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Arried the nickname from his younger years ironically into middle age; Bud York the All American Boy who seduced all with his wholesome good looks and confidence; Dickie Grant a likable gentle boy who is arrested for writing bad checks and is murdered while in prison; and Dale the author's best friend who suddenly loses his job of six years after an anonymous note informed his employer that he is gayA revealing look at the origins of gay culture in a mid sized city and among working class people The Evening Crowd at Kirmser's is destined to become a rare and uniue classi. I enjoyed reading Brown s remembrance however short of Gay life in St Paul I was especially drawn to his look at Gay life outside of the coasts and the epicenters of the big cities San Fran and New York After having lived in the Twin Cities it was interesting to see his perspective of how life was A good read short certainly a very small slice of a certain time and from a certain perspective Definitely worth a look Matthews Choice younger The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, years ironically into middle age; Bud York the All American Boy who seduced all with his wholesome good looks and confidence; Dickie Grant a likable gentle boy who is arrested for writing bad checks and is murdered while in prison; and Dale the author's best friend who suddenly loses his job of six Hers to Protect years after an anonymous note informed his employer that he is gayA revealing look at the origins of gay culture in a mid sized city and among working class people The Evening Crowd at Kirmser's is destined to become a rare and uniue classi. I enjoyed reading Brown s remembrance however short of Gay life in St Paul I was especially drawn to his look at Gay life outside of the coasts and the epicenters of the big cities San Fran and New York After having lived in the Twin Cities it was interesting to see his perspective of how life was A good read short certainly a very small slice of a certain time and from a certain perspective Definitely worth a look

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The Evening Crowd at Kirmser's A Gay Life in the 1940s

His hometown with a new self awareness and a desire to find a group of people like himself He discovered such a place in Kirmser'sA small neighborhood bar owned by a German immigrant couple in St Paul's downtown Kirmser's served working class customers during daylight hours but became an unofficial home to the gay men and lesbians who gathered there nightly in the years following World War II The Evening Crowd at Kirmser's introduces us to often humorous but freuently tragic stories of those who would become the author's friends Flaming Youth a homely sardonic man who c. What s not to like about this book It is a wonderfully warm evocative book about a pocket of gay life in southern America all confined to one bar and a small crowd of gay men and a few lesbians in the 1940 s It tells the story without fear or favour of the trials and tribulations of this rather motley group Their lives lived in shadows and fear of exposure which could have resulted in them losing their jobs prison or expulsion from their families because of the shame Despite all this there are many anecdotes of some men who managed to get through it all uite happily but not all of them Kimsers is the bar where they could meet one another and feel at home even though they had a rigid protocol of what could and could not be asked surnames or jobs for example It seems odd I suppose to those who never lived through any of that prejudice but it does highlight the tenacity of the human spirit to overcome ev Let Sleeping Dogs Lie years following World War II The Evening Crowd at Kirmser's introduces us to often humorous but freuently tragic stories of those who would become the author's friends Flaming Youth a homely sardonic man who c. What s not to like about this book It is a wonderfully warm evocative book about a pocket of gay life in southern America all confined to one bar and a small crowd of gay men and a few lesbians in the 1940 s It tells the story without fear or favour of the trials and tribulations of this rather motley group Their lives lived in shadows and fear of exposure which could have resulted in them losing their jobs prison or expulsion from their families because of the shame Despite all this there are many anecdotes of some men who managed to get through it all uite happily but not all of them Kimsers is the bar where they could meet one another and feel at home even though they had a rigid protocol of what could and could not be asked surnames or jobs for example It seems odd I suppose to those who never lived through any of that prejudice but it does highlight the tenacity of the human spirit to overcome ev

