On Oct 25, a sign affixed to Mary’s, Naturally, indicated the legendary leather bar is no longer open for business.
Prior to its closing, the bar, located in the heart of Montrose at 1022 Westheimer, was said to be Houston’s oldest gay bar. Though in the early 1970s it had developed a reputation as a notorious leather bar for men with its large motorcycle hanging over the bar, the club in recent years developed a mixed-gender neighborhood feel, hosting innumerable fundraisers in support of the HIV community. As the rise of HIV decimated Houston’s gay community, the cremated ashes of many of Mary’s regulars found their final resting place in the back patio area.
According to local activist and OutSmart contributor Brandon Wolf, an ad hoc committee is trying to capture history from Mary’s 39 years. Wolf is compiling a list of all the people whose ashes rest in Mary’s backyard area.
“So far, the list is already large,” Wolf says.
Individuals wishing to share infor-mation and memories about Mary’s are urged to log on to www.facebook.com/pages/Marys-Naturally-Closed/172134376922. – by Nancy Ford