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Sugar Shack


Primarily focused on the history of the Sugar Shack in El Monte, this collection features short interviews and documents related to to said bar. It also includes an oral history with the author of the essay on the Sugar Shack, Stacy Macias. It is our goal to continue to expand our knowledge and history of LGBTQ spaces in El Monte and South El Monte.


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Guzmán, Romeo; Fragoza, Carribean; Cummings, Alex Sayf; and Reft, Ryan, eds. East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte. New Brunswick, Camden; Newark, New Jersey; London: Rutgers University Press, 2020. [250-260]; Hannah Fradkin, "Stacy Macías: Chicana, Jota, Queer, Lesbian, Femme," Monte, A-Z Biographies


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Sugar Shack original owners license of former 1957 business
City of Monte, CA issued owners license of first business at address of the future Sugar Shack.

Excerpt from Part 2 of an oral history of Sandee Estrada by author Stacy I. Macías, timecode 00:14-13:27. Full recording here.

Oral history of Debi Tinker and Sandee Estrada

Sugar Shack listed in LGBTQ directory and nightclub roundup
Sugar Shack listed in LGBT directories and nightclub roundups.

This biographical oral history with Dr. Stacy Iene Macías covers her personal and professional life. She discusses queerness in South El Monte as well as her organizing efforts and academic pursuits.

Stacy Macías and her niece at UCLA graduation
Stacy Macías and her niece, Arianna, at Macías' graduation from the UCLA Women's Studies PhD program in 2011.

Stacy Macías and friends at Bosco dance
Stacy Macías and friends from Don Bosco Tech (Rosemead, Calif.) and Ramona Convent (Alhambra, Calif.) in 1988. Stacy is right of center and her first gay boyfriend, Cesar Chavez, is center in the white t-shirt.
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