Episode 1

Bars and Taverns

Published on: 10th November, 2022

When not many places were safe for LGBTQ+ people to be themselves, Pioneer Square's bars and taverns offered a refuge, a place to make friends, meet lovers, dance and dress with relative freedom. Join host Rosette Royale as he takes us through this historic neighborhood and shares stories of the people and establishments that were home to LGBTQ+ communities as far back as the 1930s.

You can watch the video version of this episode here to see these historic buildings as they are now, and as they were.

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About the Podcast

Square One
Join host Rosette Royale as he explores the LGBTQ+ history of Pioneer Square. Many key moments in Seattle's LGBTQ+ story began in Pioneer Square. On Square One, hear from people who lived this history firsthand, and others who want to preserve it.
This podcast is a companion piece to the self-guided walking tour of Pioneer Square's historic LGBTQ+ community on historylink.tours. Visit historylink.org for more on Washington state's past, including other key people and moments in our state's LGBTQ+ history.