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All photos by: Denis Largeron and Jaime Panaia.

At a time when gay and lesbian clubs are closing all over the country (strangely enough, a sign of progress to some now that we’re encouraged to have our own nights at “straight” spots), the opening of a big ol’ lesbian night club is especially rare. So rare, in fact, it might be compared to witnessing the birth of a liger or a Nationals winning season.

But Phase 1 has beaten the odds time and again to not only reach its 41st birthday, but to spawn off a Phase 1 Dupont (housed in what was formerly Apex) for all the queer gals yearning for a full-time dance option of their own in the heart of DC’s gayborhood. And they do it bigger and badder than anyone. In what is rumored to be the biggest lesbian club on the east coast, DJ Rosie and Natty Boom kicked off a new era in DC gay nightlife… where the ladies rule. You might not believe us. You might say it’s not possible. Or it’s too good to be true. But we have the photos to prove it:

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and some more by Jaime:

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