George's Disco began in a small storefront on Madison Avenue in Midtown Memphis. It eventually became known as the Queen Mother of Memphis gay bars.
George Wilson became involved at the end of 1969- the same year as the historic Stonewall Rebellion in New York.George's Disco and its successors became the place where many people came out and learned to be themselves.
It represented a new community- gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgendered people, and friends, came to know George's as a "community center". People of all races, ages, and backgrounds were accepted and welcomed.
In its heyday on Marshall Street, currently occupied byClub Spectrum, George's Disco had anywhere from 1,000 plus guests on a Saturday night. Patrons traveled from surrounding cities and states to come see the spectacular shows at George's. George's Disco was the Showplace of the South.
In 2010, a group of former George's patrons united to produce what became Memphis's largest LGBT event in recent history: George's Reunion. Due to the Reunion's overwhelming response and positive energy, Friends of George's is forging ahead to produce high-quality, inclusive events for which our community can be proud.
We seek to produce events and occasions that not only reunite us to celebrate our common history, but to have a positive impact on the Memphis LGBT community as a whole. By sharing the fun we had, the hard battles we fought, the struggle to express ourselves, and the camaraderie we shared then and now, we hope to establish a higher standard of pride in our community.
We would love to hear from you! Please contact us if you would like to get involved!