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The Lost Gay Bars Of San Francisco

From the Pop-Up Museum Of Queer History, an interesting map.
I recently began a mapping project of lost San Francisco gay bars using ads from magazines, matchbooks from archives and mentions in gay papers to try and reconstruct San Francisco in the years before the epidemic. What struck me most is that —in a far more hostile era there seemed to be far less ghettoization. Certainly the Castro, Polk and South of Market were still gay centers — but there were also bars in traditionally “straight” neighborhoods as well — North Beach and the Haight, the Marina and the Presidio.
Here's the full-size map and bar names. (Tipped by JMG reader Mike)

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