Gay-friendly Broadway to stay shut down until January 2021

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The coronavirus pandemic has done great things for government officials looking to do away with Constitutional rights and push fraud-prone mail-in voting, but the collateral damage has been considerable.

For example, take that bulwark of social-justice preaching and homosexuality: Broadway.

Vulture reports that the Broadway League recently confirmed that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Broadway theater won’t be packing in audiences again until at least 2021. The consortium of Broadway producers and theater owners announced on June 28 that it will suspend performing through Jan. 2, 2021.

In May, the league set the shutdown to last until Labor Day. Only now, on a practical level, the league’s new announcement means that theaters will have to offer refunds and exchanges for anyone holding tickets to performances this fall.

Not to mention the damage to Broadway’s ongoing campaign to normalize homosexuality. Broadwayworld.com is trying to take up the slack by letting quarantined readers choose their “most inspiring LGBTQ+ characters” from Broadway shows, which offer a disproportionately wide array of gays, lesbians, transgenders, et al.

The shutdown has already had a massive impact on the theater industry, closing the Broadway productions of Hangmen, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Disney’s Frozen while also devastating many Off Broadway theater companies.

While the future of COVID-19 treatment remains uncertain, in a release, the Broadway League promised that it is exploring options for how best to open theaters safely in 2021 and said it’s exploring options such as “screening and testing, cleaning and sanitizing, wayfinding inside theatres, backstage protocols, and much more.”

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