Cover Photo: Album cover via Arista
Album cover via Arista

Patti Smith Defined Cool in Lesbian Bars of the ’80s

I pinballed between circles of lesbians but settled nowhere. Gorgeous women were everywhere but always out of reach in San Francisco’s mesmerizing haze.

C.J. Janovy is a Kansas City-based journalist and the author of "No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas," winner of the 2019 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize and a 2019 Lambda Literary Award finalist in LGBTQ nonfiction.