News From The GLBT Historical Society
& The GLBT History Museum

June 2013    

Out of the Boxes, Onto the Screen: Documentaries at
Frameline Festival Draw on Historical Society Archives 
Black-and-white photo of ministers holding a press conference.
Ministers gather to protest police persecution of homosexuals. This 1965 shot by San Francisco Chronicle photographer Les Dotty appears in the new film Lewd & Lascivious.

The word "archives" often conjures up historians diligently working on research for books, but thy aren't the only patrons who rely on the records preserved at the GLBT Historical Society. A good reminder of this fact comes from Frameline, the LGBT film festival held annually in San Francisco in June. This year, the festival features three documentaries drawing on research in the society's archives.

One of the films, Lewd & Lascivious, tells the story of the police raid on a 1964 New Year's Eve fundraiser for the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, often referred to as "San Francisco's Stonewall." The Historical Society served as nonprofit sponsor for the film -- and has signed on as cosponsor for its premiere at Frameline.

"Over the years I have gone through many files at the archives, finding missing details, news articles and old newsletter photos that have helped make Lewd & Lascivious far more interesting and colorful," says director Jallen Rix. "The Historical Society has stuck with us throughout the long process of making this film. I can honestly say that the documentary never would have been made if it wasn't for this support and the ability to offer tax deductions to donors by way of the society."

Two other films included in the Frameline festival also benefited from research conducted at the GLBT Historical Society: Director Christie Herring's The Campaign  portrays the struggle for marriage equality in the context of California's Proposition 8, and director Jeffrey Schwarz's I Am Divine offers a biography of drag star, cult actor and queer cultural icon Divine.

Lewd & Lascivious is showing on Saturday, June 22, at 1:00 p.m. at the Victoria Theatre. On Sunday, June 23, The Campaign is set for 1:00 p.m. and I Am Divine for 3:30 p.m., both at the Castro Theatre. For details, visit the Frameline website.

Pride 2013: Free Day at The GLBT History Museum
Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Wells Fargo, The GLBT History Museum will offer free admission to all visitors on Pride Day, Sunday, June 30. The museum will be open from noon to 5:00 p.m. "Discovering stories of the queer past is an ideal way to recharge in the midst of the celebrations on Pride Sunday," notes Paul Boneberg, executive director of the GLBT Historical Society. "We're immensely grateful to Wells Fargo for making it possible to open our doors free of charge on this special holiday for the GLBT community and our friends."

News Roundup: Contemporary Jewish Museum,
Roots Division Gallery Feature GLBT Culture

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg. Through over 70 images by renowned poet Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), this new exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco tenderly captures the young writers and rebels who defined the Beat Generation. The CJM is offering two-for-one admission to all members of the GLBT Historical Society during the month of June. The show runs through September 8. For more information, visit the CJM website.  


Strange Bedfellows: Collaborative Practice in Queer Art. A group show at the Roots Division Gallery in San Francisco through the end of June, Strange Bedfellows features the work of over 20 queer artists alongside ephemera on loan from the GLBT Historical Society archives. Historical Society artist-in-residence E.G. Crichton is among the participants. A panel discussion featuring Crichton and other artists is set for Wednesday, June 19, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., at the gallery. For details, visit the Roots Division website.

The Making of a New Film on Queer San Francisco:
Three Programs Spotlight Michelle Tea's "Valencia"
Black-and-white photo of woman talking on a phone. A special three-part program coming up June 20 through 26 at The GLBT History Museum will feature a number of the filmmakers who brought Michelle Tea's award-winning autobiographical novel Valencia to the screen. The film, also titled Valencia, premieres on June 21 at Frameline 37, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

Tea produced the work in collaboration with Hilary Goldberg, bringing together 18 filmmakers, each of whom created a
short based on a chapter from the book.
At the museum, Tea will join the filmmakers in discussing how the novel and the film reflect nostalgia and fantasy, activism and desire, debauchery and subversion -- and the light they cast on pre- and post-gentrification San Francisco. The panels are set for 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Admission: $5.00 (general); $3.00 (California students); free for members.
Thursday, June 20  |  What Were the Queer '90s?
A discussion of the influence of 1990s queer life on San Francisco today; with Aubree Bernier-Clarke, Lares Feliciano, Silas Howard, Alexa Shae and Samuael Topiary.
Monday, June 24  |  My Michelle
A look at filmmakers casting outside the box for the character of Michelle; with Jerry Lee Abram, Cheryl Dunye, Hilary Goldberg, Chris Vargas and Greg Youmans.
Wednesday, June 26  |  Debauchery and Romance in Valencia
An exploration of the highs and lows of debauchery on screen; with Bug Davidson, Michelle Lawlor, Sara St. Martin Lynne, Sharon Rubenstein and Courtney Trouble.




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). 



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

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  




Weekdays: By Appointment & Subject to Availability

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

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


Saturdays: No Appointment Needed 

The archives are open to members and nonmembers 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month; no appointment is needed. Saturday hours are subject to change; before visiting, check the GLBT Historical Society website.   


























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June 20
7 - 9 p.m.
Film Discussion
What Were the
Queer '90s?

June 24
7 - 9 p.m.
Film Discussion
"Valencia": My Michelle

June 26
7 - 9 p.m.
Film Discussion
Debauchery & Romance
in "Valencia"

June 30
Noon - 5 p.m.
Free Admission
Pride Day at the Museum
Sponsored by Wells Fargo
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An orientation for

volunteers for The GLBT History Museum is set  

for 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. on

Tuesday, June 4. For

details, contact 

Executive Director

Paul Boneberg.



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June 19 

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

In Conversation  

With Alysia Abbott  

261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco

Alysia Abbott discusses
her new book Fairyland:
A Memoir of My Father, about growing up in San Francisco in the
1970s-1980s with her
father, gay poet Steve
Abbott (1943-1992).
Interviewing the author
will be Gerard Koskovich from The GLBT History Museum. Cosponsored
by the GLBT Historical Society. For details, see
the Facebook invitation


 The GLBT History  

Museum displays a  

wealth of material  

from San Francisco's 

vast queer past.


Sequined costume, photos and documents on display.  

In the Corner Gallery: "Legendary: African American GLBT Past Meets Present" includes

a spectacular sequined  costume worn by San Francisco disco diva Sylvester (1947-1988).  



 The GLBT Historical

Society is home to one 

of the world's largest 

gay, lesbian, bisexual 

and transgender 

archival collections.


Marchers With

The archives include amateur film and video
of every Pride Parade in
San Francisco since 1973.
In the photo: the Gay Fathers contingent in the 1976 parade, captured
in a Super 8 movie shot
by Michael D. Polansky.
Click on the image to see
a short clip from the film.



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