By GLBT Historical Society

Fighting Back: The Making of a Queer Museum

Fighting Back: The Making of a Queer Museum
Tuesday, July 25
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: Free; $5.00 donation welcome

View through the front windows of the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco on the evening it opened for previews (December 10, 2010). Photo: Gerard Koskovich

The latest in the GLBT Historical Society’s monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary issues in a historical context, “The Making of a Queer Museum” will offer a multigenerational conversation about the role of museums in preserving and presenting the history and culture of marginalized communities.

Moderated by GLBT Historical Society Executive Director Terry Beswick, a panel of cultural activists, independent scholars and museum professionals will describe their involvement in establishing population-specific public history institutions in San Francisco and elsewhere:

The panelists’ remarks plus observations and comments from all who attend will contribute to San Francisco’s Citywide LGBTQ Cultural Heritage Strategy. For more information on the city initiative, visit the San Francisco Planning Department website.

San Francisco ACT UP Oral History Project


Sit-in by Stop AIDS Now or Else (SANOE) on the Golden Gate Bridge (1989). Left to right: Jade Travers (died 1994), Chaya Gordon, Henry Bortman, unidentified, Ric Puglia, Mic Sweeny, Rebecca Hensler, unidentified. Photo: Copyright © Rick Gerharter.



The GLBT Historical Society has launched a new wide-scale oral history project to chronicle, preserve and share the history of ACT UP/San Francisco and other AIDS direct-action groups in the city. ACT UP/San Francisco was a highly visible and influential group of militant AIDS activists associated with a national network of independent organizations that shared the name AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power.

ACT UP/San Francisco emerged from earlier AIDS direct-action efforts in the city starting in 1984; it remained active into the mid-1990s. The project will document this wider context by also gathering oral histories on AIDS direct action by other local groups, including Enola Gay, the ARC/AIDS Vigil, AIDS Action Pledge, ACT UP/Golden Gate and Prevention Point.

In addition to creating historical documentation, the project aims to foster dialogue between ACT UP veterans and younger organizers active in the current upwelling of social justice organizing. The initiative will train people ages 18–29 to conduct oral histories and to actively shape project outcomes. Through round-table conversations, listening parties and other public events, the project will draw on the history of AIDS direct action in San Francisco to inform contemporary resistance.


Project Objectives

The ACT UP/San Francisco Oral History Project will be active through 2019. The outcomes will include the following:

  • Oral histories with at least 40 former members of ACT UP/San Francisco to be permanently archived and maintained by the GLBT Historical Society.
  • An exhibition at the GLBT History Museum incorporating high-quality documentary-style video portraits, photos, and other materials.
  • A multimedia Internet presence.
  • A series of culminating public events offering opportunities for dialogue and debate

Through oral history recordings, the project will document ACT UP/San Francisco’s legacy of protest and politics. In addition, the project will focus on the unique artistic and sexual cultures fostered through the constellation of San Francisco groups of which it was a part, including AIDS Action Pledge; Mobilization Against AIDS; Stop AIDS Now or Else (SANOE); Queer Nation/San Francisco; Boy With Arms Akimbo/Girl With Arms Akimbo; Bad Cop/No Donut; Diseased Pariah News; and Transgender Nation.



Project Director

The project director is Joey Plaster, an oral historian and doctoral candidate in American Studies at Yale University. The recipient of the American Historical Society’s Allan Bérubé Prize for work in public history, he has designed projects that interpret oral histories in relation to neighborhood gentrification and conflict, engage queer homeless youth activists in documenting their community’s history, and analyze pre–gay liberation college life through interactive online platforms.


Interested in sharing your story or volunteering? Contact Joey Plaster at gro.y1516191867rotsi1516191867htblg1516191867@yeoj1516191867.


To take part in the conversation and get regular updates, join the Facebook group: ACT UP/San Francisco Oral History Project.

Project Staff: GLBT Historical Society

  • Executive Director: Terry Beswick
  • Museum Working Group Chair: Elisabeth Cornu
  • Managing Archivist: Joanna Black

Project Advisors

  • Gerard Koskovich, a public historian formerly active in ACT UP/San Francisco, Queer Nation/San Francisco and Bad Cop/No Donut.
  • Marc Stein, professor of history at San Francisco State University
  • Amy Sueyoshi, Associate Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University
  • Laura Wexler, professor of American studies and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Yale University





This project is made possible by support from California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the GLBT Historical Society.


