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GLBT Historical Society

The GLBT Historical Society collects, preserves, exhibits and makes accessible to the public materials and knowledge to support and promote understanding of LGBTQ history, culture and arts in all their diversity. Founded in 1985, we are recognized internationally as a leader in the field of LGBTQ public history. The GLBT Historical Society is a registered 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization.



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Description : Folsom Street Fair (FSF) is an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair held in September, that caps San Francisco's "Leather Pride Week". The event started in 1984 and is thought to be California's third-largest single-day, outdoor spectator event. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Elsa Gidlow  (29 December 1898 – 8 June 1986) was a British-born, Canadian-American poet, freelance journalist, philosopher and humanitarian. She is best known for writing  On A Grey Thread  (1923), possibly the first volume of openly  lesbian love poetry  published in North America.  In the 1950s, Gidlow helped found  Druid Heights , a bohemian community in  Marin County, California .  She was the author of thirteen books and appeared as herself in the documentary film,  Word Is...
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Onyx: Black Lesbian Newsletter, October / November 1984. Volume 3, Number 5.  From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. Articles:  Staff, Outlets, "Passages" by Mayrann Turner in 1984 (continued from Aug./Sept. issue), "Open Letter to the Black Lesbian Community" by Helen L. Keller in 1984, "Spoken from the Heart" by Jamila A., Linda Strega and Bev Jo, and Vivienne Louise, "Today" by Avotcja, Classifieds, Calendar. Courtesy of the Gay,...
Topics: Lesbians, People of Color, Black People, African Americans, San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
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FTM Newsletter, December 1990, Issue #14. From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. FTM International is the largest and oldest continuously running organization serving the transmasculine community. Articles: Information for the Female to Male Cross Dresser and Transsexual by Lou Sullivan; Controversial Film Shown at September 1990 Get-Together; Two-Day FTM Program to be held in April; FTM Male Box; "Hidden: A Gender" Returns; Van Maasdam to Speak; Networking Column;...
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"The Gay Life" radio series, produced and hosted by Randy Alfred. Broadcast on KSAN, San Francisco, from 1979 to 1984. Includes a few episodes of the 1973 KSAN series, "The Gay Liberation Show." From the archives of the GLBT Historical Society .
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FTM Newsletter, June 1990, Issue #12. From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. FTM International is the largest and oldest continuously running organization serving the transmasculine community. Articles: Spring Get-Together Focuses on FTMs and AIDS; Dr. Paul Walker Returns to Address the TV/TS Community; FTM Male Box; No Respect by Christian CB David, New York City; FTMs and AIDS; Endocrinologist to Speak at our Get-Together; Crossdressing Ball in East Bay; Will German...
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FTM Newsletter, December 1989, Issue #10. From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. FTM International is the largest and oldest continuously running organization serving the transmasculine community. Articles: Surprise Guest Speaks at September's FTM Get-Together; FTM meetings around the world; FTM "Male" Box; "FTM" Unscathed in Recent Earthquake; FTM program at I.F.G.E. Convention; Social Group for TS parents; FTM meeting in New York City; Books "The...
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Onyx: Black Lesbian Newsletter, August / September 1983. Volume II, Number 4.  From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. Articles:  Donations, Subscribe!, Help!, Staff, Outlets, "The Color Purple" reviewed by Paula Ross in 1983, "miss burma" by Raymina Y. Mays, Local News, Calendar, Classifieds. Courtesy of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Use...
Topics: Lesbians, People of Color, Black People, African Americans, San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
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Drag queens and other attendees at the New Year's Mardi Gras Ball, held at California Hall in San Francisco on January 1, 1965. This drag ball was a benefit for the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, and was notable for a police raid which turned the tide of public sympathy in San Francisco regarding the rights of LGBTQ people. These images are from Volume 4, Number 7, page 10 of local queer paper the Citizen's News. From the general periodicals collection (GLBT-PER), GLBT Historical...
