Ten displays focus on facets of San Francisco queer life from the Gold Rush to today. This exhibition features rich multimedia drawn from our archival collections. Hover over the pictures below for more information
History is Now
Hear nine Queer Asian Pacific Islanders tell their personal stories in Dragon Fruit, an intergenerational historical preservation project
The Lesbians of The Ladder
Learn about the Daughters of Bilitis’ The Ladder, which quickly becomes a lifeline for women across the country struggling to come out in a virulently homophobic society.
Constructing Jiro Onuma
Explore the personal collection of Japanese immigrant Jiro Onuma, offering the only known visual documentation of same-sex intimacy in the Japanese American incarceration camps.
See the clubs, bars, restaurants, and other venues of three vibrant queer communities — North Beach, the Tenderloin, and the Valencia Street corridor — which are now mere memories.
Trace the activism of San Francisco Bay Area GLBTQQ youth 25 and under from the 1970s to the present.
Examine the life of “The Nightingale of Montgomery Street,” from his days performing at the Black Cat Café through his historic run as the first openly gay candidate for public office in the United States.
Fighting for Our Lives
Learn about four pioneering Bay Area organizations who fight for a greater response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic of the 20th century.
The Assassination of Harvey Milk
Experience one of the most horrific events in queer history as told by artifacts, photographs and an audio excerpt from Harvey Milk’s political will.