7 episodes

3 queer women, 1 Honda SUV, and the last lesbian bars in America. There are less than 25 of these spaces left in the country. Cruising Podcast follows creators Sarah Gabrielli, Rachel Karp, and Jen McGinity on a cross-country road trip to visit each of these bars and share their stories.

Cruising | A Lesbian Bar Road Trip Sarah Gabrielli, Rachel Karp, and Jennifer McGinity

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 58 Ratings

3 queer women, 1 Honda SUV, and the last lesbian bars in America. There are less than 25 of these spaces left in the country. Cruising Podcast follows creators Sarah Gabrielli, Rachel Karp, and Jen McGinity on a cross-country road trip to visit each of these bars and share their stories.

    Bonus Content: Lillian Faderman | LGBTQ+ Scholar

    Bonus Content: Lillian Faderman | LGBTQ+ Scholar

    We interviewed Lillian Faderman at the very beginning of this process, before covering any of the bars. Lillian is a longtime scholar of lesbian and LGBTQIA+ history. She published her first book on the subject in 1981, Surpassing The Love of Men. Her most recent book came out in 2018, Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death. Lillian has been going to lesbian bars since the 1950s.

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    -For a transcription of this episode, visit www.cruisingpod.com/episodes
    -Like our theme song and music? Subscribe to our composer Joey Freeman’s work HERE!
    -Cover art by Finley Martin. Like what you see? Check out her work HERE!
    -Cruising is reported and produced by Sarah Gabrielli, Rachel Karp, and Jen McGinity. Music by Joey Freeman. Cover Art by Finley Martin. 

    • 29 min
    Stop #4: Slammers | Columbus, OH

    Stop #4: Slammers | Columbus, OH

    Stop number four: Slammers! Slammers is a lesbian bar in Columbus, OH known for their pizza and their motto, "all walks, one groove." These are the stories of the humans that run Slammers and the humans that call Slammers a home.

    Marcia Riley founded Slammers in 1993. Deb Gordon met Marcia in a paint store that same year, and has been her "wing-man" ever since. Bobbi Moore went from working in social work to managing a bar. And all three of them know that Slammers is a place for family--both  chosen and biological.

    Thank you for listening to Cruising Podcast! 
    -Reviews help other listeners find Cruising! If you like what you hear, please subscribe and leave us a 5-star review!
    -Want to support Cruising? Visit www.cruisingpod.com/donate
    -For more Cruising adventures, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok
    -For a transcription of this episode, visit www.cruisingpod.com/episodes
    -Like our theme song and music? Subscribe to our composer Joey Freeman’s work HERE!
    -Cover art by Finley Martin. Like what you see? Check out her work HERE!
    -Cruising is reported and produced by Sarah Gabrielli, Rachel Karp, and Jen McGinity. Music by Joey Freeman. Cover Art by Finley Martin. 


    Use code CRUISINGPOD for 10% off your purchase of non-alcoholic spirits at www.ritualzeroproof.com.




    Use code CRUISINGPOD for 10% off your purchase of non-alcoholic spirits at www.ritualzeroproof.com.

    • 33 min
    Bonus Content: Deb Greenberg | Cubbyhole

    Bonus Content: Deb Greenberg | Cubbyhole

    We have so many queer stories that don't make it into the main episodes. So, on our off weeks, we're going to start releasing some of our full interview tapes. This is the full interview with Deb Greenberg, the bartender from Cubbyhole. This was back in April, Cubbyhole had just reopened, and we actually weren't allowed to hang out inside because of COVID. That's why you're going to hear some traffic and construction. We're sitting outside, on the wooden floor of Cubbyhole's new, outdoor patio. Please enjoy, and reach out to let us know who you want to hear more from next time.  

    Thank you for listening to Cruising Podcast! 
    Reviews help other listeners find Cruising! If you like what you hear, please subscribe and leave us a 5-star review!
    -Want to support Cruising? Visit www.cruisingpod.com/donate
    -For more Cruising adventures, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok
    -For a transcription of this episode, visit www.cruisingpod.com/episodes
    -Like our theme song and music? Subscribe to our composer Joey Freeman’s work HERE!
    -Cover art by Finley Martin. Like what you see? Check out her work HERE!
    -Cruising is reported and produced by Sarah Gabrielli, Rachel Karp, and Jen McGinity. Music by Joey Freeman. Cover Art by Finley Martin. 

