Event video archives

Thanks to the generous efforts of the nonprofit Archive Productions, Inc., some of our educational forums and events are recorded on video and available for viewing online. Archive Productions is the official videographer for over sixty Bay Area nonprofits, and the producer and publisher of the videos linked below.

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2018 Events

November 1, 2018

The Indian Is Still Alive: Two-Spirit History and Drumming

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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. This program is co-sponsored by BAAITS.

October 5, 2018

Make History! The GLBT Historical Society's 2018 Gala

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Join us for a spectacular evening featuring Tony nominee and Obie-winning trans-genre cabaret star Mx. Justin Vivian Bond! Come out to support the GLBT Historical Society in presenting LGBTQ history through our world-renowned archives and museum.

Emceed by Michelle Meow, with a hosted bar, resplendent hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, the evening will brim with entertainment and fun inspired by LGBTQ history.

At this year’s gala, we’ll highlight the vibrant history of our community as we honor archivist, collector and curator Lisbet Tellefsen; the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus on the occasion of their 40 year anniversary; and Thomas E. Horn, president and trustee of the Bob Ross Foundation. We'll also celebrate the memory of pioneering LGBTQ studies and human sexuality scholar and educator Dr. John P. De Cecco with a very special recognition.

May 17, 2018

LGBTQ Youth in France & the U.S.: Looking Back, Looking Forward

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For LGBTQ young people in France and the United States, claiming their sexuality and gender has long presented joys and challenges. This panel offers perspectives on how the lives of LGBTQ teens and young adults in the two countries were shaped in the past and how LGBTQ communities and their allies are working to support queer youth today. Offering the historical context are Michael Lucey, professor of French at the University of California, Berkeley, and Don Romesburg, professor of women’s and gender studies at Sonoma State University. Bringing the story into the present, the work of Le Refuge, a French organization that provides housing and support for LGBTQ young people rejected by their families, is discussed by the founder and president, Nicolas Noguier, and vice president, Clare Hart. For an American perspective, the initiatives of LYRIC, a pioneering San Francisco LGBTQ youth services organization, is presented by the nonprofit’s executive director, Jodi Schwartz. Serving as moderator for the panel is Mark Sawchuk, a communications volunteer with the GLBT Historical Society who holds a doctorate in French history.


April 25, 2018

Fighting Back: Queers & the Class Divide

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As part of our GLBT Historical Society’s monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer issues in a historical context, “Queers and the Class Divide” offers a conversation about intersections between LGBTQ politics and growing class divisions locally and nationally. A panel of scholars, policymakers and veteran activists discusses the history of economic inequality in the Bay Area and the United States, the impact of wealth and poverty on LGBTQ community and politics, and how this history can help inform today’s resistance movements.


March 16, 2018

Two Anniversaries, One Celebration!

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Thirty-three years ago, a band of queer history enthusiasts created the GLBT Historical Society to uncover and preserve stories of the LGBTQ past. Seven years ago, the society opened the doors of the GLBT Historical Society Museum in the Castro, featuring vibrant exhibits highlighting the resilience and diversity of the LGBTQ community. This double anniversary party celebrates our milestones and features performances by our mistress of ceremony, Landa Lakes, and the sounds of DJ Marke B. from The STUD.


February 28, 2018

Fighting Back: Finding the Bisexual in LGBTQ

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As part of our GLBT Historical Society’s “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer issues in a historical context, “Finding the Bisexual in LGBTQ” offers a multigenerational conversation about the place of bisexual people in the larger LGBTQ community. A panel of historians, veteran organizers and younger activists discuss bisexual representation, discrimination and activism in Bay Area LGBTQ organizing since the 1960s and how this history can inform today’s resistance movements. Participants: Carol Queen, Juba Kalamka, Amara Santos and Cianna Stewart, with Rebecca Hensler as moderator.


February 22, 2018

A Queer Love Story: Jane Rule & Rick Bébout

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Marilyn Schuster discusses and reads from her new book, “A Queer Love Story: The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout” (University of British Columbia Press, 2017), collecting the extraordinary correspondence of two leading activists in the queer history of Canada. Both were born in the United States: lesbian novelist Jane Rule, who grew up in Palo Alto and attended Mills College in Oakland, and gay journalist and AIDS activist Rick Bébout.


February 15, 2018

We’wha: The Life & Times of a Traditional Two-Spirit

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In this illustrated talk, historian Will Roscoe shares the story of We’wha (1849–1896), an accomplished potter and weaver, and a cultural ambassador for the Zuni people. We’wha was a traditional Two-Spirit — an individual belonging to a distinct third gender. Celebrated during her lifetime, We’wha traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet President Grover Cleveland. Her memory is now celebrated on the Rainbow Honor Walk in San Francisco’s Castro District. The event is cosponsored by Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS), which makes a brief presentation after the talk.


