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LGBTQ History Month: Cushman's passions were on stage and off

LGBTQ History Month: Cushman's passions were on stage and off

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Oct 30, 2019

Charlotte Cushman was the greatest American actress of her era, a theatrical superstar and a gender-nonconforming lesbian who worked on stages in the U.S., Britain, and Rome throughout the mid-19th century.

LGBTQ History Month: Politics provide trove of LGBT historical artifacts

LGBTQ History Month: Politics provide trove of LGBT historical artifacts

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 30, 2019

A black and white photo in the upper right hand corner features a smiling male candidate decked out in a conservative suit and striped tie ensemble. His intense gaze is aimed directly at the camera and, thus, anyone viewing the poster.

LGBTQ History Month: Tavern Guild linked SF gay bars for first time

LGBTQ History Month: Tavern Guild linked SF gay bars for first time

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Oct 30, 2019

James "Robbie" Robinson vividly remembers the first time he walked into a gay bar in San Francisco. It was the 1950s, Robinson was in the Air Force and when he asked where the "main drag" in town was, he was pointed to Market Street.

LGBTQ History Month: Artwork among items in society's archives

LGBTQ History Month: Artwork among items in society's archives

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 23, 2019

The GLBT Historical Society's museum in the heart of San Francisco's Castro district operates similarly to that of any art museum.

LGBTQ History Month: The rise of the ballroom scene through the ages

LGBTQ History Month: The rise of the ballroom scene through the ages

  • by by Laura Smythe
  • Oct 23, 2019

The first time Jacen Bowman attended a house meeting, he had no idea what LGBTQ ballroom culture was.

LGBTQ History Month: Leather vests tell a larger tale of the subculture

LGBTQ History Month: Leather vests tell a larger tale of the subculture

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 16, 2019

The cute, furry faces of teddy bears provide a whimsical detail to the back of two leather vests worn by leathermen in a daddy and son relationship.

LGBTQ History Month: Diaries reveal hidden worlds for museums

LGBTQ History Month: Diaries reveal hidden worlds for museums

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 9, 2019

"Damn I'm going to be a gorgeous man," Lou Sullivan wrote 40 years ago in one of his personal diaries.

LGBTQ History Month Celebs take off-screen journey to on-screen equality

LGBTQ History Month Celebs take off-screen journey to on-screen equality

  • by Steve Rothaus
  • Oct 9, 2019

ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez said that as a young reporter in Miami, he was inspired by the greats of television journalism: Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, Barbara Walters, and Katie Couric.

Online Extra: Federal historic status sought for SF Japantown site with LGBT ties

Online Extra: Federal historic status sought for SF Japantown site with LGBT ties

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 2, 2019

A property in San Francisco's Japantown that has ties to the early LGBT rights movement is a step closer to receiving federal historic status.

LGBTQ History Month: Authors and activism: A history of LGBT bookstores

LGBTQ History Month: Authors and activism: A history of LGBT bookstores

  • by Jason Villemez
  • Oct 2, 2019

Until the 1970s, when LGBT publishing first began and activists like the late Barbara Gittings pushed for representation in libraries, the few queer books available were limited mostly to anti-gay medical texts.

LGBTQ History Month: For curators, garments offer stylish storytelling

LGBTQ History Month: For curators, garments offer stylish storytelling

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 2, 2019

Curators working with the Oakland Museum of California on its first major LGBT exhibition, dubbed "Queer California: Untold Stories," displayed a blue sequined jacket created by San Francisco designer Pat Campano and worn in 1985 by disco diva Sylvester.

LGBTQ History Month: LGBT artifacts display possibilities

LGBTQ History Month: LGBT artifacts display possibilities

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 2, 2019

Where to build the New Museum of LGBTQ History and Culture in San Francisco remains an open question for the GLBT Historical Society. Not in question is the myriad curatorial possibilities a larger facility would present.

LGBT History Month: SF trans cultural district slowly moves forward

LGBT History Month: SF trans cultural district slowly moves forward

  • by Alex Madison
  • Oct 24, 2018

It's been a little over a year since San Francisco designated the nation's first transgender cultural district in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood.

LGBT History Month: Tea with no shade

LGBT History Month: Tea with no shade

  • by Rebecca Huff
  • Oct 24, 2018

A gloomy, rainy Sunday in September couldn't stop what was originally planned as an outdoor tea dance among the trees and fountains of Washington Park in Cincinnati.