GAY HISTORY: The Manny’s Den legal case

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GAY HISTORY:
Into the lions den – The Manny’s den case

Written with Assistance from  Tobias Grace and David Morris

In New Jersey, queer liberation began at The Den. Amazingly, in this era of vanishing gay bars, The Den still exists as a very popular queer gathering place. Many of its young patrons however, are probably unaware that they are drinking and dancing in a landmark that amounts to New Jersey’s Independence Hall for gays.

Today’s relaxed and open atmosphere is a far cry from when it all began back in the 1960s.
In 1967, the Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) revoked the bar’s license. Why was that? Because the bar, then known as “Manny’s Den,” allowed “the congregation of apparent homosexuals.”