L-BAR is an immersive, virtual, lesbian bar storyworld. The bars are created based on photographs, writings and interviews with former bar patrons and bar owners, to create the interactive online bar and salon spaces that make up this collaborative story-world.
Marie Cartier's book, Baby You Are My Religion; Women, Gay bars, and Theology before Stonewall is the inspiration for this project. Inside L-BAR you can hang out, meet up, and learn about lesbian history while experiencing lesbian and gay women's spaces that existed between 1925 and 2005. The interactive, online lesbian bar and “herstory” project is open to everyone, regardless of sexuality or gender identity.
In L-BAR spaces, you’ll hear oral histories with former bar-goers, whose portraits and audio interviews are part of the storyworld’s “herstory” experience.
Oral Histories inside L-BAR
Jewelle Gomez; author, poet, critic, playwright
Interview inside the Duchess, New York
Kitty Tsui; poet, activist
Interview inside Peg's Place, San Francisco
Lillian Faderman; scholar of lesbian and LGBT history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature. Inside Club Laurel, Los Angeles
Andi Seagal; secretary. Interview inside Joani Presents, Los Angeles
Joan Nestle; activist,writer, co-founder of Lesbian Herstory Archives
Interview inside the Sea Colony, New York
Saundra Tignor; retired nurse. Interview inside the Star Room, Los Angeles
Nancy Valverde; activist,barber, bar owner. Interview inside Redhead, Los Angeles
Chrystos; activist, poet. Inside Romeo's Pizza, San Francisco
Jonathan Ned Katz; author, independent scholar and history activist, founder of OutHistory.org.
Inside Eve's Hangout, New York
Christina Schlesinger; painter and muralist. Inside Big Brother's, Los Angeles
Barbara Kahn; playwright and actor. Inside Eve's Hangout, New York
Carolyn Weathers; Librarian, activist, Interview inside Bacchanal 70
Lila Thirkield; Owner of the Lexington Club
Inside the Lexington Club, San Francisco
Susie Smith; Filmmaker, Lexington Club Documentary
Interview inside the Lexington Club, San Francisco
L-BAR is open 24 hours 7 days a week. L-BAR is a living project; new bars and queer women's spaces are added every month.