• The City’s oldest gay bar to close?

    SFist.com is reporting that the Gangway, the oldest remaining gay bar in the City — and perhaps the City’s very first gay bar — may be closing soon. The Gangway, which first opened on April 10, 1910, was reportedly put on the market about six months ago. SFist has identified a …

    The Gangway, which may have been the City's first gay bar, may soon be closing.
  • Eddie Bell/Cookie Dough (1963–2015)

    It seemed so unserious at first. “Oh, dayyyyuuuummmm! Shit just got real here in #PuertaVallarta!” San Francisco drag queen Pollo Del Mar wrote on her Facebook page in the afternoon of January 21, 2015. “Blanche isn’t the only one with a big opening. #TheGoldenGirls hit STAGES II Theatre tomorrow night.” …

    Eddie Bell / Cookie Dough
  • 10 Castro Places That Used to be Gay Bars

    San Francisco’s Castro District is currently home to 20 gay bars – more or less, depending how you define the parameters of the Castro, or even how you define “bar,” much less “gay bar.” But at the peak of the Castro’s glory gay days, there were even more. Some spots that …

    Locations of Former Castro Gay Bars
  • History of Castro gay bars

    Gay history is inextricably linked to the bar scene. For generations, gay people met each other furtively at hookup spots: parks, the piers, and other unsafe places. Finding fellow gays was challenging, especially ones interested in more than a one-time hookup. But particularly at a time when many bars were “gentlemen …

    The Missouri Mule
Clockwise from top left: Josie’s Cabaret & Juice Joint (photo: Rick Gerharter); Halloween in the Polk in the 1970s; Halloween on Castro Street, 2007 (photo: Kevin Goebel); Halloween in the Castro, 2006 (Photo: Michael Macor, SFC); Divine (photo: Rink); two photos from Reigning Queens at the LGBT History Museum (photos: Roz Joseph)

Bits & Pieces of LGBT History

Valencia Rose and Josie’s Cabaret & Juice Joint Michael Flanagan has a lovely piece in the BAR remembering the Valencia Rose, a …

Top two: photos at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 by Fred McDarrah. Bottom two: movie still and poster from Ronald Emmerich's 2015 film "Stonewall."

Stonewall film faces backlash

A trailer released for Roland Emmerich’s film Stonewall, a fictionalized accounting of the 1969 riots in New York City widely cited as …

Mark Abramson

Sex, Drugs & Disco

This week’s Bay Area Reporter has some fascinating excerpts from Mark Abramson’s new autobiography, Sex, Drugs & Disco: San Francisco Diaries from …