Jean “Mean Jean” Clark Holman, the keystone of the lesbian bar scene in Kansas City, passed away Nov. 3. She managed Tootsie’s in the Crossroads and went on to own Grandma’s Bar & Grill in the West Bottoms. Lesbian bars are a thing of the past, but the legacy of Mean Jean lives on. We asked the Kansas City lesbian community to share memories of Mean Jean:
“She was bold, honest and loving and she didn’t care if you liked it or not. #Perfection” – Kelli Daniels
“She always kept me laughing and smiling when she’d give that ‘Mean Jean Clark Holman’ look (that only she could give) to those that didn’t know her. To those of us that were privileged to know her … even if only just a little bit, knew that she was sweet as pie! She found a way to touch my heart as a regular for a while on Tuesday nights in Tootsie’s, and I would look forward to seeing her face when I came through the door. I knew I’d be sure to find her behind the bar with my drink waiting on me!” – Tiffany Nicole
“I met this classy lady 15+ years ago when she asked me what I wanted to drink and her teeth flew out of her mouth and into the bar stool next to me. She hollered, ‘Are you gonna grab those or do I have to come over there and get them?!’ I gave them back to her, she tossed them back in her mouth, slammed my beer on the bar and growled, ‘It’s on the house.’” – Kelli Daniels
Lesbian Events in Kansas City
Tuesday, Dec. 13
Kansas City PrideFest Charity Trivia:7-9 p.m., all ages, at Hamburger Mary’s, 3700 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. This will be the first fundraiser for Kansas City PrideFest 2017! Play trivia with your friends – or new friends. Expect a whole lot of rowdy fun, with prizes for first, second and third place.
Friday, Dec. 16
Girl Party with DJ Shelby White: 10 p.m.-1 a.m., ages 21+, at Woody’s Classic Sports Pub, 3740 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. DJ Shelby White brings the best mixes for ladies to dance the night away on the patio and in the main bar. Beer Pong in the game room, along with darts and video games.
Sunday, Jan. 15
HRC-KC Battle of the Bands: 2-8 p.m., ages 21+, at Kanza Hall, 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park.
Join the Human Rights Campaign for its 8th annual battle, featuring electric and acoustic performances from some of your favorite local and regional artists. Tickets are $20 in advance (goo.gl/Rj5c7T) or $25 at the door; each ticket also includes or renews your annual HRC membership. Winner plays the 2017 Kansas City PrideFest (June 2-4 at Berkley Riverfront Park, Kansas City, Mo.).
For full event details and more lesbian events, visit facebook.com/womenforwomenkansascity.