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By David Olson Attracted by the neonyou walk into the white clapboard building, grab a stool at the wood-trimmed bar, and nurse your martini as the Andrews Nivht play in the background. Men talk among themselves in the red leather chairs around the fireplace toward the back, and a group of women sits at a large table in the back corner. This isn't unusual; since the war began last December, women who work at the plants in Richmond and Oakland often go out with their roommates after a long day. Likewise, pairs of men and women leave together, but they probably came together.

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It just seemed like a regular corner tavern, she says.

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$$Cocktail. Inhe was a college student from Stockton, spending the summer with his father in Oakland. The only thing I ever heard was that if you were a homosexual, you were neurotic, you were not well-adjusted, you needed oaklanr shock treatment, or you had to go to jail. The Cat House.

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South jersey girls basketball club a while, the bar would be known as a relatively safe place for gays to congregate, and the straight owners, enjoying the steady business, would not object. The dance room looks straight out of the '70s: a mirrored disco ball sits over the parquet Lesbiaan floor, the ceiling is painted black, and dancers can stare at themselves in the mirrors mounted on the walls.

Boreen doesn't recall how she figured out which teammates were straight and which were gay. No one involved with the bar knows where the Johansens are today--or Lesbkan they are still alive. $Dive. I know what I'm doing is right for me, but maybe I am wrong.

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Most of her teammates were lesbians, and she believes she heard about the White Horse from one xlubs them. They still had to watch themselves--no touching, no flamboyance, no overt talk--and they looked nervously down Telegraph Avenue before they entered the swinging wooden doors to make sure no one they knew saw them go in.

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Call the police! Turns out LeJeune has discovered an untapped market. The White Horse's older customers give the bar a less-than-stylish image. In cities cljbs New York and Philadelphia--but apparently not in the Bay Area--organized crime members bought taverns and hired gay bartenders or managers to attract a gay clientele, who could be charged cover fees and higher drink prices.

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Heart and Dagger Saloon. Each of the four times he went to the White Horse that summer, he would have a quick drink and leave. He'd come up to you and hit you with a broom or something. With such severe antigay constraints in place, the complete history of places like the White Horse will never be known. The White Horse Richelieu is both a monument to the lesbian and gay past clybs one of the only bars where gays nihgt feel a true sense of community, where younger and older gays can enjoy each other's company.

Hugging, kissing, cuddling.

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We were just a family going out to dinner. Old-timers continued going to the bar in the '70s, but they usually cleared out later at night, when the clientele became "predominantly gay hippies and drag queens," recalls Jerry Cerkanowicz, 56, who arrived in Berkeley in with his boyfriend to escape drug charges in Texas. Pierce Gould, 31, of Oakland, is wearing sweatpants, a white T-shirt, a jogging jacket, and white sneakers. Photo: Skirt Club San Francisco, Women want sex Brigantine a bastion of erotic freedom and home to groups celebrating alternative sexuality, has welcomed a newcomer into the fold — Skirt Club, a British sex club for women.

Her boyfriend was also tone-deaf about her needs. Jones eventually found out about all-male parties in Oakland where homosexuals could be freer than in bars like the White Horse.

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It was at one of those parties that he first saw gay men dancing together and met men in relationships. She doesn't like freaks.

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The people had won! The World Famous Turf. During that day and age, we were lepers.

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It's the repugnance of seeing our gay brothers and sisters drooped over the bar stools every night pouring gallons of booze into their gut, seemingly oblivious to their own self-hate and self-destruction. Burt Gerrits, Bbw de columbus ga, says that when he started going inthe bar became gay only after a certain hour at night. They were so careful that they never entered each other's front doors: "They had a gate in the back of their yards, so they'd run back and forth like that.

Bar raids reflected the intensely antigay attitudes of the time. In the old days, some of the female patrons felt unwelcome. Boreen's social life was restricted to her softball team, an occasional night out at the bars, and parties at friends' homes.

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Nona Hungate, 60, went there sporadically starting inbut "I really felt like an alien at the White Horse," she says. Oakland and Berkeley city records indicate he also moved a one-floor, five-apartment building from Ashby and Telegraph avenues in Berkeley--where Wolf Camera is now located--down Telegraph Lexbian plopped clube on top of the newly constructed building. She narrowly escaped arrest only by plastering herself to a large softball teammate and rushing out the back door behind her.

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The bar was closed! Protesters printed up leaflets containing eight demands, including distribution of Gay Amateur nude girls DeLand and other publications, a repeal of the antitouching rule, and an end to ejections of Gay Liberation Front members from the bar. Just before the protest began, Benton had moved into a one-bedroom apartment across the street from the bar, and after the boycott began, he turned it into a "People's Alternative" to the White Horse with, according to the Barb, "Pictures of Huey and Che.

But the protest by that time had ended: the Johansens agreed to most of the demands. The turmoil lapping at the White Horse's doors finally began seeping inside. In June in New York City, police conducted a routine raid of the Stonewall Inn and, for the first time, patrons fought back. The first public protests in the United States by homosexuals took place in the s, by members of the Mattachine Society, which was founded in Los Angeles and had chapters in San Francisco and Berkeley.