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BEARTOONIST OF SAN FRANCISCO

$5 ADMISSION | FREE FOR MEMBERS • COMMUNITY GALLERY

An exhibition featuring the work of cartoonist Fran Frisch as a starting point for exploring the community of bears, a subculture that developed in the 1980s.

 

 

LAVENDER-TINTED GLASSES: A GROOVY GAY LOOK AT THE SUMMER OF LOVE

$5 ADMISSION | FREE FOR MEMBERS • FRONT GALLERY


A new exhibition highlighting LGBTQ participation in the 1967 Summer of Love in San Francisco.

 

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We are on the lookout for amazing team players in our growing organization.

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HELP KICKSTART VISION2020:
BUILDING THE NEW MUSEUM OF LGBTQ HISTORY & CULTURE

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 “BLUE FIRE ON THE WATER” BY RENITA MARTIN

FREE ADMISSION | $5 DONATION WELCOME • THE GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM
May 1 • Monday • 7-9 PM

There’s Jo, in his 80s, teaching Maybelle, a young woman with natural talents, to sing the blues. Maybelle loves Jo, but Jo has secrets. Meanwhile, it’s New Orleans, and the water is rising.

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PICNIC & DANCE: QUEER SUMMER OF LOVE IN GOLDEN GATE PARK

FREE ADMISSION | DONATIONS WELCOME
NATIONAL AIDS MEMORIAL GROVE • GOLDEN GATE PARK
May 21 • Sunday • 12-5 PM

Join in an afternoon tribute to the queer movers and shakers who helped create the Summer of Love in 1967. 

 

FIGHTING BACK: DEVELOPMENT VS LGBTQ PRESERVATION

FREE ADMISSION | $5 DONATION WELCOME • THE GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM
May 23 • Tuesday • 7-9 PM

A discussion on strategies for preserving LGBTQ heritage: What has worked and what hasn’t? What new approaches are possible? Can development and preservation coexist.

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A BRAND NEW EXHIBITION IN OUR FRONT GALLERY

LAVENDER-TINTED GLASSES: A GROOVY GAY LOOK AT THE SUMMER OF LOVE

Alan Ginsberg at the Human Be-In, Golden Gate Park (1967) Photo Copyright © Lisa Law

“Lavender-Tinted Glasses: A Groovy Gay Look at the Summer of Love” highlights the roles of four queers in San Francisco’s 1967 Summer of Love: poet Allen Ginsberg, filmmaker Kenneth Anger, philosopher Gavin Arthur and singer Janis Joplin.

 

EXHIBITION THROUGH MAY IN OUR COMMUNITY GALLERY

BEARTOONIST OF SAN FRANCISCO: SKETCHING AN EMERGING SUBCULTURE

Bear Pride at The Lone Star Saloon (circa 1995) Chalk drawing by Fran Frisch

An exhibition featuring the work of cartoonist Fran Frisch as a starting point for exploring the community of bears, a subculture that developed in the 1980s to celebrate older, larger, hairier, ruggedly masculine gay men who were largely excluded from standards of attractiveness in gay popular culture.

MAIN GALLERY

Eight exhibits focus on facets of queer life from the 1940s to today. This exhibition features rich multimedia drawn from our archival collections. Hover over the pictures below for more information.

 

 

 


 

 

CHECK OUR ONLINE ARCHIVES

Many of our collections can be searched right from your web browser. Click below to start searching.

VISIT THE GLBTHS ARCHIVES & RESEARCH CENTER

The archives of the GLBT Historical Society contain approximately 800 collections of personal papers, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and organizational records. These collections include unpublished material such as letters, diaries and scrapbooks documenting the lives of both average people and community leaders.

FEATURED AUDIO ARCHIVE: ORANGE TUESDAY REACTION (1977)

June 8th 1977. The day after Dade County voters denied gay people their civil rights: news feeds from around the country, a Paul Harvey commentary, poetry, listener call-ins, coverage of a spontaneous demonstration and Anita Bryant’s infamous “normal majority” speech.