exhibitions

Click on the title of an exhibition for more information.

Main Gallery

Queer Past Becomes Present

Permanent Exhibition

Our permanent exhibition at the GLBT Historical Society Museum showcases photos, documents and artifacts telling the amazing stories of over a century of everyday queer life among the diverse populations of San Francisco. For more information, click here.

Front Gallery

SoMa Nights: The Queer Nightclub Photography of Melissa Hawkins

February 15 – May 27, 2019

This exhibition highlights the extraordinary vitality of queer nightlife in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) district during the darkest years of the AIDS crisis. It 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. For more information, click here.

To purchase the limited-edition exhibition catalog, click here.

Opening June 7:

Chosen Familias: LGBTQ Latinx Histories

“Chosen Familias” examines queer Latinx stories by documenting real-time, real-life Latinx relationships.

Community Gallery

Opening May 16:

The Mayor of Folsom Street: The Life and Legacy of Alan Selby

This exhibition recounts the story of “Daddy” Alan Selby, the founder of the iconic South of Market leather and kink emporium Mr. S Leather, within the context of a changing SoMa neighborhood and the emergence of a distinct leather and kink culture.


Banner photo: Dave Earl, Entance to the Main Gallery of the GLBT Historical Society Museum.