So in 1986, my character was a student at NYU. He knew he was attracted to men but until then he'd been hiding it. If he wasn't sure about coming out, where could he have gone to see or meet with other gay men - not necessarily to hook up, but somewhere he'd have been able to see gay couples being affectionate?
So far I've googled:
Gay bars NYC 1986
Gay clubs NYC 1986
Gay bars NYU
Gay bars Greenwich Village 1986
Gay bathhouses 1986 (although he's fairly conservative and shy, and I don't think he'd go anywhere near a bathhouse)
So far I've turned up the interesting bit of information that the bathhouses in NYC (gay and straight) were closed down for 'public health reasons' in 1985 (the height of the AIDS panic), but not much else. There's plenty of info about the current gay scene in NYC, but virtually nothing historical.
What I'd really like to do is be able to name an actual location, eg O'Malley's, on 3rd Street.
Any help you could could give would be much appreciated. Thanks.