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Transgender activist Lou Sullivan, therapist/sex worker Janet Taylor, and drag queen Mark Olsen appear on a panel on AIDS risks to gender-nonconforming people. They discuss their autobiographies, gender identities, experiences of sexuality in the age of AIDS, and issues related to sex work and intersex identity. Original title given by creator: "TS/TV's AND AIDS PANEL." From the Louis Graydon Sullivan papers (1991-07), Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. Copyright...
Topics: Transgender people, Intersex people, AIDS (disease)
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FTM Newsletter, September 1989, Issue #9. From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. FTM International is the largest and oldest continuously running organization serving the transmasculine community. Articles: "Be a Gentle Man" by Christopher; June Get-Together In Golden Gate Park; FTM "Male" Box; Would You Like to Receive Future Issues of "FTM"?; Billy Tipton Memorial Quartet; F-M Meetings in Philadelphia by Erik von Schmetterling, M.D.; The 11th...
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Note : Audio levels vary. Description : Folsom Street Fair (FSF) is an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair held in September, that caps San Francisco's "Leather Pride Week". The event started in 1984 and is thought to be California's third-largest single-day, outdoor spectator event. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Onyx: Black Lesbian Newsletter, February / March 1984. Volume 3, Number 1.  From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. Articles:  Staff, Outlets, Subscribe!, Donations, "Journal Entry: Reminders" by Lucille Hunt in 1984, "Lesbianism is a Reality" by Tania Abdulahad in 1983, "February - Black History Month, a Brief Reflection", Calendar, Classified. Courtesy of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. This...
Topics: Lesbians, People of Color, Black People, African Americans, San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
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FTM Newsletter, April 1991, Issue #15. From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. FTM International is the largest and oldest continuously running organization serving the transmasculine community. Articles: In Memoriam Louis Graydon Sullivan; FTM Male Box; In Remembrance; In Honor of Lou; We Need Your Contributions; Networking Column; How Much Does it Cost; Summary of Costs; Clothing Resource; From the Editor; New Colorado Commissioner; What's Happening Up on the Hill;...
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"The Gay Life" radio series, produced and hosted by Randy Alfred. Broadcast on KSAN, San Francisco, from 1979 to 1984. Includes a few episodes of the 1973 KSAN series, "The Gay Liberation Show." From the archives of the GLBT Historical Society .
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FTM Newsletter, March 1990, Issue #11. From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. FTM International is the largest and oldest continuously running organization serving the transmasculine community. Articles: The Transition from Boyhood to Manhood Discussed at FTM Get-Together #12; A Spring Get-Together that won't quit!; FMT "Male" Box ; Results of FTM Medical Survey; FTM Networking; Eleventh International Symposium on Gender Dysphoria: An Insider's Report by Rupert...
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FTM Newsletter, March 1989, Issue #7. From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. FTM International is the largest and oldest continuously running organization serving the transmasculine community. Articles: A Final Tribute to Billy Tipton; FTM "Male" Box; What Is "FTM"?;  Winter '88 Get-Together: A Panel of Wives/Girlfriends of FTM's; Spring '89 FTM Get-Together; Andros: FTM's in Maryland; Research Volunteers Needed; Parivarto's "Willies" by Jeff...
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Description : Dore Alley, or also known as Up Your Alley Fair, is a leather and fetish event held in San Francisco on the last Sunday of July. It began in 1985 in part to show the public the South of Market neighborhood was already home to strong community and that this community was still active and organized in spite of the AIDS epidemic. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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FTM Newsletter, April 1992, Issue #19. From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. FTM International is the largest and oldest continuously running organization serving the transmasculine community. Articles: New Zealand group honors Lou Sullivan; New logo design by Bobby Gene the Art Machine; Recap of Recent Meetings; Medical Complications; Female-To-Male Transgender Group Forms on East Coast; In Memoriam; Networking Column; Call for Submissions: Transsexuals for Transsexuals; A...
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Gay trans man Lou Sullivan, a historian and community leader, is interviewed by Dr. Ira Pauly about his experiences. From the General Video Collection, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Transmission or reproduction of works protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of...
