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The 1,square-foot museum, opening Wednesday, chronicles the evolution of what organizers call the liberation of the gay, bisexual and transgender community. All of you people are closed minded. I think this is a good thing.
Long recognized as "one of the great ground zeroes of queer liberation," the Castro becomes the site of the nation's first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history museum today. Now, objects from the kitchen table and pink-framed sunglasses that belonged to Harvey Milk - who became the first elected openly gay politician in California by becoming a member of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors - to manuscripts and sex toys, are on display at the 1,square-foot space at 18th St. With two exhibits and hundreds of articles, the GLBT History Museum is the world's second museum dedicated solely to gay and lesbian archives and materials, museum officials said.
Referred to as San Francisco's "queer Smithsonian ,"  the GLBT Historical Society is one of approximately 30 LGBT archives in the United States—and is among the handful of such organizations to benefit from a paid staff and to function as a full-fledged center for exhibitions, programming, research, and production of oral histories. The roots of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society extend to the early s, when Willie Walker and Greg Pennington met and discovered that they shared an interest in gay and lesbian history. They joined forces to pool their personal collections of gay and lesbian periodicals, dubbing the ad hoc initiative the San Francisco Gay Periodical Archive.
The city itself has, among its many nicknames, the nicknames "gay capital of the world" and "the gay Mecca", and has been described as "the original 'gay-friendly city'". These transient and diverse populations thrust into a relatively anarchic environment were less likely to conform to social conventions. For example, with an unbalanced gender ratio, men often assumed roles conventionally assigned to women in social and domestic settings.
This photo of San Francisco's Pride parade shows all types were welcome -- even a Glockenspiel player. A mother cradles her son at a S. Pride parade in this photo in the "Queer California" exhibit.
The black and white photo, at first glance, could be of any sharply dressed couple. The woman is adorned in her Sunday best and the gentleman sports a pinstripe suit. They stand in front of a vehicle with bags packed for a trip, posing for the camera with a law enforcement officer.
Pay a visit to any one of them to celebrate queer past and present in some of the most LGBT friendly cities in the world. The museum often hosts events including video showings, performances, and community forums as part of their mission to not only celebrate LGBT history, but to foster community by embracing differences. The museum seeks not only to shine a spotlight on queer artists, but to start a dialogue about LGBT issues using art as a means of communication.