The GLBT Historical Society has long worked to strengthen our engagement with academic, cultural, corporate and philanthropic communities and to broaden support for our organization. We have now taken another major step in advancing this effort: forming a National Advisory Council to advise and support our staff and board on the fulfillment of our mission. Five distinguished leaders of the LGBTQ community have agreed to serve as honorary cochairs:
Mark Leno, former San Francisco supervisor and California State senator and current candidate for mayor of San Francisco.
Alfredo Pedroza, Wells Fargo Bank executive and a member of the board of trustees of the Mexican Museum in San Francisco.
Gayle Rubin, associate professor of anthropology and women’s studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Susan Stryker, director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, founder of the Transgender Studies Initiative, and associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Amy Sueyoshi, associate dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.
In particular, the council will help guide our campaign to establish the New Museum of LGBTQ History and Culture — a world-class museum, archives and public history center in San Francisco that we believe is vital to the preservation of our heritage and the representation of our diverse LGBTQ communities.
The council will help establish a foundation on which we can build the new museum — but it’s just one of the blocks we need to put in place. Since we announced our Vision 2020 fundraising campaign last year, we also have made steady progress in building our donor and membership base. To all who have donated, joined or increased their membership level this year, we thank you. Please tell your friends about our campaign, and ask them to sign up as members, too.
Terry Beswick is executive director of the GLBT Historical Society.