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The Underground Nightclub located on Spring Street in Portland was a safe place for LGBTQ+ people to socialize starting in the 1980s—the decade when Charlie Howard, a gay man living in Bangor, was thrown off a bridge and killed by three teens.
The Underground later became Styxx, a popular dance club. Styxx closed in 2016, in part due to dating apps, but also changing attitudes that made the city’s nightlife more welcoming and comfortable to LGBTQ+ people.
About This Item
- Title: Underground Nightclub matchbook, Portland, ca.1990
- Creation Date: circa 1990
- Subject Date: circa 1990
- Town: Portland
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME
- Media: Paper
- Local Code: 2006.001.026
- Object Type: Physical Object
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