GLBT history finds permanent home in San Francisco
- GLBT history finds permanent home in San Francisco
San Francisco’s Castro District may still be licking its wounds after The Advocate, a national gay publication, declared early this year that San Francisco is no longer “the gayest city in America.” They give that title to Atlanta, Georgia. But San Francisco is home to the first gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender historical museum in the country, and only the second such museum in the world (the first is in Berlin). With California’s statewide Harvey Milk Day coming up this Sunday, May 22, KALW News sent Steven Short to check out the museum. Here’s his report.
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May 19, 2011
STEVEN SHORT: If all you know about gay culture is what you see at annual gay pride parades – namely, men in too little clothing or too much mascara, and Dykes on Bikes – then you might learn something by visiting San Francisco’s new Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Historical Museum, in the heart of the city’s Castro neighborhood.
AMY SUEYOSHI: I think what this museum really does is to talk about sexuality, particularly queer sexuality, as a social and political process.
Amy Sueyoshi is one of three curators for the current main exhibit, titled “Our Vast Queer Past.” She says one of the museum’s goals is to “normalize sexuality.” But these displays also try to address broader issues.
SUEYOSHI: It’s also very much an issue of social justice. Not just around issues of sexuality, but also for folks of color, for immigrants. The ways in which people of marginalized sexua...
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