February 6, 2015: The Project is thrilled to receive a treasure trove of donations from Tim Cusick. The items include regional and national LGBT publications and an amazing collection of pins and buttons . In 1992, Tim was the first "out" LGBT candidate for State Representative in Missouri. Although unsuccessful in his bid for the 64th District seat, he paved the way for other "out" state-wide and regional candidates that have followed. Thanks Tim for this great addition to the Project's archives.
January 24, 2015: The 2015 Bartender's Review hosted by Just John on January 18 has raised $2,412 for the St. Louis LGBT History Project. The amount includes a match from an anonymous donor.
The Bartender's Review dates back to the 1980s at Faces nightclub in East St. Louis when bartender Don Granda created the night of campy drag to raise money to support local HIV/AIDS programs. Over the years, area LGBT bars have hosted the fun night of drag, comedy, and entertainment. Dormant for a few years, Just John has recently resurrected the once annual event. This year's event was organized by Tony Corso with bartender's from Just John, Bar:PM, Attitudes, Meyer's Grove, and Rehab performing. The LGBT Center of St. Louis serves as the Project's fiscal agent, allowing the Project to raise funds for educational displays and artifact preservation. Thanks Tony and everyone for your support. Picture by Darin Slyman, Vital Voice (Jeromy Ruot, Tony Corso, and Steven Brawley).
January 7, 2015: Ten years ago, Steve Patterson became the second openly "out" LGBT candidate for a city office in St. Louis. Although he lost his bid to become the city's 25th Ward Alderman, he helped pave the way for future candidates. Read more on Steve's UrbanReviewSTL blog.
The Project thanks Steve for recently donating one of his campaign shirts for the Project's archives.