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Panel Discussion | Fighting Back: Marching for Our Rights

Panel Discussion | Fighting Back: Marching for Our Rights  
Tuesday, September 26
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: Free | $5.00 Donation Welcome

Buttons from the 1979 and 1987 lesbian and gay marches on Washington, D.C. Collection of the GLBT Historical Society

The latest in the GLBT Historical Society’s monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer-community issues in a historical context,”Marching for Our Rights: 1987 and Beyond” will offer a multigenerational conversation about marches as a tactic for advancing our rights, with a special focus on the 30th anniversary of the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1987. A panel of veteran organizers and younger activists will discuss the history of marches as a tactic for promoting LGBTQ equality and how this history can inform today’s intersectional resistance movements.

PANEL PARTICIPANTS

Tre Allen is an advocate for equal rights. As an Evangelical Christian, he underwent several ex-gay therapies to pray away the gay. Once he moved to San Francisco, he jumped into organizing for marriage equality with the Courage Campaign and co-organized the March4Equality during the 2013 Proposition 8 and DOMA cases. He subsequently has been involved in helping organizes other marches and public celebrations. In 2015 Allen earned an associate of arts degree in LGBT studies at City College of San Francisco and recently graduated received a master’s in public administration from San Francisco State. He now works at the San Francisco Neighborhood Empowerment Network.

Pam David is a long-time progressive LGBTQ activist. With values forged in the civil rights, anti-war and women’s movements, David helped organize the Lesbian Rights Alliance and Lesbians Against Police Violence in the 1970s. In the 1980s, she served as the national outreach coordinator for the 1987 March on Washington and was the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s main advisor on LGBTQ issues. In 1990, Mayor Art Agnos made her the first out lesbian appointed to a San Francisco mayor’s staff. Working for three mayors over 12 years, she helped provide critical resources to support LGBTQ people, people with HIV/AIDS and low-income communities. As executive director of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund since 2002, David has continued her personal and professional commitment to social change.

Gabriel Haaland is a transgender progressive union activist who is dedicated to protecting workers; has led campaigns to protect renters from unjust evictions; fights for social justice and political reforms that empower working people, people of color and neighborhoods. Named a “local hero” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, he was also a community grand marshal for San Francisco Pride. He is a former president of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club and former co-vice president of Pride at Work. Haaland is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Hastings College of the Law. For the past 15 years, he has worked as a political coordinator for SEIU Local 1021.

Alex U. Inn, a Bay Area resident for more than 35 years, is an advocate for justice and equality. A community grand marshal for San Francisco Pride in 2017, Alex is one of the few to be named to sainthood by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and is a winner of 32 gold medals at the Gay Games. Alex also has been a critical force for many important LGBTQ institutions and campaigns, including the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, the MyNameIs Coalition, San Francisco Pride’s NECTAR/Women’s Stage, UNLEASH! Dance Party for Women and the Committee for Queer Justice. Alex also founded Momma’s Boyz, a troupe of hip hop activist drag kings and the KINGDOM! Drag King House that fundraises for our community.

Ken Jones has been a community organizer and activist since the 1970s, participating in the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Parade and Celebration Committee for almost a decade. He also traveled to Cuba as part of the Venceramos Work Brigade in 1987 and that same year he served as the Northern California co-chair of the  National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.  An original volunteer at the KS Foundation, Jones was the first paid office manager of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and would go on to become the director of volunteer services at the foundation for over a decade.

Lito Sandoval (moderator) first became active in the queer community in the late 1980s when he joined ACT UP/San Francisco. He subsequently joined the leadership of AGUILAS and later served on the board of the Queer Latina/o Artists Coalition (QUELACO). Currently, he serves as co-president of the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club and is a member of the board of the GLBT Historical Society. In addition, Sandoval has practiced his craft in the spoken word and performing arts as a founding member of Latin Hustle, a queer Latino comedy trio. His short essay “I Love You Alto” was published in the anthology Virgins, Guerrillas y Locas: Gay Latinos Writing on Love (Cleis Press, 1999).

