Queer to Stay

The Human Rights Campaign and SHOWTIME® are excited to announce the third year of "Queer to Stay: An LGBTQ+ Business Preservation Initiative", an effort that supports, uplifts and preserves small businesses that serve the LGBTQ+ community, particularly multiply-marginalized queer people.

Over the past two years, the “Queer to Stay” initiative has awarded funds to thirty LGBTQ+ businesses across the country. This year, the Human Rights Campaign and SHOWTIME® have increased our commitment to this program and will support at least 25 businesses.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, LGBTQ+ businesses have faced severe financial challenges and many are at risk of permanently closing. LGBTQ+ businesses serve as affirming places and provide needed services and resources for the community. As we continue to navigate the challenges of the pandemic, there is uncertainty as to when businesses will return to business-as-usual. Adding to the crisis many LGBTQ+ businesses are facing, studies have shown that since the 1980s there has been a decline in LGBTQ bars across America due to gentrification and assimilation.

If you own an LGBTQ+-serving business and have faced hardship due to COVID-19, we encourage you to apply for funding through this years "Queer to Stay" initiative. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on August 31st, 2022. Recipients will be notified and announced this fall.

Queer to Stay: LGBTQ+ Business Preservation Initiative Application Form

2021 Beneficiaries

Al's on 7th

2627 7th Ave St
Birmingham, AL 35233

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Arledge Comics

33 Bethel Road SE
Port Orchard, WA 98366

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2409 Grant St
Houston, TX 77006

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Our Place

2115 7th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35233

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Club OMG

43 6th St,
San Francisco, CA 94103

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348 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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281 West 12th St.
New York, NY 10014

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Online/Virtual Community Space

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Ellen D. Management

4421 Emerald St
Torrance, CA 90505

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The Fireplace

2161 P Street NW
Washington, D.C 20037

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Gossip Grill

1220 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

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Nickel Diner

524 S Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Rebirth Garments

Online Retail Store

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Roscoe's Tavern

3356 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657

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Spectrum: The Other Clinic

709 Hardy Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

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Stuzo Clothing

4751 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

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Sweetlime Alterations

2671 W. 14th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113

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TAGG Magazine

1638 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

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Wang Chung's

2424 Koa Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815

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2020 Beneficiaries

Alibi Lounge

2376 Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
New York, NY 10030

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Amplio Fitness, Rock Rover, Ohio, Queer to Stay

Amplio Fitness

205450 Center Ridge Rd.
Suite 142
Rocky Rover, OH 44116

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blush & blu

1526 E Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80218

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1810 Galleria Blvd.
Suite 212
Charlotte, NC 28270

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El Rio, San Francisco, Queer to Stay

El Rio

3158 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Freed Bodyworks, Washington, DC, Queer to Stay

Freed Bodyworks

1337 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

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Herz Club, Mobile, Alabama, Queer to Stay


4070 Government Blvd.
Mobile, AL 36695

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My Sister's Room

84 12th St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

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Pearl Bar, Houston Texas, Queer to Stay

Pearl Bar

4216 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77007

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Salon Benders

957 East. 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90802

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