Exhibition at the GLBT Historical Society
Pop-Up Museum in the Castro District
(November 2008 – October 2009)
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history matters — in all its diversity. Passionate Struggle traces
elements of our communities’ afﬁnities and differences. It takes you from the bedrooms and back rooms
to the bookstores and bars, from Harvey Milk’s victories to transgender sex workers’ riots, from social
movements to secret fantasies.
This exhibition explores the dynamic tensions between passion and struggle that have forged San
Francisco’s very queer past century. Through four lenses — Places, Politics, Pleasures and People —
the show invites you to take a peek into the world-renowned archives of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender Historical Society. For nearly a quarter century, our institution has been zealously collecting
and lovingly preserving queer historical materials from the memorable to the seemingly mundane.
Every case in Passionate Struggle mixes the iconic and the unexpected. Some aspects will delight
you, touch you, even provoke you. Take it in however you want. We all make our own stories from the
scattered artifacts, documents and memories of our lives. And we all are making history together.