Supervisor Jane Kim: Working Together to Preserve LGBTQ History in San Francisco

Supervisor Jane Kim (left) at the unveiling of a lesbian historical plaque.

The GLBT History Museum is well known as a destination in the Castro neighborhood, but the archives of the GLBT Historical Society have long been located in another part of the city: For more than 20 years, the collections have been housed in buildings in Mid-Market, then the adjacent South of Market and now back in Mid-Market. Representing both of those neighborhoods is San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, whose district also includes the city’s greatest concentration of museums.

A former civil rights attorney elected in 2011, Kim has long been an advocate for the LGBTQ community. In recent years, she has actively included queer heritage and historic preservation issues on her policy agenda. In this exclusive interview with History Happens, the supervisor discusses her efforts on behalf of a number of LGBTQ public history initiatives and explains her support for the GLBT Historical Society’s campaign to create a New Museum of LGBTQ History and Culture.

You have supported the South of Market Leather History Alley, which was created in collaboration with a real-estate developer. What are other ways community historians could partner with the City and with developers to commemorate San Francisco’s LGBTQ history?

There is a growing movement of examining intangible cultural assets as they pertain to LGBTQ history. Our office has been partnering with preservationists and community activists on Ringold Alley, Eagle Plaza, the preservation of the Lone Star and the Stud, and creating the first transgender and LGBT leather cultural districts. The Compton’s Transgender Cultural District passed unanimously, and we recently secured seed funding for place-making, job development and staffing for the district, with of $375,000 from our City budget and $300,000 in developer fees.

The City of San Francisco and a wide range of community groups and individuals are currently working to develop a Citywide LGBTQ Cultural Heritage Strategy. What impact do you hope this report will have on LGBTQ preservation efforts and overall city policy?

The report should provide a roadmap and set of principles to both preserve and continue to grow our LGBTQ assets and showcase the unique LGBTQ character of each neighborhood, whether it’s lesbians at the Artemis Café on Valencia, leather daddies at the Toolbox in SoMa, or transgender women at the Chukker Club in the Tenderloin.

You and Supervisor Jeff Sheehy coauthored a unanimously passed resolution earlier this year calling on the City to support the GLBT Historical Society’s initiative to create a world-class New Museum of LGBTQ History and Culture. What are the next steps the City should take to put this resolution into action? And how can the community help?

We need to engage in fundraising. The reality is that after the demise of the state redevelopment agency, we have less funding to sustain our museums in South of Market. The story of the Jewish Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspoara (MOAD), the Mexican Museum and Yerba Buena all had a nexus to redevelopment site acquisition and funds. I still think the City can also play a crucial role, such as identifying surplus properties for this use. This will need to be a collaborative effort. Of course, I would love to see this museum near all of its other sister museums in SoMa.

We need to develop a vision of how we hope this museum will serve our community, through showcasing the history and assets of the LGBTQ community. With a strong vision, a serious capital campaign and a committee to identify a site or building, the City and the community can and should work together to add this to our sister museums. Perhaps even join them where I serve as supervisor in District 6.


NOTE: Reprinted from the August 2017 issue of History Happens, the monthly newsletter of the GLBT Historical Society. To read the full issue, click here. To subscribe to the newsletter, click here.

New Exhibition Highlights 35 Years of LGBTQ Community Portraits by Lenore Chinn  

Veronica Passalacqua, Amari Passalacqua and Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie (2016); color photograph. Copyright © Lenore Chinn.

Veuxdo in the Fillmore (2012); acrylic on canvas. Copyright © Lenore Chinn.

“Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community,” a new exhibition offering a 35-year overview of portraits in painting and photography by San Francisco artist Lenore Chinn, opens on June 9 at the GLBT History Museum.

The subjects of the artist’s portraits are individuals who have contributed to the diversity of San Francisco’s cultural landscape in such fields as poetry, visual and performing arts, film, rock music, academia, and the LGBTQ movement. The exhibition is curated by Tirza True Latimer, chair of the graduate program in visual and critical studies at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

“Portraiture is at the core of my visual art practice whether it is painting or photography — both are employed in my creative process,” notes Chinn. “As a local artist, I focus on the depiction of a wide spectrum of people in all their diversity — women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. Collectively these images are visual narratives that constitute an art history largely hidden from the public’s perception of society and our particular cultural experience.

