Gay bars are hard to come by in the Southern Tier. There are none in Oneonta or Cooperstown or Ithaca. And the main one in Binghamton – Merlin’s – just closed in October. There's only one left, Squiggy's.
In general, gay bars closing is a trend nationwide, but is it a problem? Some people say, society is more supportive of same-sex couples. Or that business at gay bars is down. But, some LGBTQ people say they still deal with gay bashing and still need a space to hang out with other people who are gay. In downtown Binghamton, one group of drag kings has become much more transient.