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Conversations with Gay Elders

Thursday, October 5
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Koret Auditorium
San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin St., San Francisco 94102
Admission: FREE


Editor Alex Bohs, interview subject Robert Dockendorff and director David Weissman.

Filmmaker David Weissman shares a segment of his Conversations With Gay Elders, a series of in-depth interviews focused on gay men whose journeys of self-discovery precede the era of Stonewall and gay liberation. Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library; cosponsored by the GLBT Historical Society.

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.

Missing You: Queer Memory in the Mission

MISSING YOU: Queer Memory in the Mission
Saturday, February 18
6 p.m.
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street, SF
$10 ADVANCE • $15 AT THE DOOR
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RADAR Productions presents an investigation of queer memory through storytelling, film and drag designed to unearth and materialize queer ghosts that linger in San Francisco’s Mission District. Includes storytelling by Still Here, performance by Persia and special guests, and a showing of the 1994 documentary ¡Viva 16! Cosponsored by GLBT Historical Society.

After Hours Party: Leather and Fur

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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

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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.

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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.

COMPTON’S RIOT: Tenderloin queer history walking tour & kickoff reception

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Thursday, July 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Tenderloin Museum
398 Eddy Street, San Francisco

For the first program of the Compton’s 50th Anniversary Series, Cruzin d’Loo (the drag alter-ego of performer Kevin Wisney) gives an hour-long walking tour of the LGBTQ history of the Tenderloin centering on the 1966 Compton’s Cafeteria Riot that took place at the now-famous intersection of Turk and Taylor Streets. The tour returns to the museum at 7:00 p.m. for a kickoff reception. Trans historian and award-winning documentary filmmaker Susan Stryker and original “screaming queen” Felicia Elizondo will speak briefly to mark the occasion. Admission: $5.


Thursday, August 4
7 p.m.
GLBT History Museum Cruising the Tenderloin in the 1960s: A Talk by Felicia Elizondo
Tuesday, August 16
7 p.m.
GLBT History Museum Compton’s 50th Anniversary Art Launch and Artist Talk
Thursday, August 18
7 p.m.
Roxie Theater Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria
Thursday, September 1
7 p.m.
GLBT History Museum Sex Work in the Tenderloin Then and Now Cancelled
Thursday, September 8
8 p.m.
Tenderloin Museum Vanguard Revisited with Rev. Megan Rohrer

Compton’s Cafeteria 50th anniversary series

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Headline discussing the July 18, 1966, protest outside Compton’s Cafeteria that preceded the riot the following month.

Three years before the more famous 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, San Francisco’s Tenderloin district erupted with one of the first-known moments of collective queer resistance to persecution by law enforcement. The exact date is lost to history, but on an August night in 1966, drag queens, trans sex workers, hair fairies and gay street hustlers rose up against police harassment in what has come to be known at the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot.

The GLBT History Museum and the Tenderloin Museum in San Francisco are teaming up in July through September to host a series of programs to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the riot. The programs are made possible by additional support from the Roxie Theater and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Easter Grant. The full series is open to the public. Events will take place at these San Francisco venues:

The GLBT History Museum. 4127 18th Street in the Castro district.
The Tenderloin Museum. 398 Eddy Street in the Tenderloin district.
The Roxie Theater. 3117 16th Street in the Mission district.

For detailed information on each program, watch our website and like our Facebook page.

Thursday, July 28
6 p.m.
Tenderloin Museum Tenderloin Queer History Walking Tour and Kickoff Reception
Thursday, August 4
7 p.m.
GLBT History Museum Cruising the Tenderloin in the 1960s: A Talk by Felicia Elizondo
Tuesday, August 16
7 p.m.
GLBT History Museum Compton’s 50th Anniversary Art Launch and Artist Talk
Thursday, August 18
7 p.m.
Roxie Theater Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria
Thursday, September 1
7 p.m.
GLBT History Museum Sex Work in the Tenderloin Then and Now Cancelled
Thursday, September 8
8 p.m.
Tenderloin Museum Vanguard Revisited with Rev. Megan Rohrer

Copresented Frameline film programs

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Scene from Gay USA (1977).
June 19, 21 and 23
Roxie Theatre
Victoria Theatre

The GLBT Historical Society copresents three programs focused on queer history at Frameline, marking its 40th anniversary this year as the world’s oldest and largest LGBTQ film festival: Flashback 1977: Frameline’s Founding Year at the Roxie Theatre on Sunday, June 19, at 6:15 p.m.; We’ve Been Around/This Is Me on Tuesday, June 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Roxie Theatre; and Upstairs Inferno on Thursday, June 23, at 9:30 p.m. at the Victoria Theatre. In addition, admission to our museum will be free for California students throughout the festival (June 16-26) thanks to a sponsorship by Wells Fargo.

After Hours: KINGDOM! Drag King Night at the Museum

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Thursday, February 11
7pm, $5-$20 suggested donation
(No one turned away for lack of funds
GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., SF

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! “A Night at the Museum” is a benefit for the future DRAG KING exhibit at the GLBT HIstory Museum.

Join emcees Alex U. Inn, Mailman, and Madd Dogg 20/20 plus the whole Momma’s Boyz crew and a host of performers (see below), as they turn the museum into a DRAG KING performance showcase.

