Dreams of a New World: A History of San Francisco Lesbian Life, 1940s to 1970s

From Mona's to Maud's,
tough dykes to "look-like" lesbians,
this was lesbian life from the 
40s to the 70s 

  • This book explores changing bar life, butch/femme, and lesbian communities for generations of lesbians in the San Francisco Bay Area. Starting with long forgotten bars of the 1940s, it reveals a community of North Beach bars that lasted well into the early 60s.

  • The arrival of hippie girls in the late 60s started a generational shift to "look-alike" lesbians and the emergence of new lesbian bars in the 70s that reinvigorated bar culture and launched new social and political organizations, creating spaces for lesbians to flourish.

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