“My portraits reflect the many overlapping communities in which I move or which I have some connection to,” Chinn adds. “Many are colleagues or friends I have chronicled over three decades, so the viewer will see domestic partners, young men now departed due to HIV/AIDS and people from a wide variety of ethnic groups. Some have been involved in laying the groundwork for changing city policy pertaining to our civil rights, others are from my sociopolitical milieu. Together they have been pioneers in creating visibility and an infrastructure for our communities.”

“Picturing Kinship” runs June 9 through September 18 at the GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco. An opening reception on Friday, June 9, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. will feature comments from the artist and the curator along with light refreshments.


Lenore Chinn. Detail of Butler’ s View (1993); acrylic on canvas self-portrait. Copyright © Lenore Chinn.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Lenore Chinn is a second-generation Asian American painter, photographer, and activist whose work has been shown nationally for more than three decades. Her paintings are based in the Bay Area tradition of photorealism, with its practice of creating large-scale acrylics inspired by photographs of everyday life. At the same time, her iconography escapes photorealist convention by focusing on LGBTQ relationships, racial and ethnic diversity, and Chinese-American culture and kinship.

Chinn has long been active as a San Francisco community organizer who works to create structures of personal and institutional support that will both sustain critical artistic production and advance movements for social justice. She was an original member of Lesbians in the Visual Arts, is a co-founder of the Queer Cultural Center and has been active in the Asian American Women Artists Association since the group was founded. From 1988 to 1992, she served on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.


Tirza True Latimer. Photo: Wanda Corn.

 

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Tirza True Latimer is the associate professor and chair of the graduate program in visual and critical studies at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She has curated numerous exhibitions, most recently “Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories” for the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Latimer coauthored with Wanda Corn a companion book, also titled Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories (University of California Press, 2011).

Latimer’s published work reflects on modern and contemporary visual culture from queer feminist perspectives. She is coeditor with Whitney Chadwick of the anthology The Modern Woman Revisited: Paris Between the Wars (Rutgers University Press, 2003). She is the author of Women Together/Women Apart: Portraits of Lesbian Paris (Rutgers University Press, 2005). Latimer’s latest book, Eccentric Modernisms: Making Differences in the History of American Art (University of California Press, 2016), builds on archival research conducted for the Stein exhibition and book.

 

THE GLBT History Museum: Free Admission on Harvey Milk Day

Harvey Milk preparing to speak following the Gay Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco (June 1978). Photo: Crawford Barton, from the archives of GLBT Historical Society.
A young visitor to the GLBT History Museum listens intently to Harvey Milk’s recorded political will. A portrait of Milk is in the background. Photo: Gerard Koskovich.

The State of California annually marks Harvey Milk’s birthday, May 22 as Harvey Milk Day, as a statewide day of significance. The GLBT History Museum will honor the occasion this year by offering free admission to all visitors throughout the day. The museum is located at 4127 18th St. in San Francisco’s Castro District. It will be open 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Harvey Milk Day.

Harvey Milk (1930-1978) was the first openly gay elected official in California and one of the first in the United States. He served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for 11 months before he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were shot to death on November 27, 1978, by Dan White, a former board colleague of Milk’s. The GLBT History Museum commemorates Harvey Milk on an ongoing basis in a number of ways.

 

Queer Past Becomes Present,” the long-term exhibition in the museum’s Main Gallery, includes an exhibit on Milk’s life and death. Among the historical objects on display are the bullhorn Milk used to lead many protest marches and the suit he was wearing at the moment he was assassinated. Visitors also can hear Milk’s voice in the political will he recorded when he was serving on the Board of Supervisors.

 

In addition, the museum shop offers a reproduction of a historical t-shirt produced by the legal defense committee that raised funds on behalf of protesters arrested during the White Night Riot, an uprising that took place at San Francisco City Hall after a jury found Dan White guilty of manslaughter instead of murder in the killings of Milk and Moscone. Also available in the museum shop are reproductions of a t-shirt produced for Milk’s 1977 campaign for the Board of Supervisors, as well as postcards reproducing historical photographs of Milk.

