CommentaryWomenLesbianVirginia. Lately, when I turn on the news and watch our current administration slowly dismantle LGBT-friendly policies, I become a mix of disheartened and terror-stricken. While I agree the LGBT community has made tremendous strides, there is still so much more work to be done. To many residents in Norfolk, it is just another neighborhood lounge called the Hershee Barbut to the LGBT community of Hampton Roads, it has been an iconic hotspot for the last 35 years, and one of the very few lesbian establishments remaining on the East Coast. Maybe it is the young small-town college girl who is new to the area, who has no family or friends.
As it is for so many others, coming out was rough for me.
All Rights Reserved. Lining the walls are symbols of the history of LGBT people, a place where lesbian women used to gather in a military town where it wasn't always acceptable to be gay. These women provided me love, comfort, and a sense of self-acceptance that I so desperately needed. Latest News Exclusives.
McClellan also said she would like to increase communication between the LGBT community and the city when it comes to economic development and growth.