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Often referred to as San Francisco's "queer Smithsonian," the GLBT Historical Society houses one of the world's largest collections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical materials. The society's GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States.

Sponsorships: Museum sponsorship provides essential support to one the GLBT community’s most significant cultural institutions — and offers visibility and other benefits to sponsors. For full details, click here.

Membership & Donations: To become a member or make a donation, click here.

To read about the three main challenges currently facing the organization, including the search for a new home for our archives, the need to renew the lease for the GLBT History Museum, and our efforts to satisfy exploding interest in GLBT history, click here.

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11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

4127 18th St. • San Francisco


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Out of the Boxes and onto the Net!

We're digitizing our amazing audiovisual collections and putting them on the Internet for you to enjoy. Check out our first offering, the entire run of the 1980s radio series The Gay Life. Click here.GayBackMachine


Sponsors of the GLBT History Museum
City & County of San Francisco: Grants for the Arts

Presenting Sponsor
Bob Ross Foundation
City and Countyof San Francisco: Grants for the Arts
Real Bad (Grassroots Gay Rights West)
Real Bad

Platinum Sponsors
David R. Kessler, M.D.
Levi Strauss
Wells Fargo Foundation

Gold Sponsors
AAA Northern California, Utah & Nevada Insurance Exchange
Badlands & Toad Hall
Al Baum & Robert Holgate
John Bell & Jason Spicer
Harvey's Restaurant
Human Rights Campaign
Gerard Koskovich Queer Antiquarian Books
Chris Lewis & Todd Reasinger
Mark Rhoades
Emily Rosenberg & Darlene de Manincor
Earl Stokes & Ross Moore
Andreas Weigend
Whole Foods

Silver Sponsors
Bank of the West
Troy Barber & Dan Stewart
Abraham Brown & Jim Stephens
Tom Burtch & Neil Austen
Community Thrift Store
Elisabeth Cornu
Robert Dockendorff
Chris Lewis & Todd Reasinger
Terence Kissack & Mark Coleman
Peter Lundberg & James Mowdy
John Raines
James Neale
See's Candies
Sterling Art Services

John Alecca
Nancy Andrews
Gary Booher
Gray Clossman Darryl Carbonaro
Paul Christensen
Community Safety Foundation
Diana Coopersmith
William Dickey
Mark Dimunation
Calvin Doucet
Andrew Ferguson
Gary Gansle
Kevin Gerber
Jerome Goldstein
Tim Gullicksen
Eric Hallquist
Tomlinson Holman
James Hormel & Michael Nguyen
Mario Hubert
Jack Lasner
Jason Macario & Steve Holst
Todd Martin
Michael Moniz
Trenton Norris
Ken Prog
Merle Rabine
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Stephen Murray & Keelung Hong
William Patterson
Rainbow Grocery Cooperative
Kerry Romesburg & Judy Romesburg Gustavo Torres
Underglass Custom Framing
James Williams
Anders Winther & David Pike
Michael Yang & Jim Krenz

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Showing at the
GLBT History Museum

Queer Past Becomes Present
New Main Gallery Exhibit Now Open!

Queer Past

Come see our completely remodeled Main Gallery and our powerful new exhibition, Queer Past Becomes Present. More information here.

Other Current and Upcoming
Events and Programs


Christopher Lowen Agee Book Signing

Wednesday, October 22
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Agee book coverChristopher Lowen Agee will give a talk at the GLBT History Museum based on the 1960 "gayola scandal" chapter of his new book, The Streets of San Francisco: Policing and the Creation of a Cosmopolitan Liberal Politics, 1950-1972. Admission: suggested donation of $5, $3 for students, free for members.

Trans* Double Feature

Thursday, November 6
7:00-9:00 p.m.

The GLBT History Museum and the LGBT Studies Department of City College of San Francisco will co-present two talks on transgender identity at the Museum. Dr. Ardel Thomas will speak on "Reading Trans* Identity In Archival Images of Cross-Dressing: Pedagogical Approaches and Conundrums in my Queer Trans* City College of San Francisco Classroom in the Tenderloin," and Ms. Bob Davis will speak on "Do the Clothes Fit?: Clues to Trans* Identity in Photographs of Cross-Dressing." Admission: suggested donation of $5, $3 for students, free for members.

LGBTQ Historic Sites Project
Final Community Meeting

Sunday, November 16
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Historic SitesThe GLBT History Museum will host a free presentation by public historian Donna Graves and architectural historian Shayne Watson on the development of the Citywide Historic Context Statement for LGBTQ History in San Francisco, a project sponsored by the GLBT Historical Society and funded by the San Francisco Historic Preservation Fund. Documenting queer local history from the 1800s through the early 1990s, the Historic Context Statement will be used to guide efforts to identify, interpret, and landmark historic places associated with that history. This meeting is an opportunity for the public to engage with the historians and develop ideas for future efforts..

The G Spot: Gentrification, Transformation and Queer San Francisco

G Spot Program PicThis free program series spotlights how processes of urban renovation that once helped create spaces for queer community and culture now threaten to erase their presence. All events in the series will happen at the GLBT History Museum. See the complete schedule of events. Register online and view the list of suggested readings.

Theme: Queers, Redevelopment and Racial Displacement
October 16, 7-9 p.m.

Theme: Gay Tourism, Urban Development
November 13, 7-9 p.m.
November 20, 7-9 p.m.

Theme: GLBT People and the Machine
December 4, 7-9 p.m.

Theme: Neighborhood Turf Wars and Questions of Territory
January 8, 7-9 p.m.
January 24, 3-5 p.m.

Theme: Queers Against Gentrification
February 5, 7-9 p.m.
February 28, 4-10 p.m.

Closing Event: Open Forum on the GLBT Historical Society's Role in Gentrification Issues
March 12, 7-9 p.m

Unmasked Gala

Get your tickets: Our 2014 Unmasked Gala will be held Wednesday, October 29, at the elegant Contemporary Jewish Museum near Yerba Buena Gardens in SOMA. Enjoy entertainment, passed food, a hosted bar, and a silent auction. Get details here.

Queer Historic Sites

Black Cat Cafe The GLBT Historical Society is working on a comprehensive study of queer historic sites in the city, thanks to a grant from the San Francisco Historic Preservation Fund Committee. The project will document sites from the mid-19th century to the end of the 1980s. Individuals who lived in or visited San Francisco are invited to contribute stories, photos and other details on LGBT sites that were meaningful to them. We particularly seek information about sites important to LGBT communities of color, transgender people, the bisexual community and others who are under-documented in LGBT history.

For information about the Queer Historic Sites project, contact sflgbthistory@gmail.com.  For information about other GLBT Historical Society programs, contact info@glbthistory.org.


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San Francisco, CA 94105
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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them. We sponsor exhibitions and programs on an ongoing basis.