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WeHo lesbian bar is closing

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- The Palms Bar, long celebrated as a gathering place for West Hollywood’s lesbian community, will close in the coming months, according to its managers.

The bar, at 8572 Santa Monica Blvd. west of La Cienega, has been in business nearly 50 years. In a Facebook posting, its managers said The Palms is closing “for no other reason than the new property owners have decided to redevelop the property.”

The Palms is one of the only meeting places for WeHo lesbians, who are said to make up about 4 percent of the city population, although various gay bars have lesbian nights. Celebrities who have patronized it include Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa Etheridge and Jim Morrison. In recent years the bar has attracted a more mixed crowd.

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