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Black Lesbian Newsletter, August 1982 (later called Onyx). From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. Articles:  Submissions, Staff Box, "Tell Me if I'm Wrong" by A. C. Barber in 1982, "How to Fight Back" by Vivienne Walker-Crawford, Donations, "The Need for A Black Lesbian Front (an Alternative to the Feminist Movement)" by Eileen Gaines, "A Vessel to Continue the Line" by Audrey Ewart in 1982, "Super Sapphire Mom" by Yasmine A....
Topics: Lesbians, People of Color, Black People, African Americans, San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
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"The Gay Life" radio series, produced and hosted by Randy Alfred. Broadcast on KSAN, San Francisco, from 1979 to 1984. Includes a few episodes of the 1973 KSAN series, "The Gay Liberation Show." From the archives of the GLBT Historical Society .
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Portrait of Elsa Gidlow, circa 1926. Elsa Gidlow (29 December 1898 – 8 June 1986) was a lesbian poet, philosopher, and woman of letters. Her book On a Grey Thread (1923) was the first collection of openly lesbian love poetry published in North America, and her autobiography, Elsa: I Come With My Songs (1986) was the first lesbian autobiography whose author did not publish under a pseudonym. Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. This...
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Home movie footage of young men picking flowers and painting a house, taken by gay filmmaker Hal O'Neal, who often filmed his partner and his friends as they traveled and enjoyed each other's company. From the Harold T. O'Neal Collection (#2002-03), GLBT Historical Society. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of...
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A young Elsa Gidlow in suit and necktie, circa 1920s. Elsa Gidlow (29 December 1898 – 8 June 1986) was a lesbian poet, philosopher, and woman of letters. Her book On a Grey Thread (1923) was the first collection of openly lesbian love poetry published in North America, and her autobiography, Elsa: I Come With My Songs (1986) was the first lesbian autobiography whose author did not publish under a pseudonym. Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San...
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Description : Folsom Street Fair (FSF) is an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair held in September, that caps San Francisco's "Leather Pride Week". The event started in 1984 and is thought to be California's third-largest single-day, outdoor spectator event. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Recordings from the Kevin Burke collection of the GLBT Historical Society .
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Onyx: Black Lesbian Newsletter, April / May 1984. Volume 3, Number 2.  From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. Articles:  Staff, Outlets, Donations, "HOME GIRLS in Review" by Sinthia E. Green in 1984, "Audre Lorde Speaks on Grenada" by Cara Vaughn in 1984, "A Tribute to You" by Suasuarana in 1984, "Personal Statement: Number 2" by Dezeria Collins aka Dimples, The Black Women's Anti-Violence Project, Calendar, Classifieds. Courtesy of...
Topics: Lesbians, People of Color, Black People, African Americans, San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
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Onyx: Black Lesbian Newsletter, October / November 1983. Volume II, Number 5.  From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. Articles:  Staff, Outlets, Help!, Donations, "L.O.C Conference", "Writing as a Lesbian" by Cheryl Clarke, "They Sing Life into Their Music", "The Color Purple" reviewed by Sarita Johnson in 1983, Calendar, Classified, Subscribe! Courtesy of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San...
Topics: Lesbians, People of Color, Black People, African Americans, San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
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A young Elsa Gidlow poses with two friends, circa 1920s. Elsa Gidlow (29 December 1898 – 8 June 1986) was a lesbian poet, philosopher, and woman of letters. Her book On a Grey Thread (1923) was the first collection of openly lesbian love poetry published in North America, and her autobiography, Elsa: I Come With My Songs (1986) was the first lesbian autobiography whose author did not publish under a pseudonym, From the Elsa Gidlow papers (#1991-16), GLBT Historical Society. Courtesy of Gay,...