**TRANSGENDER LAW CENTER, last month’s Beneficiary, will be presented their funds raised at January’s KINGDOM! ***

Enjoy the incredible Museum and KINGDOM! PERFORMERS:
– Momma’s Boyz – Alex U. Inn, Mailman (Kaylah Marin)
– Madd Dogg 20/20
– Kit Tapata
– Sevan-Kelee Boult
– Riley Coyote
– Mustang & The Stallion Dancers
– Oliver Closoff & Prince Ript
– LAST MONTH’S KINGDOM! Co-winner: OLIVER QUIMM!

$5-$20 suggested charitable donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

ABOUT KINGDOM!
www.facebook.com/groups/725663594231001
“Produced by Momma’s Boyz, Kingdom is San Francisco’s newest DRAG KING house where everyone is ROYALTY.
KINGDOM! will honor a DRAG KING winner EVERY month. Each Monthly Crowned King, will win a CASH Prize and carry the title of ‘KING OF KINGDOM!'”

ABOUT MOMMA’S BOYZ
www.facebook.com/Mommas.Boyz
“Well people, if you don’t know the Momma’s Boyz you need to! They are the dopest brothers this side of the Drag King world. And speaking of world, they have traveled it; laying down their old skool hip hop and funk for all to enjoy and dance to. These SF Drag King Champions hail from San Francisco and Berkeley. People get ready becuase you are definitely going to make some NOISE for the MOMMA’S BOYZ!!!!”

Thank you to our KINGDOM! PARTNERS: Midnight Sun, The MIX, Good Vibrations, Jack RB, Roxie Theatre, Lex Sloane, Virgil’s, Tom Temprano, Sharon IIeina, Lauri Trondreault, Thuy Custom Clothiers, NiK shoes.

The Nance with special pre-show queer history talk

Ray Bourbon at Taits (1933)

Saturday, October 24, from 7 to 10 p.m.
New Conservatory Theatre Center
25 Van Ness Avenue

Direct from Broadway, The Nance (8 p.m.) recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of headliner Chauncey Miles, who plays “the nance,” a flamboyantly effeminate stock character—usually played by a straight man. At a time when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life. By Douglas Carter Beane. Directed by Dennis Lickteig.

Special Pre-Show History Talk: “A Real Life Nance: Rae Bourbon”

Ray Bourbon (1930s)

Rae (aka Ray) Bourbon (c. 1892-1971) performed in and out of drag as a pansy comic in vaudeville, a bawdy nance in burlesque, and a female impersonator in bars and on stages from the 1920s through the 1960s. At 7 p.m., Professor Don Romesburg will discuss Bourbon’s early career in the context of the so-called “pansy craze,” the popularity of nance roles, and the constant challenge of policing and raids for queer performers of the era.

GLBT Historical Society members receive a special premium for the entire run of the show, running Wednesday-Sunday through November 1. Use the discount code “GLBTMuseum” for a savings of 25% . Purchase tickets at www.nctcsf.org or by calling the box office at 415-861-8972.

Here’s Ray Bourbon performing “Give, Sister, Give” from his 1945 album Hilarity From Hollywood. Listen closely for a nod to San Francisco’s Embarcadero, a notorious cruising area for servicemen during World War II.

California Pride: Mapping LGBTQ histories

Thursday, October 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
White Horse Inn
6551 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

white-horse-inn[1]We’re pleased to be a community sponsor of a presentation by public historian Donna Graves at the longest-running LGBTQ bar in the Bay Area. Donna will discuss California Pride, an online, crowd-sourced archive of memories, stories, and images of sites throughout the Golden State associated with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) experience. She’ll show attendees how to “pin” their favorite LGBTQ historic sites to the California Pride map. If you have memories or photos of queer East Bay history, please come and share. Admission is $10 for members of the GLBT Historical Society and other sponsoring organizations, and $15 for all others, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Making history: Reclaiming LGBT lives through fiction and drama

Saturday, September 12 at 1 p.m.
New Conservatory Theatre Center
25 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

golddiggers-150[1]We’re pleased to be a community sponsor of a presentation by Irish writer Hilary McCollum (Golddigger, Life and Love: Lesbian Style), who will discuss the role of fiction and drama in reclaiming the hidden histories of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. “Every community needs its history,” McCollum says. “But gaps remain, especially for groups who had less access to recording their stories. Fiction and drama can fill these gaps. In doing so, storytellers can help both lesbian and gay people and the wider community to understand themselves and the history that has shaped them.” The event is free.

Marlena’s Love Roast — The 2nd Annual José Sarria Community Celebration

marlenasThursday, August 20, 2015 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
San Francisco LGBT Community Center
1800 Market Street

We’re pleased to co-sponsor a celebration of a community hero, Garry McLain, better known as Marlena. In the 1970s and 1980s, he participated in countless events and fundraisers leading to his election in 1990 as Absolute Empress XXV of the San Francisco Imperial Court. Through his service as Empress, the many shows and charity events at his popular bar, Marlena’s, and his sponsorship of the Mr. Hayes Valley Leather title, Marlena has made our community stronger and more vibrant. Join us as we toast and roast the contributions of this special friend of José Sarria. Tickets available here.