Monthly News from the
GLBT Historical Society

Welcome to the May edition of History Happens, your source for the latest news and events from the GLBT Historical Society!

May 2010
GLBT History Museum Update

The GLBT Historical Society was pleased to announce last month that we signed a five-year lease on a new museum space in the Castro located at 4127 18th St., thanks to a generous donation from the Walgreens Corporation (read more here). Now that the lease is signed, we have brought on a team of museum professionals to make this dream a reality. The exhibit design team lead by Elizabeth Cornu, de Young Museum Objects Conservator, also includes Craig Harris, Exhibit Designer; Alan Martinez, Architect; Steven King, Architect; Dr. Don Romesburg, Curator; Dr. Amy Sueyoshi, Curator, Gerard Koskovich; David Schellinger, Graphic Designer; and others.
The museum will begin with a soft opening this summer which will survey each element of our archival collection including, scrapbooks, periodicals, ephemera, clothing, original photographs, and few surprises. The Silver Anniversary exhibit will open this September. The GLBT Historical Society still needs to raise an additional $70,000. Please join us in this effort by making a donation to the new GLBT History Museum.

Dance Party Benefiting the GLBT Historical Society!

Sunday, May 23rd 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
City Nights, 715 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA

FTM Panel Discussion Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the first FTM International Conference

Sunday, May 2nd

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
GLBT Historical Society
657 Mission Street #300
San Francisco, CA 94105

FTM International is the longest-running, largest organization serving the female-to-male trans community in the world. This panel will feature organizers from the first FTMI conference held in 1995 at the Women's Building in San Francisco and the current organizer of the Lou Sullivan Society. Panelists will discuss the importance and history of this first conference. They will also discuss the challenges transmen face in organizing and building community.

Panelists include Jamison Green, Sky Renfro, Shadow Morton, and Logan De Ley. Refreshments and snacks will be served following the event.
Even More Glitter: A Gallery Talk by Dan Nicoletta to Benefit the GLBT Historical Society

Kegel Kater and Nancy French in The Thrillpeddlers revival production of the Cockettes' - Pearls Over Shanghai, December 4, 2009 Photo by Daniel Nicoletta.

Saturday, June 5th
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Electric Works Gallery
130 8th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Electric Works gallery, and hosts: Tim Campbell & Steven Machado and Rich Nichols & Don Pierson present Even More Glitter, a gallery talk by noted San Francisco photographer Daniel Nicoletta to benefit the GLBT Historical Society.

Seating is very limited; advance tickets are highly encouraged. 
All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the GLBT Historical Society; the full ticket cost is tax deductible.

Nicoletta's photography exhibition "More Glitter - Less Bitter", which runs June 4th through July 10th 2010, is a poignant romp through Nicoletta's vigilant documentation of San Francisco's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender communities. This show is Nicoletta's first San Francisco exhibit since his acclaimed 1996 retrospective exhibition at Levi Strauss headquarters.

Harvey Milk Day in the Castro: May 22nd, 2010

The GLBT Historical Society is proud to be part of the first annual Harvey Milk Day Celebration by showing a special exhibition in the windows of Harvey Milk's old camera shop located at 575 Castro Street.

The exhibit will be up on Saturday, May 22 in conjunction with other Milk themed events in the Castro including a showing of MILK at the Castro Theatre at 11am, The Sister's Tour De Castro Tricycle Race beginning at Cafe Flore, Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy street fair, an outdoor showing of The Life in Times of Harvey Milk at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center. Find out more at www.milkday.org.

Picture of the Month
The photographs here of Milk meeting with campaign supporters in his living room have never before been published.

May 22nd is Harvey Milk Day, a state designated day of recognition in California beginning in 2010 on what would have been the supervisor's 80th birthday. While not being a state holiday, schools are encouraged to remember his life and discuss his accomplishments and contributions. Milk is the second person in California's history to receive this honor, joining conservationist John Muir, teachers, and the golden poppy.

Ongoing at the GLBT Historical Society      

New Research Hours:

Wednesday - Fridays: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Call to make an appointment in advance: 415-777-5455

Saturdays: open to the general public 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Museum Hours:

657 Mission Street, Suite 300,
Tuesdays - Saturdays: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.:

  • Main Gallery: Relaunch of Passionate Struggle
  • Second Gallery: Man-i-fest: FTM Mentorship in San Francisco from 1976-2009

Sun., May 2nd, 3pm-5pm 
FTM Panel @
657 Mission Street

Sat., May 22nd, 11am-6pm
Harvey Milk Day @
575 Castro Street

Sun., May 23rd, 6pm-12am
Milkshake Party @
City Nights
715 Harrison Street

Sat., June 5th, 6pm-9pm
Dan Nicoletta Even More Glitter Show @ Electric Works
130 8th Street


May 7, 1993
The Hawaii Supreme Court rules that the state must prove a "compelling interest" for denying same-sex partners a marriage license.
May 15, 1969
The Canadian House of Commons votes to decriminalize private same-sex acts between consenting adults.

May 19, 1897
Oscar Wilde is released from prison after serving two years at hard labor for being convicted of the crime of gross indecency.
May 20, 1996
Ruling that "a State cannot so deem a class of person a stranger to its laws," the US. Supreme Court declares Colorado's homophobic Amendment 2 unconstitutional.

May 22, 1929
Katharine Lee Bates, author of America the Beautiful,dies.
May 25, 1977
In a unanimous vote, the San Francisco School Board makes information about lesbian and gay sexuality a part of the city schools' sex education programs.
May 27, 1987
Lambda Book Report makes its debut, the first periodical devoted exclusively to lesbian and gay literature.
May 30, 1980
After winning a suit against Cumberland High School in Cumberland, Rhode Island, Aaron Fricke takes Paul Guilbert to his senior prom as his date and establishes a legal right for students to bring same sex partners to school social events.


May 2, 1944 - Howard Cruse, Cartoonist
May 4, 1958 -
Keith Haring, Artist

May 14, 1917 -
Lou Harrison, Composer

May 16, 1929 -
Adrienne Rich, Poet

May 18, 1934 -
Don Bachardy (left, with Christopher Isherwood), Artist

May 22, 1930 -
Harvey Milk, Activist

May 22, 1941 - Paul Winfield, Actor