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01 October 2008

Lou Hogan (190? - ?) chorine,writer, cook.

Lou was a native of San Francisco. In the 1920s using the drag name of Sonia Pavlijev and street name of Bubbles, he passed as female on the streets. He performed as a chorus girl in productions of The Desert Song and Varsity Drag.

He wrote a novel of gay love in 1932 under the name of Robert Scully. In 1964 he wrote the very first gay detective novel as Lou Rand – which includes glimpses of the San Francisco drag scene at the end of the 1950s.

As Toto le Grand he wrote a memoir spanning the 1920s – 1940s, and a gay cookbook. He was also a columnist for Gourmet Magazine.
  • Robert Scully. The Scarlet Pansy. New York:William Faro. 1933.
  • Lou Rand. The Gay Detective. Fresno, Ca: Saber Books 1961. Republished as Rough Trade. Los Angeles: Argyle Books 1964. New York: Paperback Library 1965.
  • Lou Rand Hogan. The Gay Cookbook. Los Angeles: Sherbourne Press 1965. Bell Pub 1965.
  • Toto le Grand (Lou Rand). The Golden Age of Queens. Bay Area Reporter. 1974. 6-part series. Now at San Francisco GLBT Historical Society.
  • Nan Alamilla Boyd. Wide Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965. University of California Press 2003: 35-6,37,44, 108.


  1. Lou Rand also contributed a regular column to the Advocate entitled "Auntie Lou Cooks" from March 1970 to April 1974.

  2. The 1974 columns start with issue Bay Area Reporter, Volume 4, Number 18, 4 September 1974.
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  3. Thank you for the link.


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