Wednesday, June 16, 2021

GLBT Historical Society Museum

 I went to the GLBT Historical Society and Museum in San Francisco. The Historical Society has been open since 2011 and is the first stand-alone museum of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history and culture in the United States:

Annie Hindle original sheet music. Hindle was the first popular male impersonator in the United States in the late 19th Century

A souvenir folder from the famed Finocchio's

A pair of drag queen's Vicky Marlone's earrings

A Japanese kimono worn by drag queen Jose Sarria

A 1983 flyer for AIDS education

A 2010 Gender Fabulous poster

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in November of 1977. On November 27, 1978, he was assassinated (along with Mayor George Moscone) by disgruntled fellow supervisor Dan White. Even though Milk only served 11 months, he led to a shift of San Francisco politics. In 2019, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama. 

A Harvey Milk campaign flyer

The first Rainbow Flag that was flown on June 25th, 1978 during the Gay Freedom Parade:

The GLBT Historical Society Museum should be a must see when visiting San Francisco.


  1. I did a course during lockdown on history and learnt that the Weimar republic had issued permits for trans people to wear their appropriate clothing (even though it was illegal to 'cross dress') and they'd also passed the legislation to make it not illegal to be homosexual, and just had to enact it when the Nazi's came to power and put a stop to it all. Sort of interesting how some aspects of history go missing as the focus becomes about other things. As a white hetero woman, there's a lot of things I just don't see or think about until it's pointed out to me. That's probably why these museums are important in telling the full story. #Allseasons

  2. Thank you for sharing your photos and this museum with #weekendcoffeeshare.

  3. Love the colors in that last shot!
    Thanks for sharing at

  4. What a cool place! I would love to check out this museum. It has been really cool to see the progress that we have made in the area of LGBTQ rights, etc. during my lifetime. Thanks for sharing!


  5. Looks an interesting place to visit. I love those earrings :)

    Thanks so much for linking up to The Weekend Link Up. #TheWeekendLinkUp


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