1. Lester says

    Isn’t the oldest gay bar the Double Header in Seattle? Even if you don’t count the 1930s Casino, ‘Madame Peabody’s Dancing Academy for Young Ladies’ downstairs…

  2. robert says

    It’s sad that a part of local history was lost. I hope there is someone who has photos and perhaps artifacts that can be preserved in an archive so that future generations can see what gay life was like back in the 40’s,50’s 60’s 70’s etc.So much of our past is lost and gone forever. It’s important that young people be educated about our past-lest they become complacent about the future.

  3. Smartypants says

    Lester is absolutely right. The Doubleheader in Seattle’s Pioneer Square has been a gay dive bar since the repeal of Prohibition. It’s mostly mixed these days, but it’s still in business and the drag queens still stop by.

  4. Steve Kerbow says

    It’s sad to hear that soem Cities aer loosing their oldest Gay Bars for whatever reason. Ours, in Houston, is/was Mary’s. The bar shut down awhile back and now there is a group in the Howton Gay Community tryint to save the Memorial Garden that was started out in the back of the bar. What the City of Houston hadn’t realized is that there are human ashes of those close to the community are buried on the property. The late owner and his German Sheperd, a leading Female Impersonator and a few others are all back in the Garden and now we are trying to get the site preserved for the Gay Community at large. Hoefully, if Annise is elected Mayor, we might have a chance!

  5. gregorybrown says

    The Scenic Bar in Toledo, Ohio closed a few years ago after 50 years on continuous operation. Toledo is a bit odd–a working class, conservative town that has had at least 3 and sometimes 5 gay bars since the late 60’s, with the the scenic as the “Mother bar”. It sat on a block adjacent to an “adult bookstore’, a tiny Greek restaurant, an insurance office and a Catholic bookstore–all life’s need’s in one shot. I tried unsuccessfully to interest folks in putting together an oral history for deposit in the Toledo Library’s Local History collection but nobody responded. We are too careless about preservation of our pasts, wherever we live. It’s good that even a Fox affiliate in SLC did a decent job on the RC Lounge.

  6. Mark Douglas says

    I’ll never forget my first evening in the emerald city, April ’86. My pals Kenny and Jerry said they were taking me to the hottest bar in town. Turned out to be polka night at the Double Header…

  7. says

    Is it perhaps our obsession with youth that is resulting in complacency about our tribe’s history? One of the wake-up calls in the aftermath of Proposition 8’s passage two years ago was the vast number of young folks who took to the streets with little or no idea how many before them had done the same. We were stunned at the number that had never heard of Stonewall. It was about the same time that West Hollywood’s Different Lights Bookstore closed it doors forever. While the reasons given were consistent with the demise of other brick and mortar bookstores folding in the shadow of Amazon and other online retailers, I couldn’t help but to marvel at the irony of our community dropping $40 million for the NO on 8 campaign yet being unable to put together a “community chest” to save a landmark so central to our history and liberation. The church that I pastor in West Hollywood is up against a similar fate. Crescent Heights United Methodist Church is the oldest continually operating institution and last Protestant church within the City proper, and the first Reconciling Congregation West of the Mississippi. Over the last 3 decades it has been the “room at the inn” for dozens of fledgling LGBTQ non-profits and “do-good-nick” projects including: Project Angel Food, MCCLA, E.A.G.L.E.S. (LAUSD’s LGBT High School), the West Hollywood Cityhood campaign, the Gay Men’s Chorus, the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center (So Cal’s first medical marijuana cooperative), and California Faith for Equality (the NO on 8 religious coalition), to name a few. Historically, all across the country, we’ve taken refuge in urban ghettos, transformed them into thriving meccas, and carved homelands from the mountains of our oppression for the people of the global genetic Gay-aspora. What price the assimilation borne of our progress and our headlong propensity to never look back.
    Praying for a Homophile-Renaissance
    pastor Scott

  8. Rick Cornett says

    Gregory Brown I would be most interested in talking with you about the Scenic bar in Toledo,Ohio and all the other gay Toledo bars. I’m gathering data to preserve Toledo gay history. Get in touch with me at
    Also interested in talking with anyone else that knows some history of gay bars in Toledo,Oh.

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