Fighting Back: Development vs. LGBTQ Preservation

Fighting Back: Development VS LGBTQ Preservation

Tuesday, May 23
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: Free; $5.00 donation welcome

Demolition of the Tool Box, an early leather bar (1975). Photo by Henri Leleu from the archives of the GLBT Historical Society.
The latest in our monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer-community issues in a historical context, this multigenerational conversation will feature panelists from preservation battles in San Francisco’s LGBTQ community.
Panelists will focus in particular on initiatives in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, including the Ringold Alley Project, the Eagle Plaza and the Stud bar. They’ll lead a discussion of strategies for preserving LGBTQ heritage: What has worked and what hasn’t? What new approaches are possible? Can development and preservation coexist?
The forum will be facilitated by architectural historian Shayne Watson, chair of the GLBT Historical Society’s Historic Places Working Group, along with working group member and local historian Jim Van Buskirk. The following panelists will participate:
Gerry Takano, founding member of the Friends of 1800, San Francisco’s first LGBTQ preservation group.
Gayle Rubin, renowned LGBTQ anthropologist and leather scholar.

Demetri Moshoyannis, advisory committee member for the soon-to-be-unveiled Ringold Alley interpretive landscape project.

Nate Allbee, cofounder of The Stud Collective, the group that saved the eponymous South of Market bar.