Apr 12, 2024 - Culture

New "Dyke Nite" LGBTQ event pops up in Tampa Bay

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Our only lesbian bar may be dead, but Tampa Bay's "dyke" scene lives on.

Why it matters:
After the closing of The Lady's Room in Largo, which claimed to be Florida's only lesbian bar, a new pop up event is offering queer women and LGBTQ community members a new way to celebrate.

State of play: A new pop up, Dyke Nite St. Pete, hosts its second event next Friday at La Sétima Club in Tampa.

Of note: Don't get too comfy using the word "dyke." Dyke nights are popping up all over the country as events fill the lesbian bar gap, but it isn't an acceptable term to call people or toss around.

What they're saying: The event's creators, Lee and Rowan, told Creative Loafing that reclaiming the word was important to them in celebrating a specific part of the queer community.

  • "We specifically like and use the word 'dyke' because it does make people feel something. It's important that we don't water anything down or always feel like we have to be palatable," Lee said.
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