It’s rare to come across a commercial queer space that is still in operation, it’s even rarer to come across a gay-friendly business that exists in ALL years of our available data.
Despite stereotypes of the South as some inherently ignorant and homophobic place, New Orleans has a vibrant queer culture, and there’s nothing modern about that.
What do the Damron guides tell us about black gay spaces in the South? Are there limitations in exploring race in our data?
For this vignette, we have isolated just the Alabama listings in the Damron Address books from 1965-1980, a sort of preview before the official launch of an additional eleven southern states in February 2020.