Hot Donna’s Clubhouse turned part of Pan Pacific Park into a lesbian pop-up space on a recent Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles.

About 500 people attended the Los Angeles’ Fairfax District event, most of them queer, lesbian, or gender non-conforming. They spent the warm summer day socializing, mingling, dancing, and playing various games, including the wet T-shirt relay race, reports Q Voice News.

Lauren Richer, the 32-year-old founder of Hot Donna’s Clubhouse, hopes her plans for a brick-and-mortar version of the space will change the lesbian nightlife landscape in Los Angeles.

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We “don’t have a safe space for lesbians who maybe don’t want to party, don’t want to drink, don’t want to be part of the club scene,” Richer, a West Hollywood resident, said during an interview at Pan Pacific Park. “It’s essential to have a space where there are other people that miss having fun and meeting people that they love and meeting new friends.

“They don’t have that at the moment,” Richer said. “They need a space for it.” If Richer is successful, Hot Donna’s Clubhouse would fill a void and meet a vital need in Los Angeles.

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Spaces missing

The City of Angels, the second-largest city in the nation, is a desert for lesbian nightlife. The megalopolis doesn’t have any bars or clubs catering to queer women or lesbians and hasn’t for several years.

In 2017, a Los Angeles County’s lesbian bar, the Oxwood Inn, shut its doors. The 45-year-old San Fernando Valley watering hole was well known in Los Angeles’ lesbian nightlife scene.

West Hollywood’s last lesbian bar, The Palms, closed in 2013. According to the Lesbian Bar Project, only 21 lesbian bars exist in the U.S., with only two listed in California: Gossip Grill in San Diego and Wild Side West in San Francisco.

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