I came out at the 9th Circle in the fall of 1977. I was a Freshman at Pratt and a friend from school got me out of the closet. He didn’t have to work too hard. Our first stop was 9th Circle. I remember being terrified and thrilled at the same time.
Unfortunately, although I’m sure I knew that I was at home there, I never had much fun at places like that. I remember the downstairs bar because I was a twink and that’s where we congregated. The place was gritty and smokey. Disco blared. Within a few months I was partying at Studio 54 and Ice Palace, and liked those places a lot better. I returned to the 9th Circle whenever I was in the Village, though, and later started hanging out at Julius down the street. I sort of consider that the period before we had decent lube LOL.