    • 34 min
    Stop #3: A League of Her Own | Washington, DC

    Stop #3: A League of Her Own | Washington, DC

    Stop number three: A League of Her Own! A League of Her Own, or ALOHO for short, was founded in 2018. These are the stories of the humans that run ALOHO and the humans that call ALOHO a home. Plus, the story of As You Are Bar, a new queer space opening soon in D.C. 
    Laurel has been coming to ALOHO since it opened: so frequently, the staff jokes they should put a plaque on her stool. If General Manager Ally Spaulding isn’t behind the bar with a full face of colorful and sparkly makeup, then she’s hosting her weekly trivia night in drag. Garnet bartends at ALOHO, where her passion is making patrons feel comfortable, seen, and represented with her personhood behind the bar. Andrea Prudencia also bartends at ALOHO, and she says the community there has uplifted and embraced her as she began hormone therapy after coming out as trans. Jo and Rach met working at ALOHO and are in the process of opening a new queer space in Washington, DC: As You Are Bar.
    Episode 03 Terms You Might Not Know:
    AFAB: Assigned Female at Birth
    AMAB: Assigned Male at Birth
    Thank you for listening to Cruising Podcast! 
    -Reviews help other listeners find Cruising! If you like what you hear, please subscribe and leave us a 5-star review!
    -Want to support Cruising? Visit www.cruisingpod.com/donate
    -For more Cruising adventures, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok
    -For a transcription of this episode, visit www.cruisingpod.com/episodes
    -Like our theme song and music? Subscribe to our composer Joey Freeman’s work HERE!
    -Cover art by Finley Martin. Like what you see? Check out her work HERE!
    -Cruising is reported and produced by Sarah Gabrielli, Rachel Karp, and Jen McGinity. Music by Joey Freeman. Cover Art by Finley Martin. 


    Use code CRUISINGPOD for 10% off your purchase of non-alcoholic spirits at www.ritualzeroproof.com.

    • 31 min
    Stop #2: Henrietta Hudson | New York, NY

    Stop #2: Henrietta Hudson | New York, NY

    Stop number two: Henrietta Hudson! Henrietta Hudson is a “queer human bar built by lesbians.” These are the stories of the humans that run Henrietta Hudson and call Henrietta Hudson a home.
    Owner Lisa Cannistraci opened Henrietta Hudson in 1991 in the West Village, in the midst of her activism work with Act Up. Chef Evelyn Reyes joined the team this year, decades after running away to NYC from Puerto Rico as a teenager. Noelia discovered Henrietta Hudson in an AOL chat room and has been coming ever since.

    -Thank you for listening to Cruising Podcast! If you like what you hear, please subscribe and leave us a 5-star review!
    -Want to support Cruising? Visit www.cruisingpod.com/donate
    -For more Cruising adventures, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok
    -For a transcript of this episode, visit www.cruisingpod.com/transcripts 
    -Music by Joey Freeman. Like what you hear? Check out his work HERE.

    -Cover Art by Finley Martin. Like what you see? Check out her work HERE. 
    -Cruising is reported and produced by Sarah Gabrielli, Rachel Karp, and Jen McGinity. 
     

    • 20 min
    Stop #1: Cubbyhole | New York, NY

    Stop #1: Cubbyhole | New York, NY

    Stop number one: Cubbyhole! Cubbyhole, Manhattan’s appropriately named hole-in-the-wall lesbian bar, has been around since 1993. These are the stories of the humans that run Cubbyhole and the humans that call Cubbyhole a home. 
    Hadley stumbled upon Cubbyhole for the first time one day after highschool. Deb Greenberg started working there after she came out at 45. Owner Lisa Menichino helped keep the bar open through 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. Nina Buitrago is visiting Cubbyhole on its first day open since the pandemic, and for the first time since they came out as non-binary. LGBT Historian Lillian Faderman weighs in on what the term “lesbian bar” means in 2021. 
    -Thank you for listening to Cruising Podcast! If you like what you hear, please subscribe and leave us a 5-star review!
    -Want to support Cruising? Visit www.cruisingpod.com/donate
    -For more Cruising adventures, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok
    -For a transcript of this episode, visit www.cruisingpod.com/transcripts 
    -Music by Joey Freeman. Like what you hear? Check out his work HERE.

    -Cover Art by Finley Martin. Like what you see? Check out her work HERE. 
    -Cruising is reported and produced by Sarah Gabrielli, Rachel Karp, and Jen McGinity. 

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

shailynnmc ,

Something different 😀

The ladies in cruising pod provide an insightful, wholesome view into a culture which I am learning more about. I enjoy my commute to work listening and learning. My only critique is that it should come out weekly!!! Keep it up ladies! Super proud of you gals!!! And can we get more outtakes of Rachel blowing straw wrappers in Jen’s face please? 😂

cmahoney303 ,

Shed happy tears

Such a great podcast! Cruising will bring the lgbtq+ nightlife scene into your heart as you commute to your day job through the suburbs. It is so fun, lighthearted, but also really touching. You might cry. You’ll definitely chuckle. Cruising creates a sense of belonging for listeners who haven’t heard too many stories of people like them. Beautifully spoken, and a really fun soundtrack too!

emmedii ,

Delightful

I’m absolutely in love with this podcast—I discovered it the other day and listened to all of the episodes in one sitting today. It’s absolutely delightful and does an excellent job of noting queer and lesbian history and connecting it to the present. It’s not just about the bars, it’s also about exploring queer female life in America and I love it for that.

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