Only gay bar in Fairfield County becomes comfort zone after Orlando massacre
FAIRFIELD — Katia Capozziello opened the Trevi Lounge three years ago in order to give the LGBT community a place to call home.
And she hopes the lounge — the only gay bar in Fairfield County — will provide comfort to the members of that community in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, FL.
“Our doors will be open,” Capozziello said “Ours eyes will be open.”
A collection box will be set up in the bar tonight, for donations to the Gofundme set up for the Orlando victims and families, and a candlelight vigil is scheduled for Tuesday from 8 to 10 p.m. The bar is located at 548 Kings Highway.
The vigil, she said, is a way for “all our friends to gather together, to stand strong and stop hiding and let them know we’re here.”
Capozziello had just finished working all night at Trevi, she was sleeping. “My husband told me, and my first reaction was, this was a hate crime,” she said. Many of her patrons travel to Florida for visits, or have moved there. “I reached out to them, to make sure they were okay,” Capozziello said. “It’s just so sad.”
The tragedy in Florida is not just about gays, she said. “It’s about humans. We live in a scary world right now.”
Scary or not, Capozziello said she’s not giving in. “We opened this bar because we found a lack of places for them to go to around here,” she said, without traveling to New Haven or New York City. “It’s like a home. They come here over and over again.”
On the Trevi Facebook page Capozziello posted: “We, Trevi Lounge family, are outraged by the horrible shooting in Orlando, FL,my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victims and the ones who still fighting for their lives. Whether this was an act of terrorism or an act of hate I don't know but I stand strong with my gay friends who deserve to live their lives the way they choose and we as humans should respect their choices. Peace and Love is what the world needs.”