Among the materials preserved in the archives of the GLBT Historical Society is the Harvey Milk and Scott Smith Collection, an extensive group of Milk’s personal belongings. The collection and other holdings in the society’s archives provide a vital resource for historians and others seeking to understand Milk’s story. Notably, the collections were used by the art directors and costume designers for Gus van Sant’s award-winning 2008 feature film “MILK” and by the producers of the recent ABC miniseries “When We Rise.”

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.

STAGED READING Rhino in the Castro: In the Heart of America

  
Staged Reading
Rhino in the Castro: In the Heart of America
Monday, June 5
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: Free; $5.00 Donation Welcome

Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco’s groundbreaking queer stage company, has teamed up with the GLBT History Museum to present “Rhino in the Castro,” a series of readings of plays reflecting the LGBTQ community and our allies. The museum provides the space, and Rhino provides the scripts and actors. This month’s offering is “In the Heart of America” by Naomi Wallace. During the First Gulf War, Craver, “white trash” from Tennessee, and Remiz, a Palestinian American, served together and fell in love. Later, Remzi’s sister wants to know what happened to her brother.

EXHIBITION OPENING Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community

Exhibition Opening
Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community  
Friday, June 9
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00; Free for members

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. They have been pioneers in creating visibility for queer communities — and Lenore’s portraits of them constitute a reflection of LGBTQ experience that has been largely invisible in mainstream narratives of contemporary art. The opening will feature comments from the artist along with light refreshments. “Picturing Kinship” runs through September 18 at the GLBT History Museum.

AUTHOR TALK | Eccentric Modernisms: Making Differences in the History of American Art

Author Talk
Eccentric Modernisms: Making Differences in the History of American Art 

Monday, June 12
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00; Free for members

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. Latimer is an associate professor and chair of the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. She will be interviewed by James Voorhies, dean of fine arts at California College of the Arts. Eccentric Modernisms focuses on gay men who formed Gertrude Stein’s circle of support, including painter Pavel Tchelitchew, composer Virgil Thompson and writer Charles Henri Ford. These artists and others collaborated in distinctively queer ways across national, cultural and disciplinary boundaries to form artistic and intellectual communities.

Picnic & Dance: Queer Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park

Picnic & Dance: Queer Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park

Sunday, June 18    
Noon to 5:00 PM 
National AIDS Memorial Grove  
Golden Gate Park 
Free. Donations Welcome.

 
Graphic from the San Francisco Oracle (April 1967). Courtesy Regent Press.

In conjunction with the “Lavender-Tinted Glasses” exhibition currently on display at the GLBT History Museum, the Calamus Fellowship invites you to join in an afternoon tribute to the queer movers and shakers who helped create the Summer of Love in 1967. The potluck picnic and dance for all ages will take place at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. DJs Brontez Purnell, Malik Mays and others will provide the sounds. Fabulous tie-dye and other LGBTQ hippie looks encouraged. Free admission. Calamus will be collecting donations for the AIDS Memorial Grove and the GLBT Historical Society. To join the Facebook conversation, click here.

Fighting Back: When the Dykes Went Marching In

Fighting Back: When the Dykes Went Marching In    
Tuesday, June 20
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: Free; $5.00 donation welcome

Lesbian Avengers marching in the June 1994 San Francisco Pride Parade. Photo courtesy of GLBT Historical Society.

The latest in the GLBT Historical Society’s monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer-community issues in a historical context, “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.

Local veterans of lesbian activism Judith Cohen, Angela Garcia, Lenn Keller and Alex U. Inn will join moderator Anne-Christine d’Adesky, journalist, activist and author of the new book The Pox Lover: An Activist’s Decade in New York and Paris (University of Wisconsin Press).

ABOUT the PANEL

Judith Cohen has been an activist and creative entrepreneur since 1989. She is a founder of San Francisco Lesbian Avengers; a founding member of the San Francisco Dyke March Organizing Committee; and a founding member of ACT UP Golden Gate. Professionally, she is the founder and CEO of Solve Agency Inc., Above 805 Media and the TalentPath Group.

