Friday, July 29, 2011


“40 Years Together, 40 Years Strong” opens for the month of August at the GLBT History Museum marking the 40th anniversary of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club — the first and longest serving LGBT Democratic Club in the U.S.

On August 1st, the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club in partnership with the GLBT History Museum, will open a month long exhibit recognizing the organization’s 40th year anniversary.  Please join Alice for two special events associated with the exhibit; the opening ceremony and retrospective on August 1st, and a speakers panel at the museum on August 8th.


About the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club


The Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club is the oldest LGBT focused Democratic Club in the nation, having chartered in December 1971. Since that time, Alice has been a consistent and vocal advocate for LGBT rights at the local, state, and federal levels. The Club is among the most active and effective political organizations in California, and is known for its field and mail campaigns in support of candidates and campaigns, which the Club has endorsed. More information can be found at the Club’s website,


About the GLBT History Museum


Often referred to as San Francisco’s “queer Smithsonian,” the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco houses one of the world’s largest collections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical materials. The society’s GLBT History Museum, which opened in the city’s Castro District in January 2011, is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. For more information, visit

Alice History Exhibit Opening Ceremony & Retrospective
Location:  GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th Street, San Francisco, CA
Date:  Monday, August 1, 2011, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Featuring a historical retrospective by Alice member Nathan Purkiss


Alice History Panel Discussion
Location:  GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th Street, San Francisco, CA
Date:  Monday, August 8, 2011, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Featuring Phyllis
 Lyon, Gary Miller, Connie O’Connor, Pam David, Andrea Shorter and Theresa Sparks



Prepared by guest curator Nathan Purkiss in cooperation with the museum’s curatorial staff, “40 Years Together, 40 Years Strong” features three sections, including:

The Voice that launched the LGBT Civil Rights Platform of the Democratic Party: Features a listening station where you can hear the first gay rights speech in American history spoken at a Democratic National Convention, delivered by Alice President and founder Jim Foster, at the Democratic National Convention in Miami, 1972. The audio tape for this speech was recovered with the help of Christine Pelosi through the DNC, and Alice has reformatted the reel-to-reel footage into digital format for preservation at the GLBT Historical Society for future generations to listen to.

40 Years Together, 40 Years Strong Collage: An original collage work by artist Peter Villapudua drawing on reprinted Alice Reportsnewsletters and other Alice ephemera and incorporating original historic photos by Rink Foto. This section was designed to celebrate Alice’s history from the perspective of people participating in Alice, and achievements made together.

Evolution of Political Communication: Presents historic political mailers, newsletters and awards dinner programs spanning the last four decades. The collection depicts the evolution of political communication, both internally within the organization and externally to San Francisco voters.  It also displays the role Alice played in transforming the Castro District into a neighborhood with one of the highest voter turn outs in every local election.


Owen Stephens
Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club

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