America’s 1st Gay Museum Opens In San Francisco Castro District

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)- America’s first gay history museum is set to open its doors Thursday in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro District, on 18th street between Castro and Collingwood.

You’ll find everything from a 1970s radio ad for a gay bathhouse, to Harvey Milk’s kitchen table, to an exhibit on leather, to an already out-of-date display on gays in the army.

“This display is about LGBT people in the United States military, and then the way that LGBT people have protested war and militarism. It’s such a timely piece of history,” said Gerard Koskovich, one of the curators at the new GLBT History Museum.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

The museum needs to update the section on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, to reflect its repeal.

“This space has gone from an abandoned laundromat to the world’s second GLBT museum,” said Koskovich.

The first is in Berlin.

This one is chock full of artifacts and ephemera, finally coming out of the closets of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender Historical Society.

“LGBT people still need our own cultural institutions because we can tell our stories without censorship, without apology, on our own terms. Not as we are seen by others, but how we see ourselves,” said Koskovich.

The museum’s grand opening is Thursday.

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  • DaveH

    It was already open next to my work on Mission for over a year upstairs!

  • Straight person

    You have got to be kidding me! This place will never see my $$.

    • gay person

      awww thats to bad. to bad you dont live in san francisco or your the 1% of bigots in san francisco lmfao

  • Dixie

    Hey gay person, your remark is bigotry, lmfao

  • dougmore

    the museum should include americas first gay community (french quarter new orleans), first gay bar (lafittes blacksmith shop 1936) moved up bourbon street one block (cafe lafitte in exile 1953).

    • dougmore

      forgot to mention it was first built in 1722, but considered a gay bar in 1936, making it the first and the oldest building uses as a bar muchless a gay bar.

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