Queering Familias: Building Resilience and Hope
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Queering Familias: Building Resilience and Hope

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GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

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Rooted in a history of resistance, LGBTQ Latinx people in the Bay Area have created numerous activist groups and institutions that have built a strong foundation for subsequent generations. Over time, they have forged personal and community bonds that create familias, or chosen families. This intergenerational panel brings together Latinx activists, artists, performers and community leaders to discuss the unique ways they have mobilized by building strong bonds of kinship. The event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Chosen Familias: Bay Area LGBTQ Latinx Stories,” now on view at the GLBT Historical Society Museum.

PANELISTS

Foxxy Blue Orchid is San Francisco's newest gender-bending glam-bear queen! She is the hostess of the Humboldt Burlesque Festival and is the newest member of Sin Sisters Burlesque in Santa Cruz. She has hosted and performed on stages across Texas and beyond. As her literary alter ego, Dino Foxx, she is the coauthor of Tragic Bitches: An Experiment in Queer Xicanx Performance Poetry and the author of When the Glitter Fades (Kórima Press).

Karen Aguilar is a Mexican immigrant trans woman who has been a community health worker and leader since 2000. Karen started her activism/work for the Latinx community as a volunteer at Shanti Project, and then she was staff at the Transgender program at Proyecto ContraSIDA Por Vida. Today Karen is the lead patient navigator for Gender Health SF, where she works with most of the program's monolingual Spanish-speaking patients, who represent almost 40% of GHSF's patients.

Luis Gutierrez-Mock is the project director for the Triunfo/TRIUMPH Project, a community-led PrEP demonstration project at the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at the University of California San Francisco. He has worked in transgender HIV research, treatment and prevention for 19 years. He holds an M.A. in sexuality studies, a second M.A. in ethnic studies, an M.P.H. with an emphasis in community health education and is completing his doctorate in the medical sociology program at UCSF.

Jesse James Johnson is the cofounder of the legendary Proyecto ContraSIDA Por Vida, which later morphed into El/La Para TransLatinas. He has deep cultural, political and spiritual roots in the Chicano, Queer and other liberation movements. He is the proud inheritor of a literary tradition that believed poetry to be a tool for liberation.

MODERATOR

Shane Zaldivar is a performer and actress residing in San Francisco for the last 4 years. Since moving out of Florida to attend Oaksterdam University, their art therapy has been drag. For Shane, the performer community invites authenticity to shine beyond the stage. They feel lucky to be a part of the community to showcase fun and genuine expression.

Image credit: One of the pages in the family albums displayed in the exhibition “Chosen Familias: Bay Area LGBTQ Latinx Stories,” now on view at the GLBT Historical Society Museum, photograph by Nalini Elias.

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In Search of Stonewall
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

In Search of Stonewall

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The year 1994 marked the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and it was also the year in which a new journal, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review (known since 1998 as The Gay & Lesbian Review/Worldwide), published its first issue. In honor of its own 25th anniversary, the journal has released a book, In Search of Stonewall: The Riots at 50, The Gay & Lesbian Review at 25 (G & LR Books, 2019) collecting Stonewall-related articles published in the Review over the past quarter century. Join three contributors to the collection, Jewelle Gomez, Will Roscoe and Eve Goldberg, for a panel discussion about Stonewall scholarship and for readings from the collection. Copies of In Search of Stonewall will be available for purchase and signing.

PANELISTS

Eve Goldberg is a writer and filmmaker who lives in northern California. Her films include “What Ever Happened to Hazel Scott?”, “Dorothy Healey: An American Red” and “Lori and Cathy Get Married.” Her writing has been published in The Gay & Lesbian Review, American Popular Culture, Hippocampus and The Rumpus.

Jewelle Gomez, a writer and playwright who’s known as the “foremother of Afrofuturism,” is the author of The Gilda Stories (1991; expanded edition, 2016) and other books. Her stories have been anthologized in over 100 collections.

Will Roscoe, Ph.D., is the author of The Zuni Man-Woman (1991) and Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love (2004), both of which received Lambda Literary Awards.

Image credit: Cover illustration of In Search of Stonewall courtesy of G & LR Books.

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Enola Gay: Early AIDS Activism
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Enola Gay: Early AIDS Activism

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

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In September 1984, members of Enola Gay, a gay men’s direct-action affinity group, blocked the entrance to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory during a large demonstration against the development of nuclear weapons. The activists poured real human blood at the entrance and chanted “money for AIDS, not for war!” This act of civil disobedience calling attention to government neglect in the face of a deadly epidemic has been described by one historian as “the first recorded instance of civil disobedience to confront AIDS.” To mark the 35th anniversary of the protest, Enola Gay members Robert Glück, Richard Bell and Jack Davis will share photographs and stories from the group’s history, discuss the shifting priorities for sexual politics during the 1980s, and reflect on direct action and intersectional organizing during the early years of the AIDS crisis.

SPEAKERS

Richard Bell has been an activist since the antiwar movement in the 1960s and has participated in most social/racial/economic justice issues since then. Along the way he received a master’s in social work and had a career in public child welfare. He is currently working with El Cerrito Progressives on a variety of local issues, including police surveillance, immigration and the environment. Richard is pleased to have survived long enough to be “history.”

Jack Davis, a former member of Enola Gay, is a visual artist, witch and activist. He has been engaged in political work for over 50 years and has been arrested several times for his involvement in causes such as antinuclear weapons, anti-intervention in Central and South America, anti-U.S. imperialism, and pro-AIDS research and funding.

Robert Glück has served as director of San Francisco State University’s Poetry Center, co-director of Small Press Traffic Literary Center, and associate editor at Lapis Press.  His books include two novels, Jack the Modernist and Margery Kempe; two books of stories, Elements and Denny Smith; a book of poems and short prose, Reader; and, with Kathleen Fraser, a book of prose poems, In Commemoration of the Visit. Most recently, Glück published Communal Nude: Collected Essays, and Parables, an editioned artist book with Cuban artists Jose Angel Toirac and Meira Marrero Díaz.

Image credit: Members of the gay men’s affinity and antinuclear group Enola Gay pour blood on the road outside Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, September 24, 1984; photo by Jack Davis, used with permission.

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The Ventriloquists
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Ventriloquists

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Novelist E. R. Ramzipoor will read selections from her new novel, The Ventriloquists (Park Row Books, 2019), a work inspired by the true story of a ragtag gang of journalists and resistance fighters who published a false, satirical edition of the Nazi-controlled Brussels newspaper Le Soir during World War II. Inviting the reader on a fast-paced, high-stakes caper featuring a diverse cast of queer heroes, the novel highlights the LGBTQ community’s role in reclaiming occupied spaces. Ramzipoor will supplement her talk by discussing stories of everyday queer heroes from World War II until the present, focusing on ordinary people who carried out daring feats of resistance.

SPEAKER

E. R. Ramzipoor is a writer based in California. She also works as a content marketer, writing about cybercrime and online fraud. She studied political science at the University of California Berkeley, where she researched underground literature in resistance movements and discovered the forgotten story of Faux Soir. Her writing has been featured in McSweeney’s and The Ventriloquists is her first novel.

Image credit: Cover illustration of The Ventriloquists, courtesy of Park Row Books.

