A Google Map Of The Lost Gay Bars Of San Francisco

Since 2011, Mike Stabile, a journalist and filmmaker, has been using Google Maps to mark the locations of shuttered gay bars throughout the city. He has pinned the location of over a hundred bars so far.

Stabile wrote about about his process for The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History:

“I recently began a mapping project of lost San Francisco gay bars using ads from magazines, matchbooks from archives and mentions in gay papers to try and reconstruct San Francisco in the years before the epidemic. What struck me most is that —in a far more hostile era there seemed to be far less ghettoization. […] With greater social acceptance (and Grindr) we’re losing the crucial spaces that helped define us our culture. It may be inevitable, but forgetting them is not.”

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Saeed Jones is the literary editor for BuzzFeed and the author of the poetry collection Prelude to Bruise, and is based in New York.
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