History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Wisconsin - Organizations - Social


Based in:

Green Bay



Bisexuality awareness

View the Lavender Salon's web site at this link
for early newsletters and information about the group
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In March of 1993, a group of five or six gay men and women gathered at the home of a friend (Len T.) on Meade Street in Appleton to enjoy a pot luck meal and watch a film. They also chatted about whether or not there was sufficient interest in forming a book discussion group. It seemed that there was. So the group planned a second meeting, and also chose a book to discuss at a third meeting. That book’s title was “Behind the Mask” by Dave Pallone.

The second meeting was held at the home of Dick W., and the group watched another film. The third meeting was held at the home of Tom and Fred. Here the group discussed “Behind the Mask”. It was at this third meeting when the group decided to call themselves THE LAVENDER SALON. They also decided to publish a newsletter documenting their activities. The newsletter would be called the LAVENDER SALON READER.

The Lavender Salon group continued to meet monthly for dinner and discussion. The June meeting was held at Marge’s home. The pot luck dinner theme was Italian, and the book discussed was “Vital Ties” by Karen Kringle. July's meeting was a discussion of the film “The Children's Hour” by William Wyler. And in August the group discussed Paul Russell's book, “Boys of Life”.

During the four years of publication, more than 36 contributors wrote reviews for the Lavender Salon Reader newsletter. The final issue was released in December of 1998, though the group continued to meet until 2008.

Early newsletters and information about the group are accessible online at: www.lavendersalonreader.com.


Credits: History and description by NE Wisconsin LGBT History Project,
Paul "Cricket" Jacob and Lloyd Schaefer;
Web site design and layout by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: July-2009.