As a result, she has questioned whether she should go there with gay friends. As you might expect of a city with a lively collegiate and arts scene, Madison has plenty of inviting coffeehouses. A few years ago owner David Eick removed gay-themed art from the inside of the south-side bar and a rainbow-colored triangle from the building's exterior. Five comprises a large disco and lounge, a patio that's good fun in warm weather. Emily Mills, the editor of Our Lives magazine and a former Isthmus contributor, was thrilled the first time she went to a local gay bar. He notes that some gay customers express a sense of ownership and ask him why he allows straight people in. Gay Madison:
Good Times in Mad City A college town with an ever-changing and enthusiastic gay community, Madison is a fun town to visit and live.
Some say they seem a bit frosty. LGBT people have fought long and hard to be able to express their sexual orientation in public, according to historian Dick Wagner. Both of these spots enjoy a convenient location just a block from the Wisconsin Capitol grounds and a minute walk from the University of Wisconsin campus.
At a nearby table, another man kisses his date's neck as his hands move through the folds of her dress.