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Photograph of Bill Beardemphl (right), his lifelong partner Johnny DeLeon (center), and an unidentified friend, circa 1960s. This photo may have been taken at an Imperial Court event, given the Renaissance costumes worn by the men. Bill Beardemphl (1926-2002) was a journalist, activist, and chef who is best known for founding the Society for Individual Rights (SIR), a homophile organization, and publishing its magazine Vector. In the 1980s, he was also the owner of the San Francisco Sentinel....
Topics: Gay men, Homophile movement, Journalism, Latinx people, Long-term relationships
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by O'Neal, Harold T.
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Home movie footage of a group of friends hiking and swimming in Vallejo and a brief clip of a stage performance, taken gay filmmaker Hal O'Neal, who often filmed his partner and his friends as they traveled and enjoyed each other's company. From the Harold T. O'Neal Collection (#2002-03), GLBT Historical Society. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the...
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by Blaney, Zane
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Raw and unedited clips of the 1982 Gay Games opening ceremony, featuring a parade of athletes as well as speeches celebrating the first Games. Speakers include Dr. Tom Waddell, one of the Games' founders, and Supervisor Doris Ward. From the Zane Blaney papers (#2016-18), GLBT Historical Society. Digitization made possible through the generous support of Zane Blaney and John Caldwell. Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Gay Olympic Tapes...
Topics: Sports, Gay Olympics, Gay Games, San Francisco
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FTM Newsletter, January 1992, Issue #18. From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. FTM International is the largest and oldest continuously running organization serving the transmasculine community. Articles: Attendance Still Strong; Surgical Update: 1991 by Kevin Horwitz; Life after Donahue by Francis; Networking Column; Publications of Interest to FTMs; San Francisco Gender Information; FTM Male Box; Reviews - Body politics by P.B.; Reviews - Second in Trilogy Completed;...
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FTM Newsletter, September 1987, Issue #1. From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. FTM International is the largest and oldest continuously running organization serving the transmasculine community. Articles: Welcome to our First Issue!; Female-to-Male Get-Together #3; "Lightning Turns Woman into Man!"; A FTM Pope?; New FTM Study Underway; Sexuality Rap Group; Gender Discussion Group; Courtesy of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San...
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"Mahina" Rehearsal (07/06/2006) and Premiere (07/07/2006), featuring a number of performers from the Purple Moon Dance Project. Purple Moon Dance Project was founded in 1992 by choreographer/dancer Jill Togawa with the goal of promoting visibility for lesbians and women of color through the medium of dance. From the Purple Moon Dance Project records (#2012-05), GLBT Historical Society. Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA....
Topics: Purple Moon Dance Project, San Francisco, Dance, People of Color, Lesbians
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Photograph of Vanguard's 1966 Street Sweep demonstration in San Francisco. Vanguard was an organization of LGBTQ youth and others living on the streets of the Tenderloin district in San Francisco. The Street Sweep was organized to demonstrate their commitment to the neighborhood and to protest ongoing police harassment.    From the Vanguard 1966 Street Sweep photographs (2021-21).  Digitization made possible through the generous support of Zane Blaney and John Caldwell.   Courtesy of the...
Topics: Transgender people, Photography, Tenderloin (San Francisco, Calif.), Gay men, Lesbians, Bisexual...
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Home movie footage of young men in a garden, the mountains, and at the beach. This footage was taken by gay filmmaker Hal O'Neal, who often filmed his partner and his friends as they traveled and enjoyed each other's company. From the Harold T. O'Neal Collection (#2002-03), GLBT Historical Society. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and...
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Onyx: Black Lesbian Newsletter, April / May 1983. Volume II, Number 2.  From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. Articles:  Submissions, Outlets, Staff Box, "Dear Readers:" by Onyx (BLN), "New Notes on Lesbianism" by Cheryl Clarke, "Occupation: Ornament (or) How to be Used at Your Own Expense" by Sarita Johnson, "Cassie Lopez: Runs for North Oakland Council Seat", "Letter to the Editor" by Storme Webber, Classified Ads,...
