Le Monocle, the Sexy Lesbian Nightclub of 1930’s Paris

Le Monocle Lesbian Nightclub

 

Did you know that there was a lesbian nightclub called Le Monocle in Paris in the 1930’s?

Imagine 1920s Montmartre as F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote it: free and easygoing, with a booming nightlife. After dark, the area bustled with burlesque dancers, prostitutes, struggling writers, unknown painters—and a vibrant gay and lesbian community. Drinks, companionship, and good times were plentiful.

Now step inside Le Monocle, one of the many nightclubs in Montmartre during that time. Opened by Lulu de Montparnasse, Le Monocle was one of the first—and perhaps the most famous—lesbian nightclubs in Paris. There, some women wore dresses, but most donned tuxedos and cropped their hair short. In the photos, it’s clear the club provided a fun and safe space to let loose.

…lesbian women commonly wore a monocle and a white carnation to subtly signify their sexuality.

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In the 1930s, lesbian women commonly wore a monocle and a white carnation to subtly signify their sexuality. Le Monocle was named after this practice and, true to its reputation, opened its doors to many lesbian women over the years. It opened in the 1920s and flourished through the early 1940s, until it was closed due to the Nazi occupation of France. Years later, the club was reopened, but never again reached its original glory.
 
 

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What might Le Monocle be like it were still open today? Would they continue the monocle tradition? We can only wonder. In the meantime, please visit these amazing sites that have covered the story of Le Monocle:

Rare Historical Photos
Messy Nessy Chic
Lost Womyn’s Space

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