Job Opening: Development Manager

Wrk with us at the GLBT Historical Archives space in downtown San Francisco.
Work with us at the GLBT Historical Society’s offices in downtown San Francisco.

The GLBT Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization that collects, preserves and interprets the history of LGBTQ people and the communities that support them through our archives, museum and other programs. Founded in 1985, we are recognized internationally as a leader in the field of LGBTQ public history. Our growing organization is in search of a Development Manager (DM) to help supercharge our fundraising efforts.


The DM reports to the Executive Director (ED) and collaborates with all team members. The DM is responsible for working with the ED to design and implement a fundraising strategy to grow the organization’s budget; develop and maintain relationships with funders, including foundations, corporations and individual major donors; and oversee production and delivery of grant documents and other development materials. The DM also maintains and expands the society’s individual, corporate and online donor databases; identifies and develops new revenue opportunities; and throws really fun parties.


The DM works with the ED to design and implement a development strategy to help the organization sustain its current activities and continue to grow in size and effectiveness. The core job responsibilities include the following:

●  Designing and executing a multichannel development strategy that meets funding goals as set by the management team.

●  Maintaining and expanding foundation relationships and revenues, including writing grant proposals as well as reports for existing funders.

●  Overseeing the development and implementation of major donor, corporate, and individual giving and membership programs.

●  Creating and maintaining tools and systems that support the development function.

●  Identifying new revenue opportunities to match existing as well as new programs.

●  Ensuring a range of administrative tasks that support the development function are completed, such as processing checks, scheduling meetings, taking and distributing notes from development calls and meetings, generating acknowledgment letters, writing thank-you notes and other tasks.


●  5-plus years of nonprofit fundraising experience or a demonstrated track record that matches this experience.

●  Experience developing and executing a multichannel fundraising plan.

●  Experience using Salesforce to manage donor relationships.

●  Track record of success securing funding from foundations and corporations, including identifying new targets, building and maintaining relationships, and writing proposals and reports.

●  Excellent writing skills.

●  Strong relationship-building capabilities.

●  Initiative to work with ED to set and execute priorities.

●  Excellent time-management skills with the ability to plan, organize and prioritize workload and handle several tasks simultaneously.

●  Ability to quickly learn how to best navigate the museum, archives and public-history funding landscape.

●  Ability to manage work effectively across multiple teams including senior management.


●  Passion for building strong new development capacity at our growing organization.

●  Experience managing a major gifts program.

●  Experience managing fundraising events and online and individual giving programs.

●  Experience managing a capital campaign, an endowment campaign or both.

●  Experience managing a planned giving program.

●  Experience growing an organization with a budget of less than $1 million to one with a multimillion dollar budget.

The GLBT Historical Society’s organizational culture values a passion for LGBTQ history and culture, humor, kindness and respect in interpersonal relationships, working hard and effectively, and a commitment to winning.


This position will be based at the society’s offices in the mid-Market neighborhood of San Francisco. Salary is commensurate with experience. Medical, dental, optical and vacation benefits are included. The society is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to expand the diversity of its staff. Start date: ASAP.


Please submit a resume, a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the job along with several writing samples to *protected*. Subject line: ‘Development Manager Application’. No calls please.

Panel discussion: ‘Queer Visual Culture — Emerging Scholars’

glbtqueerculturalcenterWed/9, 7pm-9pm
GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., SF.
$5, members free

Emerging scholars at Bay Area schools are producing innovative research to advance understanding of queer culture. This panel offers an introduction to master’s thesis work in architecture, visual culture, race, gender studies and queer theory:

• Elena Gross (California College of the Arts) will discuss artistic exploration of surveillance and the racial politics of public sex in her presentation “The Body Remains: The Felt/Photography of Lorna Simpson.”

• Julian Wong-Nelson (San Francisco Art Institute) will discuss artist Tina Takemoto’s work based on Jiro Onuma, the subject of an exhibit at the GLBT History Museum, in “Fisting for Freedom: Queer Gesture as Temporal Liberatory Practice.”

