Dreams of a New World: San Francisco Bay Area Lesbian Histories

From Mona's to Maud's,
tough dykes to "look-like" lesbians,
1940s to the 1970s

This book explores bar life, butch/femme, and lesbian identities as they changed over time for generations of lesbians in the San Francisco Bay Area. It reveals long forgotten histories of lesbians who arrived in the Bay Area in the 1940s and created a community of North Beach bars that lasted well into the early 60s. The infusion of a new baby-boom generation of lesbians into the Bay Area in the 70s reinvigorated bar culture and launched new social and political organizations, creating spaces for lesbian identities to flourish.

EB (seated facing camera) at the former Maud's bar