In 1971, there was no Internet to connect people of like minds and provide safe distances to express ones unfiltered voice. Those on the fringe of society had to hold secret their thoughts, desires and inner workings. The DC Eagle opened in 1971 as a haven to gay men in the Leather/Levi community, giving a home, a brotherhood, and an active community to live and exist. This bar is unlike any other as the owners firmly believe the Eagle is bigger than any one person; it is the collective of the brotherhood. The Eagle still operates today upholding the traditions and philosophies that have served the community for over 40 years.