• Stathis Gerostathopoulos (University of California, Berkeley) will discuss his work in “Spaces of Sexual Citizenship: Notes Toward Fieldwork in Three American Cities.”

Professor Sampada Aranke (San Francisco Art Institute) will serve as moderator. The program is sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center as part of its Emerging Scholars Series.

Rhino in the Castro: Bahala Na (Let it Go)


Theatre Rhinoceros in cooperation with the GLBT History Museum present a staged reading of Clarence Coo’s comedy. This event is free, but donations are helpful! Check out the Facebook invite here.

The plot. A young Chinese-Filipino man and his husband are about to adopt a baby, but he can’t tear himself away from the side of his ailing and unconscious grandmother. The family disapproves of the young man’s gay lifestyle (and his partner), but through the dreams of the grandmother, we see that she, too has been pushing against gender restrictions her whole life.

Seeking New Members for Our Board of Directors

glbtlogoThe GLBT Historical Society collects, preserves, presents and interprets the history of LGBTQ people and the communities that support them in Northern California and beyond. Founded in 1985, we are recognized internationally as a leader in the field of LGBTQ public history.

The society is entering an exciting and challenging time, as we enrich our diverse collections and educate new generations in the midst of economic pressures on nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Demand for access to our exhibitions, programs and extensive archives continues to rise — and we are constantly collecting more historical material from all parts of the LGBTQ community.

We’re looking for board members who believe in our mission and are energetic contributors. This work has never been more important than it is today. We ask board members to play an active governance role and expect that they participate in at least one working committee. We also pride ourselves on supporting each other as a diverse and dynamic team, working collaboratively and offering opportunities for our board members to learn and grow with the organization.

If you wish to be considered, we ask that you complete our brief response form.


Becky Escamilla & Brian Turner
Cochairs, Board of Directors
The GLBT Historical Society

Exhibition opening: Noche de Ambiente

A sampling of the Adela Vázquez papers documenting San Francisco LGBTQ Latinx scene from the 1980s and 1990s; collection of Juliana Delgado Lopera
A sampling of the Adela Vázquez papers documenting San Francisco LGBTQ Latinx scene from the 1980s and 1990s; collection of Juliana Delgado Lopera

(Abajo detalles del evento en español)

Opening reception October 28 
 (Show runs through February 2017)
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
$5; free for members
Facebook invite here

An exhibition offering a glimpse into the life of LGBTQ Latinas and Latinos in San Francisco from the 1970s into the 1990s: a small window focusing on queer activism, AIDS activism, drag performance and “ambiente.”

For decades, “ambiente” has served as a queer code word in the United States and Latin America. Literally meaning “environment” or “atmosphere,” it is used by Latinx LGBTQ people to identify themselves, their distinctive cultures and their spirit of resistance.

Curators Juliana Delgado Lopera and Ángel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción have created an innovative display of diverse documents, images and videos from the archives of the GLBT Historical Society and from materials contributed by the community to celebrate a quarter-century of “ambiente” in San Francisco.


Juliana Delgado Lopera is known as a writer, educator and spoken-word performer. She’s the author of “¡Cuéntamelo!” — an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latina and Latino immigrants. She serves as executive director of RADAR Productions, which organizes queer literary programs.

Ángel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción started his career as a contemporary art curator in Puerto Rico. He went on to receive an MA in curatorial practice at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts. He’s the founder of Cranium Corporation, a platform for dialogue about art, artists and exhibitions.


Una exposición que ofrece una visión de la vida de LGBTQ latinas y latinos en San Francisco a partir de la década de los 70s hasta finales de los 90s: un vistazo a esa historia centrada en el activismo queer, activismo contra el SIDA, el performismo drag y “ambiente.”

Durante décadas, “ambiente” ha servido como una palabra de código en los Estados Unidos y América Latina. Literalmente significa “medio ambiente” o “atmósfera”, que es utilizado por las personas LGBTQ Latinx para identificar sus culturas distintivas y su espíritu de resistencia.