February 9, 2018

Angela Davis: OUTspoken | Exhibition Opening

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A new exhibition drawing on rare posters and ephemera from a private collection highlights the journey of black lesbian activist Angela Davis: from radical scholar, to political prisoner, to revolutionary icon, to public intellectual. Curated by collector Lisbet Tellefsen and historian Amy Sueyoshi, “Angela Davis: OUTspoken” considers some of the roles Davis has played in the American political imaginary and explores the complexity and impact of her life across nearly half a century.


January 26, 2018

Out/Look & the Birth of the Queer | Exhibition Closing Reception

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The GLBT History Museum marks the closing weekend of our innovative exhibition “OUT/LOOK and the Birth of the Queer” with a public reception featuring a gallery tour by curator E.G. Crichton and a celebration of the participating artists and writers, many of whom are attending the event.


January 20, 2018

CARRY ON: Political PTSD Disco

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Has it *only* been a year since the inauguration? This disco treats that political PTSD, celebrates our victories and recharges us for Year 2 with a night of art, resistance and dancing, dancing, dancing. Music by The Carry Nation (NYC) and Carrie Morrison (SF). Curated by Leo Herrera/Herrera Studio and The GLBT Historical Society. Bear GoGos sponsored by Bearracuda San Francisco.

Political PTSD Staff: Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club

Dance floor Goddess: Boy Young

Photo Installation: Blake Cedric

Hot Political PTSD Caregiver: Tom Temprano

Bear Honey Pot: Benjamin Joseph Serrato


January 11, 2018

Red Diaper Daughter

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Author Laura Bock reads and tells stories from her new memoir, Red Diaper Daughter (Second Wave Press). The term “red diaper baby” suits her perfectly: Her parents were committed left-wing radicals. Their activism was part of the air Bock breathed growing up in the 1950s, and later, the inspiration for her involvement in the civil rights, anti-war, feminist, disability rights and lesbian movements. Meanwhile, she was running her own business, Bock’s Bed and Breakfast, in her family’s historic home near Golden Gate Park. Bock’s memoir is a vividly written, revealing and often funny look at her family and her life choices through more than six decades of U.S. history. Bock’s papers are housed at the GLBT Historical Society, where she has been a volunteer for many years.

2017 Events

September 6, 2017

Among the Bohemians: Yone Noguchi & Charles Warren Stoddard

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“Faces From the Past” is a new display in the “Queer Past Becomes Present” exhibition at the GLBT History Museum that portrays more than 150 years of queer presence in Northern California before 1930. In conjunction with the exhibit, historian Amy Sueyoshi traces the affairs of Japanese immigrant poet Yone Noguchi, San Francisco author Charles Warren Stoddard and their bohemian circle at the turn of the 20th century. Her talk examines how same-sex sexuality, marital infidelity and interracial love could exist openly in the United States in an era when the law criminalized sodomy and miscegenation. Sueyoshi is associate dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, and is the author of Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi (2012).


August 22, 2017

Fighting Back: Gender Labels: Then & Now

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As part of our monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer-community issues in a historical context, “Gender Labels: Then and Now” offers a multigenerational conversation about the changing dynamics of gender labels within the LGBTQ community and among the general public. A panel of historians, authors and activists discuss the history of gender self-identification and gender-label assignment and will look at how this history can inform today’s evolving language for characterizing gender in the media, the workplace, social-justice movements and everyday conversation. Taking part in the panel are Alecs (aka Sailor), Alexsarah “Golden” Collier, Ola Osaze, Don Romesburg and Julia Serrano. Gina White will serve as moderator.


August 10, 2017

LGBTQ Portraits: A Queer Historical Perspective

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Four noted art specialists discuss how LGBTQ artists and sitters have queered the conventions of the portrait. Why does portraiture — deeply implicated from its inception in the representation of kinship, affiliation and identity — remain important to queer communities in the so-called post-identity era? The panel features Tirza Latimer, chair of the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts; Pamela Peniston, director of the Queer Cultural Center; Rudy Lemcke, visual artist, and curator; and artist Lenore Chinn, whose painted and photographic queer portraits are currently on display in “Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community by Lenore Chinn” at the GLBT Historical Society Museum.


July 28, 2017

Leather: Where We Came From, Where We’re Going

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In conjunction with the new “South of Market: San Francisco’s Leather Scene” display in the “Queer Past Becomes Present” exhibition in our Main Gallery, curator Greg Pennington facilitates a discussion about the leather scene from the 1960s to the present and beyond. Prominent leather community members, authors and scholars take part, including Race Bannon, Rajat Dutta, Jordy Tackitt-Jones and Gayle Rubin.


