT+ community. After the coronavirus pandemic hit, the bar has been facing financial problems and it is now asking for financial help from the LGBT+ community to keep the bar alive. The bar’s owners requested aid from the government but got nothing in response. 

“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.”

“We must now turn to all of you and ask for your contributions,” Cannistraci added. “Please help us stay afloat by giving whatever amount you can afford. We want to be there for our community when the pandemic is behind us and will only reopen when it is safe to do so. We can’t wait to be in full swing serving the people we love and admire so much.” 

As the ‘Advocate’ reports, anyone can help with donations donations GoFundMePayPal, and Venmo (@Henrietta-Hudson). While Henrietta Hudson remains closed as New York continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the bar is offering virtual performances via Zoom from Wednesday to Sunday.

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