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Saturday, 29 January 2011 19:52

San Francisco Unveils 1st GLBT Museum in the United States

Written by  HeidiMichelle


Marking the 25th Anniversary of the GLBT Historical Society, the dream of opening a museum dedicated to the GLBT culture has come true. The first of its kind in the United States, the GLBT History Museum is now open at 4127 18th Street (between Castro and Collingwood). The museum includes 1,600 square feet of gallery and program space built to the specifications of the Historical Society, with custom fixtures, lighting and multimedia installations reflecting professional standards. The museum will features two debut exhibitions: In the main gallery, "Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating GLBT History," curated by historians Gerard Koskovich, Don Romesburg and Amy Sueyoshi; and in the front gallery, "Great Collections of the GLBT Historical Society Archives."

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. (sponsored by the Bob Ross Foundation)

For more information, call 415-621-1107

The curators of "Our Vast Queer Past" burrowed into every corner of the society's extraordinary archives. To spark the topics for the show, they picked an inspirational object from virtually every year the society has been acquiring collections. Their objectives: raising new questions about familiar gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender stories and evoking largely untold stories that speak eloquently about our diversity.

The resulting exhibition offers a kaleidoscopic view of nearly a century of queer experience in San Francisco and the Bay Area. It does not form a single narrative; the history is too varied and unruly to be limited in that way. Instead, they bring together multiple stories, sometimes interlinking, sometimes isolated, sometimes in conflict. All of them reflect deeply human themes: the search for companionship and pleasure; the struggle for self-determination and respect in an often-hostile society; the value of individual and collective expression; and the spirit, ingenuity and wit that have been keys to their survival. (

Once again San Francisco takes a leap of faith continuing to push the boundaries of a civil rights movement that the GLBTQ has battled for centuries. By providing a link to our past, we develop a roadmap for our future. This is a community that boasts activists Harvey Milk, Gavin Newsom, and Lowell Selvin ( If you want to support an organization that has remained true to the GLBT for over 25 years, make a trip to this museum or make a donation to the GLBT Historical Society.

GLBT Historical Society 657 Mission Street #300 San Francisco, CA 94105


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