Topics: Lesbians, People of Color, Black People, African Americans, San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
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Program for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus 1979 concert, A Gay Musical Celebration at Grace Cathedral. Other performers include the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band, The Varsity Drag, and John Renke. From the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Records (#2009-01), GLBT Historical Society. Courtesy of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the...
Topics: Gay men, music, San Francisco, Calif.
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Presentation by the Lesbian Archives of Sonoma County about itself. LASC was invited to present at the Sebastopol Senior Center to inform the community about its existence, history, and mission.  Interviewees: Pat Andreine, Tina Dungan, Marylou Hadditt, Glenna Holaday, Nancy Kelley, Mary Kowatch, Nancy Moorhead, Ann Neel, Tia Watts. Interviewer: Mary Kowatch. Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. Use of materials from...
Topics: LGBTQ, Lesbians, Sonoma County (Calif.), Lesbian Archives of Sonoma County, LASC, women's history,...
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by Blaney, Zane
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Clips of the 1982 Gay Games, cut together into a highlight reel with athlete interviews, including marathon, tennis, track and field, and diving. Some material is represented elsewhere in this collection, but is a more polished form here. From the Zane Blaney papers (#2016-18), GLBT Historical Society. Digitization made possible through the generous support of Zane Blaney and John Caldwell. Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Gay Olympic...
Topics: Sports, Gay Olympics, Gay Games, San Francisco
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by Dr. Ira Pauly, Lou Sullivan
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Gay trans man Lou Sullivan, a historian and community leader, is interviewed by Dr. Ira Pauly about his experiences. From the General Video Collection, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Transmission or reproduction of works protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of...
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by Alphin, Dirk
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José Sarria performs at the Valencia Rose with his long-time accompanist, pianist James "Hazel" McGinnis, circa 1983. Includes songs and parts of comic operas Sarria performed at the Black Cat in North Beach in the early 1960s. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. This work is accessible for purposes of education...
Topics: Sarria, José, Black Cat Café (San Francisco, Calif.), Latinx people, Gay men, Drag
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Raw and unedited c lips of the 1982 Gay Games opening ceremony and marathon event. The ceremony includes shots of couples in the crowd, a music performance, and athletes and spectators celebrating on the field. The marathon footage includes both shots of athletes running and an interview with Games cofounder Tom Waddell about the meaning of the marathon and the decision to hold this event first, rather than last, which is the tradition at the Olympics. From the Zane Blaney papers (#2016-18),...
Topics: Sports, Gay Olympics, Gay Games, San Francisco
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Portrait of Lorraine Hurdle in military uniform, circa 1939-1945. Lorraine Hurdle (1922-2014) was a Black lesbian woman who served in the United States Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in Germany during World War II. From the Lorraine Hurdle Papers (2018-12), courtesy of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Some items from this collection may be public domain; others may be under copyright. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions...
Topics: Lesbians, Black people, African Americans, People of color, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945, United...
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Elsa Gidlow poses on the grounds of her bohemian community, Druid Heights, in 1965. Elsa Gidlow (29 December 1898 – 8 June 1986) was a lesbian poet, philosopher, and woman of letters. Her book On a Grey Thread (1923) was the first collection of openly lesbian love poetry published in North America, and her autobiography, Elsa: I Come With My Songs (1986) was the first lesbian autobiography whose author did not publish under a pseudonym. Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT)...
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A collection of quotations about the complexity of gender, part of a flier from Fantasia Fair, a trans convention, circa 1990s. From the Ari Kane papers (2002-26).   Courtesy of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law....
Topics: Transgender people, Nonbinary people, Trans women
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Photograph of Bill Beardemphl and his lifelong partner Johnny DeLeon, circa 1970. Bill Beardemphl (1926-2002) was a journalist, activist, and chef who is best known for founding the Society for Individual Rights (SIR), a homophile organization, and publishing its magazine Vector. In the 1980s, he was also the owner of the San Francisco Sentinel.   From the Bill Beardemphl papers (2022-04). Courtesy of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. This...