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Rainbow Rice: Intersecting Justice for LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans
Aug
9
7:00 PM19:00

Rainbow Rice: Intersecting Justice for LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

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Within the LGBTQ community, the experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) people are often marginalized. Queer and trans APIA people face numerous intersectional challenges, including anti-LGBTQ prejudice in their respective ethnic communities, as well as racism and xenophobia within the larger LGBTQ community.

A panel of Bay Area LGBTQ APIA community leaders and activists will consider these particular challenges and discuss their efforts to promote, defend and extend the rights of queer and trans APIA people. This program is cosponsored by the Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University.

PANELISTS

Mohammed Shaik Hussain Ali is a film producer, author and human-rights activist associated with multiple LGBTQ organizations across the United States, including Trikone and NQAPIA. Based in San Francisco for the past decade, he has represented the South Asian community on multiple platforms, making sure the community is visible. He is South Asian, Indian, Muslim and gay.

Crystal Jang is a self-identified, queer, Asian/Pacific Islander, intergenerational activist and “community auntie” who advocates for elder issues relating to aging in the API queer community. She is the cofounder of the REGCircle and the Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women Transgender Community.

Amy Sueyoshi is the Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Her research interests lie primarily at the intersection of Asian American and queer studies. She has authored two books — Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi and Discriminating Sex: White Leisure and the Making of the American “Oriental.” Amy is also a founding co-curator of the GLBT History Museum and co-chair of the inaugural Queer History Conference 2019 hosted by the Committee on LGBT History.

Neo Veavea organized the first Samoan contingent for San Francisco Pride in 1982 and has continued to support Pride ever since. He cofounded United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliances, an organization that has served as a support, social and resource group for LGBTQ Polynesians and Pacific Islanders since 1998. The first Samoan to run for the Board of Supervisors for San Francisco District 10, Neo has served on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee and District 10’s Visitacion Valley Citizens’ Advisory Committee.

Sammie Ablaza Wills is an enthusiastic organizer with a vivid love for justice and strategy. Growing up in a hustling-class Pilipinx immigrant household in Las Vegas, Sammie was shaped by the cultural resilience, joy, and trauma of their community. Currently, Sammie is the Executive Director of API Equality — Northern California, a grassroots organization building power for transgender and queer Asian/Pacific Islander people in the Bay Area.

MODERATOR

Michael Nguyen is the chair of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that works to unite our family and allies through inclusion, advocacy, and love. Michael is also known as Miss GAPA 2016, Juicy Liu. Michael serves on the boards of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, the oldest LGBTQ bar association in the country; and Livable City, an advocacy nonprofit working to make San Francisco more livable through better transit and greener open spaces.

Image credit: API Equality—Northern California chanting during the San Francisco Trans The March (2018). Photo by APIENC, used with permission.

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Ziggy, Stardust and Me
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Ziggy, Stardust and Me

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

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Debut young-adult novelist James Brandon will read selections from his new novel Ziggy, Stardust and Me (Penguin Random House, 2019) set in St. Louis in 1973, just months before homosexuality was delisted as a mental illness by the American Psychological Association. The novel follows the story of sixteen-year-old Jonathan Collins, who is fighting to overcome his “illness” when he meets Web, a Lakota Two Spirit. The two boys fall in love and struggle to retain their identities in a world that continually threatens to tear them apart. Brandon serves on the Powwow Steering Committee of Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits and has done extensive research in the GLBT Historical Society’s archives. The evening will include a wine reception, and copies of Ziggy, Stardust and Me will be available for purchase and signing.

SPEAKER

James Brandon is the cofounder of the I AM Love Campaign, serves on the Powwow Steering Committee of Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits and has done extensive research in the GLBT Historical Society’s archives. His work documents lost or forgotten moments in the LGBTQ movement and makes them accessible to a wider audience.

Joining Brandon in-conversation is BAAITS Board Member, Roger Kuhn.

The evening will be moderated by Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of the young-adult fantasy trilogy THE READER, THE SPEAKER, and THE STORYTELLER. 

Image credit: Cover artwork for Ziggy, Stardust and Me by Tomasz Mro, courtesy of Penguin Random House.

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Living History Discussion | Early Leather: San Francisco’s Leather Scene, 1966–1992
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Living History Discussion | Early Leather: San Francisco’s Leather Scene, 1966–1992

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

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A panel featuring members of the early San Francisco leather scene and scholars of the local leather and kink community will reflect on leather life in the city from the mid-1960s to the early 1990s, the years that witnessed the emergence of this unique subculture. Among the topics that will be discussed are the origins of the leather community in early gay motorcycle clubs, the emergence of a distinct and recognizable scene in the 1970s and the maturation of leather culture during the height of the AIDS epidemic from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.

Panelists include Peter Fiske, a leatherman for the past 55 years and the chairman emeritus of The 15 Association and Gayle Rubin, a professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the author of a forthcoming book on gay leather culture in San Francisco. Fiske’s book My Leather Life: Early Years 1958–1983 will be available for purchase and signing.

The program is being held in conjunction with “The Mayor of Folsom Street: The Life and Legacy of Alan Selby,” an exhibition currently on view at the GLBT Historical Society Museum.

MODERATOR

Peter Fiske has been a leatherman for 55 years. He moved to San Francisco from New York in 1966 and was a part of  the leather/motorcycle scene in the city and a member of the Koalas motorcycle club. He is the chairman emeritus of The 15 Association and its longest-involved member. He served on the board of AIDS Emergency Fund 7 as president in 2000, was a cofounder of the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund and has served on the San Francisco Pride Board. He has been a member of the Leather Hall of Fame since 2017.

PANELISTS

Gayle Rubin received her PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1994 and has been teaching there since 2003. She is the author of a series of groundbreaking articles on the politics of sex and gender collected in Deviations: The Gayle Rubin Reader (Duke University Press, 2012) and a forthcoming book on gay leather culture in San Francisco.

Race Bannon has been an organizer, writer, educator, speaker and activist in the LGBTQ, leather/kink, polyamory and HIV/STI prevention realms since 1973. He’s authored two books, been published extensively, spoken to hundreds of audiences, created the world's largest kink-friendly psychotherapist and medical referral service, was a leader of The DSM Project that led to a beneficial change in the way psychotherapy views BDSM, founded a groundbreaking alternative sexuality publishing company, been an internet radio sex talk show host, received national and local awards, appeared in numerous documentaries, and currently also writes for the Bay Area Reporter.

Steve Gaynes, San Francisco Leather Daddy XII, came out of the gay, leather and kink polyandrous closet at age 18. Lured out by motorcycles, leather, BDSM and cigars he was a regular patron of New York City’s most notorious bars and sex venues such as The Anvil & Mineshaft. In 1978 he moved to Chicago, where he received his BDSM education from his teacher and mentor, Tony DeBlase. Gaynes, now a member of Delta, attended Hellfire’s Inferno, Golden Fleece and many biker runs. He was a founding member of Open Road Riders of Chicagoland, and a member of the Empire City Motorcycle Club. After moving to San Francisco in 1985, he served on the board of directors for the AIDS Emergency Fund and ICF Leather Alliance, co-founded SmokeOut, and is a chairman emeritus of The 15 Association.

