Sun, August 15, 2021

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM PDT

Online Event - $12

Come watch as author Jim Van Buskirk tells fascinating, little-known stories about San Francisco, the "gay capital of the world."
San Francisco’s important role in early LGBTQ history is legendary. Explore 100 years of cultural, artistic and political anecdotes. Join pioneering organizations the Daughters of Bilitis, the Society for Individual Rights, and the Council on Religion and the Homosexual. Encounter fascinating characters like poets Elsa Gidlow, Robert Duncan and Rod McKuen, lesbian icons Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas, and entertainer/activist José Sarria, as well as transgender pioneers Babe Bean and Jenny O. Meet visitors like sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld and Oscar Wilde. Learn about arrests and raids, and visit early bars, bookstores and bathhouses.

This visual chronology highlights the surprising stories of pioneering Bay Area queer individuals, organizations, publications and events from 1869 to 1969. For example, discover the backstory of the world famous song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco," adopted by the City and County of San Francisco in 1969 as one of its two official anthems. It was written in 1953 by Douglass Cross and George Cory, songwriters and lovers, who were homesick after moving to Brooklyn when they wrote their famous paean to the "city by the bay...”

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