Saturday, December 22, 2012

MY FIRST GAY BAR




West Village’s Julius’ Bar Eligible for State and National Historic Registers
Located at the corner of West 10th Street and Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, the building at 159 West 10th Street is best known as the home to Julius’ Bar since 1864. By the 1950s the bar had begun to attract gay customers. The oldest gay bar in New York, Julius’ was also the site of a groundbreaking gay civil rights action in 1966 which resulted in the end of New York State’s prohibition on serving alcohol to anyone known to be gay. The “sip-in,” in which several members of a gay civil rights organization known as the Mattachine Society went to the bar identifying themselves as ‘homosexuals’ and asked to be served a drink, was based upon the “sit-ins” being staged at segregated lunch counters throughout the South, and was one of the first recorded instances of civil disobedience against anti-gay discrimination. At the time, the New York Times covered the incident referring to the protesters as “sexual deviates.” stories HERE and HERE