“We’re fortunate to have this opportunity to create history in the process by being the first LGBTQ+ bar in history to be a presidential polling location,” owner Christopher Barry tells CNN. The Houston Chronicle affirmed the distinction.
“Buddy’s is proud to provide a safe space for all of our community to be heard. We hope to serve as a beacon of inclusivity and humanity where everyBuddy’s welcome.”
Barry believes that becoming a polling location was the most productive way they could help the community on election day. He said that the voter turnout has been great and the response has been “overwhelmingly supportive.”
Barry said it has been a “fantastic experience” and that they would love to continue to allow the space to be used as a future voting location.
Buddy’s will remain open until 7 p.m. local time (6 p.m. ET) for voting.