LGBT History Project Founder Discusses St. Louis' LGBT Legacy

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Left Bank Books presents author and St. Louis LGBT History Project founder Steven Brawley, who will sign and discuss his book, Gay and Lesbian St. Louis (Arcadia Publishing, February 2016), at a special Launch Party event on Monday, February 29, 7pm, at Left Bank Books (399 N. Euclid). Complimentary refreshments will be served.

In the late 19th century, St. Louis—America's fourth largest city—was a hub of robust commerce and risque entertainment. It provided an oasis for those who lived "in the shadows." Since 1764, the Gateway to the West's LGBT community has experienced countless struggles and successes, including protests, arrests, murders, celebrations, and parades. A colorful array of activists, drag queens, leather men, artists, academics, business leaders, and everyday folks have contributed to the rich fabric of the lesbian and gay community in St. Louis. Gay and Lesbian St. Louis features photographs from LGBT project donors, the Missouri History Museum, the State Historical Society of Missouri, local newspapers, and private collections.

Author Steven Louis Brawley is a historian specializing in LGBT topics. In 2007, he founded the St. Louis LGBT History Project in an effort to help preserve and promote the region's LGBT legacy. The St. Louis community has rallied behind the project, helping amass and archive a rich collection of artifacts and photographs that offer a window into the vibrant LGBT past of St. Louis.

Steven Brawley will discuss Gay and Lesbian St. Louis, answer questions, and sign books at this special Launch Party event. Complimentary refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. Books for signing are available from Left Bank Books in advance or at the event. For more information, call 314.367.6731 or visit