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Gay clubs: Patrons treasure a place to feel safe, be oneself

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Like many gay men across America, Jamie Brown has treasured memories of nights spent reveling at a gay club, a boisterous community gathering place where he could feel safe and be himself. He remembers it as a sanctuary. After the nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida, “it just won’t be the same,” Brown wrote in an emotional Facebook post. “The sanctuary has been defiled.” Sunday’s attack on the Pulse nightclub, in which 49 people were killed and gunman Omar Mateen died…

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