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sidering the look and feel, it had to be one
that was 'positive and affirming."
The welcoming setting has made aut
BAR a second home for many of its visi-
tors. "So many people have come through
our doors and wished they had something
like this 'back home.' " Orr said.
Yet despite its all-encompassing feel,
aut BAR is careful to ensure its primary
clientele is given first priority as it contin-
ues to evolve and grow.
"First and foremost the bar must be a
safe place for the gay community," Con-
treras said. "Straight folks who understand
that are certainly welcome here."
Having achieved respectability and
loyalty among a diverse local communi-
ty, the bar continues to set goals on both a
local and national level. Its establishment
in Kerrytown fostered a "cool" label for
the area, one that it is eager to maintain,
and aut BAR hopes will help bridge the
gap between the gay and straight com-
munities. The bar also hopes to expand
its influence in creating acceptance for
variants of the gay community such as
the bisexual and transgender communi-
ties as well creating greater acceptance
beyond the safe, colorful world that exists
within aut BAR.
"Ultimately, our battles, like all civil
rights battles, are to raise the civil liberties
of everyone, gay and straight," Orr said.
"When the straight community 'gets' that
our battles are their battles, we'll stand a
shot at getting the liberty and justice that
all of us deserve."
"The bar is our place to celebrate
together, share joys and sorrows, raise
money for our causes, make friends and
build a community."
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community leader for
gay activism ever since
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Ann Arbor resident Shaun Hale drinks in the aut BAR in Kerrytown. The
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