A bisexual history multimedia exhibit opened during Pride Month at the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco. The exhibit shows the Bay Area Bisexual Network’s activism since the seventies
“Biconic Flashpoints: 4 Decades of Bay Area Bisexual Politics” highlights key moments in the Bay Area’s bisexual political history. Using never-before-seen artifacts, videos, and photos owned by bisexual activists and the GLBT historical society’s archives, the exhibit showcases pivotal moments in bisexual politics, history, and culture.
The show tells this story in four flashpoints: Founded in 1976, the Bisexual Center in San Francisco was a beacon of visibility and support. In 1984, the recently formed BiPOL registered and ran a Vice Presidential candidate at the Democratic National Convention, resulting in the first-ever public Bisexual Rights Rally. In 1990, BiPOL convened the first National Bisexual Conference to organize BiNET USA. In 2008, bisexuals facing erasure in the “gay marriage” debate engaged in “unVEILing injustice,” which moved LGBT organizational and media language toward greater inclusivity and accuracy.
Curators of the Bisexual exhibit include Lani Ka’ahumanu, co-editor of Bi Any Other Name; Emily Drennen; Martin Rawlings-Fein; and Lindasusan Ulrich.
The show is part of an ongoing series in the GLBT History Museum’s Community Gallery that partner community curators with exhibitions professionals to create new perspectives on Bay Area queer history. Sonoma State University Women’s and Gender Studies Professor Don Romesburg directs the Community Gallery.
The GLBT History Museum opened in their current space in 2011 and occupies a 1,600 square foot space in the Castro district. Artifacts include manuscripts and some of the possessions of LGBT activist and slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk.
After they first opened in 2011, the museum had to close for a brief few days after vandals broke the windows of the museum. But they reopened with the windows boarded up and new windows were installed thanks to an outpouring of support from the community and the support of two Castro neighborhood businesses, Harvey’s and The Steamworks. No further problems occurred.
The museum is located at 4127 18th Street between Castro & Collinwood, San Francisco. For more information, visit www.glbthistorymuseum.org.