Broadway star John Michael Cameron will join the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project and honor Julius’ Bar, located at 159 West 10th Street. New York City as not only the oldest operating gay bar in the city but it also for the bar’s significance to LGBT activism and history.
On April 21, 1966, a “Sip-In” was organized by members of the Mattachine Society, one of the country’s earliest gay rights organizations, to challenge the State Liquor Authority’s discriminatory policy of revoking the licenses of bars that served known or suspected gay men and lesbians. At Julius’ Bar – they were refused service after intentionally revealing they were “homosexuals” – this was one of the earliest pre-Stonewall public actions for LGBT rights. (You can read the whole story by CLICING HERE.)
Julius’ was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016 following the site being determined eligible for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 2012 based on research by Village Preservation and listing on the New York State Register of Historic Places in 2015 by the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project. It is one of only ten sites in New York City listed on the National Register specifically for LGBT associations.
We need more.