It's almost Pride weekend. Let's step into the time machine to visit seven LGBTQ clubs and bars that were the go-to places in the City. Party on.
This advertisement from 1942 is from Mona's Club 440, the first lesbian club to open in San Francisco in 1936. Mona and Jimmie Sargeant's club featured male impersonators, and the sounds of Gladys Bentley, a prominent African-American lesbian singer and performer. (via The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco)
Finocchio's night club opened on June 15, 1936. It featured female impersonators, and became a huge success and tourist draw over the years. (via Queer Music Heritage)
This photo inside The Tool Box is taken from a controversial article in LIFE magazine published on June 25, 1964, called "Homosexuality in America." The magazine describes the leather bar as "a San Francisco bar run for and by homosexuals...crowded with patrons who wear leather jackets, make a show of masculinity and scorn effeminate members of their world." (via Notches)