Faces From the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930

Faces From the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930
Friday, July 14
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00 | Free for members

Homer Baker, age 19; convicted of sodomy and sentenced to six years at San Quentin. Original file identification card, San Francisco Police Department (1908). Courtesy Bill Lipsky.

“Faces From the Past” is a new display in the “Queer Past Becomes Present” exhibition at the GLBT History Museum’s Main Gallery. Using tintypes, postcards, newspaper articles, paintings, mug shots, arrest records and other historic documents, curators Paula Lichtenberg and Bill Lipsky examine over 150 years of queer presence in Northern California.

In the first of a series of programs in conjunction with the display, this panel will feature the curators, along with two historians. Independent scholar Will Roscoe will discuss Queen Califia, the semi-mythical figure after whom California is named, and the two-spirits of the Bay Area. San Francisco State University Professor Clare Sears will speak on laws that criminalized cross-dressing and same-sex sexuality in 19th-century San Francisco.

A reception with the curators starts at 6 p.m., followed by the panel at 7 p.m