J. Paul Getty Museum
A very special thanks to James A. Ganz, Senior Curator of Photographs, at The J. Paul Getty Museum.
Getty is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy. Through the collective and individual work of its constituent programs—Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Foundation, J. Paul Getty Museum, and Getty Research Institute—Getty pursues its mission in Los Angeles and throughout the world, serving both the general interested public and a wide range of professional communities in order to promote a vital civil society through an understanding of the visual arts.
Special Permission on behalf of the Horst Estate for images by Horst P. Horst.
Leslie Lohman Museum of Art
A very special thanks to
Jerry Kajpust, Director of External Affairs, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
Branden Wallace, Registrar, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art provides a platform for artistic exploration through multi-faceted queer perspectives. We embrace the power of the arts to inspire, explore, and foster understanding of the rich diversity of LGBTQ+ experiences.
Gilbert Baker Foundation
To protect and extend the legacy of Gilbert Baker, the creator of the LGBTQ Rainbow Flag, as an activist, artist and educator.
To record and promote the history of the creation of the Rainbow Flag and its impact on the world.
To educate future generations about the LGBTQ Rainbow Flag.
To support and empower our mission on a collaborative level between the Foundation and allies, including the LGBTQ community and artists, organizations, educational institutions, non-profits, museums, archives and the press.
To promote this mission to the wider world beyond the LGBTQ community.
Gilbert Baker Foundation Financial Mandate: Click here.
Charley Beal • President
Charley is a lifelong social activist who attended his first civil rights demonstration in Lansing, Michigan in 1962. He is also an award-winning art director for film and television, working with renowned directors including Mike Nichols, Nora Ephron, Ridley Scott, and Gus Van Sant. His film credits include Sleepless in Seattle, First Wives Club, In & Out, Milk and Eat Pray Love. TV credits include Boardwalk Empire, Smash, Gotham, and Power. Beal worked closely with Gilbert Baker beginning in 1994 when he assisted Baker with the creation of the Mile Long Rainbow Flag for Stonewall 25. He continued to collaborate with Gilbert on numerous projects including Worldpride 2000 in Rome and several other pride celebrations around the globe. He would frequently be seen at demonstrations holding one of Gilbert’s infamous political banners
Photos by Mark Rennie
GLBT Historical Society Museum & Archives
Cover photo: Gilbert Baker waving the Rainbow Flag, 1989. Photograph by Robert Pruzan; Robert Pruzan Collection (1998-36), GLBT Historical Society.
A very special thank you to Nalini Elias, Curator of Exhibitions, GLBT Historical Society.
Founded in 1985, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of LGBTQ public history. Our operations are centered around two sites: our GLBT Historical Society Museum, located since 2011 in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood; and our Dr. John P. De Cecco Archives and Research Center, open to researchers in the Mid-Market district.
More information: www.glbthistory.org
The GLBT Historical Society collects, preserves, exhibits, and makes accessible to the public materials and knowledge to support and promote understanding of LGBTQ history, culture, and arts in all their diversity.
In 2012, legendary activist Cleve Jones interviewed Gilbert Baker at the GLBT Museum in San Francisco.
In a wide-ranging discussion, they cover their decades-long friendship dating back to Gilbert’s creation of the Rainbow Flag in 1978. They also cover Cleve’s creation of the AIDS quilt in 1987 and numerous other topics including the genesis of the rainbow as an icon and their history of activism.
Gilbert Baker Exhibition at GLBT Historical Society Museum & Archives
Curated by Joanna Black and Jeremy Prince
For the GLBT Historical Society Museum
November 1, 2019 – Present
Click here to view the whole online exhibit.
San Francisco Public Library
A very special thank you to Susan Goldstein, City Archivist, San Francisco History Center, Book Arts and Special Collections,
San Francisco Public Library, for her support on this project.
More information on SFPL: sfpl.org
The Pink Triangle
A very special thank you to Patrick Carney, creator of the Pink Triangle.
