Monday, January 10, 2011
New LGBT History Museum...Epic Win?
That's why my curiosity was piqued when I heard about a new GLBT history museum to be opened near the Castro. The museum is an undertaking of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco and had been in the works for a long time. From what I can gather from their website, this is a labor of love by local community members who have collected decades of materials from those who lived those events. ow...so much awesome! But not having seen it yet I am left with a few questions...
Growing up in a gay vacuum, I am very interested in gay history both ancient and modern. Hearing about the lives and struggles of those who came before me makes me feel a connection to a greater community that...living in a suburban city and hour away from S.F....I often feel isolated from. In addition, it helps in dealing with those pesky existential questions(why am I gay...yada yada) when you hear about some of famous gay men and women history and our contributions to the world. You know you are not the only one and in fact, there are thousands of gays out there who have lived incredible...and yes, sometimes tragic lives.
Searching for the history of LGBT people means drawing together several Internet sources...relying on the sometimes dodgy wikipedia, or finding obscure and out of print books that seem to be written for college professors instead of for the average schmoe...like me. The fabric of LGBT history is often tattered, threadbare, and in some places full of gaping holes due to homophobia and centuries of religious persecution. How wonderful would it be for have a place to go in which all these scattered thread could be put back together into something like a coherent narrative? Too awesome for words....and even better if they took it to the Internet for those who may not be able to make the trek to San Fran.