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May 9, 2012

San Francisco The GLBT History Museum will present five programs in June to mark Pride Month. 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
Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader
Thursday, June 7
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Gayle Rubin discusses her new volume of groundbreaking essays, Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader (Duke University Press), which includes "The Traffic in Women" (1975), a text that galvanized feminist theory, and "Thinking Sex" (1984), a foundational text for queer theory. Along with such canonical work, Deviations features insightful writing on lesbian history, the feminist sex wars, the politics of sadomasochism, crusades against prostitution and pornography, and the historical development of sexual knowledge. Rubin's talk will focus in particular on her involvement in queer public history in San Francisco and on the importance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender archives. Rubin is associate professor of anthropology, women's studies and comparative literature at the University of Michigan. For more information about the book, visit the publisher's website at

Performance, Film & Discussion
Collaborative Practice and the Future of Queer Memory
Sunday, June 10
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Atlanta-based performance collective John Q joins GLBT Historical Society artist-in-residence E.G. Crichton and artist and Queer Cultural Center cofounder Rudy Lemcke for an early evening of performance, film and conversation exploring the intersection of archival research and the creative process. As a site-specific performance, John Q members Joey Orr, Andy Ditzler and Wesley Chenault will present provisional findings from their current collaborative project on the future of memory, crafting a dialogue based on actual material from queer archives in both Atlanta and San Francisco. The program is cosponsored by the Queer Cultural Center as part of the 15th Annual National Queer Arts Festival. For more details, visit the QCC website at

Film Discussion
Submerged Queer Spaces: Urban Archeology and Architectural Remains
Wednesday, June 13
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Composer-filmmaker Jack Curtis Dubowsky discusses Submerged Queer Spaces, his documentary feature that views San Francisco queer history through the lens of urban archeology. As the city grew and gentrified, bars, restaurants, parks, alleys, bathhouses and other gathering spots of the queer community were remodeled, repurposed, rebuilt or destroyed. Premiering in the Frameline Festival in late June, Submerged Queer Spaces looks at the queer architectural remains of such historic sites. Local interview subjects from the film will be present to recount their memories of these spaces. Cinematographer Wilfred Galila will talk about his innovative camerawork, and the filmmakers will discuss working with the GLBT Historical Society, which provided archival sources for the film.

Joint Lecture
Religion and Homosexuality in 20th-Century America: Two Views
Thursday, June 14
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The recipients of the 2011 - 2012 LGBT Religious History Award from the LGBT Religious Archives Network will provide an overview of their award-winning research. Rebecca L. Davis, assistant professor of history at the University of Delaware, was honored for her paper "'My Homosexuality Is Getting Worse Every Day': Norman Vincent Peale, Psychiatry and the Liberal Protestant Response to Same-Sex Desires in Mid-20th-Century America." Anthony Michael Petro, assistant professor of religious studies at New York University was honored for his paper "Protest Religion! ACT UP, Religious Freedom and the Ethics of Sex." For more information about the LGBT Religious History Award, visit

Author Panel
GuyWriters Presents Three San Francisco Queer Novelists
Monday, June 18
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Three San Francisco queer novelists will read from their recent work: Jim Provenzano, author of Every Time I Think of You (CreateSpace/Myrmidude Press, 2011) and other novels; Lewis DeSimone, author of The Heart's History (Lethe Press, 2012) and other works; and Michael Alenyikov, author of Ivan and Misha: Stories (Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press, 2010). Following the readings, writer James Siegel will briefly interview each of the authors. The event is presented by GuyWriters, a Bay Area community network that celebrates and supports gay men's literary creativity. For more information about the group, visit