Thrill Spot: A Lost Queer History Walking Tour

Thrill Spot

Thrill SpotSunday May 19, 2019
2-4 pm
Thrill Spot: A Lost Queer History Walking Tour
Meet in Jack Kerouac Alley (behind City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave, SF)
Katie Gilmartin, Dulce De Leche, Kippy Marks, and Molly Shaiken
Cosponsored by Openhouse and The Creative Work Fund
Free – Just Show Up!


The 1954 raid on Tommy’s Place in North Beach is the stuff of legend: lurid headlines claiming seduction of teenage girls in a lesbian “Vice Academy,” swaggering butches, police graft, political intrigue, and angry legions marshalled by the PTA. Lambda-winning author and visual artist Katie Gilmartin is writing a fictional account that is deeply rooted in historical fact, imagining the lives of our ancestors with humor, passion, and mourning. Join her for a literary walking tour exploring the raid through performance, music, and visits to key historical sites including the infamous “happy hunting ground for adult debauchees.” Tour covers ten blocks with two steep grades. Learn about Katie’s research and writing process at The Raid on Tommy’s Place: Archives & Oral Histories
as a Crucible for Fiction: Thursday, June 13, 7-8:30 at the GLBT History Museum, 4127 18 th Street, SF.

Joyfully offered in collaboration with Openhouse: Housing, Services, & Community for LGBT Seniors, and made possible by grants from QCC and The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.