OUTLAWS AND SISTERS:
Lesbian Life in San Francisco, 1940s to 1970s
DUE OUT SPRING 2025
University of Minnesota Press
From Mona's to Maud's,
tough dykes to "look-alike" 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.