|GLBT History Museum Creates New Sponsorship
Opportunities for Businesses, Individual Donors
|An evening view of The GLBT History Museum. Sponsor names appear on the mirrored front wall near the entrance. Photo: Daniel Nicoletta.|
The GLBT Historical Society is offering major corporations, local businesses and individual donors new ways to support The GLBT History Museum, including sponsorship of the entire museum and of galleries and free admission days. The sponsorships sustain one the GLBT community's most important cultural institutions -- and provide significant visibility and other benefits to sponsors. Current sponsors include Levi Strauss, the Bob Ross Foundation, Union Bank, Harvey's Restaurant and Badlands Bar.
"If you're an employee, manager or executive at a firm that sponsors museums or GLBT nonprofits, getting your company involved can both help The GLBT History Museum thrive and build your company's reputation in the community," said Paul Boneberg, executive director of the GLBT Historical Society. "Sponsorships are the ideal way for a firm to put its name in front of thousands of visitors to our innovative, internationally renowned GLBT museum. And they're a great way for individual donors to provide major support, too."
Monthly presenting sponsorships begin at only $5,000, yearlong gallery sponsorships at $7,500 and free admission days at only $2,000. All are subject to availability. For more information, contact Paul Boneberg at [email protected] or download the four-page PDF of the museum sponsorship guide.
|Mariela Castro, Sexologist, Daughter of Cuban
President, Tours The GLBT History Museum
Mariel Castro, GLBT Historical Society Deputy Director Daniel Bao, curator
Gerard Koskovich and activist Cleve Jones in the Front Gallery of The GLBT History Museum. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland.
Mariela Castro, a sexologist and the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, visited The GLBT History Museum on Friday, May 25, for a private tour. Joining Castro was her husband, Italian photographer Paolo Titolo, and Jeff Cotter, director of the Rainbow World Fund, one of the hosts of her visit to San Francisco.
At the end of the tour, Castro commented in Spanish in the museum guest book, "I feel very honored to have visited this small museum, where I learned a lot. History helps us understand the present. With this visit, I want to honor Harvey Milk and everyone who fights for the emancipation of all human beings."
Mariela Castro Espín is the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education in Havana. Her group campaigns for effective AIDS prevention as well as recognition and acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transvestite and transgender human rights.
|Pride Month Brings Array of Evening|
Programs to The GLBT History Museum
Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader
Thursday, June 7 | 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Gayle S. Rubin discusses her collection of groundbreaking essays, Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader, released by Duke University Press. The book features insightful writing on lesbian history, the feminist sex wars, the politics of sadomasochism, crusades against prostitution and pornography, and the historical development of sexual knowledge. Rubin's talk will focus in particular on her involvement in queer public history in San Francisco and the importance of LGBT archives. Rubin is associate professor of anthropology, women's studies and comparative literature at the University of Michigan.
Performance & Discussion
Collaborative Practice and the Future of Queer Memory
Sunday, June 10 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Atlanta-based performance collective John Q, GLBT Historical Society artist-in-residence E.G. Crichton and artist and Queer Cultural Center cofounder Rudy Lemcke come together for an early evening of performance and conversation exploring the intersection of archival research and the creative process. Crichton, Lemcke and John Q members Joey Orr, Andy Ditzler and Wesley Chenault will present examples from their current collaborative project on the future of memory, crafting a dialogue based on actual material from queer archives in Atlanta and San Francisco. The program is cosponsored by the Queer Cultural Center as part of the 15th Annual National Queer Arts Festival.
Submerged Queer Spaces: Urban
Archeology and Architectural Remains
Wednesday, June 13 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Composer-filmmaker Jack Curtis Dubowsky discusses Submerged Queer Spaces, his documentary feature that views San Francisco queer history through the lens of urban archeology. As the city grew and gentrified, bars, restaurants, parks, alleys, bathhouses and other gathering spots of the queer community were remodeled, repurposed, rebuilt or destroyed. Premiering on June 16 at the Frameline Festival, Submerged Queer Spaces looks at the queer architectural remains of such historic sites. Local interview subjects from the film will be present to recount their memories of these spaces. Cinematographer Wilfred Galila will talk about his innovative camerawork, and the filmmakers will discuss working with the GLBT Historical Society, which provided archival sources for the film.
Religion and Homosexuality in
20th-Century America: Two Views
Thursday, June 14 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The recipients of the 2011-2012 LGBT Religious History Award from the LGBT Religious Archives Network will provide overviews of their award-winning research. Rebecca L. Davis, associate professor of history at the University of Delaware, will present "The Marriage Cure: Liberal Protestant Advice About Same-Sex Desires in the 1950s." Anthony Michael Petro, assistant professor of religious studies at New York University, will present "Protest Religion! ACT UP and the Ethics of Sex."
GuyWriters Presents Three
San Francisco Queer Novelists
Monday, June 18 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Three San Francisco queer novelists will read from their recent work: Jim Provenzano, author of Every Time I Think of You (CreateSpace/Myrmidude Press, 2011) and other novels; Lewis DeSimone, author of The Heart's History (Lethe Press, 2012) and other works; and Michael Alenyikov, author of Ivan and Misha: Stories (Triquarterly, 2010). Following the readings, writer James Siegel will briefly interview each of the authors. The event is presented by GuyWriters, a Bay Area community network that celebrates and supports gay men's literary creativity.
Living History Talk
Gilbert Baker in Conversation With Cleve Jones:
1978 and the Birth of the Rainbow Flag
Tuesday, June 19 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Artist Gilbert Baker created the rainbow flag for the Pride Parade in San Francisco in 1978 -- a momentous year in GLBT history that included the inauguration of Harvey Milk as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the defeat of the antigay Briggs Initiative and Milk's assassination after just 11 months in office. In the subsequent three decades, the flag has become an international symbol of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pride. Baker joins his friend, longtime gay activist Cleve Jones, who served as an intern in Milk's office and who later founded the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, in discussing the birth of the rainbow flag and the tumultuous year of 1978.
EXHIBITIONS & PROGRAMS
GLBT History Museum
Location: 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114
Admission: $5.00 general; $3.00 with California student ID. Free for members. Free for all visitors on the first Wednesday of each month (courtesy of the Bob Ross Foundation).
Mondays - Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sundays: Noon - 5:00 p.m.
ARCHIVES & READING ROOM
GLBT Historical Society
Location: 657 Mission St., Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-777-5455, ext. 3#
Research Hours (by 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.
A Gayle Rubin Reader
Performance & Conversation
Collaborative Practice &
the Future of Queer
Submerged Queer Spaces
Religion & Homosexuality
in 20th-Century America
Three Queer Novelists
Living History Talk
Birth of the Rainbow Flag
June 8 - 10
Queer Women of
Color Film Festival
Yerba Buena Center
700 Howard St.
The GLBT Historical Society is cosponsoring
the closing night program, "Divining the Past," on
June 10 at 6:00 p.m. For more information,
June 14 - 24
San FranciscoThe GLBT Historical Society is copresenting
two films; for more information, click here.
Opening Film: Vito
June 14 | 7:00 p.m.
June 16 | 1:45 p.m.
The GLBT History
Museum displays a
wealth of material
from San Francisco's
vast queer past.
"Life and Death in Black and White: AIDS Direct Action in San Francisco, 1985-1990" is on view in the Front Gallery of The GLBT History Museum through the end of July.
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on the rainbow flag, an international emblem of
the GLBT community
first created for the June 1978 San Francisco Pride Parade. This photograph
by Crawford Barton
shows one of the variant flags displayed at the
1978 parade. For the finding aid to the Crawford Barton Papers, click here.
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