Queer San Francisco

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Special Program Series at GLBT History Museum Looks at Gentrification, Urban Transformation and Queer San Francisco Queer San Francisco San Francisco -- The GLBT Historical Society has announced a free program series starting September 11 that will spotlight how processes of urban renovation that once helped create spaces for queer community and culture now threaten to erase their presence. "The G Spot: Gentrification, Transformation and Queer San Francisco" will bring together historians, activists, residents and visitors to discuss the ways in which history can inform thinking about the place of GLBT people in urban settings today. From September 2014 through March 2015, the society will offer monthly community seminars focusing on specific themes in tandem with activities such as films, artist talks, author readings, walking tours and bar crawls. "San…
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10th Anniversary of California Marriage Equality Battle

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February 12 Marks 10th Anniversary of First Same-Sex Wedding in San Francisco's Winter of Love Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, marks the 10th anniversary of the start of San Francisco's month long "Winter of Love," when the City issued marriage licenses to thousands of same-sex couples in defiance of California State officials. Lawsuits and court rulings sparked by the action ultimately led to the establishment of marriage equality in California in June 2013. Longtime activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon were the first couple to wed during the Winter of Love; they had already been a couple for 51 years. The ceremony was conducted by then-mayor Gavin Newsom in his City Hall office. 10th Anniversary of California Marriage Equality Battle The wedding pantsuits worn by Martin and Lyon now are on…
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Workshop to Pinpoint LGBT Historic Sites in San Francisco

Workshop to Pinpoint LGBT Historic Sites in San Francisco

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San Francisco Launches LGBT Heritage Project - Community Workshop Will Pinpoint Historic Sites  San Francisco -- The San Francisco Historic Preservation Fund Committee has awarded a grant to the GLBT Historical Society to develop a comprehensive study of places associated with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history in the city. The project will be unveiled November 14 at a public workshop where community members will be invited to contribute their own stories about meaningful LGBT places."San Francisco is internationally recognized as a city where LGBT culture, advocacy and politics have made history," notes architectural historian Shayne Watson, who is leading the project with public historian Donna Graves. "Sites that tell the stories of this movement can be found in neighborhoods, public spaces and individual buildings throughout the city. We're excited…
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Dance Party Stories & Authors as Witnesses to History

Dance Party Stories & Authors as Witnesses to History

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Fall Museum Programs to Highlight Queer Dance Party Stories, Authors as Witnesses to History      San Francisco -- The fall 2013 program series at The GLBT History Museum will include a panel discussion and a reading by a novelist and a memoir writer. Events take place at the museum at 4127 18th St. in San Francisco. For more information, call (415) 621-1107 or visit www.glbthistory.org. Living History Panel Bad for Good: The History and Legacy of a Legendary Dance Party Thursday, October 17 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Marking its 25th anniversary this year, Real Bad is a queer dance party held on the evening of the annual Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. Produced by volunteers, the nonprofit event has raised nearly $1.7 million for GLBT nonprofits. This living-history…
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José Julio Sarria (1922-2013) — Pioneering GLBT Activist & Entertainer Inbox

José Julio Sarria (1922-2013) — Pioneering GLBT Activist & Entertainer Inbox

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In Memory of José Julio Sarria (1922-2013): Daring, Colorful Pioneer of GLBT Activism San Francisco -- José Julio Sarria (1922-2013), a pioneer of activism on behalf of dignity and equality for GLBT people in the United States since the mid-1950s, died of cancer at his home in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque on the morning of Aug. 19, 2013; he was 90 years old. Before his death, Sarria had donated his extensive archives, along with costumes, artwork and memorabilia from his career as an entertainer and activist, to the GLBT Historical Society, an archives, research center and museum in San Francisco. Statement from Paul Boneberg, executive director of the GLBT Historical Society: The GLBT Historical Society notes with great sadness the death of Jose Julio Sarria, one of the founders of…
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SF Gay Men’s Chorus – 35 Years of Activism Through Music

SF Gay Men’s Chorus – 35 Years of Activism Through Music

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Exhibition on San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Highlights 35 Years of Activism Through Music San Francisco -- Founded in 1978 as the first openly gay choral group in the world, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus has performed for tens of thousands of music lovers in the Bay Area and across the United States. Its rousing songs have accompanied and interpreted the journey of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community through the past 35 years. The little-known history of this enduring musical institution is the subject of a new exhibition opening September 14 at The GLBT History Museum. "The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus: Celebrating 35 Years of Activism Through Song" will foreground the musical advocacy of the group. Drawing on comprehensive archives that the chorus donated to the GLBT…
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25 Years of San Francisco’s Real Bad Party

25 Years of San Francisco’s Real Bad Party

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Activism With a Beat: New Exhibit Celebrates 25 Years of San Francisco's Real Bad Party San Francisco -- A new multimedia exhibit opening August 8 at The GLBT History Museum highlights the history of Real Bad, a queer dance party held in conjunction with the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. "Be Bad...Do Good: Activism With a Beat" marks the 25th anniversary of the annual event; entirely produced and funded by volunteers, the party has raised nearly $1.7 million for local GLBT nonprofits. "'Be Bad...Do Good' celebrates a quarter century of Real Bad, a party with a purpose and with a global following," says Suzan Revah, who curated the show along with Gina Gatta. "Real Bad showcases San Francisco's distinct generosity of spirit and support for community through dance-floor tradition, ritual and activism."…
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Out of the Boxes, Onto the Screen

Out of the Boxes, Onto the Screen

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Documentaries at Frameline Festival Draw on Historical Society Archives The word "archives" often conjures up historians diligently working on research for books, but thy aren't the only patrons who rely on the records preserved at the GLBT Historical Society. A good reminder of this fact comes from Frameline, the LGBT film festival held annually in San Francisco in June. This year, the festival features three documentaries drawing on research in the society's archives. One of the films, Lewd & Lascivious, tells the story of the police raid on a 1964 New Year's Eve fundraiser for the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, often referred to as "San Francisco's Stonewall." The Historical Society served as nonprofit sponsor for the film -- and has signed on as cosponsor for its premiere at…
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Queer San Francisco on Film

Queer San Francisco on Film

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The Making of a New Film on Queer San Francisco: Three Programs Spotlight Michelle Tea's "Valencia"    San Francisco --  A special three-part program coming up June 20 through 26 at The GLBT History Museum will feature filmmakers who brought Michelle Tea's award-winning autobiographical novel Valencia to the screen. The film, also titled Valencia, premieres on June 21 at the Frameline festival in San Francisco. Tea produced the film in collaboration with Hilary Goldberg, bringing together 18 filmmakers, each of whom created a short based on a chapter from the book. At the museum, Tea will join the filmmakers in discussing pre- and post-gentrification San Francisco, nostalgia and fantasy, activism and desire, debauchery and subversion -- and how they are represented in the film. The panels are set for 7:00…
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GLBT History Museum Celebrates Harvey Milk Day

GLBT History Museum Celebrates Harvey Milk Day

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Honoring Harvey Milk at The GLBT History Museum: Free Admission, Tours and Activities Set for May 22 San Francisco -- California marks Harvey Milk's birthday, May 22, as an annual statewide day of significance. The GLBT History Museum will honor the occasion this year by giving free admission to all visitors and providing special Milk-related displays and tours. In addition, the museum is extending a welcome to Bay Area schools, many of which plan GLBT history activities in conjunction with Harvey Milk Day. Brief docent tours of the museum highlighting Harvey Milk and his times will be offered every hour on the hour from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Teachers, professors and student groups can schedule other times for student tours by contacting the museum at info@glbthistory.org. Periodically throughout the day,…
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