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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.

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.

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.

LIVING HISTORY ACT(ing) UP: 30 Years of Nonviolent Direct Action

LIVING HISTORY
ACT(ing) UP: 30 Years of Nonviolent Direct Action
Tuesday, March 28
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00; free for members
Militants from Stop AIDS Now or Else (SANOE) hold a sit-in on the Golden Gate Bridge, Jan. 31, 1989. Photo Copyright © Rick Gerharter.
Thirty years ago this month, the first chapter of the militant AIDS activist organization ACT UP was founded in New York City. At the same time, the AIDS Action Pledge was forming in San Francisco, emerging from earlier AIDS protest groups in the city, including Citizens for Medical Justice, Mobilization Against AIDS and the ARC/AIDS Vigil. The first in a new monthly series called “Fighting Back!” sponsored by the GLBT Historical Society, this intergenerational discussion will feature veterans of those early groups as well as contemporary organizers of LGBTQ nonviolent direct action who will lead a public forum exploring the effectiveness of such efforts in creating change.

Rhino in the Castro: “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen

STAGED READING   
Rhino in the Castro: “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen
Monday, February 6
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
Admission: Free; $5.00 donation welcome
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Playwright Qui Nguyen. Photo: Mark Dawson

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 “She Kills Monsters,” a drama by Qui Nguyen. Agnes regrets that she never got to know her teenage sister, Tilly, who was killed in a car accident. But when Agnes ventures into Tilly’s world of Dungeons and Dragons, she discovers a Tilly she didn’t know existed, along with Tilly’s girlfriend, a few enemies and some unfinished business.

Bearing Witness: Remembering International Bear Rendezvous

LIVING HISTORY
Bearing Witness: Remembering International Bear Rendezvous  
Thursday, February 16
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
Admission: $5.00; free for members
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Winners of the 2006 International Mr. Bear competition. Photograph by Ted Buel; used with permission from Bears of San Francisco (BOSF).

From 1995 to 2011, the Bears of San Francisco produced International Bear Rendezvous (IBR), an annual gathering that celebrated older, larger, hairier, ruggedly masculine gay men who had been largely excluded from standards of attractiveness in gay popular culture. Guests arrived from throughout the U.S. and beyond for a Presidents Day weekend of fun, fundraising and friendship, culminating in the International Mr. Bear competition on Sunday evening. In its 17 years, IBR raised more $500,000 for LGBTQ charities. For this living history panel, organizers and participants will come together for an evening of laughter, insight and remembering about this foundational event for the bear community.

Gay Men & Lesbians: We Still Like Each Other, Right?

COMMUNITY FORUM 
Gay Men & Lesbians: We Still Like Each Other, Right?  

Wednesday, February 22
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
Admission: Free
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Lesbians and gay men joining together to demand equal rights at the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, Washington, D.C. (October 11, 1987). Photo courtesy Brian Thorstenson.

Queer theater artists Tracy Ward, Brian Thorstenson and Patricia Cotter are developing a stage work about the connections between lesbians and gay men. As part of their research, they’re hosting this open forum to explore how men and women in the queer community have formed friendships, chosen family, collaboration in work and activism, and other kinds of relationships. When the country seems more divided than ever, the gathering will involve an open, honest and fun discussion of divisions and connections within the community. Some of the stories might even find their way on to the stage. All ages, opinions and genders are welcome.

Lavender & Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left

AUTHOR TALK
Lavender & Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left

Monday, February 27
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
Admission: $5.00; Free for Members
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Emily Hobson, author of Lavender and Red. Photo courtesy of the author.
Front cover of Lavender and Red by Emily K. Hobson.
 Emily Hobson will discuss her new book,  Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left  (University of California Press, 2016), a history of queer radicalism in the San Francisco Bay Area from the late 1960s through the Reagan-Bush years. Drawing on extensive research at the GLBT Historical Society, Hobson shows how gay and lesbian leftists defined sexual liberation through solidarity against racism, imperialism and war. Her use of archives, oral histories and images
rediscovers the radical queer past for a generation of activists today. Hobson serves as assistant professor of history and gender, race and identity at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Voices of the Past: Capturing LGBTQ Oral Histories

Wednesday, February 1    
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: Free 

The GLBT Historical Society is relaunching its “Oral History Project,” an initiative to record interviews with community elders who’ll share their recollections of the LGBTQ past. Such interviews often provide the only record of aspects of everyday life in decades gone by, particularly for LGBTQ people from underrepresented groups. The project will offer numerous volunteer opportunities, from conducting interviews and researching background histories to providing technical assistance or offering general support. This volunteer-orientation evening will provide all the details you’ll need to get involved.

Rhino in the Castro: “Tenn” by Kathy Boussina  

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Monday, January 9th
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: Free. $5 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 “Tenn” by Kathy Boussina, an evocation of celebrated gay playwright Tennessee Williams and his longtime lover, Frank Merlo, viewed through the lens of the unconventional therapeutic relationship that develops between Williams and his psychoanalyst. As the story unfolds, Williams’s haunted past surfaces and Frank struggles to save his partner and keep their love intact.

Meet the Artist: The Lone Star Saloon Welcomes Cartoonist Fran Frisch

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Wednesday, January 25  
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Lone Star Saloon
1354 Harrison St., San Francisco
Admission: Free

 

In conjunction with “Beartoonist of San Francisco: Sketching an Emerging Subculture,” an exhibition opening January 27 at the GLBT History Museum,
artist Fran Frisch will welcome his fans and sell and inscribe prints of his work from the 1980s to the present at an informal reception at the Lone Star Saloon. Curator Jeremy Prince will be on hand to discuss the exhibition, and popular DJ Bearzbub will provide the musical mix. Co-sponsored by the GLBT Historical Society, Bears of San Francisco and the Lone Star Saloon.

Exhibition Opening | Beartoonist of San Francisco: Sketching an Emerging Subculture 

Friday, January 27
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5. Free for members

A new exhibition featuring the work of cartoonist Fran Frisch as a starting point for exploring the community of bears, a subculture that developed in the 1980s to celebrate older, larger, hairier, ruggedly masculine gay men who were largely excluded from standards of attractiveness in gay popular culture. The bear identity created positive self-images and an affirming subculture beyond the narrow concepts of gay masculinity and eroticism that prevailed at the time.

Covering the mid-1980s to the mid-2000s, the exhibition will focus on San Francisco, one of the key places where the bear community first emerged before becoming an international phenomenon. “Beartoonist of San Francisco” will include original art by Frisch, along with photographs, objects and ephemera from the collection of curator Jeremy Prince and the archives of the GLBT Historical Society. Drinks for the reception will be sponsored by 440 Castro.

Exhibition Talk: Putting Bear History on Display        

Saturday, January 28 

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5. Free for members

Curator Jeremy Prince will join cartoonist Fran Frisch in presenting an informal gallery talk about “Beartoonist of San Francisco: Sketching an Emerging Subculture,” a new exhibition at the GLBT History Museum that focuses on the bear subculture that developed in the 1980s to celebrate older, larger, hairier, ruggedly masculine gay men. Frisch will discuss his more than three decades of work portraying the bear community, and Prince will describe the purposes of the exhibition and the processes involved in creating the show.

Panel discussion: ‘Queer Visual Culture — Emerging Scholars’

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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)

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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.