Graylin Thornton, International Mr. Drummer 1993, has been an active leatherman for over three decades and has judged, MC’d and taught at all major leather events. An original member of the South Bay Leather and Uniform Group (SLUG), Thornton produced the first South Bay Leather Weekend and the first Ebony Leather Contest. He’s also produced California Mr. Drummer & Sir/boy and Mr. & Ms. San Diego Leather Week. The 2011 SF Pride Grand Marshall, Thornton has received the Pantheon of Leather Award and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Leadership Award. A former board member of New Leaf Services, Leather Leadership Conference and Leathermen’s Discussion Group, he is featured in the “Unsung Heroes” documentary. Graylin Thornton is currently an Associate Member of Chicago Hellfire Club, a Founding Member of Onyx Northwest and the 2019 Leather Pride Contingent Grand Marshall.


Image credit: Koalas motorcycle group photo, taken at a club run in the Santa Cruz mountains (1967). Photo by Henri Leleu, collection of the GLBT Historical Society.

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Film Screening | A Great Ride: Adventures in Lesbian Aging
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening | A Great Ride: Adventures in Lesbian Aging

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

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Filmmaker Deborah Craig will introduce a screening of her award-winning film “A Great Ride,” a 30-minute documentary about Bay Area lesbians confronting the challenge of aging with determination, dynamism, courage and humor. The film follows Sally, a retired women’s studies professor and activist living in a cabin in Northern California; Brenda, an African American political activist in Vallejo; and five residents of a Santa Rosa retirement community: two couples, Nancy and Marjorie and Sue and Patty, as well as Shirley. In their youth, these women faced the difficulty of coming out. Now they are pioneers as they take on aging, with an independent and irreverent spirit and a heartening delight in living.

SPEAKER

Deborah Craig has created more than a half-dozen films about socially relevant topics such as HIV/AIDS among women and the positive influence of community gardens in low-income neighborhoods. She teaches in San Francisco State University’s Health Education department and Mills College in Oakland. Her short film “I’m Gonna Be Here” is part of the compilation “Still Around” which premiered at the Castro Theater in San Francisco in 2010 and has screened in film festivals and public venues around the United States and internationally. In 2012, it won best documentary at the Out in the Desert Film Festival, and in 2011 it was an official selection at the Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival, the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and Mezipatra Czech LGBT Film Festival.

Image credit: Still from the film “A Great Ride” depicting documentary subject Brenda Crawford, courtesy of Deborah Craig.

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Performance | ¡Aplauso! Live Storytelling & Performances
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Performance | ¡Aplauso! Live Storytelling & Performances

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

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An impressive group of Latinx queer artists and performance artists will stage dances, enact theater scenes, read poetry and show short films celebrating the culture and diversity of the queer Latinx community. Performers include transgender artist Donna Personna; artist, oral historian, and activist Mason J.; drag queen Foxxy Blue Orchid; performance artist Xandra Ibarra; Chicana writer Natalia M. Vigil; activist, filmmaker and dancer Dulce; and writer and historian Juliana Delgado Lopera. This event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Chosen Familias: Bay Area LGBTQ Latinx Histories,” opening at the GLBT Historical Society Museum on June 7.

Performers

Donna Personna is an artist and activist for transgender rights, who got her start with the Cockettes. She has served on the boards of Trans March and Transgender Day of Remembrance, and on the committees to name streets after Vicki Marlene and Compton’s Cafeteria in San Francisco’s Transgender Cultural District. In 2018, she raised San Francisco’s first transgender flag at City Hall with Mayor London Breed.

Mason J. is an artist, oral historian and activist, inspired by life as a born, raised and displaced AfroLatinx San Francisco local and a sick/disabled queer, intersex and trans advocate. Their photos, poetry and social commentary on sexuality, gender, ableism, race, sex work and housing rights have been published in many zines, on the internet, and in print in many newspapers and magazines. Mason currently serves as the inaugural fellow of the San Francisco Public Library’s James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center.

Foxxy Blue Orchid is San Francisco’s newest gender-bending glam-bear queen. She is co-producer and emcee for the San Antonio Burlesque Festival, hostess of the Humboldt Burlesque Festival and is the newest member of Sin Sisters Burlesque! She has hosted and performed on stages across Texas and beyond. As her literary alter ego, Dino Foxx, she is the co-author of Tragic Bitches: An Experiment in Queer Xicanx Performance Poetry and When the Glitter Fades (Kórima Press).

Xandra Ibarra is Oakland-based performance artist from the Mexico-U.S. border of Juarez/El Paso who sometimes works under the alias of La Chica Boom. Ibarra uses performance, video, and sculpture to address abjection and joy and the borders between proper and improper racial, gender and queer subjects. Ibarra’s work has been featured at El Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Colombia), the Broad Museum (Los Angeles), CITRU-Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (Mexico) and Joe’s Pub (New York).

Natalia M. Vigil is a queer Xicana writer, multimedia curator and big sister of six, born and raised in San Francisco. She is the proud co-founder of Still Here San Francisco for which she was honored as a Local Hero by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. She is a VONA Voices alum and a 2016 Lambda Literary Fellow. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and shows.

Dulce is a fierce queer Chicana fat femme. Born in Mexico City and raised in East Los Angeles, she is a California state-certified rape crisis counselor who provides holistic modes of healing and interactive educational trainings while integrating rape crisis services. As a sexual health educator, she advocates for self-empowerment though education that is fun, non-judgmental, and accessible to her audience. Her film “With Conviction” won the Audience Choice Award at the Queer Women of Color Film Festival and screened in Paris, France at the International Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival.

Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer, historian, speaker and storyteller based in San Francisco. She’s the author of Quiéreme (Nomadic Press,  2017) and ¡Cuéntamelo! (Aunt Lute, 2017), an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants which won a 2018 Lambda Literary Award and a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award. She has received fellowships from Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts, Lambda Literary Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Headlands Center for The Arts and The SF Grotto.

Image credit: ¡Aplauso! performers. Top row: Donna Persona, photo by Pomeroy Works; Dulce, photo by Apeh Calderon Clary; Foxxy Blue Orchid, photo by Julián P. Ledezma (JPL Productions); Mason J., photo by Meg Allen. Bottom row: Juliana Delgado Lopera, courtesy of Juliana Delgado Lopera; Xandra Ibarra, photo by C. Godoy; Natalia M. Vigil, photo by Fabian Echevarria, all used with permission.

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Book Launch | Four Decades of Queer History: The Routledge History of Queer America
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch | Four Decades of Queer History: The Routledge History of Queer America

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

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The Routledge History of Queer America (2018), the first comprehensive overview of the field of United States LGBTQ history, is a landmark work. Edited by Don Romesburg, professor of women and gender studies at Sonoma State University and former cochair of the GLBT Historical Society Board of Directors, the anthology features over 20 authors and nearly 30 chapters on essential topics and themes in queer history from colonial times to the present. In this roundtable organized in celebration of the release of the new paperback edition, Romesburg will be joined by a panel of historians who will evaluate the state of the field of queer American history.

Image credit: Cover illustration of The Routledge History of Queer America, courtesy of Routledge.

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Living History Discussion | Thrill Spot: The Raid on Tommy's Place
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Living History Discussion | Thrill Spot: The Raid on Tommy's Place

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

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The 1954 police raid on Tommy’s Place, a lesbian bar in San Francisco’s North Beach, is the stuff of legend. Lurid headlines describing the seduction of teenage girls in a “vice academy” were followed by sensational stories teeming with swaggering butches, police graft and political intrigue. Lambda Award–winning author and visual artist Katie Gilmartin shares her research about this event, as well as excerpts from the draft of the fictional account inspired by the raid that she is currently writing. She will offer reflections on how archives and oral histories serve as the basis for historical fiction imagining the lives of LGBTQ ancestors. This program is offered in collaboration with Openhouse and is made possibly by grants from Queer Cultural Center and the Creative Work Fund.

