On the website for NYC gay bar Julius’, the Village institution’s historic connection to the fight for gay rights is rightly celebrated.
From the bar’s About section:
On April 26, 1966, four homophile activists staged a “sip in” at Julius’ to challenge the NYS Liquor Authority’s regulation that prohibited bars and restaurants from serving homosexuals. Accompanied by five reporters, the group visited a number of bars until they were denied service at Julius’, a longtime Greenwich Village gay bar. The incident drew a denial from the SLA chairman that his agency told bars not to serve homosexuals and precipitated an investigation by the chairman of the city’s Human Right’s Commission. (From: Becoming Visible, Penguin Studios 1998)
In the August 22 drama Love is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, there is a great scene – shot at Julius’- that references this historic chapter. At one point, the bartender serving Lithgow and Molina’s characters mentions there is a framed clipping of the New York Times‘ 1966 coverage, “somewhere.”
Sony Pictures Classics gave Out magazine the exclusive first-look at the scene. Click here to watch it. (There is a video advertisement that must be viewed, beforehand.)
P.S. At press time, Love is Strange has a perfect 16-review score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, mirroring what has been incredible advance buzz for writer-director Ira Sachs‘ effort.[Image via: juliusbarny.com]