Black Cat Tavern: Why Is the Monument of a Historic LA Gay Bar Covered in Shake Shack Signs?

Written by on September 23, 2022

The clock struck midnight on New Years’ Eve as patrons of the Black Cat Tavern shared their first kisses of 1967. They danced and celebrated to the Rhythm Queens, a Black trio who performed a rock cover of “Auld Lang Syne.” Only moments later, as many as a dozen plainclothes officers from the Los Angeles Police Department rushed in and beat staff and attendees brutally, later arresting 16 people for “lewd conduct.”

A few weeks later on February 11, a group of advocates

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