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Old 06-23-2014, 12:02 PM
 
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I am trying to amass a list of Black Gay Establishments of the past, PRIOR TO 1990. The white gay experience is often written about but not much Black Gay History in this country is known. If you know or have the names, addresses, pictures or ANY OTHER information about Black Gay Clubs, Bars, Lounges, Bath-Houses, Theaters or ANYTHING ELSE...PLEASE LIST THEM IF YOU DON'T MIND.

Where are/were the Black Gay communities in your town?

Anything prior to 1990, although current establishments would be welcome also.


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Old 06-23-2014, 12:22 PM
 
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There was a black gay bar - a dive - downtown back in the early 90s that had been there for years...I think it was The Markett or The Marketta - not sure of the spelling. I heard it was a rough crowd with lots of drag queens and hustlers. Pear Garden used to sponsor a black gay softball team around 1990, but I'm not sure if it was a bar or not. Both of these were on or around Luckie Street.

Also the Gallus Basement Bar (had to really search my memory to come up with that one) was mostly (if not all) black the one time I experienced it. Not sure if that's what you're looking for...it was mainly hustlers too I think. I guess you already know about Traxx and The Palace - I'm not sure if either of those go back as far as 1990 or not. That's about the extent of my memory on the subject.

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Old 06-23-2014, 12:41 PM
 
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Traxx was a very popular multi-level gay club in the pre-1990s era. The club was immense and the crowd was a diverse mix of majority black gay men and lesbians. Then the owner, David Hampton, was brutally murdered. His charred body was found in the back seat of his burnt out SUV. He was shot to death before being set on fire. After David's death, his business partner opened a new gay club in Decatur and he made it clear that women (lesbians) were not welcome there.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Bulldogs is still thriving, as far as I can tell.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:51 PM
 
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Bulldogs is still thriving, as far as I can tell.
True, but it wasn't a predominately black club in 1990...it was known as a levi/leather club back then and drew mainly a white clientele.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:56 PM
 
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True, but it wasn't a predominately black club in 1990...it was known as a levi/leather club back then and drew mainly a white clientele.

While I have NEVER experienced the gay scene (although I am a gay black male) I lived in the Hotel across the street from Bulldogs in the early 90's and they DID NOT WANT blacks in that clubs. Times must have changed a lot in Atlanta.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:58 PM
 
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" Not sure if that's what you're looking for..."

I'm looking for ANYTHING ANYONE has to offer. I appreciate the help from all of you.

Marketta sounds very close to Loretta's which was over near the North Ave Metro Station but I will google Marketta to see if there was something else.
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:03 PM
 
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While I have NEVER experienced the gay scene (although I am a gay black male) I lived in the Hotel across the street from Bulldogs in the early 90's and they DID NOT WANT blacks in that clubs. Times must have changed a lot in Atlanta.
It has been a mostly black club for years now...I would say since the mid to late 90s. But there was always a little bit of a mixed crowd there from what I remember going back to the late 80s or so.

I found some information on The Marquette (not Marketta) located at 868 Simpson Street. I was way off on the name AND the location, although the current location may be different than in the past. I don't know how old this information is or if the club is still open.

"The Marquette has been open for over 45 years and ran by the same family. It is the Oldest known Black/Gay Club in the south. People from all over the world have heard of the World Famous Marquette aka The Sleezy Queezy. The club features a Talent show on Friday nights and 1st place wins $100 and invited to be on the Saturday night show with the cast."
Marquette Club in Atlanta, GA - Reviews and Directions

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Old 06-23-2014, 05:44 PM
 
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Traxx, the palace, Lorettas turned into 708 Towers 2, colors which is now.club Mixx, The marquette over on simpson rd. Ita now a after hours spot.
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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While I have NEVER experienced the gay scene (although I am a gay black male) I lived in the Hotel across the street from Bulldogs in the early 90's and they DID NOT WANT blacks in that clubs. Times must have changed a lot in Atlanta.
Bulldogs is the ONLY gay bar left on the Peachtree Street midtown corridor, and as far as I know the clientele is 95+ black -- though the last time I was there, the staff was all white.
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