When The Bar Was the Only Place in Town
Every city has its meeting places, where like-minded people go to socialize. For nearly a century in pre-Stonewall, pre-liberation San Francisco, bars were the only public places where gays and lesbians could meet openly. Those storefronts created a sense of community by establishing a "neighborhood" feeling that came from a shared identity rather than geography. Author Ellen Klages discusses the forgotten history of SF's gay bars: 1890s-1980s.