Bardo’s closure spells end of era for Beirut’s queer scene

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The renowned Beirut bar Bardo closed its doors with a final party on October 31, after fifteen years of being open on Mexico Street in the Western part of the city. Far from being just another place closing down for financial reasons amid an intense economical crisis, Bardo was the symbol of a whole generation as well as a part of the queer community who had found a safe space to call home. “Bardo was a safe space where I’ve been going since it opened in 2006, it’s where I met everyone in the [queer] community,” musician Vladimir Kurumilian told The New Arab. “I could go there alone and there …

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