Monthly News from the
GLBT Historical Society  

July 2011

SF Pride Was a Huge Success for the

GLBT Historical Society! 

Photo by Gerard Koskovich

As local organizational grand marshal for San Francisco Pride 2011, the GLBT Historical Society and The GLBT History Museum were welcomed with cheers and applause by tens of thousands of onlookers lining Market Street at the San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26.


Board cochairs Amy Sueyoshi and Andrew Jolivette rode in style in a black 1940 convertible Cadillac convertible provided by a member of the Freewheelers, San Francisco's LGBT classic car club. Two dozen volunteers and friends followed along behind, some carrying our new banner, others handing out museum flyers to the crowds on the sidelines -- and tootsie pops to the littlest parade spectators, who will make the queer history of the future. For a video of the contingent, click here (skip to Hour 3 at 10:21).


In addition, the GLBT History Museum was open for its regular hours throughout Pride Week, welcoming throngs of visitors from across the U.S. and around the world. The month of June also saw our annual Pride Month update and fund-raising letter go out to our members and supporters via mail, e-mail and Facebook. If you haven't yet had a chance to make a contribution to help us continue bringing queer history to life year-round, please click here.


Seeing Gertrude Stein: A Talk by Tirza True Latimer


Wednesday, July 6th 

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The GLBT History Museum


Art historian Tirza True Latimer will discuss her work as a curator for "Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories," currently on display at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, and as coauthor of the exhibition catalog. "Seeing Gertrude Stein" illuminates unfamiliar aspects of Stein's career, emphasizing her role in the formation of 20th-century gay cultural networks and her legacy in 21st-century queer communities. The catalog will be available for purchase. This event is cosponsored by the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

My Desire for History: The Work of 

Pioneering Gay Historian Allan Bérubé 

Allan Bérubé


Thursday, July 7th 

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The GLBT History Museum


John D'Emilio and Estelle Freedman will present My Desire for History: Essays in Gay, Labor and Community History, a new anthology of work by the pioneering community-based gay historian Allan Bérubé, who died at age 61 in 2007. D'Emilio and Freedman edited the collection and contributed a biographical introduction. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase, and a reception will follow the discussion. 

Frameline Presents: Last Call at Mauds


Thursday, July 21st  

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The GLBT History Museum


Some genuinely wild women take center stage in Paris Poirier's vivacious and historical 1993 documentary about Maud's, the longest-running lesbian bar in the United States. This venerable San Francisco establishment opened in 1966, when lesbians were still very much in the closet. Maud's flourished throughout the '70s and '80s, enjoying an international reputation as a meeting place for lesbians and their friends, only to be shut down in 1989 as a result of the community's shifting priorities. Provocative personal stories of coming out, sexual politics and softball are mixed with flashbacks to the Hollywood gay bars of the '40s and the vice raids of the '50s. 

A half-hour discussion will follow the film. This event is co-presented by The Cleeq.

Watch the trailer here. 

Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club History 

Exhibit Opening Ceremony and Retrospective    


Monday, August 1st    

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The GLBT History Museum

During the month of August, the GLBT History Museum will feature a special exhibit on the history of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, founded in San Francisco in 1971 as the first LGBT political club in the United States. A special opening reception on Aug. 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. will feature longtime Alice member and former GLBT Historical Society intern Nathan Purkis presenting a retrospective of the club's 40-year history.


Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club History Panel Discussion 


Monday, August 8th    

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The GLBT History Museum

A living-history panel recounts four decades of organizing and advocacy by the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Hear inside stories of the struggles, the controversies, the breakthroughs, the behind-the-scenes work and the high-visibility ballot-box victories that have helped make San Francisco an internationally recognized pioneer in LGBT electoral politics. Featured speakers:


Phyllis Lyon (cofounder of the first lesbian organization in the United States and friend of Alice founder Jim Foster)

Gary Miller (founding member of Alice and president of the club in 1975)

Connie O'Connor (Alice president, 1980-1982)

Theresa Sparks (first transgender cochair of Alice, 2001-2003)

Photo of the Month 

 Bill Lipsky Collection

Fifty years ago, when ordinances in many American cities explicitly forbade individuals from appearing in public "in a dress not belonging to his or her sex," some police departments nonetheless dressed officers as women to "decoy thugs" and other possible lawbreakers.


Ongoing at the GLBT Historical Society        


Exhibitions & Programs


GLBT History Museum


Admission: $5.00; free for members. Free for all visitors on the first Wednesday of each month.


Location: 4127 18th St., San Francisco

Phone: 415-621-1107

Hours: Tuesdays - Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

            Sundays - Mondays: Noon - 5:00 p.m.

 Website: www.glbthistorymuseum.org 




GLBT Historical Society


Location: 657 Mission St., Suite 300, San Francisco

Phone: 415-777-5455, ext. 3#


RESEARCH HOURS (call for an appointment)

Members: Wednesdays - Fridays: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Nonmembers: Fridays: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

                       First & Third Saturdays: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.





July 1, 1925 - Farley Granger, actor


July 2, 1961 - Margaret Edson, playwright


July 3, 1826 - Stephen Collins Foster, composer  


July 12, 1868 - Stefan George, poet 


July 17, 1883 - Mauritz Stiller, film director


July 23, 1928 - Hubert Selby, Jr. author



July 28, 1958 - Sarah Schulman, author and playwright





Florence becomes the first European city to set up a special court to prosecute. The tribunal crimes of sodomy,investigates more than 10,000 men and boys over the next 70 years, convicting some 2,000.

Pope Nicholas V authorizes the papal Inquisition to prosecute male sodomy.

Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella amend the sodomy laws so those found guilty of the crime will be burned at the stake, instead of being castrated and stoned to death.

Fernando de Rojas completes his tragicomic masterpiece, La Celestina, one of the greatest works of Spanish literature, whose title character has sex with other women.

Martin Luther accuses Catholic clergy and monks of being sodomites in his "Warning to His Beloved Germans."

Henry VIII of England transfers authority for prosecuting "buggery" from the Church to civil courts and makes anal intercourse punishable by hanging.