GLBT Historical Society Gala to Highlight?
Queer Media Pioneers as Special Guests?
?San Francisco — The GLBT Historical Society’s annual Unmasked gala, set for Thursday, October 24, will bring together enthusiasts of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history for a festive evening at the Regency Center in San Francisco. The gala will support the public history initiatives of the society and its world-renowned GLBT History Museum.
“Unmasked pays homage to the pioneers of the our community, who have made it possible for GLBT people to take off our masks and live our lives openly,” said Paul Boneberg, executive director of the GLBT Historical Society. “This year, we’re highlighting the historic contributions of Bay Area GLBT media and journalists — and we’ll be honoring two of our own longtime volunteers for their exceptional engagement with the work of the Historical Society.”
The Unmasked gala will feature entertainment, food and a hosted bar. A silent auction will include travel packages, fine dining, art, photography and queer memorabilia donated by Historical Society supporters. The auction also will offer rare media-related lots, including the 1969 issue of The Advocate reporting on the Stonewall Riots.
During the gala, GLBT Historical Society volunteers Amy Sueyoshi and Tom Burtch will be honored with the Willie Walker Award, named after a founder of the society. Sueyoshi is a Historical Society board member who has served as a lead curator for two exhibitions at The GLBT History Museum, including “Our Vast Queer Past,” on display in the Main Gallery. Burtch is a museum volunteer who has staffed the reception desk and assisted with exhibit installation; in addition, he is the lead curator of the museum’s current exhibition on the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.
Attending the gala as special guests will be representatives from groundbreaking queer media, including Ache: A Journal for Lesbians of African Descent (1989-1993); “Fruit Punch” on KPFA Radio (1973-1995); “The Gay Life” on KSAN Radio (1977-1984); San Francisco Bay Times (publishing since 1978); and Trikone Magazine (publishing since 1986).
Entertainment at the event will include drag stars Miss Rahni and Landa Lakes, swing dancers Ron Jenkins and Photis Pishiaras, erotic cabaret performers from sfBoylesque, and DJs from Stay Gold.
VIP tickets to Unmasked are $100; general admission is $60. Individual and organizational sponsorships start at $500. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (415) 777-5455 or visit www.unmaskedgala.org.
What: GLBT Historical Society Unmasked Gala
When: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. VIP Reception: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Gala: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Sutter Room at the Regency Center, 1290 Sutter St., San Francisco
Tickets: $100 (VIP); $60 (general). Available at www.unmaskedgala.org.
About the GLBT Historical Society & The GLBT History Museum??
The GLBT History Museum opened in January 2011 as the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. Currently featured are two major exhibitions: “Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating San Francisco’s GLBT History” and “The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus: 35 Years of Activism Through Song.”
For more information on the GLBT Historical Society and The GLBT History Museum, visit www.glbthistory.org.
Unmasked Gala 2012. Photo: Anna-Alexia Basile
Unmasked Gala 2012. Photo: Jim Norrena
Unmasked Gala 2012: GLBT Historical Society board cochairs Andrew Jolivette (left) and
Ren?e Perry (right) with San Francisco City Treasurer Jos? Cisneros. Photo: Jim Norrena