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Bar catering to LGBTQ community to open soon

EUGENE, Ore. - The concept for The Wayward Lamb came to Colin Graham in November.

"I found myself a single man, and that was when I first encountered what was happening in Eugene as a gay man," he said.

The issue: no establishments that cater to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

Graham teamed up with marketing manager and events producer John O'Malley.

They signed the lease for The Wayward Lamb in April.

They want the LGBTQ community to know this is a safe space for them.

They say they're taking it one step further: they're also empowering the group by leveling the playing field.

"The worry that at the end of the day, you don't know if you're in a safe space, you don't know how someone's going to react," O'Malley said. "And while the management can come out and say yes we will support, you can't really speak for the consumer. At least in an LGBT-designated space that it has been said from the get-go, from the second you walk in the door, that this is our space."

The vision is two spaces, two identities.

Graham said the front will have a neighborhood friendly pub vibe.

The back space will be a multipurpose dedicated events space people can rent out.

Graham says they're excited to be part of the revitalization of downtown.

"Look out on Olive and Broadway, if you look to the east or the north you can see people everywhere having a great time," Graham said. "If you look to the west you don't see much on this side minus the exception of our wonderful neighbors."

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