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Continued: A local archivist offers a guided tour through Minneapolis gay history

  • Article by: RICK NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 19, 2014 - 11:11 AM

Q: Why conclude there?

A: Because of Brian Coyle [the city’s first openly gay City Council member]. And because Jack Baker and Michael McConnell applied for a marriage license there in 1970.

It’s a good place to end things. So much of LGBT history is intangible. It’s gone, or it was secret, so it’s nice to be able to celebrate it in the physical world.


Rick Nelson • 612-673-4757


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  • This photo, taken at 3rd Street and Hennepin Avenue S. in the 1950s, shows Hamburger Heaven, a greasy spoon that replaced the Onyx, the earliest recorded gay bar in Minneapolis. It was popular in the 1930s.

  • This photo shows the second gay pride march on the Nicollet Mall in 1973. Image courtesy of the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies.

  • A 1929 image of the Palace Theater on Hennepin Avenue, since demolished. Once neighbor to what is now the Gay 90’s, the Palace was the original home of the Brass Rail when it opened in 1922.


    With: Stewart Van Cleve.

    When: 10 a.m. Sunday.

    Where: 1st St. and Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.

    Tickets: $8 per person,

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