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    During the early decades of the 20th century, when the music business was almost entirely controlled by white men, it was black women who created the greatest opportunities to express…

    The Fabulous Baker Street Boys

    The Fabulous Baker Street Boys

    In late February 1918, the people of San Francisco learned, for the first time, that their city was home to a community of men who desired other men in all…

    Magnificent Women in Pants

    Magnificent Women in Pants

    Although Deuteronomy 22.5 expressly forbids cross-dressing as an “abomination unto the Lord,” San Franciscans have adored transvestite performance since the earliest days of the Gold Rush. Like many other admonitions…

    Camille Saint-Saëns and La Loïe Fuller at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition

    In 1915, San Francisco gave a party and invited the world. Intended to delight in the completion of the Panama Canal, the Panama-Pacific International Exposition much more celebrated the renaissance…

    Rainbow Honor Walk

    Rainbow Honor Walk

    By Dr. Bill Lipsky With Phyllis Lyon, her life partner of 56 years, Del Martin was one of the most formative and formidable individuals in the struggle to secure civil…

    Randy Shilts: The Murrow of Castro Street

    Randy Shilts: The Murrow of Castro Street

    Before AIDS had its name, before it had the attention of the media, the government, or even the gay community, Randy Shilts was bringing information about it to the notice…

    Frida Kahlo’s Truth Lives on in Her Art

    Frida Kahlo’s Truth Lives on in Her Art

    Everybody loves Frida Kahlo…now. Barely 60 years after her death, she and her art have inspired over 65,000 web sites, hundreds of books and articles, documentaries, movies, and fashions. Reproductions…

    Rainbow Honor Walk: Passionate Activist George Choy

    Rainbow Honor Walk:  Passionate Activist George Choy

    George Choy was a passionate advocate of civil and human rights for members of the LGBTQ communities of San Francisco and around the world. Driven by the belief that we…

    Harry Hay: The Founder of Us All

    Harry Hay: The Founder of Us All

    It was some time during the 1930s, Harry Hay remembered, when he turned to his then lover Will Geer to share an idea he had. Hay wanted to start a…

    Reflections on a Hallowed Club Infused with Spiritual Energy

    Reflections on a Hallowed Club Infused with Spiritual Energy

    By Barbara Price Twenty years ago this summer, I was sitting in the audience of a Joan Armatrading concert at the Berkeley Community Theater just before the show began, and…

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