GLBT Archive Open House


Pride Parade Open House at the Gay and Lesbian Historical Society
Sunday, June 27 Doors open at 10:00am
Location: Gay and Lesbian Historical Society, 973 Market St, Suite 400
Info: 415.777.5455
$ 10 Suggested donation at the door ($2 for members, memberships available)

Celebrate our history “in the making” in prime viewing spot: our fourth floor windows give you a wonderful bird’s eye view of the pride parade, a historic pageant of Queerness in all its forms! Come for refreshments, schmoozing and tours of our archives. In our vaults you’ll find individuals’ personal papers and love letters, as well as photos dating back to the ’20’s, wild and elaborate costumes, organizational records, newspapers, magazines and queer paraphernalia of all sorts.

Queer History Exhibit
Friday, June 18 – 25 at the mezzanine of the Castro Theater.
Sunday June 27, at the Civic Center Pride Celebration site

This June, for Queer Pride, The Gay and Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California (GLHS) is excited to curate this unique exhibit. Sponsored by the Pride Celebration Committee and Frameline, and supported by the art and museum community of San Francisco, MAKING A CASE FOR COMMUNITY HISTORY will be more than a routine, one-time exhibit. Instead of GLHS curating on behalf of the community, GLHS will facilitate the critical professional archival and exhibition services needed for the community to direct the collection and self-representation of its own history. The eightgroups featured will be: the Leather Community, the Bears of San Francisco, theImperial Court of San Francisco, the Lesbian Feminist Community, the Transsexual Community, the African-American community, the Latino/a Community, and Gay American Indians. These eight anchor groups will show symbolically and literally how the community can make its own case about its history — and lay a working foundation for all interested queer groups to do so more fully for years to come. In line with thetheme of the Pride Parade this year, “Proud Heritage/Powerful Future,” the eight museum quality cases being constructed for this event embody how a rescuing of our past is intimately tied to a vision of our future.
This project enjoys the support of Mayor Brown, Supervisors Ammiano, Leno, and Katz, and has the pledge of long-term participation by museum professionals from the Western Museum Association, the De Young Museum, the SFMOMA, and the JFK Graduate Museum Science Program.