While early Gay motorcycle clubs were men-only, some Lesbians also embraced the lifestyle, forming women's clubs such as the Moving Violations in Boston and the Sirens in New York City Events such as the annual CMC Carnival became popular even among nonbikers, and many men organized their social lives around annual runs such as the Satyrs' Badger Flats outing in the High Sierra. Motorcycle club outings, known as runs, typically involved manly activities such as camping trips. Many motorcycle clubs also performed charitable work, sponsoring holiday toy drives for children and fundraisers that originally assisted injured riders and later helped people with AIDS. What is the history of Gay motorcycle clubs? Sterling inand military-style caps. The original group, which rode in the San Francisco Pride parade, became a nonprofit officially known as the Women's Motorcycle Contingent.
But while bikers eschewed the stereotypical Gay male effeminacy of the era, their events often featured grand pageantry and camp of a different sort, including drag shows.
The first Gay motorcycle club in the United States was the Satyrs, founded in Los Angeles in ; the second, Oedipus, was an offshoot started in Gay motorcycle clubs provided an outlet for socialization - and often for sex. The look - which caught on even among men who had never sat astride a motorcycle - was embodied by Gay artist Tom of Finland's characters, Peter Berlin in the movie Nights in Black Leatherand Glenn Hughes of the disco group the Village People. Mirroring trends in the larger GLBT community, many of today's motorcycle clubs welcome members of all genders and sexual orientations. By the mids, San Francisco's South of Market district had become a hotbed of the Gay motorcycle scene, home to clubs such as the Constantines and the Barbary Coasters. Just as the Hell's Angels were purportedly started by former bomber pilots and paratroopers unwilling to settle into mainstream life, Gay men also sought an alternative.
The original group, which rode in the San Francisco Pride parade, became a nonprofit officially known as the Women's Motorcycle Contingent. Motorcycle club outings, known as runs, typically involved manly activities such as camping trips. Upon leaving military service in the late s, many Gay men stayed in port cities rather than returning to their hometowns. She can be reached care of this publication or at PastOut qsyndicate. Over the years, the nature of Queer motorcycle culture has changed.