Angela Garcia is an author, activist and associate professor of anthropology at Stanford University. Her research, writing and activism focuses on themes of poverty, violence and health. Garcia is the author of the award-winning book The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession Along the Rio Grande (2010). She was a cofounder and editor of Revista Parallax, a bilingual literary zine featuring artists and writers from the Mission District during the 1990s. During the same decade, Garcia directed Project Inform’s Women’s HIV Treatment Information and Advocacy program, Project WISE.

Alex U. Inn (Carmen Alex Morrison), a San Francisco Pride 2017 community grand marshal, has been a Bay Area resident and activist for social justice for more than 35 years. One of few named to sainthood by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and winner of 32 gold medals at the Gay Games, Alex also has been a critical force for many important LGBTQ groups including the SF LGBT Center, the MyNameIs Coalition, Pride’s NECTAR/Women’s Stage, UNLEASH! Dance Party for Women and the Committee for Queer Justice. Alex also founded Momma’s Boyz, a troupe of hip-hop artivist drag kings, and the KINGDOM! drag king house, a philanthropic arm for our community.

Lenn Keller is the founder of the Bay Area Lesbian Archives. She is a community archivist, activist, historian, curator, DJ, filmmaker, photographer, public speaker, writer and mother. Keller is a graduate of Mills College and is an independent scholar in multidisciplinary, cross-cultural and historical research. A native of Chicago, she has lived in the Bay Area for more 40 years. She has documented, archived and exhibited Bay Area activist and marginalized communities, with an emphasis on people of color and LGBT communities. Her photography and film work can be viewed at www.lennkeller.com.

Queer Memory | Dyke Codes: Growing Up Outside the Bubble

Queer Memory
Dyke Codes: Growing Up Outside the Bubble
Wednesday, June 21
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00; free for members

StormMiguel Florez demonstrates “the whistle” from his new film in progress. Photo: Annalise Ophelian

StormMiguel Florez and RaMona Webb will spearhead a group of artists from various parts of the South — Albuquerque, Baton Rouge and more — to discuss and perform work remembering how they found community growing up “outside the bubble” of such LGBTQ metropolises as New York and San Francisco. Florez will introduce his newest project, a film about just such a method for recognizing other queers in settings where visibility wasn’t the norm — and Webb will talk about the first integrated poetry slam in Baton Rouge. Cosponsored by the Queer Cultural Center and the GLBT Historical Society.

STAGED READING Rhino in the Castro: Blue Fire on the Water

  
Staged Reading
Rhino in the Castro: Blue Fire on the Water
Monday, May 1
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: Free; $5.00 Donation Welcome

Photo: Dreamstime

Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco’s groundbreaking queer stage company, has teamed up with the GLBT History Museum to present “Rhino in the Castro,” a series of readings of plays reflecting the LGBTQ community and our allies. The museum provides the space, and Rhino provides the scripts and actors. This month’s offering is “Blue Fire on the Water: A Memory Play With Music” by Renita Martin. There’s Jo, in his 80s, teaching Maybelle, a young woman with natural talent, to sing the blues. Maybelle loves Jo, but Jo has secrets. Meanwhile, it’s New Orleans, and the water is rising.

STAGED READING Rhino in the Castro: The Legend of Pink

  
Staged Reading
Rhino in the Castro: The Legend of Pink
Monday, April 3
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: Free; $5.00 Donation Welcome

Oakland Cityscape
Photo: Joseph Talley

Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco’s groundbreaking queer stage company, has teamed up with the GLBT History Museum to present “Rhino in the Castro,” a series of readings of plays reflecting the LGBTQ community and our allies. The museum provides the space, and Rhino provides the scripts and actors. This month’s offering is “The Legend of Pink” by Kheven LaGrone. The time is the late 20th century, the place is the streets of West Oakland. Drug wars rage and a lovely transgender woman, Pink, does her best to bring a bit of beauty to her harsh environment. But people are watching as she tries to form a connection with a beautiful young man, and they don’t like it. Things turn dangerous and deadly.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Approves Resolution of Support for New LGBTQ Museum

Artist’s conception of a possible New Museum of LGBTQ History and Culture. Drawing by Alan Martinez. 

The Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco voted on the evening of Tuesday, January 31, to approve a groundbreaking resolution calling on municipal authorities, philanthropists and business leaders to support the GLBT Historical Society’s efforts to develop a new LGBTQ museum and public history center in the city. Supervisor Jeff Sheehy introduced the resolution, which was cosponsored by Supervisor Jane Kim. The board voted unanimously in favor of the resolution.

“Our communities have existed since time immemorial, yet our histories continually get erased,” said Supervisor Sheehy. “As recently as 1933 in what had been fabulously queer Berlin, Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute of Sexual Research along with the Museum of Sex were destroyed by the Nazis — and people from our communities were taken to concentration camps. The last 10 days have reminded me of those times. Asserting our right to our history is not only about remembering our past, but is also a powerful act of resistance.” 

San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy (left) with Terry Beswick, executive director of the GLBT Historical Society.

Terry Beswick, executive director of the GLBT Historical Society, noted that “knowledge of the past is one of the cornerstones for building equality and respect for LGBTQ people and those who care about us. We envision the new museum as a source of learning and inspiration for everyone who cherishes social justice.”

“We are grateful to the Board of Supervisors for recognizing the importance of this vision and embracing our community’s long-held dream of creating a world-class museum of LGBTQ history and culture,” Beswick added.

Founded in 1985, the GLBT Historical Society preserves one of the largest LGBTQ archives in the United States and has maintained a small museum in San Francisco’s Castro District since 2011. It recently launched a campaign dubbed Vision2020 that aims to create the New Museum of LGBTQ History and Culture, a facility that will bring together the society’s galleries, programs and archives in a single high-visibility structure.

According to the GLBT Historical Society, only one other municipality in the world is known to have passed a resolution to support the establishment of an LGBTQ public history institution. In December 2014, the City Council of Paris voted to call on the mayor and other city officials to assist the creation of an LGBTQ community archives. The society adds that the only full-scale independent LGBTQ history museum and archives currently operating is the Schwules Museum, established in 1985 in Berlin.

 For more information on the Vision2020 initiative, click here.

Queers & Electoral Politics: A Multigenerational Conversation

Queers & Electoral Politics: A Multigenerational Conversation  
Tuesday, April 25
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: Free; $5.00 donation welcome

The latest in our monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer-community issues in a historical context, this multigenerational conversation will feature panelists addressing the history of LGBTQ involvement in party politics in San Francisco. How has the community’s participation in electoral politics served the LGBTQ movement in the past? How does it serve us now?

Moderator
Don Romesburg, associate professor and chair of Women’s and Gender Studies, Sonoma State University
 
Participants
Kimberly Alvarenga, copresident, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
 
Harry Britt, member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (1979–1992); board president (1989–1990)
 
Brad Chapin, cochair, e-board outreach, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
 
Shaun Haines, founder & president, San Francisco Black Community Matters; project manager, Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition; board member, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
 
Rebecca Prozan, former cochair, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
Invited

Representatives from the Log Cabin Republicans of San Francisco

 

COMMUNITY FORUM Preserving & Promoting San Francisco’s LGBTQ Cultural Heritage

Community Forum
Preserving & Promoting San Francisco’s LGBTQ Cultural Heritage    
Tuesday, April 18
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: Free; donations welcome

 
Photo: AdobeStock

The City of San Francisco has launched a groundbreaking task force to develop a citywide strategy for preserving and promoting LGBTQ cultural heritage — not only historic sites and districts, but also legacy enterprises and cultural assets that make San Francisco an internationally recognized queer capital. The task force will identify priorities, propose legislation and recommend policy responses to honor local LGBTQ history and to safeguard the city’s historic queer culture. The LGBTQ cultural heritage strategy will be the first such citywide municipal initiative anywhere in the world.

