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June 28, 2012

San Francisco -- The GLBT History Museum will present two author talks and a "Making History Now" panel discussion in July and August. All of the events take place at the museum at 4127 18th St. in the city's Castro District. Admission is $5.00 (suggested donation). For more information, call (415) 621-1107 or visit

Author Talk: Jesse Bering
Stubbornly Queer: Sexual Reorientation Attempts Through the Lens of History
Tuesday, July 17
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Ever since the 1886 publication of Richard von Krafft-Ebing's Psychopathia Sexualis and the medical identification of the 'condition' known as homosexuality, physicians, psychiatrists and psychologists have attempted to eliminate homosexual arousal in gay men and lesbians while simultaneously inducing heterosexual attraction. Jesse Bering, research psychologist, author of the new book Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux) and blogger for Scientific American, will survey the painful history of supposed cures of homosexuality through psychoanalytical, behavioral and endocrinological interventions. Offering a preview of Bering his next book project, Bering also will look at the real motivations behind these endless conversion attempts and, ultimately, at the question of whether any of them actually worked. For more information on Bering and his work, visit

Panel Discussion
Queer Sex and Technology: Hooking Up From the 1940s to the Present
Thursday, July 26
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

From phone numbers on bathroom walls to posts on Facebook walls, GLBT people have found creative ways to use technology to facilitate hooking up, whether for an hour or a lifetime. This intergenerational conversation about the devices and tactics queer men and women have used to find sexual and romantic connections is the first installment in The GLBT History Museum's new Making History Now series. The panel will feature historian Martin Meeker, author of Contacts Desired: Gay and Lesbian Community and Communications, 1940s-1970s (University of Chicago Press); queer theorist Juana Maria Rodriguez, associate professor of gender and women's studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (New York University Press); and blogger Oscar Raymundo (Queerty and

Author Talk: Amy Stone
Gay Rights at the Ballot Box: Voting on GLBT Issues From 1974 to Today
Thursday, August 2
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The first antigay ballot measure in the United States was a referendum in Boulder, Colo., in 1974 to repeal a recently passed gay rights ordinance. Since then, the GLBT community has faced more than 150 referendums and initiatives across the country. From Anita Bryant to Oregon's Ballot Measure 9 to California's Proposition 8, everything from local nondiscrimination laws to same-sex marriage rights have been put before the voters, largely by the religious right. In this talk, Amy L. Stone, author of the new book Gay Rights at the Ballot Box (University of Minnesota Press) and an assistant professor at Trinity University in San Antonio, will provide a historical account of the ways the GLBT movement has fought back, organized and grown in response to these ballot measures. For more information on Stone and her book, visit


The GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. Currently featured are two major exhibitions: "Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating San Francisco's GLBT History" and "Life and Death in Black and White: AIDS Direct Action in San Francisco, 1985-1990," plus a special temporary display, "The Birth of the Rainbow Flag." The museum is a project of the GLBT Historical Society, a research center and archives founded in 1985 that houses one of the world's largest collections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical materials. For more information, visit