Topics: Gay men, Homophile movement, Journalism, Latinx people, Long-term relationships
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"Dream", choreographed and performed by Jill Togawa in May 2001. Purple Moon Dance Project was founded in 1992 by choreographer/dancer Jill Togawa with the goal of promoting visibility for lesbians and women of color through the medium of dance. From the Purple Moon Dance Project records (#2012-05), GLBT Historical Society. Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright Purple Moon Dance Project. This work is accessible for...
Topics: Purple Moon Dance Project, San Francisco, Dance, People of Color, Lesbians
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Description : Folsom Follies is part of the Inter-Club Fund, a group founded in San Francisco in the 1970s. The club allowed those in gay biker and leather communities a space to band together and offer support and financial assistance to each other when needed. Source : 2 Tapes of 2: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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FTM Newsletter, December 1988, Issue #6. From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. FTM International is the largest and oldest continuously running organization serving the transmasculine community. Articles: Another Big Turnout at our Fall '08 Get-Together; Our FTM "Male" Box; FTM Outreach; Vera - An FTM Movie From Brazil; FTM Networking; How To Improve the Quality of Your Voice; Tellin' it like it is: Voice tips for the FTM; It's "F2M" in New Jersey;...
Topic: Transgender people
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Photograph of Vanguard's 1966 Street Sweep demonstration in San Francisco. Vanguard was an organization of LGBTQ youth and others living on the streets of the Tenderloin district in San Francisco. The Street Sweep was organized to demonstrate their commitment to the neighborhood and to protest ongoing police harassment.    From the Vanguard 1966 Street Sweep photographs (2021-21).  Digitization made possible through the generous support of Zane Blaney and John Caldwell.   Courtesy of the...
Topics: Transgender people, Photography, Tenderloin (San Francisco, Calif.), Gay men, Lesbians, Bisexual...
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Elsa Gidlow in 1928. Elsa Gidlow (29 December 1898 – 8 June 1986) was a lesbian poet, philosopher, and woman of letters. Her book On a Grey Thread (1923) was the first collection of openly lesbian love poetry published in North America, and her autobiography, Elsa: I Come With My Songs (1986) was the first lesbian autobiography whose author did not publish under a pseudonym. From the Elsa Gidlow papers (#1991-16), GLBT Historical Society. Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT)...
Topics: Lesbians, Literature
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by Wilson, Chana
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Radio program produced by Chana Wilson for KPFA-FM. Features Susan Colson, Suzane Salisbury, Joan Lee and Bonnie Lockhard playing jazz music and later singing "My Girl" by the Temptations. From the Chana Wilson Audiotapes (2003-07). GLBT Historical Society. 
Topics: jazz, acapella, music, Susan Colson, Suzane Salisbury, Joan Lee, Bonnie Lockhard, Chana Wilson,...
Source: 1/4" Open Reel Audiotape
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An audio recording of José Julio Sarria performing at the Black Cat, a bohemian bar with a largely gay clientele. This recording was included on a comedy record called "No Camping" (Velvet Records, 1962). Sarria was locally famous for his opera parodies, which he would perform in drag at the Black Cat. He later became the first LGBTQ person to run for office in the United States, in a 1961 bid for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Sarria also founded the Imperial...
Topics: Gay men, Theater, Music, Latinx people
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by O'Neal, Harold T.
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A home movie with scenes of a nude man swimming and people gambling, taken by gay filmmaker Hal O'Neal, who often filmed his partner and his friends as they traveled and enjoyed each other's company. From the Harold T. O'Neal Collection (#2002-03), GLBT Historical Society. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the...
Topics: Gay men, Reno, Nev.
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Onyx: Black Lesbian Newsletter, December / January 1984. Volume II, Number 6.  From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection. Articles:  Staff, Outlets, Help!, Donations, "Dear Readers: You Took a Chance on Us: A Look Back, A Look Ahead" by the Editors, "National Third World People of Color Conference Postponed", "Kwanzaa" by Sarita Johnson in 1983, Global Lesbianism, "The Abolitionist, 9979 (for my sisters) by doris davenport in 1980,...
