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

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

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.

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By Matthew S. Bajko | October 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.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | October 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.


By Matthew S. Bajko | October 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.

By by Laura Smythe | October 23, 2019

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


By Matthew S. Bajko | October 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.

By Steve Rothaus | October 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.


By Matthew S. Bajko | October 9, 2019

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

By Matthew S. Bajko | October 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.


By Matthew S. Bajko | October 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.

By Matthew S. Bajko | October 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.


By Jason Villemez | October 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.

By Rebecca Huff | October 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.


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