Image credit: Photographer unknown, courtesy of Mary Kay Sicola; Grace Miller Papers, Hormel Center, San Francisco Public Library.

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Book Launch | Rainbow Warrior: The Memoirs of Gilbert Baker
Jun
11
5:30 PM17:30

Book Launch | Rainbow Warrior: The Memoirs of Gilbert Baker

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Location

San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco

Admission

Free

The late San Francisco artist and activist Gilbert Baker created the iconic and globally adopted rainbow flag as a symbol of the LGBTQ community in 1978. Baker’s life and work will be explored, illuminated and celebrated in this unique event organized for the release of his posthumous memoir, Rainbow Warrior: My Life in Color (Chicago Review Press, 2019). Cosponsored by the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center at the San Francisco Public Library, the program will feature a short film about Baker’s life, selected readings from the memoir and a panel discussion with social justice activists. The evening will begin with a reception.

MODERATOR

Tony Bravo is a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle’s Style and Datebook sections who writes about the cultural impact of fashion and LGBTQ lifestyle issues. Bravo has covered stories about San Francisco’s queer present and past that include subjects like marriage equality, femme lesbian community building, queer aesthetics, the gender binary, the drag community and the ongoing deracination of queer spaces in 2019.

PANELISTS

Terry Beswick is the executive director of the GLBT Historical Society. He has worked as a journalist, activist, fundraiser and policymaker with AIDS and LGBT-related nonprofit and governmental organizations in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., including Project Inform, the Castro Country Club, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the White House Office of National HIV/AIDS Policy, the DHHS National AIDS Program Office, and the Bay Area Reporter, among others.

Kate Kendell is the Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights who started her advocacy as an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. She is a nationally recognized spokesperson for LGBT rights and has appeared in major media, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Advocate, NPR, and CNN.

Jeff Sheehy served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 8. A member of ACT UP San Francisco, Sheehy went on to serve as Mayor Gavin Newsom’s HIV/AIDS advisor, as well as the communications director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute. He is currently a Governing Board Member at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Cass Brayton is better known as Sister Mary Media. He is a longtime member of the famed Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a political street performance organization dedicated to community service and activism, raising over a million dollars for charities.

Image credit: photo of Gilbert Baker by Mark Maxwell; used with permission.

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Exhibition Opening | Chosen Familias: Bay Area LGBTQ Latinx Stories
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Exhibition Opening | Chosen Familias: Bay Area LGBTQ Latinx Stories

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

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A new exhibition at the GLBT Historical Society Museum displays photography, ephemera and text to center both biological and chosen Latinx LGBTQ family connections as structures that build hope and resilience. By queering the concept of the traditional family photo album, the exhibition reframes historical documentation of mothers, daughters, fathers, children, aunts and uncles. “Chosen Familias” will feature several displays of family photo albums, while a video station will play interviews with and footage of Bay Area LGBTQ Latinx activists and artists of the past four decades.

Curated by Tina Valentin Aguirre, chair of the society’s board of directors, the exhibition expands the definition of LGBTQ family to encompass not just biological relatives, but also mentors, coalition members and the networks of people that have supported us. Light refreshments will be served.

Image credit: Curator Tina Valentin Aguirre and exhibition collaborators. Top row: Fabian Echevarria and Shane Zaldivar. Second row: Prado Gomez and Donna Personna. Third row: Rigoberto Marquez, Angel Fabian and Tina Valentin Aguirre. Fourth row: Adela Vazquez, Natalia Vigil and Olga Talamante. Bottom row: Lito Sandoval and Mason J. Smith. Photo by Fabian Echevarria/Bill Jennings.

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Gay in the Great War
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Gay in the Great War

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

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In this unique performance, author Lance Ringel will present a dramatized reading with music from his novel Flower of Iowa (Smashwords), a carefully researched work about two soldiers, one American and one British, who fall in love on the Western Front in 1918 France. A tale of bravery and hidden love between men during some of the darkest hours of the 20th century, Flower of Iowa showcases unforgettable characters, meticulous historic research and exhilarating storytelling.

Speaker

A journalist and writer for four decades, Lance Ringel has penned five novels and three plays. At Vassar College, where he has worked for 14 years, he served as principal writer for "Vassar Voices," a staged reading honoring the college’s sesquicentennial. It debuted at Lincoln Center, starring Meryl Streep, Lisa Kudrow and Frances Sternhagen and subsequently toured America and London. Ringel also wrote the narrative for "At Home in the World," a music-and-words collaboration directed by John Caird that recently played across Japan.

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Fighting Back | Unions, Workers and Queers
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Fighting Back | Unions, Workers and Queers

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

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The latest in the GLBT Historical Society’s monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer issues in a historical context, this panel will discuss the support of organized labor for the LGBTQ community in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Organized labor and LGBTQ activists have made common cause in San Francisco since the mid-1970s, when Harvey Milk helped create the connection. Panelists will consider how workers, unions and members of the LGBTQ community have built a worldwide relationship based on shared struggles, similar goals and common values.

MODERATOR

Sue Englander is a historian who has been active in the LGBTQ movement since 1977, when she joined the campaign against the Briggs Initiative. She practiced as a registered nurse for 25 years, working with people with AIDS for much of that time. In 1989, she received a master’s degree in history at San Francisco State University, then went on to a Ph.D. at UCLA in 1999. She worked for 10 years at the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University, and currently teaches at San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco. 

PANELISTS

Sasha Cuttler is a nurse at San Francisco General Hospital and an activist with Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and representative to the Nurse Alliance of California.

Angie Fa first got assigned to San Francisco by the UFW in 1976. She helped create the community outreach program at HERE Locals 2 and 2850, and the Center for Third World Organizing Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program. She chairs the department of Asian American studies at San Francisco City College and is a past national chair of the Young DSA, past president of Harvey Milk and a former member of the San Francisco School Board.

Gabriel Haaland is a longtime labor and community organizer. He currently works for SEIU 1021, and is a former president of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club. He also was a Community Grand Marshall in the SF Pride Parade. Currently he serves on the executive board of the Contra Costa Labor Council.

Bahlam Vigil is a first generation queer, genderqueer Latinx youth who became a youth organizer in 2015–2016 in their high school after becoming activated by the Black Lives Matter movement and the Frisco 5. After graduating in 2017, Bahlam went on to intern for the DCCC and got appointed to the Youth Commission as the District 11 appointee and became an outreach officer and organizer. Currently, Bahlam is the chair of the youth commission and board member to the Harvey Milk and Latino Democratic Clubs.

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Exhibition Opening | The Mayor of Folsom Street: The Life and Legacy of Alan Selby
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Exhibition Opening | The Mayor of Folsom Street: The Life and Legacy of Alan Selby

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

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A new exhibition at the GLBT Historical Society Museum uses archival documents, photographs, artifacts, fine art and digital displays to document the life of Alan Selby, also known as Mr. S., who opened the iconic leather and kink retail store Mr. S. Leather in the SoMa district in 1979. One of San Francisco’s longest-lived and best-known queer retail establishments, Mr. S. Leather grew into a de facto community center as well as an international destination.

