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Best LGBTQ Event

Gay Monday at Up-Down

It’s hard to think of a more potentially hostile space then a crowded gamer’s paradise in the bro-y heart of Lyn-Lake. And that’s precisely why this weekly “queer takeover + safe space” is such a swell concept. Started in summer 2018, the rooftop at Gay Monday functions as the closest approximation to a lesbian bar we’ve got in Minneapolis. Why no one thought to create that kind of space before is beyond us. The vintage arcade games are just a bonus. 

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