History Center exhibit explores evolution of San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community
Just in time for San Diego Pride next week, the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park on Sunday opens a groundbreaking exhibition that explores the history and evolution of San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community.
In collaboration with Lambda Archives of San Diego, the exhibit — titled “LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs” — is the first of its kind for the Balboa Park museum.
The curatorial team was led by San Diego-based historian and scholar Lillian Faderman, who wrote “The Gay Revolution” and, just this spring, “Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death.”
“For generations, LGBTQ+ people in San Diego as elsewhere were considered pariahs for their sexuality or gender expression,” Faderman said. “They suffered discrimination and harassment, were entrapped by the police, faced job termination, discharged dishonorably from the military, and deprived of civil rights. Along with other movements for justice and equality, they’ve sought to end the unreasoning prejudices against them.”
The exhibition will feature a portion of the AIDS Memorial Quilt that has significance to the San Diego region.
“This is a story that needs to be told here in Balboa Park,” said Bill Lawrence, executive director of the San Diego History Center. “San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community plays such a vital role in our community and are part of the rich mosaic of this region, and with our partners at Lambda Archives, we look forward to providing a place for all.”
“This exhibition provides a space to tell the personal and communal histories of LGBTQ+ San Diegans. It is designed to build bridges between our region’s communities, to adjust inaccurate perceptions, and to provide resources to the previously uninformed,” said Joel Steward, board president of Lambda Archives of San Diego.
“The public programming aspect — and the visibility and accessibility of Balboa Park — provides a welcoming platform to tell the stories of persecuted groups who have made substantial strides toward full equality while simultaneously acknowledging the struggles that lie ahead.”
“LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs”
When: Opens Sunday. On exhibit through Jan. 20, 2020.
Where: San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3, Balboa Park
Cost: No admission fee, but a $10 donation is suggested.
Phone: (619) 232-6203