Curated by Jordy Jones, Jeremy Prince and Gayle Rubin, and drawing on the Alan Selby papers preserved in the society’s archives, this transdisciplinary exhibition situates Selby’s life within the context of a changing SoMa neighborhood, AIDS charities and the emergence of a distinct queer leather and kink culture. Light refreshments will be served.

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California and the Stonewall Riots
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

California and the Stonewall Riots

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

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The 1969 Stonewall riots, when LGBTQ people fought back against police harassment at a New York bar, are often described as the starting point of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. Author Marc Stein will discuss his new book The Stonewall Riots: A Documentary History (NYU Press), which situates Stonewall in a broader perspective. After reviewing pre-Stonewall LGBTQ protests in California, Stein will explore how news about the riots reached the West Coast, how Californians viewed the uprising and how Golden State residents responded to the news from New York.

Speaker

Marc Stein is the Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History at San Francisco State University and the vice chair of the GLBT Historical Society Board of Directors. He is the author of City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia (University of Chicago Press, 2000); Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe (University of North Carolina Press, 2010); and Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement (Routledge, 2012). He also served as editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of LGBT History in America (Scribners, 2003).

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Two-Spirit Voices: Still Here, Still Queer
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Two-Spirit Voices: Still Here, Still Queer

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

 $5.00 | Free for members

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For 20 years, Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits has been committed to activism and service for the Two-Spirit community. This program offers a look at the history and activism of the organization over the past two decades. Founding members of BAAITS will engage in a dialog with current board members and community leaders. BAAITS is the subject of the ongoing exhibition “Two-Spirit Voices: Returning to the Circle” at the GLBT Historical Society Museum.

Moderator

Roger Kuhn

Panelists
Gene Hightower 
MorningStar Vancil
Phoenix Lara
Amelia Vigil
Miko Thomas

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Mattachine: A Queer Serial, Part 3 - Cracks in the Foundation: Splintering into Homophile Alliances
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Mattachine: A Queer Serial, Part 3 - Cracks in the Foundation: Splintering into Homophile Alliances

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

*Limited seating, must RSVP.

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Mattachine: A Queer Serial - Cracks in the Foundation: Splintering into Homophile Alliances

The third evening in a special three-part program series in April highlighting the history of the Mattachine Society, founded in 1950 as the first enduring homosexual-rights organization in the United States, told through episodes from a new podcast "Mattachine: A Queer Serial."

This program will feature the "Mattachine: A Queer Serial" podcast episodes titled “Are You Now or Have You Ever Been A Homosexual,” “People Like Other People” and “Silly Letters.” It will survey the rise in Mattachine’s membership and an attempted organizational coup by conservatives and an FBI informant.

Each program in the three-part series will feature an audiovisual presentation of the podcast, followed by community-based historian Joey Cain interviewing Devlyn Camp, the Chicago-based creator, producer, writer and host of the Mattachine serial.

This series is cosponsored by the Calamus Fellowship.

Participants:

Devlyn Camp, named one of the Windy City Times "30 Under 30," is an alumnus of Columbia College Chicago where they studied musical theater history, graduating with a degree in writing and producing for television. Devlyn covers the queer beat for the Chicago Reader and co-hosts and produces "They & Them," a queer talk podcast in Chicago.

Joey Cain is a San Francisco community activist, researcher and historian. He served for eight years on the board of directors of the San Francisco Pride Committee, including four years as president. He has curated numerous exhibitions, including "Lavender-Tinted Glasses: A Groovy Gay Look at the Summer of Love" at the GLBT Historical Society Museum in 2017.

Additional links to the rest of the series:

Part 1 Thursday, April 4, 2019 - Mattachine Series | Dawn of the Movement: From Henry Gerber to Harry Hay

Part 2: Thursday, April 11 - To Be Accused: Government Crackdown & Homophile Resistance

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Mattachine: A Queer Serial, Part 2 - To Be Accused: Government Crackdown & Homophile Resistance
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Mattachine: A Queer Serial, Part 2 - To Be Accused: Government Crackdown & Homophile Resistance

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

*Limited seating, must RSVP.

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Mattachine: A Queer Serial - To Be Accused: Government Crackdown & Homophile Resistance

The second evening in a special three-part program series in April highlighting the history of the Mattachine Society, founded in 1950 as the first enduring homosexual-rights organization in the United States, told through episodes from a new podcast "Mattachine: A Queer Serial."

This program will feature the "Mattachine: A Queer Serial" podcast episodes titled “To Be Accused,” “The Lavender Scare” and “Diversified Individuals.” It will survey the Mattachine Society’s early years, the entrapment of one of its founders by the police and the State Department’s witch hunt for “sexual deviants.”

Each program in the three-part series will feature an audiovisual presentation of the podcast, followed by community-based historian Joey Cain interviewing Devlyn Camp, the Chicago-based creator, producer, writer and host of the Mattachine serial.

This series is cosponsored by the Calamus Fellowship.

Participants:

Devlyn Camp, named one of the Windy City Times "30 Under 30," is an alumnus of Columbia College Chicago where they studied musical theater history, graduating with a degree in writing and producing for television. Devlyn covers the queer beat for the Chicago Reader and co-hosts and produces "They & Them," a queer talk podcast in Chicago.

Joey Cain is a San Francisco community activist, researcher and historian. He served for eight years on the board of directors of the San Francisco Pride Committee, including four years as president. He has curated numerous exhibitions, including "Lavender-Tinted Glasses: A Groovy Gay Look at the Summer of Love" at the GLBT Historical Society Museum in 2017.

Additional links to the rest of the series:

Part 1 Thursday, April 4, 2019 - Mattachine Series | Dawn of the Movement: From Henry Gerber to Harry Hay

Part 3 Thursday, April 18, 2019 - Cracks in the Foundation: Splintering into Homophile Alliances

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Mattachine: A Queer Serial, Part 1 - Dawn of the Movement: From Henry Gerber to Harry Hay
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Mattachine: A Queer Serial, Part 1 - Dawn of the Movement: From Henry Gerber to Harry Hay

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

*Limited Seating, Must RSVP.

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Mattachine: A Queer Serial - Dawn of the Movement: From Henry Gerber to Harry Hay

The first evening in a special three-part program series in April highlighting the history of the Mattachine Society, founded in 1950 as the first enduring homosexual-rights organization in the United States, told through episodes from a new podcast "Mattachine: A Queer Serial".

This program will feature the "Mattachine: A Queer Serial" podcast episodes titled “Strange Sex Cult Exposed” and “The Call.” It covers the origins of the movement with Henry Gerber, a postal worker in 1920s Chicago, whose ill-fated attempt to organize homosexuals later inspired Harry Hay, a young communist in Los Angeles, to take up the cause in the late 1940s.

Each program in the three-part series will feature an audiovisual presentation of the podcast, followed by community-based historian Joey Cain interviewing Devlyn Camp, the Chicago-based creator, producer, writer and host of the Mattachine serial.

