THE LAVENDER EFFECT® invites you to participate in the LGBTQ+ and Allied Project “QUEER SPACES: Memories from the French Market Place.” This community project celebrates a truly unique West Hollywood gathering space in regional LGBTQ+ history. The complex of shops, offices and dining opened in West Hollywood, California in 1973. It soon became a beloved venue which provided an unparalleled safe space for commerce, social gathering, community building and human rights activism until its closing in 2015.
(Above: Exterior Photo by Alan Light) (Above: Interior Photo by James Rojas)
Our team is collecting stories, memories, photographs, and artifacts which will be digitized and curated to document the significant role the French Market Place played in shaping West Hollywood and the gay rights movement. Personal items and recollections, business promotions, and ephemera from the French Quarter restaurant and the surrounding small businesses such as Dorothy’s Surrender and Baby Jane are just a few examples of what we are collecting. The initial research for this project was made possible with support from Faring Capital (the current French Market Places’ owner), as well as local volunteers. However, we’ve just scratched the surface…
The French Market Place holds a significant cultural memory that needs to be properly documented for future generations. Some very important community interactions took place there, many of which led to the formation of organizations and grassroots activism. CLICK HERE TO SPONSOR Queer Spaces for $100 to $250.