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L-bAR is an ongoing    interactive     generative     documentary project    launched in February, 2022.  

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 and interactive story-world. In L-bAR, you’ll hear the oral histories with former bar-goers, whose portraits and audio interviews are part of the storyworld’s experience. 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 project is open to everyone, regardless of sexuality or gender identity.





Click on direct links to experiences and oral history interviews inside L-bAR

 L-bAR is a living project; new bars and queer women's spaces are added every month



Oral histories

Jewelle Gomez; author, poet, critic, playwright 

Duchess, New York

Pat King; Manager, bartender

Duchess, New York

Lila Thirkield; Owner of the Lexington Club

Lexington Club, San Francisco

Joan Nestle; activist,writer, co-founder of Lesbian Herstory Archives

Sea Colony, New York

Saundra Tignor; retired nurse

Star Room, Los Angeles

Nancy Valverde; activist,barber, chicana lesbian icon

Redhead, also known as Redz, Reds. Los Angeles

Jonathan Ned Katz; author, independent scholar and history activist, founder of

Eve's Hangout, New York 

Barbara Kahn; playwright and actor

Eve's Hangout, New York 

Lillian Faderman; scholar of lesbian and LGBT history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature

Club Laurel, Los Angeles


Coming soon
Andi Seagal; secretary

Joani Presents, Los Angeles


Kitty Tsui; poet, activist

Peg's Place, San Francisco

Chrystos; activist, poet

Romeo's Pizza, San Francisco

Christina Schlesinger; painter and muralist

Big Brother's, Los Angeles

Carolyn Weathers; Librarian, activist

Bacchanal 70


Susie Smith; Filmmaker, Lexington Club Documentary
Lexington Club, San Francisco

Art Show

Chloe Sherman

Lexington Club, San Francisco


Gino Conti as Gertrude Stein

Dionne Neish as Gladys Bently

Daviel Shy as Eva Kotchever


Images and credits 

textual and visual document list coming soon




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