News From The GLBT Historical Society
& The GLBT History Museum

November 2012   

Vandals Strike GLBT History Museum: Front
Windows Shattered in Early-Morning Incident 
Night view of the front of The GLBT History Museum with broken windows and shattered glass littering the sidewalk.
The GLBT History Museum immediately after vandals smashed the front windows.

Shortly before 5:00 a.m. on Monday, October 29, vandals struck The GLBT History Museum, shattering two large plate glass windows and leaving the reception area and the sidewalk covered with shattered glass. The historical materials in the museum's exhibitions were unharmed. News of the incident spread quickly via social media, sparking a strong response.

"We're grateful for the outpouring of support we are receiving from people in San Francisco and around the world," said Paul Boneberg, executive director of the GLBT Historical Society. "That support speaks to the important role the museum plays in advancing understanding of GLBT history and culture."


Boneberg stressed that none of the objects on display at the museum were damaged and that no theft occurred. "We don't know who smashed the windows or why they did it," he said. "But it's clear that this was vandalism."

According to Boneberg, "When the alarm sounded at 4:50 in the morning, the security firm immediately summoned the San Francisco Police Department and notified our staff, who were on the scene very quickly. In short order, the broken glass was removed and the windows were boarded over."       


The GLBT History Museum was closed for further clean up on the day of the vandalism, but reopened the following day for its normal hours. The museum staff expects that the broken windows will be replaced in the coming week. 


The total cost of the damage to the museum is not yet known, but will be minimally a few thousand dollars. Donations to support the museum and assist with expenses related to the vandalism can be made online. For updates on the repairs, visit the GLBT Historical Society's Facebook page



News Roundup: Unmasked Gala, Museum Hours 


Unmasked Gala. The Unmasked gala, held on Thursday, October 25, was a grand success. Some 400 supporters of GLBT history came together for a fun and festive evening that raised significant funds for the GLBT Historical Society and The GLBT History Museum. For photos of the gathering, see the albums posted on the Historical Society's Facebook page.  


Museum Hours. The GLBT History Museum will be open for its regular winter hours starting November 1: Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Sundays, noon - 5:00 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. The museum will return to being open seven days a week starting March 1. 

Programs Highlight Lesbian Gender
Politics, Bay Area Bisexual Organizing
Open Forum

Dyke Space Continuum: Age Diversity and Gender Fluidity

Thursday, November 15 

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

Dyke March Continuum headline. Sponsored by the San Francisco Dyke March in honor of its 20th anniversary, this panel discussion and open forum features Elana Dykewomon, Elena Escalera, Krys Freeman and Julia Serano tracing the history of lesbian social and cultural space in San Francisco, with a focus on gender politics and how different generations experience them. Artist, photographer and activist Happy Hyder will moderate the gathering.

Reading & Reception

Bifabulous Authors: BABN 25th Anniversary Kick-Off

Friday, November 16

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

Pride Parade marchers carrying a The Bay Area Bisexual Network celebrates 25 years of bringing bisexuals together with a reception and a reading by two bisexual authors, Jan Steckel (Mixing Tracks) and Betty Blue, who also writes as Jane Kindred (The Fallen Queen). Founded in 1987, BABN works to develop a healthy, vibrant, multicultural bisexual community in the Bay Area and to promote understanding of bisexual lives and issues in the GLBT community and the wider public.   




GLBT History Museum

Location: 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Phone: 415-621-1107

Website: www.glbthistorymuseum.org  


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). 


Winter Hours: 

Mondays & Wednesdays - Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.   

Tuesdays: Closed 

Sundays: Noon - 5:00 p.m.




GLBT Historical Society

Location: 657 Mission St., Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94105

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

Website: www.glbthistory.org  


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.   




















November 15
7 - 9 p.m.
Open Forum
Age Diversity &
Gender Fluidity

November 16 
7 - 9 p.m.
Reading & Reception
Bifabulous Authors:
BABN 25th Anniversary


Image of a nude man facing away with ghostly moth wings on his back.  
Women 我 們  
Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny St., 3rd Floor
San Francisco

An insightful exploration
 into feminism, gender and sexual identity in Chinese art and society today. The show created a sensation
in Shanghai in 2011. The San Francisco version includes work reflecting on the response in China -- and is accompanied by a film showing on November 17.  For more information,
visit the website of the Chinese Culture Center.


 The GLBT History  

Museum displays a  

wealth of material  

from San Francisco's 

vast queer past.


Personal belongings of Harvey Milk on display at The GLBT History Museum.


The Front Gallery offers   

a display of personal belongings owned by Harvey Milk -- including  

his kitchen table and one  

of his campaign t-shirts. November 27 is the 34th anniversary of Milk's assassination. 



 The GLBT Historical Society is home to one 

of the world's largest 

gay, lesbian, bisexual 

and transgender 

archival collections.


Postcards of lesbian erotica.  
The San Francisco LGBT Groups series in the Ephemera Collection includes hundreds of
GLBT postcards and greetings cards created from the 1950s to the present. In the photo: a sampling of postcards featuring lesbian erotica.



For in-depth 

information on the 

GLBT Historical Society 

and The GLBT History Museum, visit 

our website.


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the goals and history of 

the museum and 

archives, see our entry 

on Wikipedia.


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 For an array of GLBT videos from our archives and programs, see 

our YouTube channel.




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GLBT Historical Society