NYC was also the starting point of the modern gay movement in the 60s and 70s. In Greenwich Village, Events in New York City.
I've spent several years working in a sex shop, and have come to realize that there are a few enduring truths to the job. First, lesbians are the nicest customers. Without exception.
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Inside, past three sets of doors and a changing room cordoned off with an old tarpaulin, is a shadowy warren of alcoves, cages and dark corners. Knee-high leather boots hang from iron chains looped through ceiling hooks like fetish bunting. A gregarious barman greets regulars while hairy-chested musclemen appear on a small screen next to an ice bucket.
In the room downstairs, a strobe flashed over mounds of muscle and harnesses. Men slipped in and out of shadow. I later understood that to be the point.
Although stereotyping can be diagnostically misleading, and is politically incorrect, there is no doubt that many gay men show a liking for particular forms of dress. These may even become part of a uniform and, therefore, help mutual recognition and provide reassurance. The clothing, voice and mannerisms of most gay men are indistinguishable from those of the average straight man.