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.
Evolution of AIDS Activism
NEW EXHIBIT: The Evolution of AIDS Activism, 1981-1990
Assassination of Harvey Milk
Experience one of the most horrific events in queer history as told by artifacts, photos and an audio excerpt from Milk’s political will.
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 US in a virulently homophobic society.
Constructing Jiro Onuma
The collection of Jiro Onuma, offering a visual documentation of same-sex intimacy in the Japanese American incarceration camps.
Mere memories of clubs, bars, restaurants, and other venues of three vibrant queer communities — North Beach, Tenderloin, and Valencia.
Trace the activism of San Francisco Bay Area GLBTQQ youth 25 and under from the 1970s to the present.
The life of “The Nightingale of Montgomery Street,” from his days at Black Cat Café to his historic run as the first openly gay candidate for public office in the US.