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Ms. Purdy’s

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Queer Historic Place
226 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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This was the first location of Ms. Purdy’s Women’s Bar, which opened in 1984. It was located in the historic MacDonald Block. Ms. Purdy’s was a Lesbian bar and meeting place, which was almost exclusively for women, but men were allowed in for concerts. It moved to a new location in 1990.


Fun Facts

Even though many queer folks were able to feel safe in designated spaces in the 80’s, this was mainly only the case for white, cisgender gay men and lesbians. Watch this clip to see what it was like for some folks to be gay and Black in the 80’s in Winnipeg:


226 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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