Devlyn Camp, named one of the Windy Cities Times "30 Under 30", is an alumnus of Columbia College Chicago where they studied musical theater history, graduating with a degree in Writing & Producing for Television. Before pursuing a degree in Writing & Producing for Television, they studied musical theatre history with Albert Williams, whose guidance led to a passion for queer history. Devlyn covers the queer beat for the Chicago Reader and co-hosts and produces "They & Them", a queer talk podcast in Chicago. Devlyn also writes middle grade historical fantasy (featuring queer characters, of course) with their writing partner.

Joey Cain is a San Francisco-based community activist, researcher and historian. He has curated numerous exhibitions for the San Francisco Public Library including “My Days and Dreams: The Worlds of Edward Carpenter, Gay Freedom Pioneer,” “In Paths Untrodden: Walt Whitman and the Radical Faeries”, “Hymns to Hermes: The Poetics of James Broughton” and “Radically Gay: The Life of Harry Hay.” He also curated an exhibition for the GLBT Historical Society Museum in 2017 titled "Lavender Tinted Glasses: A Groovy Gay Look at the Summer of Love".

Cain served for eight years on the board of directors of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration Committee, including four years as president. He co-chaired the community committee responsible for commissioning a bronze bust of Harvey Milk for San Francisco City Hall. His writing has appeared in RFD Magazine, the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and most recently in the collection The Fire In Moonlight: Stories From the Radical Faeries (White Crane Books, 2011).

Additional Links to the rest of the series:

Part 1 Thursday, April 4, 2019 - Mattachine Series | Dawn of the Movement: From Henry Gerber to Harry Hay

Part 3 Thursday, April 18, 2019 - Cracks in the Foundation: Splintering into Homophile Alliances

This series is cosponsored by the Calamus Fellowship.

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Fighting Back | The L and the GBTQ: Visibility, Leadership and Political Power
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Fighting Back | The L and the GBTQ: Visibility, Leadership and Political Power

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

*Limited Seating, advance RSVP recommended.

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The latest in the GLBT Historical Society’s monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer issues in a historical context, this community forum will focus on the struggles and successes of lesbians in relationship to history, the LGBTQ community and coalition building in the Bay Area.

A panel of historians, community organizers and advocates will explore how lesbian identity and community have evolved over time while underlining how this history can help inform today’s resistance movements.

MODERATED BY:

Leigh Pfeffer (they/them) is co-host and producer of History is Gay (along with Gretchen Ellis), a podcast that examines the overlooked and underappreciated queer ladies, gents, and gentle-enbies from the unexplored corners of history. Because history has never been as straight as you think. They are a big ol' queermo who can't (and won't) shut up about TV, comics, and the importance of LGBTQ representation on-screen and off. When not working on podcasts or roaming about academic circles, they enjoy seeing hopeful and representative stories reflected in media, new comic book Wednesdays, drinking tea, petting all the dogs, and fighting the patriarchy.

PANELISTS:

Lenore Chinn, a native San Franciscan who graduated from San Francisco State College with a B.A. in Sociology, is a painter, photographer, and cultural activist who works to create structures of personal and institutional support that will both sustain critical artistic production and advance movements for social justice. Her current street photography chronicles a rapidly changing socio-political landscape. She was an original member of Lesbians in the Visual Arts, is a co-founder of the Queer Cultural Center and has been active in the Asian American Women Artists Association since the group was founded. From 1988 to 1992, she served on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

Michelle Skoor (they/them) is the VP or Operations + Programs with Lesbians Who Tech + Allies. They attended the first LWT SF happy hours and volunteered at the first San Francisco summit. Being able to align the personal and political with the professional is a dream job come true. Previously, they were with CBS Interactive doing Program Management where they also co-led the company's LGBT ERG. When not hustling, Michelle is the Baba to 2 tiny humans, volunteers with Gender Spectrum and runs a parent support group for "Not the Moms" in the East Bay for gender non-confirming and non-birth parent families.

Alex U. Inn (they/them) is a Bay-Area resident for multiple decades, is an advocate for justice and equality, fighting for their rights and the rights of others, and speaking truth to power. Alex is the 2017 SF Pride Parade Grand Marshal, one the Founders of the SF LGBTQ Center, MyNameIs Coalition and Committee for Queer Justice. They believe community events are important and founded, SF Pride’s NECTAR/Women’s Stage, UNLEASH! Dance Party for Women, the Momma's Boyz, a live vocals Hip Hop Drag King troupe and KINGDOM! Philanthropic Drag King House. Alex has won multiple community awards for their activism and named to sainthood by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Photo credit: San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade (1977); photograph by Marie Ueda; collection of the GLBT Historical Society.

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Life Beyond Uranus: Remembering a Golden Age of San Francisco Nightlife
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Life Beyond Uranus: Remembering a Golden Age of San Francisco Nightlife

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

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Legendary club kids, DJs, queer punks, DIY fashionistas, nightlife promoters and club owners gather to share their scandalous stories of nightlife before the Internet (1980s – 1990s).

They'll recount stories from San Francisco queer clubs such as Uranus, The Stud, The Box, The Eagle, Colossus, Universe and more. Notorious outfits, artifacts and looks from both the denizens’ personal collections and the GLBT Historical Society’s archives will be shown, highlighting how a resilient nightlife scene helped a community weather the darkest years of the AIDS crisis.

Special guest panelists include:

Jennifer "Junkyard" Morris—DJ and promoter of the Junk party at the Stud

Page Hodel—DJ and promoter of the diverse and women-centered Box and Club Q parties.

Lewis Walden—DJ and promoter of Club Uranus and Club Chaos

Gus Bean— proprietor of the Colossus and Atlas parties, as well as many more early "circuit" parties.

Melissa Hawkins—Photographer and multidisciplinary designer.

Moderated by Marke Bieschke—Nightlife historian who specializes in queer dance music and club history.

This program is part of the SoMa Nights: The Queer Club Photography of Melissa Hawkins exhibition, on view through May 27, 2019.

Photo credit: Melissa Hawkins, Dancer, Folsom (1991); used with permission.

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Flashing After Dark: Queer Nightlife Photography Then and Now
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Flashing After Dark: Queer Nightlife Photography Then and Now

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

*Limited Seating, advance RSVP recommended.

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Meet photographer Melissa Hawkins! She'll be speaking about her work, and what it was like to take nightlife pictures before digital photography. 

A panel of contemporary and classic nightlife photographers and writers will join Melissa Hawkins to share their favorite photographs and stories of venturing into the night. They will also discuss their professional methods, techniques, and address the challenges and rewards of ever-changing camera technologies, the rise of social media and selfies, and evolving denizens' attitudes toward being photographed in the midst of debauchery.

We will also screen the latest installment of the "Fathers" project, by local nightlife photographer and filmmaker Leo Herrera, which imagines an alternate future where AIDS and STDs were eradicated via a surprising part of gay party culture.     

MODERATOR

Marke Bieschke is a nightlife historian who specializes in queer dance music and club history. He has written about Bay Area queer nightlife for more than two decades. He serves as the publisher and arts editor for 48 Hills and the SF Bay Guardian. He is a member of the Stud Collective, which owns the 52-year-old San Francisco queer bar The Stud.

Marke is the co-author of Queer: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens (Zest Books, 2011) and the forthcoming Into the Streets: A History of Protest in the United States. His writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers including The Advocate, The Guardian, The New Yorker and Vice and has been featured on NPR and affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS.

