Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
When Maud's opened its doors in 1966, the Haight Asbury region of San Francisco has not yet become a hippies' hangout. When it closed its doors in 1989, the hippies had long since disappeared, to be replaced by ravers, neo-hippies, and the occasional yuppie. In between, Maud's was a lesbian bar which defined an era; it was a home, community center, catalyst for social action, and much more for the women who frequented it. This documentary screens the story of the bar itself, its owners, the gay and lesbian rights movement, and the women's movement from the 1940s to the late '80s. It is particularly worthwhile in that it provides a lesbian perspective on the male-dominated gay rights movement.
bar [pub], gathering, gay/lesbian-rights, homosexual, lesbianism, reminiscence, restaurant