News From The GLBT Historical Society
& The GLBT History Museum

 January 2013    

The Whole World Is Watching: Media Near
And Far Come Calling at Historical Society 
TV crew interviewing Amy Sueyoshi at The GLBT History Museum.
KOFY TV interviewed curator Amy Sueyoshi at The GLBT History Museum
for a special Pride Month program broadcast in the Bay Area in June 2012.

The GLBT History Museum celebrates its second anniversary on January 13. In those two short years, the museum has not only become a Castro District institution; it also has put the public history work of the GLBT Historical Society on the media map locally, nationally and internationally. The attention has included discussion of the museum and the archives themselves, as well as stories on LG
GLBT issues where journalists are looking for historical context.  


In 2012 alone, reports appeared across the U.S. In addition, the Historical Society earned mentions in more than 20 other countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Thanks to such coverage -- and thanks to the museum's visibility in travel guides and online travel media -- the society's initiatives are reaching an ever wider public.  


The website of the GLBT Historical Society offers a regularly updated sampling of media reports on its work: Visit the News page, where the society also posts its media releases. In addition, links to late-breaking news coverage appear regularly on the Historical Society's Facebook wall


City of San Francisco Asks: Can GLBT History
Museum Donors Meet the $17,000 Challenge?


The City of San Francisco has issued a challenge to the GLBT Historical Society in the form of a $17,00 matching grant to support The GLBT History Museum. To qualify for the funds, the society must raise an equal amount of money from new individual donors or increased donations from past donors.  


"If you haven't yet become a member or made a donation, now is the time," notes Paul Boneberg, executive director of the GLBT Historical Society. "Through the city's challenge grant, every dollar you give will be doubled. If you give $10, the city will turn it into $20 -- and if you give $500, the city will make it $1,000.


"Plus there's another way to help the Historical Society benefit from this great opportunity," Boneberg says. "Simply ask your friends and colleagues to make a donation -- and let them know that the city will match what they give dollar for dollar. You'll not only help us reach new supporters, you'll also be helping us secure funds for new exhibitions and other museum initiatives." 


Donations are welcome by credit card, PayPal or check and can be made online or by mail. The GLBT Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, so all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by U.S. law. To help the society reach it's goal of $17,000, donate today.   


Winter Museum Events Include Films, Exhibition Opening, Walking Tour of Castro Historic Sites  

Film Showing 

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP
Thursday, January 31 
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
United in Anger is an inspiring documentary about the AIDS activist movement at the height of deaths from the epidemic in the United States in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Drawing on oral histories with members of ACT UP/New York, as well as rare archival footage, the film offers a view from the trenches as ACT UP battles corporate greed, social indifference and government neglect. Cosponsored by Visual Aid. Admission: $5.00 (free for members).

Woman wearing a man's suit and high heels. Opening Reception 

Migrating Archives: LGBT Delegates
From Collections Around the World 
Friday, February 1 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Conceived by E. G. Crichton, artist in residence at The GLBT History Museum, "Migrating Archives" features evocative materials from archives in nearly a dozen countries, with each organization providing photographs of artifacts that portray the experiences of one or two queer individuals from the past. Graphic panels and videos bring the materials together to tell vivid stories of both LGBT lives and the archival collections that honor them. Among the participants are archives from Australia, Belgium, England, Hungary, Italy, The Philippines, Scotland, South Africa and the United States. Admission: $5.00 (free for members).

Film Showing 

Submerged Queer Spaces
Friday, February 22  
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Submerged Queer Spaces views San Francisco queer history through the lens of urban archeology. As the city grew and gentrified, bars, restaurants, parks, alleys, bathhouses and other GLBT gathering spots were remodeled, repurposed, rebuilt or destroyed. Director Jack Curtis Dubowsky takes viewers on a poignant tour of these lost queer cityscapes, drawing on archival images from the GLBT Historical Society and on interviews with elders who recount astounding and at times hilarious memories of the spaces. Admission: $5.00 (free for members).

Walking Tour

Uncovering the Submerged Queer Spaces of the Castro 
Saturday, February 23  
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Jack Curtis Dubowsky, director of the film Submerged Queer Spaces, takes queer urban archaeology to the streets with a walking tour of the Castro. Participants will discover the traces of lost GLBT history and visit surviving queer historic spots in a rapidly changing neighborhood known worldwide as a GLBT enclave. Meet at The GLBT History Museum promptly at noon to join the tour. Tickets: $5.00 (free for members).   





The 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.   










January 31 

7 - 9 p.m.

Film Showing

United in Anger:   

A History of ACT UP  


February 1

6 - 8 p.m.

Exhibition Opening 

Migrating Archives:  

LGBT Delegates From Collections Around  

the World  


February 22

7 - 9 p.m.

Film Showing

Submerged Queer  



February 23

Noon - 2 p.m. 

Walking Tour 

Castro Historic Sites 


Three shirtless men posing with colored bowling balls.

January 13  

Boys With Balls Benefit Party 

Classic Bowling Center Daly City | 4 - 8 p.m.


The popular "Boys With Balls" bowling party for  

gay men and their friends will benefit The GLBT History Museum and the Castro Country Club this month. A shuttle bus from the Castro makes it a breeze to get to the Daly City Bowling Center.  

Buy tickets here



 The GLBT History  

Museum displays a  

wealth of material  

from San Francisco's 

vast queer past.


Two women viewing framed photographs.


In the Front Gallery:  

"For Love and  

Community: Queer Asian Pacific Islanders Take Action, 1960s - 1990s" includes vintage photographs and oral history recordings.  

This groundbreaking exhibition will be open through mid-January. 



 The GLBT Historical Society is home to one 

of the world's largest 

gay, lesbian, bisexual 

and transgender 

archival collections.


Two men wearing disco outfits.

The papers of John Teamer (1941-1994) document the life of a
gay African American
teacher, civil rights
activist and AIDS activist. The collection is rich in
material on Teamer's
work with the National Association of Black and White Men Together. 



For in-depth 

information on the 

GLBT Historical Society 

and The GLBT History Museum, visit 

our website.


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GLBT Historical Society