July 25, 2017

Fighting Back: The Making of a Queer Museum

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As part of our GLBT Historical Society’s monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer issues in a historical context, “The Making of a Queer Museum” offers a multigenerational conversation about the role of museums in preserving and presenting the history and culture of marginalized communities. Moderated by GLBT Historical Society executive director Terry Beswick, a panel of cultural activists, independent scholars and museum professionals describe their involvement in establishing population-specific public history institutions in San Francisco and elsewhere. The panelists’ remarks plus observations and comments from all who attend will contribute to San Francisco’s Citywide LGBTQ Cultural Heritage Strategy.


July 14, 2017

Faces From the Past: Bay Area Queer Lives Before 1930

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“Faces From the Past” is a new display in the “Queer Past Becomes Present” exhibition in our Main Gallery. Using tintypes, postcards, arrest records and other historical documents, curators Paula Lichtenberg and Bill Lipsky examine over 150 years of queer presence before the 1930s in Northern California. The first of a series of programs in conjunction with the exhibit, this panel will feature the curators, along with two historians. Independent scholar Will Roscoe will discuss Queen Califia, the semi-mythical figure after whom California is named, and the two-spirits of the Bay Area, while San Francisco State University professor Clare Sears will speak on 19th-century San Francisco laws against cross-dressing and homosexual activity.


July 6, 2017

We Were Rebels: Jae Whitaker Remembers Janis Joplin

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A conversation with Jae Whitaker, an African American lesbian musician who moved to San Francisco in the early 1960s to participate in the Beat scene that was centered in the city’s North Beach neighborhood. In 1963 she met the young Janis Joplin; the two became lovers and moved in together. Joey Cain, curator of our current exhibition “Lavender-Tinted Glasses: A Groovy Gay Look at the Summer of Love,” interviews Whitaker about her early life, the Beat scene, her relationship with Joplin, her experiences during the Summer of Love, and her life in San Francisco.


June 18, 2017

Summer of Love in the Grove

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Calamus Fellowship, in conjunction with the National Aids Memorial Grove and the GLBT Historical Society, celebrate the spirits and sounds of the Summer of Love’s 50th anniversary and our community’s ongoing revolution! This special Pride Week kick-off on the cusp of the summer solstice features a fabulous afternoon of 1960s magic, including:

  • Rock & Roll Legend and Pride Honoree Blackberry opening our rite of passage in song with the authentic “67”

  • Groovy music by local DJ legends Steve Fabus, Maha Wam, DJ Justime, and Brontez Purnell taking us on a trip back to the 60s

  • Special performances by Jubilee (Jordan Joel) and Luis Loud

  • Rad workshops (including on spiritual development, astrology, intimacy, gender, hooping, and queer history)

  • Cuddle space curated by Da Karai

  • Facepaint by Ismael, Joia and others

  • Displays by local artists, an art creation space, massage, giant bubbles, and more


April 25, 2017

Fighting Back | Queers & Party Politics: A Community Conversation

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As part of our monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer-community issues in a historical context, this multigenerational conversation features panelists addressing the history of LGBTQ involvement in party politics in San Francisco. How has the community’s participation in electoral politics served the LGBTQ movement in the past? How does it serve us now? Moderator: Don Romesburg, associate professor and chair of Women’s and Gender Studies, Sonoma State University. Participants: Kimberly Alvarenga, co-president, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club; Harry Britt, member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (1979–1992) and Board President (1989–1990); Brad Chapin, co-chair, e-board outreach, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club; Shaun Haines, founder & president, San Francisco Black Community Matters; also Project manager, Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition; also Board member, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club; Rebecca Prozan, former cochair, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club.


April 18, 2017

Preserving San Francisco’s LGBTQ Cultural Heritage

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The City of San Francisco has launched a groundbreaking task force to develop a citywide strategy for preserving and promoting LGBTQ cultural heritage—not only historic sites and districts, but also legacy enterprises and cultural assets that make San Francisco an internationally recognized queer capital. The task force will identify priorities, propose legislation and recommend policy responses to honor local LGBTQ history and to safeguard the city’s historic queer culture. The LGBTQ cultural heritage strategy will be the first such citywide municipal initiative anywhere in the world. A community forum at the GLBT History Museum enables residents to provide feedback to the Cultural Heritage Strategy Task Force. Members facilitate a discussion on several questions: What does LGBTQ heritage mean to you? What neighborhoods, building, organizations, events or other cultural resources should be preserved, promoted or commemorated? What strategies should the City employ to carry out this work?


February 16, 2017

Living History: International Bear Rendezvous

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From 1995 to 2011, the Bears of San Francisco (BOSF) produced International Bear Rendezvous (IBR), an annual gathering that celebrated older, larger, hairier, ruggedly masculine gay men. Guests arrived from throughout the U.S. and beyond for a Presidents Day weekend of fun, fundraising and friendship, culminating in the International Mr. Bear competition on Sunday evening. For this living history panel, organizers and participants come together for an evening of laughter, insight and remembering about this foundational event for the bear community.