Artist works on opening of Grand Rapids’ first LGBTQ dry bar


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A local artist and performer is working to bring to Grand Rapids what is believed to be the first dry bar and nightclub for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and queer.

Bux Dhyne, the person behind the effort, says the bar will be called Joule’s Molly House. The intention is to provide a low-key space where the LGBTQ community – including young people and recovering people – can participate in nightlife, dancing, shows, game nights and open mic parties, all of this. alcohol-free.

“There are a lot of people – not just in the LGBTQ community, but in the community at large – who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction,” Dhyne said. “I noticed there was a kind of gap in our need for a performance space and just a kind of queer-friendly space that doesn’t serve alcohol.”

Dhyne added that while there are a few large gay establishments in the city, there is a need for more diverse spaces as the community grows.

“[In the LGBTQ community] we have a higher rate of homelessness, we have a higher rate of alcoholism, and that is a big part of the way the world has treated us and what has happened in our community. I think having a place where if you’re recovering and you’re a drag queen you don’t have to be with alcohol (it’s necessary). You have a place you can play, it’s a safe space that you don’t have those pressures with, ”Dhyne said.

The plan is to open the Molly House in Joule 2022 with help from the community. Until August 2, Dhyne will work to raise $ 35,000 in donations that will be used to secure a rental agreement and the location of the bar.

“I really want this to be something that is for the community and that happens because of the community, so I ask for donations and organize fundraisers. So it’s really a community project, ”Dhyne said.

Joule’s would operate Tuesday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Before 9 p.m., the space would function as a cafe where young gay men could study or play games and recovery groups could meet. After 9 p.m., the dry bar and nightclub will be open to those 18 and over and offer a variety of entertainment and DJ dancing.

There will be a variety of non-alcoholic drinks, including espressos, coffee, tea, non-alcoholic cocktails, bottled drinks and soft drinks, as well as snacks. Preferred providers will be Black, Indigenous and Other People of Color, Women, Lesbian, Gay, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual and Other Non-Cisgender People, and / or Michigan-owned businesses focused on sustainability.

If you would like to support or learn more about Joule’s Molly House, visit https://www.patronicity.com/project/joules_molly_house or https://www.facebook.com/JoulesMollyHouse.

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