Louie's Barbershop opened in 1947 in a San Francisco neighborhood called The Castro. In the beginning, the neighborhood was a quiet, working class, Irish community, but in the years since, it has become world famous as one of the first gay communes. Forty years later, Louie still mans his chair, but now, mixed in with neighborhood regulars from before are a varied mix of old and young, gay, lesbian, and transgendered people who are happy patrons. This film shows how the GLBT community can embrace an old, neighborhood institution, a barber shop, and make it a part of their ethos and community.
Did You Know?
The Castro is an old neighborhood in San Francisco, California which, over a span of about fifty years, went from sleepy working class in the 1940s and 1950s, to counter culture hippie in the 1960s and 1970s, to glbt in the 1980s and 1990s. See more