When Ann Arbor’s Aut Bar opened in the mid-’90s, gay bars in Michigan were generally poorly lit backstreet affairs. Remember the Blue Oyster in the Police Academy movies? That was the norm. And then Aut came along and brightened the whole scene up. Who knew — gay people like to drink in friendly, calming environments too. Recently dead asshole Fred Phelps turned “aut” to picket the bar when visiting Michigan, and that’s endorsement enough for us.
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