It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.
Sharon Davenport was a founding member of The Brick Hut Collective and continuously worked there through all three Brick Hut Cafe iterations from 1974 to 1997. Currently, she is an archivist-librarian living in Oakland. She is a poet-writer with two published books of poetry, Mountain Singing (1986) and Between Us (1989). Her website Archival Assistance offers professional information and contact inquiries for research and archival assistance. She is currently the volunteer archivist for the Peralta Hacienda Historical House in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. She played a small role as a researcher and image cataloger for the current exhibit of Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. She believes that at this moment in history, it is manifestly important to speak for difference and polycultural diversity. The great poet, philosopher, and activist Audre Lorde said it well, "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."
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The Brick Hut Cafe was a haven for lesbians and gay men, an information center for LGBT activists, an anchor for a diverse community that included working girls, bad-boys, suburban queens, transmen and transwomen. We were the Dyke Diner: the Lesbian Luncheonette: the Chick Hut: the Brick Hug.