The Pink Triangle of Twin Peaks is a highly visible yet mute reminder of man’s inhumanity to man. It commemorates one of the darkest chapters in human history, the Holocaust.
This will be the 25th annual display. The installation and ceremony are “community-building events” which bring together LGBTQs with families from across the Bay Area who turn out to volunteer to help install the giant one-acre display and learn about us person-to-person. Many families bring children to meet us as individuals and to learn the “History of the Pink Triangle” during the ceremony.
The huge display is almost 200 feet across, nearly an acre in size, and can be seen for 20 miles. It is a giant educational tool to teach people where hatred can lead.
The Pink Triangle was used by the Nazis in concentration camps to identify and stigmatize homosexual prisoners and now has been embraced by the gay community as a symbol of Pride as well as a symbol of hope for future equality.
Even though the 2020 Pride Parade and Civic Center festivities have been cancelled, we still plan to install a Pink Triangle in one form or another. However, it is unlikely we can install the entire Pink Triangle safely with hundreds of volunteers the traditional way.
That’s why this year we’re reinventing the installation for the purpose of our mission and the safety of our community.
In collaboration with Illuminate, the masterminds behind the Bay Lights (SF-Oakland Bay Bridge lighting), the Pink Triangle will be lit. The installation will require 2,700 bright pink LED nodes and a small team of volunteers.
If city officials deem it is still unsafe for a small group to install the entire one-acre display, then as a backup plan, just the “outline” of the symbol will be installed. The lighting will then take place in the center area (between the outline).
The 25th Pink Triangle will inspire the citizens below as it shines over San Francisco. It will be one of the few vestiges of Pride which is still LIVE and not VIRTUAL. A gigantic Pink Triangle hovering over the city will send an uplifting statement of resilience, hope and remembrance.
For more information: www.thepinktriangle.com
HIV Long Term Survivors
A very special thank you to Jesus Guillen, HIV and Aging Workgroup Chairman, HIV LONG TERM SURVIVORS International Network Group, Founder and Director
We have a closed group in FACEBOOK, with close to 5000 members, and any person who self define him/herself as an HIV LONG TERM SURVIVOR is welcome. I’m proud of the diversity of the group. Please join us, share your journey, ask for information and let’s support each other. LOVE and THANKS always.
About the film
“We felt like every day was wonderful and anything could happen.” Rich and distinguished stories unfold among the lives of long-term survivors who have learned how to celebrate, heal, love, and thrive after the devastation of the early AIDS crisis. In this cathartic and intimate documentary, eight men look back on their experiences and then toward the future with the strength and resiliency they have cultivated over the past 30 years.
Survivors are still affected by the trauma of not only their diagnosis but also the loss of community and way of life. Nobody knew they would grow old with AIDS. Many abandoned careers and went on long-term disability to wait out their death sentence, and now they face an uncertain economic future. As they age, and as the Castro neighborhood changes, long-term survivors are also creating new ways to connect, and to find meaning and community. This meditative documentary, the first full-length film produced by the San Francisco Chronicle, draws attention to the emotional and inspiring history of the city’s gay community in the post-AIDS era.
— Thom Venegoni, Frameline40
Click here to watch the full film
Ron B. Libby Collection
George Hurrell (American, 1904 – 1992)
Among the most sought-after photographers of the stars, whose multi-phased career encompassed Old and New Hollywood and advertising and editorial work for America’s top corporations and publications, George Hurrell made his mark early by re-inventing the celebrity still. Trained as a painter, he began his switch to photography by taking what he called “social portraits” of the high society of Laguna Beach. MGM noticed his work; by 1930, he had joined the studio as head portrait photographer. He left MGM in 1932 to open his own studio, remaining independent for most of the rest of his career. Ever adaptive to the look and technology of the age, Hurrell ranged from producing highly glamorized, black-and-white portraits of stars like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford to contemporary, color pictures of the famous actors, models, and musicians of the fierce and fabulous 1980s.