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

  • 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

*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.


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.


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.