San Francisco theater company/drag troupe founded in 1969, seen by many to be the transition point in San Francisco culture, combining elements from the long-standing hippie movement and the emerging gay subculture. A group of gay hippies, straight female groupies, and general weirdos who mixed psychedelia with camp, wearing thrift store outfits mimicking stars of the Hollywood's golden age with glitter on their beards and genitals began performing monthly midnight revues during movie showings at the Palace Theater.
Extremely popular with the counterculture and mainstream audiences, the group's time together was short-lived. Many members would leave to pursue other projects in music and the theater. Many of them contracted AIDS in the 1980s and have since died.
A documentary about the group was made in 2002.