Picturing Kinship: Perspectives From the Artist

Picturing Kinship: Perspectives From the Artist
Monday, September 18
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00 | Free for members  


Veuxdo in the Fillmore (2012); acrylic on canvas. Copyright © Lenore Chinn; used with permission

For the closing night of “Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community by Lenore Chinn,” the painter and photographer herself will offer an informal tour of the exhibition. Chinn will share stories about the portraits and their subjects and about the processes and politics of her work during 35 years of depicting San Francisco’s LGBTQ community.

The subjects of the portraits are individuals who have contributed to the diversity of San Francisco’s cultural landscape in such fields as poetry, visual and performing arts, film, rock music, academia, and the LGBTQ movement. The exhibition is curated by Tirza True Latimer, chair of the graduate program in visual and critical studies at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

LGBTQ Portraits: A Queer Historical Perspective

LGBTQ Portraits: A Queer Historical Perspective
Thursday, August 10
7:00 – 9:00 PM
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission $5.00 | Free for members  


Four noted art specialists will discuss how LGBTQ artists and sitters have queered the conventions of the portrait. Why does portraiture — deeply implicated from its inception in the representation of kinship, affiliation, and identity — remain important to queer communities in the so-called post-identity era?

The panel will feature Tirza Latimer, chair of the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the ArtsPamela Peniston, director of the Queer Cultural CenterRudy Lemcke, visual artist, and curator; and artist Lenore Chinn, whose painted and photographic queer portraits are currently on display in “Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community by Lenore Chinn” at the GLBT History Museum. Join the Facebook conversation here.

Queer Before the Theory: Gavin Arthur & the Circles of Sex

Queer Before the Theory: Gavin Arthur & the Circles of Sex 
Thursday, September 14
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00 | Free for members


Gavin Arthur from the dust jacket of his book The Circle of Sex (1966). Collection of Gerard Koskovich

In conjunction with the exhibition “Lavender-Tinted Glasses: A Groovy Gay Look at the Summer of Love” at the GLBT History Museum, curator Joey Cain will present the astounding story of a bisexual adventurer, utopian, philosopher and astrologer Gavin Arthur (1901­-1972).

The grandson of U.S. president Chester A. Arthur and the son of a mining millionaire, Gavin Arthur fled his privileged upbringing in the 1920s to take up outsider causes and bohemian pursuits. He frequented early 20th-century homosexual emancipationists, Irish liberation fighters, and avant-garde culture-makers, ending his days in San Francisco as a philosophical grandfather of the hippies.

Arthur laid out his radical theory of the fluidity of sexual orientation in his book The Circle of Sex, first published in 1964 and released in a much-expanded edition in 1966.

Take Action: Three Ways to Support the Historical Society

The GLBT Historical Society has thrived for more than three decades thanks to encouragement from the community and notably from our members who get involved in our efforts. Here are three things you can do right now to support the society in preserving and sharing the stories of the LGBTQ past:

Fill out a brief survey. The City of San Francisco is eager to hear from residents, former residents and others about the aspects of the city’s LGBTQ cultural heritage they value the most. The City will use the survey to shape a citywide strategy for sustaining this heritage. In responding to the questions, you can help the GLBT Historical Society by urging the city to fund our museum and archives — and our plans to build a new world-class center for LGBTQ public history. To take the survey, click here.

Follow us on social media. We regularly post on social media about LGBTQ history and about our programs and activities. By following the GLBT Historical Society, interacting with our posts and sharing them with your friends, you’ll help us ensure that more people discover the queer past and learn about our work. You’ll find us on Facebook and Instagram.

Spread the word to volunteers. We’re currently recruiting and training volunteer ages 18–29 to participate in our San Francisco ACT UP Oral History Project, which is gathering oral histories from veterans of AIDS activism in the city from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. Applications will be accepted through August 5. For more information, contact project director Joey Plaster at gro.y1502914081rotsi1502914081htblg1502914081@yeoj1502914081.

Reel in the Closet: Showing With the Filmmakers

Reel in the Closet: Showing With the Filmmakers
Thursday, August 31
7:00 PM
Roxie Theater
3117 16th St., San Francisco
$15.00 | $12.50 for members


This special showing of Reel in the Closet will benefit preservation of the film and video collections of the GLBT Historical Society. The feature-length documentary reveals LGBTQ life through rarely seen home movies dating back to the 1930s, drawing on extensive footage from the Historical Society and from other archives around the world.

The screening will offer a new cut of Reel in the Closet with added historical material providing glimpses of 20th-century life as it was experienced, viewed and recorded by members of the LGBTQ community. Filmmakers Stu Maddux and Joseph Applebaum will be on hand to introduce the film and respond to question, plus they’ll show a bonus episode of their new web series, Queer Ghost Hunters.

General admission is $15; admission for GLBT Historical Society members is $12.50. Advance tickets are available for purchase online via the Roxie Theater website.