PANELISTS

Melissa Hawkins is a photographer and multidisciplinary designer. Her photographic oeuvre of the 1980s and 1990s captured San Francisco’s queer community. Many of the images were taken in the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood in clubs popular during the era.Hawkins holds a degree in industrial design from San Francisco State University and studied product design at Brunel University in England.

Gareth Gooch was born in the UK and attended the prestigious Newport College of Art and Design where he studied under British photographer David Hurn, of the Magnum Photos collaborative. He worked in London for two decades first apprenticing with important photography studios and later having his own firm. The focus of his work in the last few years has been on documenting the disenfranchised sub-cultures of our time: the dynamism of street art and the artists who create it; the recent LGBT political struggle with marriage equality; and the LGBT performing arts community.

Gooch is resident photographer at weekly and monthly nights at various clubs including Beaux, The Stud, The Edge and Glamcocks. He is the official photographer of the SF Gay Men’s Chorus and his photos are regularly featured in the Bay Area Reporter and LEFT magazine where he has a monthly column called “Out and About with Gooch”.

Rick Gerharter is a San Francisco based photojournalist who has documented the queer communities of San Francisco for nearly 33 years. He is regularly published in the Bay Area Reporter of San Francisco and in a wide variety of periodicals, newspapers, books, films and exhibitions. He is a contributor to Getty Images. His work is in the collection of the Hormel Center at the San Francisco Public Library.

This program is part of the SoMa Nights: The Queer Club Photography of Melissa Hawkins exhibition, on view through May 27, 2019.

Photo credit: Melissa Hawkins, Duo with Cigar, The Eagle (undated); used with permission.

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Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

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Lana and Lilly Wachowski have redefined the cinematically possible while joyfully defying audience expectations. Visionary works like Bound (1996), The Matrix trilogy (1999-2003), and Sense8 (2015-18) have made them the world's most influential transgender media producers, and their coming out revealed how transgender art has existed at the very center of American culture.

In Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender, Cáel M. Keegan explores the Wachowskis's films as both a historical record of transgender experience and a promise that we might learn "to sense beyond the limits of the given world."

Keegan discusses how the filmmakers take up the relationships between identity and coding, gender and the senses, and race and utopia to present a popular transgender aesthetic in which the plasticity of cinema creates new social worlds, new temporalities, and new bodily sensations.

Cáel M. Keegan is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University.

Photo credit: Cáel M. Keegan; used with permission.

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Fighting Back | Love, Marriage and Queers: 15 Years of Bliss?
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Fighting Back | Love, Marriage and Queers: 15 Years of Bliss?

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

*Limited Seating, advance RSVP recommended.

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The latest in the GLBT Historical Society's monthly "Fighting Back" series exploring contemporary queer issues in a historical context, this community panel will look back at the history and outcomes of the marriage equality movement in San Francisco and nationally, 15 years after Gavin Newsom -- then mayor of San Francisco and now governor of California -- mandated the issuing of marriage licenses for same-sex couples in San Francisco.

Dubbed an act of "civic disobedience" in violation of state law, the short-lived authorization sparked San Francisco's "Winter of Love," when some 4,000 same-sex couples rushed to formalize their relationships. 

MODERATOR: Julie Nice teaches constitutional, sexuality and poverty law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she is the Herbst Foundation Professor of Law. She writes regularly about LGBTQ rights and economic justice. She has won 14 awards for teaching excellence and was featured as one of the nation's top 25 law teachers in "What the Best Law Teachers Do "(Harvard 2013). She has written and made over 40 public presentations about same-sex marriage.

PANELISTS:

Anna Eng

Kara Korbel Chinula - love warrior, marriage equality activist, participant in the "winter of love 2004" and the "national marriage equality express" in October 2004 . Believer in all persons human dignity to legally live and love freely to the detriment of none. Grew up in Minnesota arrived in Bay Area 25 years ago. Career in affordable housing in the east bay. Graduate of the USF School of Law.

John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney were one of the first 10 couples to marry during San Francisco’s 2004 Winter of Love. When the California Supreme Court nullified the Winter of Love marriages, they became one of the plaintiff couples in the historic 2008 lawsuit that established marriage equality in California before Proposition 8. For years, John was Legal and Policy Director of Marriage Equality USA, and Stuart was the Communications Director. They were also leaders of API Equality, a coalition that both brought Asian American visibility to the marriage equality movement and targeted outreach and education to the Asian American community. Today, they are regular columnists for the SF Bay Times newspaper and continue their educational work nationally and internationally through the nonprofit organization Marriage Equality. Here is a link to their current SF Bay Times column: Happy 15th Anniversary of San Francisco’s “Winter of Love”: http://sfbaytimes.com/happy-15th-anniversary-san-franciscos-winter-love/

Ruth Villasenor, a Chiricahua Apache, Mexican woman who identifies as Two Spirit, and has been a member of BAAITS for over 19 years. Her and her partner of 21 years, are one of the 18,000 legally married couples in California. The owners of Paws & Claws Oakland, their business became a drop off point for Prop 8 signage and updates on local activities during the 2008 election. She became the Native American Outreach Director for Marriage Equality USA, realizing the continued education needed for people to understand what equality truly means. Her painful experience during the prop 8 rallies in Oakland inspired her to create a film, "Traditional Indigenous Values" a 8min. documentary reflecting on historical acceptance of two spirit people, the effects of colonization and Prop. 8. She has worked hard bridging communities together, reconnecting natives to cultural traditions and non-natives to the gay/two-spirit community.

Photo credit: San Francisco Pride Parade, 2018. Photo Courtesy of Ruth Villaseñor.

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Exhibition Opening | SoMa Nights: The Queer Club Photography of Melissa Hawkins
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Exhibition Opening | SoMa Nights: The Queer Club Photography of Melissa Hawkins

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

*Limited Seating, advance RSVP recommended.

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A new exhibition highlighting the extraordinary vitality of queer nightlife in San Francisco's South of Market (SoMa) district during the darkest years of the AIDS crisis, an era that simultaneously marked the peak of AIDS activism and queer militant organizing in the city.

SoMa Nights: The Queer Club Photography of Melissa Hawkins focuses on the work of Melissa Hawkins, a young photographer for the San Francisco gay weekly The Sentinel and other publications from 1986 to 1994. Her black-and-white images vividly capture the scene with a combination of frankness and intimacy reflecting her dual roles as journalist and nightlife participant.

In an era before digital photography and at a time when some LGBTQ people were still hesitant to make their identities public, Hawkins had both the gear required to shoot first-rate photos and the connections needed to gain the trust of her subjects. The results are powerful images documenting parties at 177 Townsend, 1015 Folsom, The Eagle, The End Up, The Rawhide and The Stud in SoMa, as well as The Box in the Western Addition.

Co-curated by Hawkins and nightlife historian Marke B., the GLBT Historical Society Museum show will feature dozens of these never-before-displayed photos, along with memorabilia including flyers, posters, clothing and decorative artifacts selected to recreate an indelible moment in San Francisco and queer nightlife history. Special events associated with the show will include dance parties and celebrity panel discussions.

The opening reception will feature DJ Junkyard of legendary club Junk, some of San Francisco’s best known nightlife personalities, and brief remarks by the curators. Light refreshments will be served.

Drink Sponsor: Precept WineFort Point Beer Company and The Stud

Photo credit: Melissa Hawkins, Phatima and MichaelAngelo (undated); used with permission.

