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

$5 | Free for members

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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

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$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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Reading Two-Spirit Tales for Children
Nov
3
2:00 PM14:00

Reading Two-Spirit Tales for Children

Location

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

Admission

Free with advance tickets through EventBrite (below) or contact Nalini Elias at nalini@glbthistory.org/415-777-5455 x6) | Free for members

$5 general admission to museum | $3 students

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An afternoon of story time for children presented by members of Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits (BAAITS) to create visibility for LGBTQ native peoples and to celebrate the diversity of genders, ethnicities and cultures in the Bay Area.

Drag queen Landa Lakes will read 47,000 Beads, a book about Two Spirit acceptance written by Koja Adeyoha and Angel Adeyoha. Ruth Villasenor will read Rainbow Crow: A Lenape Tale, a Native American legend written by Nancy Van Laan that symbolizes the values of selflessness and service to the community.

Cosponsored by BAAITS.

Photo credit: 47,000 Beads by Koja Adeyoha and Angel Adeyoha (2017)

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The Indian is Still Alive: Two Spirit History & Drumming
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

The Indian is Still Alive: Two Spirit History & Drumming

Location

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

Admission

$5 | Free for members

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An evening of music and history with the Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits (BAAITS) drum group, including a screening of the documentary short The Indian is Still Alive and the Indian Knows the Songs directed by BAAITS drum member Susana Caceres, followed by songs by the BAAITS drum group and an audience discussion.

The evening brings together arts, music, dance, culture and traditions to help educate natives, nonnatives and all LGBTQ people. Cosponsored by BAAITS.

Photo credit: Still from "The Indian is Still Alive and the Indian Knows the Songs," a film directed by Susana Caceres.

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Fighting Back: Health and Wellness for LGBTQ People
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Fighting Back: Health and Wellness for LGBTQ People

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 will outline how social, physical and mental health resources for LGBTQ people first emerged in San Francisco and will address how to further strengthen and care for LGBTQ communities.

A panel of historians, health providers, community organizers and advocates will discuss the evolution of LGBTQ health initiatives while underlining how this history can help inform today's resistance movements.

Photo credit: Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights, San Francisco Pride Parade. GLBT Historical Society, Amber Hollibaugh Collection, 1994.

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OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo 2018
Oct
20
12:30 PM12:30

OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo 2018

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Location

Eureka Valley Recreation Center, 100 Collingwood St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Admission

Free

The GLBT Historical Society is participating in the Third Annual OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo, an annual resource fair of over 100 arts, community, fundraiser, health, legal, political, recovery, service & spiritual groups serving the LGBTQ community. For more information, click here.

Photo credit: OurTownSF

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“A Picture is a Word: The Posters of Rex Ray” Opening Reception
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

“A Picture is a Word: The Posters of Rex Ray” Opening Reception

Location
The 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 surveys the graphic works of internationally renowned San Francisco queer artist and designer Rex Ray (1956 - 2015). "A Picture is a Word: The Posters of Rex Ray" features posters and book-cover designs reflecting the Bay Area music scene and LGBTQ publishing. Vibrant and subversively accessible, Ray's art effortlessly mixes high and low culture, beauty and post-modern conceptualism.

Curators Cydney Payton and Amy Scholder draw attention to Ray's signature graphics, first developed using a Mac Plus long before design applications changed the course of that art form. This distinctive digital style went on to influence the next generation of artists, clients in music and publishing, and their audiences. The opening reception will feature brief remarks by the curators. Light refreshments will be served.

Photo Credit: Rex Ray. Poster for David Bowie at the Warfield Theatre (1997). Rex Ray Graphic Art Collection, archives of the GLBT Historical Society; gift of the estate of Rex Ray.

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Fighting Back: Bringing LGBTQ History to California Classrooms
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Fighting Back: Bringing LGBTQ History to California Classrooms

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Location

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

Admission

Free | $5.00 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 will offer a multigenerational conversation about about bringing LGBTQ history into classrooms for students from kindergarten through 12th grade in California public schools.

A panel of educators, historians, community organizers and school advocates will highlight resources and the latest educational initiatives, including implementation of the FAIR Education Act. The panel also will look at how these efforts can help inform today's resistance movements.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

Don Romesburg is Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Sonoma State University. He is editor of the Routledge History of Queer America (2018) and has published scholarship with queer takes on public history as well as histories of adolescence, sex work, transracial adoption, family, and queer/trans performers. He was the lead scholar working to bring LGBT content into California's 2016 K-12 History-Social Science Framework and new textbooks. He now trains educators on implementation.

Carolyn Laub is a social entrepreneur, strategy consultant, and executive coach for non-profits and foundations focused on strategic communications, policy advocacy, growth and scaling, and fundraising. She is the founder and former executive director (1998-2014) of GSA Network, where she grew 40 GSA clubs in California to 940, trained youth advocates who helped pass 12 pieces of legislation, and scaled nationally thereby accelerating a movement of 4,000+ GSA clubs creating safer and more equitable schools today. While leading GSA Network, Carolyn spearheaded the community-driven effort to pass the FAIR Education Act in 2011, and since then served as the lead strategic consultant to the FAIR Education Act Implementation Coalition, helping win passage of the LGBT-inclusive California History-Social Science Framework and state-approved LGBT-inclusive instructional materials.

Dr. Rob Darrow is an educational consultant in LGBT history, safe and inclusive schools, curriculum development, college and career planning, and digital learning. He works as Director of Research and Professional Learning with the Safe School Project Santa Cruz County and recently taught the online course titled “LGBT History in Schools”. He has worked as an online school principal, adjunct professor, school librarian, and teacher in K-12 schools and has worked and consulted with people, schools, universities and organizations from pre-school to doctoral programs.

MODERATOR: Rick Oculto - Education Coordinator at Our Family Coalition where he collaborates with educators and school administrators to implement Welcoming Schools to create safe and LGBTQ-inclusive elementary schools. Formerly the Youth Service Coordinator at Billy DeFrank LGBT Center in San José, Rick developed programs that addressed LGBT youth issues and created the first transgender youth support group in the area.

This program is cosponsored by Our Family Coalition.

Photo credit: Members of the FAIR Education Act Coalition after testifying at the California Department of Education (August 2017). Photo courtesy Our Family Coalition.

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