Los curadores Juliana Delgado Lopera y Ángel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción han creado una innovadora puesta en escena de diversos documentos, imágenes, y vídeos de los archivos de la Sociedad Histórica GLBT mostrados junto a materiales aportados por la comunidad para celebrar un cuarto de siglo de “ambiente” en San Francisco.

viernes, 28 de octubre
7: 00 pm – 9:00 pm
Admisión: $5.00 (gratis para los socios)

“Noche de Ambiente” se extiende hasta febrero de 2017 la Galería frontal del Museo de Historia GLBT.

El Museo de Historia GLBT
4127 18th St., San Francisco


Juliana Delgado Lopera es una conocida escritora, educadora, y artista de la palabra hablada. Ella es el autor de “¡Cuéntamelo!” – Una colección ilustrada bilingüe de historias orales de inmigrantes latinos LGBT. Ella sirve como directora ejecutiva de Radar Productions, que organiza programación literaria queer.

Ángel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción comenzó como curador de arte contemporáneo en Puerto Rico. Luego pasó a recibir una maestría en práctica curatorial en el California College of the Arts en San Francisco en el 2015. Él es el fundador del Cranium Corporation, una plataforma para el diálogo sobre arte, artistas, y exhibiciones.

After Hours: Black Cat Drag Makeover

José Sarria performing at the Black Cat Café in North Beach in 1958.
José Sarria performing at the Black Cat Café in North Beach in 1958.

 Friday, October 21
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Advance tickets on sale here

The monthly After Hours party at the GLBT History Museum celebrates the queer past with dancing, drinks, nibbles and mingling in the galleries after the museum’s regular exhibition hours.

This month’s theme, Black Cat Drag Makeover, celebrates drag icon and activist José Sarria and the Black Cat Café where he performed from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. Sarria ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors as the first openly gay candidate in the world exactly 55 years ago.

With Halloween coming up, what better time to bring out your vintage drag and give it a new look? Inventive attire welcome, but wear whatever your please. Just be ready for a great party!

Proceeds from the event will go towards giving a fabulous makeover to the GLBT History Museum’s reception area and Main Gallery.

Author Talk: Sex, Science, Self

glbtsexscienceself Thursday, October 20
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
$5, free for members

Facebook invite here

Author Bob Ostertag will discuss his new book, “Sex Science Self: A Social History of Estrogen, Testosterone and Identity” (2016), in conversation with Trystan Cotten, an associate professor of gender studies at California State University, Stanislaus.

The book surveys the fascinating cultural and biological history of sex-hormone research. Ostertag situates this story in the context of an increasingly visible and political lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population, and opens up a wealth of new questions and debates over gender, sexuality and medical treatments.

Ostertag is professor of cinema and digital media at the University of California, Davis is the author of five books and is an internationally known composer, performer and activist.

Teaching LGBTQ History to Kids: California’s New Framework

High school students learn about the queer past during a guided tour at the GLBT History. The group portrayed came from gay-straight alliances at high schools in San Joaquin County in California's Central Valley. They visited the museum on Feb. 20, 2016. Docent Bill Lipsky led the tour.
High school students learn about the queer past during a guided tour at the GLBT History. The group portrayed came from gay-straight alliances at high schools in San Joaquin County in California’s Central Valley. They visited the museum on Feb. 20, 2016. Docent Bill Lipsky led the tour.

 Thursday, October 13
The GLBT History Museum
1427 18th St., San Francisco
$5.00; free for members

In July 2016, the California Department of Education adopted a new educational framework that incorporates LGBTQ history into eight grades in elementary and high schools, making it by far the most LGBTQ-inclusive public school program in the nation.

In this presentation, Don Romesburg, chair of women’s and gender studies at Sonoma State University and program curator for the GLBT Historical Society, will describe the hard-fought campaign that resulted in adoption of the curriculum. He’ll also offer examples of the new course content for grades ranging from 2 through 11 and discuss the impact of this groundbreaking educational reform for students in California and beyond.

Romesburg was one of the editors of a report from the Comittee on LGBT History of the American Historical Association that made detailed recommendations for incorporating LGBTQ history in California’s K-12 teaching framework and was one of the leaders of the effort to persuade the state to adopt the recommendations.

Queer Trailblazer: Magnus Hirschfeld’s Life & Legacy

Tomb of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, Caucade Cemetery, Nice, France.
Tomb of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, Caucade Cemetery, Nice, France.