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For many it is often difficult to imagine gay gathering places in the decades before the Stonewall riots of the 1960s and nearly impossible to think of such communities outside the nation's largest cities Yet such places did exist and their histories tell amazing stories of survival and the struggle for acceptance and self respect When Ricardo J Brown died in 1999 he left a compelling memoir of his youth and experiences as a young gay man in St Paul After being discharged from the navy for revealing his sexual orientation to a commanding officer in 1945 Brown returned to. Whist a little rustic I would consider this to be essential reading for anyone thinking about writing about small town gay America in the 1940 sA personal memoire without being overly personal The Evening Crowd at Kirmser s is a snapshot of something that definitely shouldn t have existed at the time a gay bar in Wabasha Street St Paul Minnesota At the time it was a run down area not one one would like to be alone at night today looking at Google Maps it s a airy clean shopping district smug in its pristine lookRicardo learns his sexuality young very young in fact There s no description of this but it s clear he s in Junior school when he gets his first experiences By the time he s 18 he s well aware of himself and in fact gets himself undesirably discharged from the army by outing himself to his superiors being unable to hide himself any longerWhat I liked was the postcard Marriage by Deception young gay man in St Paul After being discharged from the navy for revealing his sexual orientation to a commanding officer in 1945 Brown returned to. Whist a little rustic I would consider this to be essential reading for anyone thinking about writing about small town gay America in the 1940 sA personal memoire without being overly personal The Evening Crowd at Kirmser s is a snapshot of something that definitely shouldn t have existed at the time a gay bar in Wabasha Street St Paul Minnesota At the time it was a run down area not one one would like to be alone at night today looking at Google Maps it s a airy clean shopping district smug in its pristine lookRicardo learns his sexuality A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House young very Matthews Choice young in fact There s no description of this but it s clear he s in Junior school when he gets his first experiences By the time he s 18 he s well aware of himself and in fact gets himself undesirably discharged from the army by outing himself to his superiors being unable to hide himself any longerWhat I liked was the postcard


10 thoughts on “The Evening Crowd at Kirmser's A Gay Life in the 1940s

  1. says:

    Cross posted at Shelf Inflicted and at Outlaw ReviewsAfter reading Jeb and Dash A Diary of Gay Life 1918 1945 I decided t

  2. says:

    Well this was a total surprise I read this for research for a historical fiction novel I'm writing and it hit precisely i

  3. says:

    Whist a little rustic I would consider this to be essential reading for anyone thinking about writing about small town gay America in the 1940′sA personal memoire without being overly personal The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s is a snapshot of something that definitely shouldn’t have existed at the time a gay bar in Wabasha Street St Paul Minnesota At the time it was a run down area not one one would like to be alone at night today lo

  4. says:

    A spare novella of a memoir leaving one with the sense that Brown intended to write but these scenes from a bar in St Paul

  5. says:

    What's not to like about this book? It is a wonderfully warm evocative book about a pocket of gay life in southern America all confined to one bar and a small crowd of gay men and a few lesbians in the 1940's It tells the story without fear

  6. says:

    Brown provides a frank slightly gritty view of gay life in a place far from the east and west coasts that gay histories typically reflect It's an important little book because it documents the experiences and thoughts of regular guys who dealt with stigma of gay life in the midwest of the 1940s While the book is unapolo

  7. says:

    I enjoyed reading Brown's remembrance however short of Gay life in St Paul I was especially drawn to his look at Gay life outside of the coasts and the epicenters of the big cities San Fran and New York After hav

  8. says:

    Less than honourably discharged from the navy in 1945 for disclosing his homosexuality Ricardo Brown returns to St Paul Minnesota to try to make a life for himself He finds a nondescript bar that caters to a gay clientele and it becomes his social centre This very readable memoir shines a light on what it was li

  9. says:

    After reading Jeb and Dash one of its reviewers mentions this gem of a book It describes a working class gayman's closeted life in a midwestern city in the 1940's Books such as these are helping me gain a sense of tribal identity my cultural inheritance

  10. says:

    A uirky little book that sheds some interesting insight into a little known topic but also meanders and plods

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