Online tool highlights locations across Los Angeles, where many landmark institutions have closed their doors. An all-night diner where gay teens once gathered. These are some of the historic LGBTQ institutionsthat have found new life this week with the launch of Queer Maps , an interactive website that has catalogued years of gay history in the Los Angeles region. It honors world-famous institutions alongside little-known haunts that quietly thrived during eras when being gay was criminalized and dangerous.
A history of L.A.’s gay bar scene, told in matchbooks
Gay Bars of LA: Then and Now - Curbed LA
One of the first recorded mentions of male same-sex social activity in Los Angeles was at the Vienna Buffet , which from — was a restaurant with live music in Court Street, roughly the site of the Los Angeles City Hall today. From —, the venue was the where scandal occurred, as did gatherings of gay men including "she boys". The riots and protests subsequent to the raids on Sunset Strip in were preceded by a long history of violent outbursts between the Los Angeles Police Department and the public - also known as the Sunset Strip Curfew Riots. Draconian police tactics eventually led the LAPD to seek out and aggressively monitor bars with predominately gay clienteles, including the Black Cat Tavern and The Patch.
A look back at Hollywood’s underground gay club culture of the 1970s
Looking for a night of pop divas and pretty boys and girls? Get your ass to West Hollywood, stat! Hairy hipsters make you weak in the knees?