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Guide to the Bedpan Productions Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bedpan Productions Records
    Dates: 1991-1994
    Collection number: 1994-28
    Collection Size: .5 linear feet 2 manuscript boxes
    Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
    San Francisco, California 94105
    Physical location: Stored at the Archives of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco, California.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

    Preferred Citation

    Bedpan Productions Records, 1994-28, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

    Acquisition Information

    The records were donated in the GLBTHS in 1994.

    Biography / Administrative History

    In the words of the authors, Betty and Pansy's Severe Queer Reviews are, "An irreverent, opinionated guide to the bars, clubs, restaurants, cruising areas, performing arts, and other attraction of the queer Mecca". Bedpan Productions and the Severe Queer Reviews of San Francisco, New York, and Washington D.C. (1991-1995) were the results of the collaborative efforts of authors Pansy and Betty. The authors decided originally to produce an atypical queer guidebook to San Francisco. They had noticed that most of the gay guides to SF described the bars, clubs, and other points of social interest in broad and politically correct terms. In reaction to the types and prices of guides that were available within the gay and lesbian community they produced the first Severe Queer Review. Topics reviewed range from mainstream bars and clubs to the underground scene. Also included are places of cruising, lodging, restaurants, religious groups, culture, and transportation. The initial guides were of San Francisco and progressed to include both Washington D.C. and New York.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The majority of this collection is comprised of various manuscripts to the guides that were produced by Bedpan Productions. They include four guides to San Francisco which began in 1991 and ended in 1995. Also, included are guides to both Washington D.C. and New York. For each final draft guide there are preliminary notes and drafts which have been altered. These contain marks and suggestions from the authors and various editors. Most of the comments of the editors pertain to grammar and technical usage of language; however, they amplify the unique manner in which the authors choose to describe the various environments. In addition, the collection also contains final drafts of each of the guides to the various cities. A picture of the authors and promotional papers are also included.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Gay bars
    Gay travelers
    Gay clubs