WANTED: LEATHER& KINK FAIRVOLUNTEERS | RAISE MONEY FOR THE GLBT HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The GLBT Historical Society has been named a major beneficiary of San Francisco’s largest leather and kink celebrations, the Up Your Alley and Folsom Street Fairs.

 

BEARTOONIST OF SAN FRANCISCO: ENDING THIS MAY

$5 ADMISSION | FREE FOR MEMBERS • COMMUNITY GALLERY

An exhibition featuring the work of cartoonist Fran Frisch as a starting point for exploring the community of bears, a subculture that developed in the 1980s. Visit our Beartoonist exhibit soon before we close at the end of this month.

 

 

LAVENDER-TINTED GLASSES: A GROOVY GAY LOOK AT THE SUMMER OF LOVE

$5 ADMISSION | FREE FOR MEMBERS • FRONT GALLERY


A new exhibition highlighting LGBTQ participation in the 1967 Summer of Love in San Francisco.

 

EMPLOYMENT, INTERNSHIP & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE!

We are on the lookout for amazing team players in our growing organization.

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BUILDING THE NEW MUSEUM OF LGBTQ HISTORY & CULTURE

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FIGHTING BACK: DEVELOPMENT VS LGBTQ PRESERVATION

FREE ADMISSION | $5 DONATION WELCOME • THE GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM
May 23 • Tuesday • 7-9 PM

A discussion on strategies for preserving LGBTQ heritage: What has worked and what hasn’t? What new approaches are possible? Can development and preservation coexist.

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 “IN THE HEART OF AMERICA” BY NAOMI WALLACE

FREE ADMISSION | $5 DONATION WELCOME • THE GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM
June 5 • Monday • 7-9 PM

During the First Gulf War, Craver, “white trash” from Tennessee, and Remiz, a Palestinian American, served together and fell in love.

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EXHIBITION OPENING | PICTURING KINSHIP: PORTRAITS OF OUR COMMUNITY

$5 ADMISSION | FREE FOR MEMBERS • COMMUNITY GALLERY
June 9th 2017 • Friday • 7-9PM

A new exhibition offering a 35-year overview of portraits in painting and photography by San Francisco artist Lenore Chinn.

 

AUTHOR TALK: ECCENTRIC MODERNISMS

$5 ADMISSION | FREE FOR MEMBERS • THE GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM
June 12th 2017 • Monday • 7-9PM

Art historian Tirza True Latimer presents her new book, Eccentric Modernisms: Making Differences in the History of American Art (University of California Press), which traces the networks of cosmopolitan eccentrics who made space in America in the 1930s and 1940s for what we would today call queer culture.

 

 

PICNIC & DANCE: QUEER SUMMER OF LOVE IN GOLDEN GATE PARK

FREE ADMISSION | DONATIONS WELCOME
NATIONAL AIDS MEMORIAL GROVE • GOLDEN GATE PARK
June 18 • Sunday • 12-5 PM

Join in an afternoon tribute to the queer movers and shakers who helped create the Summer of Love in 1967. 

 

FIGHTING BACK: WHEN THE DYKES WENT MARCHING IN

FREE ADMISSION | $5 DONATION WELCOME • THE GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM
June 20th 2017 • Tuesday • 7-9PM

“When The Dykes Went Marching In: A Celebration of 1990s Lesbian Activism” will offer a multigenerational conversation about 1990s lesbian activism and the legacy and lessons of that decade for political resistance today.

 

DYKE CODES: GROWING UP OUTSIDE THE BUBBLE

$5 ADMISSION | $5 DONATION WELCOME • THE GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM
June 21st 2017 • Wednesday • 7-9PM

A discussion and exhibition of work remembering how dykes found community growing up “outside the bubble” of such LGBTQ metropolises as New York and San Francisco.

A BRAND NEW EXHIBITION IN OUR FRONT GALLERY

LAVENDER-TINTED GLASSES: A GROOVY GAY LOOK AT THE SUMMER OF LOVE

Alan Ginsberg at the Human Be-In, Golden Gate Park (1967) Photo Copyright © Lisa Law

“Lavender-Tinted Glasses: A Groovy Gay Look at the Summer of Love” highlights the roles of four queers in San Francisco’s 1967 Summer of Love: poet Allen Ginsberg, filmmaker Kenneth Anger, philosopher Gavin Arthur and singer Janis Joplin.

EXHIBITION THROUGH MAY IN OUR COMMUNITY GALLERY

BEARTOONIST OF SAN FRANCISCO: SKETCHING AN EMERGING SUBCULTURE

Bear Pride at The Lone Star Saloon (circa 1995) Chalk drawing by Fran Frisch

An exhibition featuring the work of cartoonist Fran Frisch as a starting point for exploring the community of bears, a subculture that developed in the 1980s to celebrate older, larger, hairier, ruggedly masculine gay men who were largely excluded from standards of attractiveness in gay popular culture.


 

EXHIBITION OPENING: JUNE 9th, FRIDAY, 7-9PM

PICTURING KINSHIP: PORTRAITS OF OUR COMMUNITY

“Butler’s View” (1993). Acrylic on canvas by Lenore Chinn. Photo courtesy of Lenore Chinn.

A new exhibition offering a 35-year overview of portraits in painting and photography by San Francisco artist Lenore Chinn. Her work depicts a wide spectrum of women and men, people of color and the LGBTQ community. The subjects are largely individuals who have contributed to San Francisco’s cultural landscape in fields ranging from poetry to visual and performing arts, film, rock music, academia and the LGBTQ movement.

MAIN GALLERY

Eight exhibits focus on facets of queer life from the 1940s to today. This exhibition features rich multimedia drawn from our archival collections. Hover over the pictures below for more information.

 

 

 


 

 

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VISIT THE GLBTHS ARCHIVES & RESEARCH CENTER

The archives of the GLBT Historical Society contain approximately 800 collections of personal papers, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and organizational records. These collections include unpublished material such as letters, diaries and scrapbooks documenting the lives of both average people and community leaders.

FEATURED AUDIO ARCHIVE: ORANGE TUESDAY REACTION (1977)

June 8th 1977. The day after Dade County voters denied gay people their civil rights: news feeds from around the country, a Paul Harvey commentary, poetry, listener call-ins, coverage of a spontaneous demonstration and Anita Bryant’s infamous “normal majority” speech.