Friday, January 21, 2011

Gay Activist Amy Sueyoshi Speaks OUT

Produced by Charlotte Robinson

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Amy Sueyoshi, co-chair of the Board of Directors of GLBT Historical Society and co-curator of the new GLBT History Museum in San Francisco. The museum which had its grand opening on January 13th is featuring two debut exhibitions. In the main gallery, “Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating GLBT History,” and in the front gallery, “Great Collections of the GLBT Historical Society Archives.”

When asked how The GLBT History Museum came about Sueyoshi stated, “The GLBT History Museum has been one of several goals the GLBT Historical Society has been working towards. We’ve always had exhibits along side our historical society office in the archives but this is the first time we secured a separate museum space in the Castro for a significant amount of time. We’re the first in the nation and the second in the world. It’s a remarkable achievement for us 25 years after the founding of the GLBT Historical Society started as a small grassroots community organization run entirely by volunteers in the midst of the AIDS crisis in the early eighties. At that time gay men’s belongings were being thrown out with complete disregard and a group of folks decided it was important to honor these young men’s lives and to preserve a history that had been frequently seen as shameful and irrelevant. The GLBT Historical Society’s primary goal has always been to preserve queer history to form an archive. Through the GLBT History Museum we’re now able to share this very important history to a broader audience.”

Located in San Francisco in the heart of the Castro district at 4127 18th Street, the museum includes 1,600 square feet of gallery and program space to create a museum as rich, diverse and surprising as the LGBT community itself. Whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or straight, visitors are sure to be moved, enlightened and entertained. This choice location can accommodate tens of thousands of tourists every year who come to San Francisco in search of LGBT culture. The GLBT History Museum joins the Schwules Museum, the queer museum founded 25 years ago in Berlin, as one of only two stand-alone, full-scale museums devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. A number of other LGBT archives and libraries will also offer periodic exhibitions at The GLBT History Museum. (Photo by Mia Nakano)
For More Info: www.glbthistory.org

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