Cue Club

By Monique Murray

In the early 1970s, there were not many LBGTQ friendly bars or clubs in the Norfolk area. The Cue Club was a historic staple in the Norfolk LBGTQ community in the late 1970s. The Cue Club was opened in 1971 on 46th and Killam Ave. to the local LBGTQ community. The club was open Monday through Friday 9 am to 2 am and Saturday and Sunday form 4 pm to 2 am. On Sundays, the club would host a buffet for $5.00 from 5pm to 7pm. Many LBGTQ college students would go here for the buffet and would stay the whole night, sometimes without the managers knowledge, to see the drag shows that happened every Sunday night. During the allotted times of the buffet, piano player Arnyce Andrews would play and sing. She would play covers of songs and sometimes originals of her own. The buffet was a huge attraction for the Cue Club for its low price and quality food. The drag shows were also one of the club’s biggest attraction and hosted many famous drag queens. Some of the famous drag queens that performed here were Jennifer Warren and Ferrah McCray. Drag queens that performed here were very famous in the Norfolk area.
The Cue Club also offered a disco and pool as activities along with having a full bar. The disco and pool scene attracted a lot of the LBGTQ youth form the surrounding colleges and through-out the community.
It is unsure of when in the 1990s the Cue Club closed down for good, but its history and impact on the LBGTQ community was great.


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