"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
Header: ACT UP/San Francisco protest march (1988). Photo by Marc Geller; used with permission. SAN FRANCISCO– The first public showing of video interviews from the GLBT Historical Society’s ongoing San Francisco ACT UP Oral History Project documenting the history of direct-action AIDS activism in the Bay Area. This project is supported by California Humanities through an Humanities for All Project Grant. The full videos will eventually be made available to researchers and will form the basis of an exhibition in our museum, providing new insights into the contributions of activists as LGBTQ people and people with AIDS fought against the epidemic and the lethally slow response of the government. November 29, 2018 7:00 – 9: 00 pm GLBT History Museum 4127 18th Street San Francisco, CA Register here. Current project manager Eric Sneathen will lead a discussion after the screenings and video clip introductions by: Lauren Levin: A poet, mixed-genre writer and art critic, author of The Braid (Krupskaya, 2016) and Justice Piece // Transmission (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018). Their gender identity is some mix of belated queer, Jewish great-aunt, and aspirational Frank O’Hara. They are still figuring it out. They live in Richmond, CA, are from New Orleans, LA, and are committed to queer art, intersectional feminism, being a parent, and anxiety. Irwin Swirnoff: A professor in the cinematic arts department at Cal State University, Monterey Bay as well as the Media Studies dept of the University of San Francisco. He uses film, photography, creative writing, and his background in zine & d.i.y. culture, to create intimate work with a queer sensibility, exploring intimacy, longing, loss, desire, physicality, sexuality, and the constant struggle to remain in the here and now. Irwin curates the monthly queer film series my gaze///yr gaze and his radio show Sleeves on Hearts has aired for over twenty years. Patrick Martin-Tuite: A medical student in the UC Berkeley – UCSF Joint Medical Program, with a background working in HIV research in both the US and in southern Africa. He previously worked with AIDS activists in South Africa (Treatment Action Campaign) after reading up on the history and success of of ACT UP, and more recently helped expand access to PrEP for homeless youth in Philadelphia. LOCATION The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco www.glbthistory.org ADMISSION $5.00 | Free for members