Scorpio Night Club Ad


Scorpio is a night club that was founded in 1968 by Marion Tyson and her husband Floyd Tyson, as  a safe haven for people in Charlotte’s LGBTQ+ community. During the time of its opening, there was a lot of negative stigma to being openly gay in public. However, once Scorpio opened its doors, it created a place for people in the LGBTQ+ to comfortably and safely be themselves. The driving motivation to open the bar, according to the bar’s second owner, Donald O’Shields, was because the couple had friends that were also gay, and “they listened to their friends,” (Comer & Editor, 2014) when most bars at the time didn’t take the gay community into consideration.