SEPTEMBER’S BARTENDER OF THE MONTH comes from a new addition to the LGBT bar scene. Marla Hicks has been working at Bossy Grrl’s Pinup Joint since it opened in March, where she says the customers and staff all feel like family. The Old North Columbus bar has no cover, and she encourages everyone to check out Monday Mayhem, where both professionals and amateurs try their hand at burlesque.
Marla, from a small town north of Marion, says that her life has changed completely since she moved to Columbus. “I think Columbus is growing into something very special. The local music scene is amazing, and the community is becoming more and more progressive and accepting. The special thing about Bossy Grrl’s is that we strive to make everyone feel welcome and accepted. We are an everybody bar that emphasizes acceptance and above all things a really fun time.”
Marla is currently a 6th year senior at The Ohio State University; she’s working on a psychology and sexual studies double major and a minor in Romanian. Moving forward, she hopes to be a sex therapist and help to council survivors of rape. “It’s a lot,” she says, “but I have a lot of passion and drive.”