From December Events

Opening Reception | New Exhibit: The Evolution of AIDS Activism, 1981-1990

Friday, December 1st 2017
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00 | Free for members

ACT UP protest during the VI International AIDS Conference in San Francisco (1990). Photo: Marc Geller.

In honor of World AIDS Day 2017, the GLBT History Museum will unveil “Finding Our Voice, Claiming Our Place: The Evolution of AIDS Activism, 1981-1990,” a new section in the museum’s permanent exhibition, “Queer Past Becomes Present.”

Curated by longtime AIDS activist Mike Shriver, the display traces the creation of brash, unapologetic, nonviolent direct action in response to the AIDS crisis in San Francisco — one of the first places in the world where militant activism AIDS emerged. From the beginnings of the people with AIDS movement in 1981 to the spectacular ACT UP protests at the VI International Conference on AIDS in 1990, the exhibit draws on historic photographs, stickers, t-shirts and other scarce materials from the archives of the GLBT Historical Society to tell the dramatic story of a powerful movement for social justice.

The curator and a number of veterans of Bay Area AIDS activism will take part in the opening. Light refreshments will be served. The new case was made possible by generous sponsorship from IDEO.

Author Talk | Truth and Love: Finding the Soul of the Sixties 

Thursday, December 7th 2017
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00. Free for members.

Courtesy More to Say From SF.
Photo courtesy More to Say From SF.

Journalist, author and San Francisco native Carol Blackman presents her new nonfiction book on recent San Francisco history, Truth and Love: Finding the Soul of the Sixties (More to Say From SF, 2017). The book demonstrates that residents of the city were doing more in the 1960s than just becoming hippies and dancing in Golden Gate Park. Blackman portrays the unique characters and social innovators who tell their stories about that tumultuous time in the City. At the GLBT History Museum, she’ll read from the book and discuss how she our drew on the archives of the GLBT Historical Society to document pioneering activist José Sarria and the movement for LGBTQ rights in the San Francisco of the late 1960s. For more information on Truth and Love, visit the publisher’s website.

Panel Discussion | Foreign Bodies: Homophobia, Race and Immigration   

Thursday, December 14th 2017
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00. Free for members.

Cover of OUT/LOOK, no. 11 (Winter 1991). Courtesy of GLBT Historical Society.

In conjunction with the exhibition “OUT/LOOK & the Birth of the Queer” currently on display at the GLBT History Museum, this panel will address questions of homophobia, race and immigration in relation to the 30-year period since the groundbreaking journal OUT/LOOK first emerged in 1987.

Participants will consider how the history of queer thought on these issues in the late 1980s-early 1990s affects and informs today’s intersectional resistance movements. Julie Dorf, senior advisor to the Council for Global Equality, will serve as moderator. Panelists include the following:

  • Eniola Abioye, steering committee member for the Black LGBTQ Migrant Project at the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco.
  • Marcia Ochoa, co-founder of El/La Para Translatinas, a transgender Latina social justice organization in San Francisco’s Mission District.
  • Subhi Nahas, a gay refugee from Syria. He is the founder of the Spectra Project, a nonprofit that helps LGBTQ refugees from the Middle East and North Africa.

For more information about the “OUT/LOOK and the Birth of the Queer” exhibition and related initiatives, visit www.queeroutlook.org.