Photos from Gay SF in 1981
Event detail

Prior to the 70s, the gay rights movement in San Francisco was a modest one, compared to modern times. But even with anti-Vietnam activism motivating a new, younger generation of gays upturning previous generation’s strategies, local media gave scant attention to the burgeoning gay rights movement.  International media, however, flocked to San Francisco to report on the gay community. On assignment for Marie Claire’s feature story on gays in San Francisco, photographer Robert van der Hilst recognized the potential for a much larger photo reportage of the City’s gay community in the 80s and enlisted local media consultant, Ken Maley, to assist in photo shoots.

The resulting collection was originally exhibited in Paris as HOMOPOLIS, to great public acclaim and many of the images were published in major European magazines. The James C. Hormel Center reprises selections from the HOMOPOLIS exhibit, and the images poignantly capture the heady days just prior to the AIDS epidemic.

Related Event:

Curator Talk
Join curator Ken Maley for a discussion on how the photographs presented in the HOMOPOLIS exhibit came to be created, and a look at San Francisco in the days before AIDS.

Sunday, June 18
2 PM
Hormel Center

Gather, share knowledge and celebrate our unique identities at the queerest library ever. Visit the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, the gateway to the Library’s broader collections documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and allies’ history and culture, with a special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018, 12:30 pm
Main Library, LGBTQIA Center
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Main Library, LGBTQIA Center

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Through Thursday, February 7, 2019
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