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The Gaylords Street gang has its beginnings in the area of grand and noble on Chicago's north side. The Gaylords were originally a softball club in the late 1940s or early 1950s, that eventually converted in to a street gang around 1954. Softball clubs and social clubs were common in Chicago and many neighborhoods had them. Other softball clubs at that time included the Scorpions, Ramrods and the Demons. It is very important to say here, that for many years after the 1950s, gangs referred to themselves as "clubs" in Chicago.
It has been reported that the name of the Gaylords softball club was at first called "Gayle's Lords," because they were sponsored by a local tavern that was either called Gayle's or the owners wife bore the name Gayle. Later the name, Gayle's Lords, became shortened down to Gay Lords. The reason for this is unknown, its probably because the usage of the word "Gay" by society at the time to reflect a cheerful mood
The Gaylords adopted their name at a time period in which homosexuality had nothing to do with the word "Gay." It was a trendy and widely used word of the time that described a proud, happy mood. The word "Gay"could be found back then in the names of businesses, books and even in movies such as: The Gay Intruders (1948), and The Gay Amigo (with western star, Cisco Kid, 1949).
Originally posted by nathraq
As a teenager, I was an associate member of a gang, and the Gaylords were one of our allies. Tough, street savy, and never backing down froma fight, they got a lot of respect, from their allies and enemies alike.