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Fighting Back | Unions, Workers and Queers

  • GLBT Historical Society Museum 4127 18th Street San Francisco, CA, 94114 United States (map)


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


$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.


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. 


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.