Thursday, October 6
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
$5.00; free for members

Starting in the late 1890s, Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) was a trailblazing defender of homosexual and transgender people in Germany and beyond. In conjunction with the GLBT History Museum’s current exhibition about Hirschfeld, a panel of distinguished historians will discuss his life and legacy:

• Mel Gordon, author of “Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin” (2008), will place Hirschfeld’s work in the context of German sexual culture of the 1920s.

• Gayle Rubin, professor of anthropology and women’s studies at the University of Michgan, Ann Arbor, and author of “Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader” (2011), will trace Hirschfeld’s influence as a sexologist.

• Gerard Koskovich, curator of the exhibition “Through Knowledge to Justice: The Sexual World of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld,” will introduce and moderate the panel and will over a brief overview of Hirschfeld’s work and his 1931 visit to San Francisco.


Race, Gender & Sexuality in the Story of Kitty Genovese

glbtkitty Tuesday, October 4 7pm-9pm
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
$5.00; free for members
Facebook invite here

Many know the story of Kitty Genovese, whose 1964 rape and murder in New York City with numerous bystanders who supposedly ignored the crime became a case study of big-city indifference.

Drawing on her new book, “No One Helped’: Kitty Genovese, New York City and the Myth of Urban Apathy (Cornell University Press, 2015), Marcia Gallo will detail little-known aspects of Genovese’s life, including her lesbian relationship, and will explore how New York’s shifting racial and economic demographics shaped the media’s “urban apathy” story.

Marcia Gallo is an associate professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she teaches courses on race, gender and sexuality, as well as oral history and public history.

Mighty Reels: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

The Castro Street Fair in the 1970s. Photo: Courtesy Castro Street Fair
The Castro Street Fair in the 1970s. Photo: Courtesy Castro Street Fair

Friday, September 30
7pm-8:30pm, $5
GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Facebook invite here.

This month’s installment of the Mighty Reels series of historic LGBTQ film and video from the archives of the GLBT Historical Society reveals the sights and sounds of the early years of the Castro Street Fair. Media preservationist John Raines presents rare videotape of the 1976 and 1978 fairs as captured by the Queer Blue Light media collective.

Always held on the first Sunday in October, the fair has been a favorite with residents and visitors alike for over 40 years. A major highlight of these videos is a brief interview with Harvey Milk, who explains his rationale for establishing the event in 1974. The screening takes place just two days before this year’s fair.

After Hours Party: Leather and Fur

Rainbow Motorcycle Club (RMC) celebrating their 20th anniversary on April 12, 1992 on the back patio of the Lone Star Saloon. Photo: Mr. Marcus (collection of BEAR Cultural and Historical Archives).

Friday, September 23
7pm-9pm, $10
GLBT Museum
4127 18th St., SF
Advance tickets here.
Facebook invite here.

Our monthly After Hours party at the GLBT History Museum celebrates the queer past with dancing, drinks, nibbles and mingling in the galleries after the museum’s regular exhibition hours. This month’s theme, Leather and Fur, will bring together the leather and bear communities, with funds raised at the party supporting the GLBT History Museum’s upcoming exhibition on bear culture and bear cartoonist — beartoonist! — Fran Frisch.

The amazing drag king Alex U. Inn will be hosting, and special guest DJ Gayle Rubin, preeminent queer theorist and historian of the leather scene, will spin tunes from the golden age of the baths, sex clubs, and dungeons of San Francisco.

Event co-sponsored by Bears of San Francisco (BOSF).  Drinks sponsored by 440 Castro and raffle prizes donated by artist Fran Frisch.”

Lexington Club Plaque Unveiling and Celebration

glbtlexingtonMonday, September 19
3pm-4pm, free
Former Lexington Club location
2464 19th Street, San Francisco
Facebook invite here.

Join the GLBT Historical Society, Supervisor David Campos, owner Lila Thirkield, and other Lex lovers for an official celebration of The Lexington Club! On Monday, September 19 at 3 pm sharp, we’ll be gathering to unveil a commemorative plaque honoring the iconic San Francisco lesbian bar, which closed last year.

Located in front of 3464 19th St. at the corner of Lexington Street in San Francisco, the plaque recognizes the incredible contribution the Lexington Club made to the LGBT community in San Francisco, particularly in providing a space for queer and trans women. During its 18 years of operation, the bar was known for its wild nights, “never a cover” slogan, famous restroom graffiti, great staff and community support.