Topics: Lesbians, People of Color, Black People, African Americans, San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
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by O'Neal, Harold T.
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Footage of a drag performance at the Beige Room, taken by gay filmmaker Hal O'Neal, who often documented local events in San Francisco. From the Harold T. O'Neal Collection (#2002-03), GLBT Historical Society. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to...
Topics: Gay men, Drag, San Francisco, Female Impersonation, Calif.
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by Hurdle, Lorraine
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Lorraine Hurdle seated at a desk with an early computer, circa 1980s.   Lorraine Hurdle (1922-2014) was a Black lesbian woman who served in the United States Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in Germany during World War II. From the Lorraine Hurdle Papers (2018-12), courtesy of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Some items from this collection may be public domain; others may be under copyright. Use of materials from this collection beyond the...
Topics: Lesbians, Black people, African Americans, People of color, Veterans
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Lorraine Hurdle and woman, embracing in a yard with a child and cactus, train in background, circa 1950s. Lorraine Hurdle (1922-2014) was a Black lesbian woman who served in the United States Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in Germany during World War II. From the Lorraine Hurdle Papers (2018-12), courtesy of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Some items from this collection may be public domain; others may be under copyright. Use of materials from...
Topics: Lesbians, Black people, African Americans, People of color, Veterans
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Photograph of Bill Beardemphl with his lifelong partner Johnny DeLeon, circa 1960s. Bill Beardemphl (1926-2002) was a journalist, activist, and chef who is best known for founding the Society for Individual Rights (SIR), a homophile organization, and publishing its magazine Vector. In the 1980s, he was also the owner of the San Francisco Sentinel. From the Bill Beardemphl papers (2022-04). Courtesy of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. This...
Topics: Gay men, Homophile movement, Journalism, Latinx people, Long-term relationships
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Onyx: Black Lesbian Newsletter, June / July 1983. Volume II, Number 3.  From the GLBT Historical Society, Periodicals Collection.   Articles:  Staff, Outlets, Help!, Subscribe!, Donations, "Letters" by Midgett and Delcina, Local News, "After the Disappointment" by Yasmine A. Sayyed, June Calendar, Classifieds. Courtesy of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Use...
Topics: Lesbians, People of Color, Black People, African Americans, San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
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"Overlapping Clothes" performance by the Purple Moon Dance Project in 10/08/1993. Purple Moon Dance Project was founded in 1992 by choreographer/dancer Jill Togawa with the goal of promoting visibility for lesbians and women of color through the medium of dance. From the Purple Moon Dance Project records (#2012-05), GLBT Historical Society. Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright Purple Moon Dance Project. This work is...
Topics: Purple Moon Dance Project, San Francisco, Dance, People of Color, Lesbians
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by Alphin, Dirk
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Circa 1985. Some interior shots [of the Valencia Rose?]; queer revelers in the BART station, heading downtown to a Pride parade; footage of Market Street, the parade, and the crowd. Definitely no later than 1986. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Use of...
Topic: Pride parades
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by Blaney, Zane
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Raw and unedited c lips of the 1982 Gay Games closing ceremony, including performances, speeches, and a parade of athletes. From the Zane Blaney papers (#2016-18), GLBT Historical Society. Digitization made possible through the generous support of Zane Blaney and John Caldwell. Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Gay Olympic Tapes were produced by Penguin Communications of San Francisco, Producers: Carl Carlson, Bob Smith, Bill Checkvala...
Topics: Sports, Gay Olympics, Gay Games, San Francisco
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by Lesbian Archives of Sonoma County
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An open mic event inviting lesbians to tell a story about the bar scene in Sonoma County in the 1970s and 1980s. Interviewees: Ruth Mahaney, Tina Dungan, Pat Andreine, Pam Turner, Glenna Holaday,  Lori Zucker, Pam Adinoff, Marguerite Finn, Kelly McClelland, Mary Kowatch, Nancy Moorhead. Interviewer: Mary Kowatch.  Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions...
