Tag Archives: GLBT Historical Society

A Martyr in the Archive: The Life and Afterlife of Harvey Milk’s Suit


The Suit in which Harvey Milk was Assassinated. Collection: GLBT Historical Society. Photo: Dan Nicoletta

The Suit in which Harvey Milk was Assassinated. Collection: GLBT Historical Society. Photo: Dan Nicoletta

Happy Birthday, Harvey. You would have been 84 years old. And yesterday was the 35th anniversary of the White Night Riots. The Texan was there and had this to say about that: “I was there. Much has changed. If I were in San Francisco today I would throw Flowers at City Hall!”

Hey, Hippie Birdy, Harvey. Here’s something for you: words, words, words…now glowing pixels maybe making a mark in the brightly-lit on-line world of today. No: no apologies.


What is writing? Staining sheets. While écriture is understood as operating on a symbolic level, the physical act of mark-making is grounded in materiality. Ink on paper, cum on the bedspread and bloody clothing of all sorts share the pull of the gaze…

Just a preview. To download the pdf of the article A Martyr in the Archive: the Life and Afterlife of Harvey Milk’s Suit click here: JonesMartyrArchives

An Empress and a Gentleman: So Long, Jose Sarria…

20130824-113529.jpg Soldier. Homosexual. Native Son. Candidate. Empress. Activist. Gentleman. Widow. San Francisco Legend. R.I.P. Jose Sarria, aka the Nightengale of Montgomery St, the Widow Norton and Empress Jose I. born December 12, 1922/23. died August 19, 2013.
First Gay Candidate.

Empress of San Francisco.

Regal Departure.

(Haiku for Jose Sarria)

Funeral service at 11am on Friday, September 6th at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Internment in Colma, reception at Lookout Bar on 16th Street.

Mike Caffee, who knew Jose, says his friends sometimes jokingly called him “the Nightmare of Montgomery Street” – instead of “Nightengale!”

The Bay Area Reporter has more here.

Photos 1, 2 & 4 Courtesy of the GLBT Historical Society (San Francisco).

From Azerbaijan to the Ukraine, San Francisco GLBT Gay History Museum is World-wide News

Opening Night at the Gay History Museum

The GLBT History Museum that just opened in the City is making news in (among other places) Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Serbia and The Ukraine. This just in from Belarus. From curator and friend of this site Gerard Koskovich, who is always looking for new and better multi-lingual search strategies. For an original content slide show from opening night, click here.

Our Vast Queer Past: GLBT History Museum opens in San Francisco

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Milk and miscreants, A Taste of Leather, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, clubs, AIDS, the baths, Cruising and more… an enthusiastic crowd opened The GLBT History Museum on January 13th in San Francisco’s Castro District. Curated by historians Gerard Koskovich, Don Romesburg and Amy Sueyoshi. For more on this historic event, click here.

Past Out In Public! America’s 1st GLBT History Museum Opens in San Francisco

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Bar Life, Bathhouses, Leather, Erotica, Violence & Trauma, HIV/AIDS…just a few of the topics touched upon in the inaugural exhibit of the long-awaited GLBT History Museum. This space will bring our histories to the street – where it has so often begun. Politics. Protest. Prostitution. Plague. The Past. The Present. It’s all here. The Museum opens in San Francisco’s Castro District on the evening of Thursday, January 13th, with a gala public reception.

Two concurrent exhibits open the new exhibition space at 4127 18th St. Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating GLBT History fills the main gallery and Great Collections of the GLBT Historical Society Archives occupies the smaller one. Curator Gerard Koskovich says of Our Vast Queer Past: “The show brings together some 450 objects, photographs and documents, along with historic film and video…all of the materials come from the collections of the Historical Society—and most have never before been displayed publicly.” Read Koskovich’s article here. The Museum is a project of The GLBT Historical Society.

The GLBT History Museum opens on Jan. 13, 2011 with a ribbon-cutting and a free reception open to the public from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Regular hours for the museum will be Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission: $5.00; free for members.