Nations First Queer Museum- Castro District, San Francisco

 

via The Bay Citizen , January 13, 2010

By Dan Ming

Today marks the grand opening of the GLBT History Museum in the Castro. While it’s surprising that something like this doesn’t already exist in one of the global hubs of queer culture, the museum is actually the first of its kind in the United States.

The 1600 square foot space is a project of San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society. On a side note, I don’t get why the “G” and “L” in LGBT are always battling for the front spot. Enough with the inter-queer warfare.

I spoke with curator Gerard Koskovich about some of the items on display that I found intriguing: a scrapbook with photos of AIDS victims, a case of sex toys, and the 1919 military discharge papers for a gay novelist.

The museum’s main gallery features an exhibit called “Our Vast Queer Past.” It contains everything from a bottle of queer beer to government documents tracking the movements of a gay Japanese man who was shipped to an internment camp during World War II.

I highly recommend checking it out, if for no other reason than to marvel at the strangeness of a vibrator from the 1960s.

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