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

From Mona's to Maud's,
tough dykes to "look-like" lesbians,
this was lesbian life in the 
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 in the Bay Area in the 1940s who created a community of North Beach bars that lasted well into the early 60s.


The infusion of the baby-boom lesbian generation 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