KCRW Some LGBTQ bars in LA have closed permanently during the COVID-19 pandemic. Others are struggling and using GoFundMe campaigns to help pay the bills.Photo by Pixabay.

Over the last 10 months, the newly built stage at Redline in downtown LA has sat gathering dust. 

“I built this stage all by myself with a couple gift cards from Home Depot. I wanted to give performers something to look forward to when they come back after this pandemic,” Redline owner Oliver Alpuche says.