As a community-based organization, we would never be able to accomplish our mission of preserving and interpreting LGBTQ history without the dedicated efforts of a legion of enthusiastic volunteers. You can get involved with this exciting and important work! Donate your time for projects and tasks that appeal to your skills and interests.

Please read the descriptions below for information about what kinds of tasks you may be suited for. To apply as a volunteer, fill out the volunteer interest form. We will respond as soon as possible.


Museum Volunteers

Museum volunteers play a vital role by greeting visitors from around the world and selling tickets and merchandise. Volunteers at the front desk of the museum commit to at least two two- or three-hour shifts per month after a short training.


Archives Volunteers

Volunteers in the archives help our archives staff ensure the smooth functioning of the Archives & Research Center. We are looking for volunteers who have had experience working or researching in archives, or who have or are completing a MLS/MLIS degree. Tasks may include helping the Assistant Archivist locate and shelve collections, assisting with the management of the reading room, and helping with reproduction requests.


Office Volunteers

Office volunteers help with greeting visitors to the office, data entry, mailings, and other office tasks vital to keeping the office running.


Special Event Volunteers

Volunteers help at programs such as panel discussions and exhibit openings at the museum. They may also staff booths or tables at Pride, the Folsom Street Fair, outreach events, and fundraising events, including our annual gala.


Community Curators

Most of the exhibitions mounted by the GLBT Historical Society are curated by members of the public based on their interests and expertise. Click here for more information about community curators.


Working Groups

The GLBT Historical Society’s Working Groups are advisory and operational bodies that carry out designated functions focused on key initiatives. Click here for more information about the Working Groups.


Photo: Marie Ueda, Disabled gay rights contingent at the 1977 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day, 1977, Marie Ueda photographs (2006-12), GLBT Historical Society