Topics: LGBTQ, Lesbians, Sonoma County (Calif.), Lesbian Bars, drinking, dancing, community
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Oral history interview about Tribad Productions, the largest, longest running, most prolific lesbian theater troupe in Sonoma County. They produced two full productions and a holiday show every year from 1990-1995. Tiana Lee was the director. Interviewees: Teri Balkum-Tribendis, Brenda Starr, Jan Marks, Kayte Ryann, Maddy Hirschfield, Helen Walsh, Margaret Nelson-Quin (aka Margaret LaValle), Sherri Hoefling, Roberta Latefa Mineo, Stepahnie Rief, Tiana Lee. Interviewer: Mary Kowatch.  Courtesy...
Topics: LGBTQ, Lesbians, Sonoma County (Calif.), Theater, theatre, Actors, Writers, lesbian theater,...
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Raw and unedited c lips of the 1982 Gay Games closing ceremony, including a parade of athletes, speeches, performances, and crowd footage. From the Zane Blaney papers (#2016-18), GLBT Historical Society. Digitization made possible through the generous support of Zane Blaney and John Caldwell. Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Gay Olympic Tapes were produced by Penguin Communications of San Francisco, Producers: Carl Carlson, Bob Smith,...
Topics: Sports, Gay Olympics, Gay Games, San Francisco
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Program for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus 1981 concert series, "Tour America '81," which held concerts at the Warfield Theatre (San Francisco, California); the Convention Center Theatre (Dallas, Texas); the Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis, Minnesota); the First Plymouth Church (Lincoln, Nebraska); Ford Auditorium (Detroit, Michigan); Beacon Theater (New York, New York); Opera House (Boston, Massachusetts); Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.); and the Opera House (Seattle, Washington)....
Topics: Gay men, music, San Francisco, Calif.
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by Alphin, Dirk
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Tom Ammiano and Doug Holsclaw set up the stage and perform comedy sketches in their two-man show, "2 Queens in Search of a Motif" at the Valencia Rose. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions...
Topics: Ammiano, Tom, Holsclaw, Doug, Gay men, Comedy sketches
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by O'Neal, Harold T.
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A home movie of young men wading in the Russian River, taken by gay filmmaker Hal O'Neal, who often filmed his partner and his friends as they traveled and enjoyed each other's company. From the Harold T. O'Neal Collection (#2002-03), GLBT Historical Society. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S....
Topics: Gay men, Russian River (Calif.)
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Oral history interview in which women involved in various artistic careers from 1975 to 1999 display their work. In a separate video by LASC the women discuss their work and how their lesbian-focused art was received in the community and how they endeavoured to earn a living as lesbian artists. Interviewees: Cheryl Traendly, Jane Sipe, Nancy Tello, Jacqua Miller, Marge Mount. Interviewer: Mary Kowatch.  Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco...
Topics: LGBTQ, Lesbians, Sonoma County (Calif.), artists, art as business, women's art, lesbian art
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by San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
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Program for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus 1980 fall concert series, which took place at the First Unitarian Church, the Mission High School auditorium, and Old First Church. Other performers include Men About Town and The Lollipop Guild. From the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Records (#2009-01), GLBT Historical Society. Courtesy of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. Use of materials from this collection beyond the...
Topics: Gay men, music, San Francisco, Calif.
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by GLBT Historical Society San Francisco ACT UP Oral History Project
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Video of ACT UP Oral History Project interview with Peter Altman by Patrick Martin-Tuite. September 11, 2018. Events: Louis Sheldon/TVC Action (ACT UP, Sacramento), Castro Sweep (Oct 6, 1989), Sixth International AIDS Conference (Jun 1990), ACT UP Split (Fall 1990). Topics and people: Treatment Issues committee, Alternative treatments, Meeting culture, Bill Haskell, Direct action and tactics, Treatment activism, Michelle Roland, Intersectionality, Jesse Dobson, G’Dali Braverman, Journalism...
Topics: Oral history, AIDS (disease)