Location: 400 Mascoutah, Belleville, Illinois, USA
Opened: Early 1980s
According to the St. Louis LGBT History Project, Char Pei Lounge was "the city's first lesbian bar."
|400 Mascoutah Ave.|
Obviously, more digging was in order. Here we find out that that the Char Pei was not actually in the City of St. Louis, Missouri proper--but on the other side of the Mississippi River in Illinois. What is generally known as East St. Louis.
And at this site, we finally learn a little bit about the owners:
|Brenda Grissom and Dixie Ruliffson|
|Gravestone for Dixie Lee Ruliffson and |
Brenda J. Grissom, Mount Catholic Cemetery,