Gay Men Can't Dance

A tamer, older Castro shuns its party roots

"It's great to see a young person who has turned 21, and has been waiting to get into a gay bar just so he can dance and express his happiness and freedom," Gorrono says.

Back at the Midnight Sun in the Castro, where Abba music plays on disco oldies night, the customers try not to tap their toes. To compensate for no dance floor, the bar runs comedy clips and music videos on overhead TV screens. There are also theme nights with video dating games, movies, and Ally McBeal on Mondays.

But bar manager Lon Bartlett says he still has to tell people to keep their feet on the floor from time to time.

"You don't have to dance here," he tells them, "to have a lot of fun.

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