A community forum at the GLBT History Museum will enable residents to provide feedback to the Cultural Heritage Strategy Task Force. Members will facilitate a discussion on several questions: What does LGBTQ heritage mean to you? What neighborhoods, building, organizations, events or other cultural resources should be preserved, promoted or commemorated? What strategies should the City employ to carry out this work? The forum is open to all interested individuals. To learn more about the Citywide LGBTQ Cultural Heritage Strategy, visit the San Francisco Planning Department website.

STAGED READING Rhino in the Castro: “Blithe Spirit” by Noël Coward

STAGED READING
Rhino in the Castro: “Blithe Spirit” by Noël Coward
Monday, March 6

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

Sir Noël Coward (1972). Photo: Allan Warren

Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco’s groundbreaking queer stage company, has teamed up with the GLBT History Museum to present “Rhino in the Castro,” a series of readings of plays reflecting the LGBTQ community and our allies. The museum provides the space, and Rhino provides the scripts and actors. This month’s offering is “Blithe Spirit,” a classic 1941 comedy by gay author and celebrated wit Sir Noël Coward. The play centers on a fussy novelist, Charles Condomine, remarried but haunted by the ghost of his late first wife whose spirit is conjured up by a visiting “happy medium,” Madame Arcati. The Rhino’s reading discovers the queer connotations between the lines.

FUNDRAISER Out of Hibernation: Beartoonist Beer Bust at the Lone Star

FUNDRAISER
Out of Hibernation: Beartoonist Beer Bust at the Lone Star  
Sunday, March 12
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Lone Star Saloon
1354 Harrison St., San Francisco
 

“Bear Pride” temporary chalk drawing by Fran Frisch at the Lone Star Saloon (circa 1995)

The Lone Star Saloon invites gay bears and their friends to a special beer bust to support the GLBT Historical Society and its current exhibition, “Beartoonist of San Francisco: Sketching an Emerging Subculture.” Exhibition curator Jeremy Prince will be on hand to make informal comments about the history of the bear subculture, and artwork and t-shirts by bear cartoonist Fran Frisch will be available for purchase. With spring on the way, the beer bust will be a great opportunity to come out of hibernation for a visit to the Lone Star, recently honored by the City of San Francisco as an officially recognized LGBTQ legacy business.

ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Turning 32, Turning Six, Turning Up the Music

Turning 32, Turning Six, Turning Up the Music 
Friday, March 17
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Tickets: $15.00 advance; $20 at the door

 

Thirty-two years ago, a band of queer history enthusiasts created the GLBT Historical Society to uncover and preserve stories of the LGBTQ past. Six years ago, we opened the doors of the GLBT History Museum in the Castro.
Join us at a double anniversary party to celebrate these milestones — and to raise funds for our spring makeover. The museum is showing a little age and needs a fresh face to better welcome visitors for the next four years. Proceeds of the party will help us redo the entry, reception desk and shop.

VivvyAnne ForeverMORE, Marga Gomez and Alex U. Inn will serve as hosts and entertainers, and DJ Marke B will play cool queer hits from the past four decades. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. Wine donated by Beaux, Equality Wines and the Midnight Sun.

For advance tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

OPEN HOUSE Behind the Scenes: The GLBT Historical Society Archives

OPEN HOUSE

Behind the Scenes: The GLBT Historical Society Archives
Saturday, March 18
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
GLBT Historical Society Archives
989 Market St., Lower Level, San Francisco
Admission: Free

Managing archivist Joanna Black in the archives of the GLBT Historical Society. Photo by Gerard Koskovich.

The GLBT Historical Society preserves one of the world’s largest collections of LGBTQ historical materials. The archives are used by historians, writers, filmmakers and others researchers, yet they remain little known to the wider community. This special open house will offer members of the public a behind-the-scenes tour, including a rare opportunity to visit the archival reserve normally accessible only to Historical Society staff.

Managing archivist Joanna Black will provide an introduction to the collections and the function of the archives. Visitors also will have a chance to see highlights from the holdings that have never before been displayed publicly. Guided tours of the archives will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a free ticket, RSVP no later than 3:00 p.m. on March 17 via Eventbrite.