ADDRESSES investigates sites of lesbian and queer community gathering in New York City. Consisting of an expanding archive of prints and oral history interviews, ADDRESSES tracks the history of the Gay Rights Movement, shifts in identity building (and shedding) and the sociopolitical conditions of the city itself over the past six decades. I began working on this project in 2015 and have since gathered over a hundred addresses and names of bars, clubs and venues that once hosted lesbian and queer gatherings. I am continuing to travel to locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx (following instructions given to me by women I have interviewed and continuing gifts from project participants) to photograph what is there now. Because many of these spaces were mafia-owned or kept hidden to protect individual identities from law enforcement there is little recorded information about their histories. ADDRESSES creates an alternate map of New York based on word-of-mouth, memory and the search for difference, community and space for free expression.
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If you have information about the lesbian bars and queer gathering spaces listed below or additional locations that you would like to add to the project please contribute by filling out the form at the bottom of the page.