Queer Past Becomes Present

Permanent Exhibition

The Main Gallery at the GLBT Historical Society Museum features the exhibition “Queer Past Becomes Present,” showcasing how queer history informs the present and inspires us to build a community that embraces differences.

Among the objects on display are personal belongings of Harvey Milk, the United States’s first openly gay elected official; publications related to lesbian activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon; a costume worn by activist and entertaining legend José Sarria, the first gay man to run for office in San Francisco; and photos, documents and artifacts telling the amazing stories of over a century of everyday queer life among the diverse populations of San Francisco. Multimedia exhibits include historic film, video and audio.


Banner photo: Dave Earl, the permanent exhibition at the GLBT Historical Society museum.