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July 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

What: Meet John Moore, co-owner of the Saloon for almost 40 years.
Where: 1220 E. Lake St. (at 13th Av. S.), Minneapolis
Tickets: Free, with reception to follow

The Saloon in downtown Minneapolis has been a gay gathering place since it opened in 1977. One reason for its enduring popularity may be the fact that it has long been owned and operated by two gay men. John Moore and Jim Anderson bought the business in 1980, when gay bars in the United States were mostly straight-owned.

Moore, a Minnesota native who attended De LaSalle High School and then the University of Minnesota (and later earned his Masters of Divinity), has many colorful stories about the early 1980s, when nightclubs routinely paid bribes and kickbacks to city officials, police and business interests that often had ties to organized crime.

The Saloon, at 9th and Hennepin, prospered by being part of the gay community, donating to gay groups in the Twin Cities, hosting softball and other leagues and putting on Pride events including a giant annual block party. Gay men in particular have seen the Saloon as an essential hot spot — to dance, drink and meet others.

“An Evening with John Moore” will put the semi-retired bar owner front and center to reveal his unique perspective on the evolution of the Twin Cities gay scene over nearly four decades. This free event will invite audience questions and will include an informal reception afterward at the library.

Quatrefoil is one of the largest and oldest LGBTQ libraries in the country. It’s entirely funded by donors and members and run by volunteers. It’s open weeknights 7-9 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Check it out.