There has never been a better time to be gay in the USA. Beaches and big cities typically are the most gay-friendly destinations. Manhattan has loads of great gay bars and clubs, especially in Hells Kitchen, Chelsea and the West Village. A few hours away by train and ferry is Fire Island, the sandy gay mecca on Long Island.
According to Paul Staffier, when his father Rocco Staffier opened Playland in it was not a gay bar, but by the start of World War II it had begun attracting a gay clientele. When the bar closed in , Staffier, who had run Playland for 40 years, said that it was not the "den of iniquity" it was reputed to be, and that arrests had been rare. In the early days of the bar's operation, a mural on the wall depicted Playland regulars hobnobbing with movie stars. Dancers, singers, and other performers provided entertainment. A well-known lesbian performer, Marie Cord, frequented the bar and sang there. Since Boston's blue laws prohibited drinking at the bar on Sundays, at the stroke of midnight on Saturday employees would block access to the barstools and set out folding chairs, thus complying with the letter of the law. According to historian Neil Miller , the crowd at Playland in the s was surprisingly diverse for its time, both racially and in terms of class.
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Marnie Davies decided the time was right for the city to have more options when it came to nights out. Marnie Davies, 22, decided the time was right for the city to have more options when it came to nights out for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Unlike most cities around the UK, Chelmsford does not have a dedicated area 'gay scene' but there is the weekly night, known as 'G Sundays' at Bar and Beyond on Moulsham Street. She said: "There's so many people, including a lot of my friends, where they feel there's nowhere we all really like to go to. With that in mind, she approached Maisons bar, on Moulsham Street, as a potential venue to host the event, which she hopes will occur on a Friday every two weeks.