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Group of Black LGBTQ+ Club Ephemera, San Francisco
Group of Black LGBTQ+ Club Ephemera, San Francisco, ca. 1970-1973. Seven broadsides and handbills: four 215 x 280 mm, two half-sheet handbills approx. 215 x 115 mm, one smaller, approx. 77 x 109 mm.; four black and white, three on colored papers, one broadside pierced at corners from orig. staples, else VG+.
Scarce documentation of social spaces for transgender people of color in the 1970s. Bo Jangles, a.k.a. Bojangles, was a black-owned club at Larkin and Ellis in “Polk Gulch,” the center of San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ bar scene in the 1960s and 1970s. It is described by trans activist Red Jordan Arobateau in his semi-autobiographical novel “Autumn Changes,” as an “all black [Soul] club full of sissies, dikes, studs and a few straight customers. Transsexual queens black as Cleopatra reign in full face, form & fashion. And small drag butches congregate; a few are ex prison inmates; and two of the most successful black lesbian pimps come down with their string of ladies for a night out on the town.” Weekly “taped” soul nights are advertised here along with live latin fusion music from bands Christian Black and Black Magic.
In the mid-1970s Bojangles relocated to the Tenderloin(?), where it continued to cater to a “black and brown queer crowd.”