*San Francisco: Chronicling the Century Before Stonewall

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In conjunction with the Goethe Institut's exhibition-on-demand Queer as German Folk: A Transatlantic Commemoration of the Stonewall Riots, local co-curator Jim Van Buskirk offers a visual timeline and talk about the many pioneering individuals, organizations, publications and activities in San Francisco during the 100 years leading up to the pivotal Stonewall Rebellion of 1969.

The Stonewall Rebellion was a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by queer people against a police raid in Greenwich Village, New York in June 1969. The important incident is celebrated worldwide as sparking the modern LGBTQIA civil rights movement.

Jim Van Buskirk, former Program Manager of the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, is a professional group facilitator, author, and film buff.

There will be light German and San Franciscan refreshments.


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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