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Judy, Oz and the Need for a Shared History
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Judy, Oz and the Need for a Shared History

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Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5.00 | Free for members

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Author Dee Michel, author of Friends of Dorothy: Why Gay Boys and Gay Men Love The Wizard of Oz, discusses the strong connection between the The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, and Anglo-American gay male culture.

Some beliefs about Judy Garland and The Wizard of Oz are:
• The movie has been a gay favorite since 1939.
• ‘Friend of Dorothy’ refers to Garland as Dorothy.
• It’s no coincidence the Stonewall Riots occurred the night of Garland’s funeral.
• The rainbow flag is related to “Over the Rainbow.”

These statements are probably not true; they seem to be folkloric beliefs that provide a sense of gay identity and gay history. This presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Dee Michel has just written Friends of Dorothy: Why Gay Boys and Gay Men Love The Wizard of Oz and has given many talks on the Oz–gay connection. His article on gay men and Oz, which appeared in the /Baum Bugle/ in 2002, was mentioned by readers as a favorite article in a 2011 poll. He has talked about the topic at the Library of Congress, academic conferences, gay studies classes, Oz conventions and at Boston’s GLBT Youth Pride rally. Dee’s father, Martin Michel, was gay himself and read the Oz books as bedtime stories to Dee and his brother, and passed along to Dee the books he had as a child. He served as a volunteer at Boston's Gay Community News and as the first male co-chair of the Gay Task Force of the American Library Association. Dee has Masters and PhD degrees in library and information science and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Photo credit: Dee Michel by Gaku Shiroma.

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Two-Spirit Voices: Returning to the Circle | Exhibition Opening
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

Two-Spirit Voices: Returning to the Circle | Exhibition Opening

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5 | Free for members

*Limited Seating, advance RSVP recommended.

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A new exhibition at the GLBT Historical Society Museum celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits, an organization committed to activism and service to the two-spirit and ally communities of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Curators Roger Kuhn, Amelia Vigil and Ruth Villaseñor focus on four main themes: gay and two-spirit pride, theannual BAAITS Two-Spirit Powwow, indigenous medicine and responses to HIV/AIDS, and two-spirit meaning within indigenous communities. Drawing on regalia and textiles, medicines and herbs, and photography and video on loan from community members, as well as materials recently donated to the GLBT Historical Society archives, the exhibition highlights the resiliency of two-spirit people.

The opening reception will feature brief remarks by the curators. Light refreshments will be served.

Photo credit: Artwork for BAAITS’ First Annual Powwow, February 11, 2012.  Artwork created by Michael Horse (signed). On loan from Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits (BAAITS), used with permission (all rights reserved).

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Fighting Back | Stop AIDS Now or Else: Protest as Community Catalyst
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Fighting Back | Stop AIDS Now or Else: Protest as Community Catalyst

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

Free | $5 donation welcome

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The latest in the GLBT Historical Society's monthly "Fighting Back" series exploring contemporary queer issues in a historical context, this community forum commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Stop AIDS Now or Else sit-in on the Golden Gate Bridge during morning rush hour on January 21, 1989. Bringing traffic on the bridge to a halt, the activists insisted there would be "no more business as usual" until the government and society as a whole addressed the AIDS crisis. 

SANOE brought together a diverse group of individuals from a range of organizations to carry out innovative and highly visible protests centered on nonviolent direct action. Their efforts helped build a wider community movement for understanding inequality and galvanizing change.

A panel of allies, organizers, activists and historians will reflect on what it meant to be an AIDS activist and organizer then, and how that activism has shifted over time according to our needs today.

Moderated by: Deborah Gould

Panelists include: Deeg Gold, Waiyde Palmer, Mike Shriver

Photo credit: Activists from Stop AIDS Now or Else staged a sit-in on the Golden Gate Bridge during morning rush hour on January 21, 1989 -- the only time in history protesters halted traffic on the bridge. Photo: Rick Gerharter; used with permission.

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REX RAY: How To Make a Rex Ray
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

REX RAY: How To Make a Rex Ray

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5 | Free for members

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No other contemporary artist mastered the hand-crafted aesthetic of fine art while pushing the limits of graphic design more than Rex Ray (1956–2015). In the documentary feature REX RAY: How to Make a Rex Ray (2009), the artist takes viewers on a tour from his hometown in Colorado Springs to his studio in San Francisco, revealing his artistic process and everyday practice. Whether creating a painting or donating a graphic design, Rex Ray continually reinvented a language to speak in the worlds of both art and computer graphics.

Griff Williams, Owner and Founder of GALLERY 16, will be in conversation with the film’s Director Joshua V. Hassel after the screening. Program held in conjunction with our current Front Gallery exhibition, “A Picture Is a Word: The Posters of Rex Ray.”

Photo credit: Film still from 'REX RAY: How to Make a Rex Ray' by Joshua V. Hassel. Used with permission.

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We Built a Movement from Books
Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

We Built a Movement from Books

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

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A panel of creators of queer culture will reminisce about the impetus books gave to the lesbian and gay movement in the 1970s–1980. The explosion of bookstores, publishing houses, organizational libraries and literature courses was an important component of San Francisco's struggle for identity and community. In the years between Stonewall and the AIDS epidemic, lesbians and gay men separately and together charted new territory, established a tradition and literally changed and saved lives.

Historian James Van Buskirk will interview gay studies pioneer Jack Collins and groundbreaking feminist publisher and bookseller Carol Seajay.

Photo credit: Carol Seajay, Pell, Sherry Thomas, Tiana Arruda and Kit Quan at Old Wives Tales in San Francisco (1982), photo by Joan E. Biren (JEB)

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Listen Up! Voices of AIDS Activism
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Listen Up! Voices of AIDS Activism

Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

Free | $5 donation welcome

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The first public showing of video interviews from the GLBT Historical Society's ongoing San Francisco ACT UP Oral History Project documenting the history of direct-action AIDS activism in the Bay Area.

The full videos will eventually be made available to researchers and will form the basis of an exhibition in our museum, providing new insights into the contributions of activists as LGBTQ people and people with AIDS fought against the epidemic and the lethally slow response of the government.

Current project manager Eric Sneathen will lead a discussion after the screenings and video clip introductions by Lauren Levin, Irwin Swirnoff and Patrick Martin-Tuite.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.

Photo credit: ACT UP/San Francisco protest march (1988). Photo by Marc Geller; used with permission.

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Fighting Back: Harvey Milk's Living Legacy
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Fighting Back: Harvey Milk's Living Legacy

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Location

GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

$5 | Free for members

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The latest in the GLBT Historical Society's monthly "Fighting Back" series exploring contemporary queer issues in a historical context, this community forum will highlight the living legacy of Harvey Milk and how it continues to inspire progressive, coalition-based political and electoral organizing in San Francisco and beyond.

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk and his ally Mayor George Moscone on November 27, 1978, a panel of historians, veteran organizers and young activists will assess how the events of 1978 affected the progressive movement in the city—and how Milk's example continues to inspire work for positive change today.

Panelists include Tom Ammiano, Brad Chapin, Pablo Espinoza, Cleve Jones, Ken Jones, Ani Rivera and Don Romesburg. Moderated by Honey Mahogany.

Cosponsored by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club.

Photo credit: Harvey Milk 1973 Campaign. Crawford Barton Collection, GLBT Historical Society Archives.

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