The If Club

Type: 
bar
First Document: 
1947
Last Document: 
1948
Address: 
810 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Abstract: 

The If Club was a lesbian nightclub established in the 1940s. It was popular among work-class lesbians.

Body: 

The If Club was a lesbian nightclub established in the 1940s. It was located on 8th and Vermont and was most popular among working-class lesbians (Faderman 89).

The If Club was one of the primary distribution spots for the late-1940s lesbian magazine, Vice Versa. It was produced by Lisa Ben and distributed by hand amongst Ben’s friends and at locations like the If Club, one of only a few places where lesbians gathered in person in this era. More information on Vice Versa is available here: (link).

While lesbian bars were generally less likely to be targets of police raids than gay bars, there were still risks associated with these spaces. The police would still harass lesbians and look for reasons to arrest them, leaving the community found within these spaces precarious and uncertain (Faderman 93).

Citations: 

Faderman, Lillian. Gay L.A: a History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians. New York: Basic Books, 2006.