Seattle Gay News. The Stranger. It was the first event in the region in which the gay community as a whole came out of its collective closet. Harawhich ended in with a unanimous rejection by the Washington State Court of Appeals. Archived from the original on September 10, The Double Headeropened inmay have been the oldest continuously operating gay bar in the United States until it closed in December During the s, when anti-sodomy laws were still in effect in the United States, gay bars, clubs and bathhouses became scrutinized.
The Dorian Society founded in by Nick Heer, a professor at the University of Washington was the first group in Seattle to support gay rights and which published a newsletter about current issues and events in the gay community.
As a result of the political upheaval regarding Seattle gay bars, the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board sent fourteen gay establishments letters threatening to bar them from military personnel. Entertainment included music and a "Gayrilla theater. Performances would change, with ever-more flamboyant costuming, more energetic and choreographed dancing and even laser shows.
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