Minutes, correspondence, printed ephemera,
administrative records, notes, photographs and miscellaneous materials from
activist and businessman Stan Freitas, who served as the President of the
Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (SCGBA) from 1985 until it ended
its operations 1987. The bulk of the collection consists of administrative
records of the SCGBA, which was organized by bar and restaurant owners in 1979
to provide support and services for the Los Angeles gay community. The
materials in the collection also document Freitas' involvement in AIDS activism
and include papers from Aid for AIDS, as well as several other AIDS and gay
On April 30, 1979, a group of bartenders and bar-associated people met
at the Frog Pond Restaurant in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles,
California. The meeting was called by Michael Varady of the Silver Dollar
Saloon and Dale Driscoll to "sensitize bartenders as to what is happening both
politically and functionally within and for the gay community [so that those
bartenders] could relate to what is happening to their customers." This group
was later named the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (SCGBA). A
volunteer social services organization, the SCGBA had monthly meetings at
various locations throughout Los Angeles in the years 1979 to 1987. The general
membership meetings included group discussion, event planning, community
announcements and guest speakers, such as gay and lesbian activists. At SCGBA's
most active period, the group raised money for and organized community projects
and social events, placed bartenders in jobs, and published a monthly
The Bar Rag.Biography for Stan Freitas to be supplied at a later date.
4 archive cartons.
1.5 linear foot.
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