Speakers will include Supervisor David Campos, Amy Sueyoshi from the GLBT Historical Society, and Lexington owner Lila Thirkield. After the short ceremony, we’ll head over to the nearby Phoenix Bar and Restaurant (811 Valencia) to raise a toast to the Lex.

KINGDOM! Drag king fundraiser for GLBT History Museum exhibit


Thursday, September 15
7pm (show 8pm) $10-$20, 18+
Brick and Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission, San Francisco
Facebook invite here

KINGDOM! — the only monthly DRAG KING night in SF — is pleased to join forces with the GLBT History Museum for an unforgettable night of SEXY DRAG KING performances, music, and partying!

KINGDOM! DRAG KING MUSEUM HERE WE COME! is a benefit for the future DRAG KING exhibit at the GLBT HIstory Museum.

Join emcees Alex U. Inn, Mailman, plus the whole Momma’s Boyz Krew and a host of performers (see below), as they turn Brick & Mortar into a DRAG KING performance showcase.


After many months of waiting for the approval, the project has been given the green light and the Exhibit is scheduled for JUNE 2017, but the funding and planning has to begin now.


COMPTON’S RIOT: Vanguard Revisited With Rev. Megan Rohrer

Thursday, September 8 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Tenderloin Museum | 398 Eddy Street | San Francisco

Rohrer%252C+Megan[1]In 2011, Megan Rohrer and historian Joey Plaster created a remarkable work of public history: Vanguard Revisited, which  introduced the history of the 1960s radical queer-youth organization Vanguard to contemporary queer homeless youth, who created their own art and poetry zine in conversation with essays and themes from the original Vanguard newsletter. Now, a second issue of the Vanguard Revisited zine will be released with new materials by the original authors and editors.

At the concluding program of the 50th Anniversary Compton’s Commemoration series, Rohrer will describe the initial process leading up to Vanguard Revisited and will discuss its legacy. Rohrer is the pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in San Francisco and is a nationally recognized leader on issues of homelessness, gender, sexuality and faith. Admission: $5.

RHINO IN THE CASTRO: Whale Riding Weather

Playwright Bryden MacDonald

Tuesday, September 6 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Theatre Rhinoceros and the GLBT Historical Society present Rhino in the Castro, a series of play readings that reflect the LGBTQ community and our allies. The museum provides the space, and Rhino provides the scripts and actors. This month’s offering, Whale Riding Weather by Bryden MacDonald, is a Pinteresque play about three men in an apartment: an older man, a young kept boy and another young man who wants to get the boy out. It’s a suffocating tale of dysfunctional relationships that offers a tantalizing look at North American queer drama of late the 1980s and early 1990s. Admission: free; donation welcome.

AFTER HOURS: Noche de Ambiente

ahnda_banFriday, August 26 from 7 to 9 p.m.

This month’s party at the GLBT History Museum features drinks, nibbles and dancing to Latin beats by DJ Dreams. Your drag diva party hostess: the fabulous Dulce De Leche!

The event will raise funds to support “Noche de Ambiente,” our upcoming exhibition celebrating iconic San Francisco Latinx drag performers and activists of the 1970s–1990s.

The After Hours party gives you a chance to don your club looks — or your over-the-top drag — for an evening of keeping the party going just like the queens and militants who stood up for the rights and the saftey of San Francisco’s Latinx LGBTQ community in decades past. Admission: $10-20 (sliding scale). Buy tickets.

MIGHTY REELS: Happy Birthday Sylvester!


Wednesday, August 31 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.


Travel back to 1985 in the August installment of our monthly “Mighty Reels” series of moving images from the archives. Media preservationist John Raines presents a scarce video of the first “40th” birthday celebration for iconic San Francisco disco diva Sylvester (1947-1988), with the star performing sentimental standards backed by a jazz band. The program will conclude with encore clips of Sylvester and other Megatone Records artists including Paul Parker, Jo-Lo, Billy Preston and Modern Rocketry. Sylvester James was born in Los Angeles on Sept. 6, 1947, so the program is taking place less than a week before what would have been his 69th birthday. Admission: $5; free for members.