Ep. 28: When the Gay 90’s Came Out
This summer on the MinneCulture Podcast, it’s all about Minnesota History. As we kick-off Season 5 during Pride month, we celebrate one of the first well-known venues in the Twin Cities exuberantly claimed by gay men, a nightclub called The Gay 90’s in downtown Minneapolis
The Gay 90’s hasn’t always been gay. The bar began as a supper club for a straight crowd. It opened in the 1950s and the name was a reference to an earlier decade, the 1890s.
Then, in 1975, the vibe changed in a big way. The owners of the Gay 90s bought a disco ball, hired DJs, and turned the 90s into a club catering to gay men.
In this episode, we share an original KFAI documentary, “Fly Robin Fly: The Story of that Disco-Crazed Moment when the Gay 90s Came Out of the Closet and Embraced Its Name,” by KFAI’s Todd Melby. You’ll hear a history of the bar featuring some of the people who worked, danced and connected at the Gay 90s.
For the rest of Season 5, hear Minnesota history stories about gay bars, activism, Black architecture, polka, murder, cartoons, the BWCA and more.
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