PHOTOS: The Invasion of the Pines, a Drag Tradition
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It's funny how certain traditions start. This yearly summer celebration started with a struggle for personal freedom and recognition.
Cherry Grove, by the late 1920s, was taking a decidedly gay turn as more bohemian types and artists began to flock there. In the '50s, development in the Pines set up a cultural axis of "have more" and "have less" among the residents. The lots were bigger and the Pines's community, although very gay, was more quiet and conservative. Tensions built, even though many of them were worked out in the outdoor sex area known as the meatrack, a patch of woods that lies between the two communities.
Then one day in 1976, in a Rosa Parks-inspired moment, Teri Warren, in full drag, went to the Boatel restaurant in the Pines and was promptly refused service.
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