The Pioneer Behind Shelly's Leg
This story originally aired on January 6, 2018.
The first openly-operated gay bar in Seattle was a nightclub called Shelly’s Leg. It was founded in Pioneer Square in 1973 by a woman named Shelly Bauman. It quickly became an important center of LGBT life in Seattle.
But it's the bar's origin story -- and the freak parade accident at the heart of it -- that caught our attention.
Sound Effect Producer Kevin Kniestedt sat down with Bruce Buls a former Seattle disc jockey and good friend of Baumann’s back in the 70s, to learn more about Shelly’s Leg and its namesake.