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June 23, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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LGBTQ+ San Mateo County: a History

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Get a lively overview of local LGBT+ history, from the arrest of Henry Cowell, to the boom and bust of gay-oriented businesses, to the opening of the first Pride Center.

Learn about the rich, lively LGBTQ+ history of San Mateo County, in a presentation full of stories and images from newspapers and advertisements of the day.

  • 1936: Arrest of Henry Cowell in Menlo Park, on morals charges
  • 1962: Closure of The Carriage, a Menlo Park gay bar
  • 1970s: Lively bar culture in Redwood City and East Palo Alto
  • 1980s: The effects of AIDS on the local community
  • 2003: Closure of Shooters, the last gay bar in San Mateo County
  • 2012: San Mateo County Pride Celebration established
  • 2017: The county's first Pride Center opens
Michael Flanagan, a Menlo Park Library reference librarian and history columnist for the Bay Area Reporter.