I won’t be having wild nights out in 2025.

For the past couple years, it’s been a struggle finding clubs and other adult nightlife places that are wheelchair accessible. There are literally only two places near me, other than basic shopping malls and restaurants, where I can enjoy a night out; the casino and a dance club which is 20 minutes away from where I live, in a different city.

I never get to meet up with my friends when they are at bars within the city.

“Yeah I’d meet you but the government is an asshole.”

My one friend does comedy at local clubs. I can never go.

I’ve never been to a strip club because the guys are downstairs.

I always have to pay for expensive cab ride if I want to go out of the city. My friends also never want to pay that much.

I always have to plan ahead because I can’t just get up and go. Out of city nights take more planning.

90% of the time my friends and I try and plan a night out, we say to each other “screw this, let’s just chill at one of our houses.”

Every place is supposed to be accessible by 2025. But let’s see, I’m 20 years old. I’ll be 30 by the time everything is accessible.

I’ll have a whole different life, with different priorities. I may even be married and have a child. By the time everything is accessible, I won’t be able to go out, or at least have no desire to. I won’t be partying all night long and staying out until the sun comes out…I should be doing that now.

“Live while we’re young” and “living young, wild, and free” seems like a dream to me. It’s next to impossible for me to have nights out.

It’s been a year since I’ve been out with friends, roaming the streets past midnight….and it was the only time in my life.

It’s just frustrating. I need nights out. They’re so much fun! I loved being out that one night, a year ago. It was an amazing feeling. I want to experience that again.

Nightlife needs to start becoming accessible ASAP. Because I won’t be having wild nights out in 2025.

Jessica Victoria
<p>Jessica Victoria, 24, is a writer and advocate for mental health, disability and LGBTQ+. She uses her personal experiences and knowledge to help and educate others.</p>

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