December 05, 2006
Authors to Discuss New Book Gay L.A. Saturday, December 16
San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee Announces Free Event with the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center of the San Francisco Public Library

What: Authors Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons Present New Book
Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians
 
Where: Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street at Grove Street, San Francisco

When: Saturday, December 16
3:00pm

Cost: Free

San Francisco, CA – 5 December 2006 – The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC) in conjunction with the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library announced today that they will be launching a new speaker series with nationally renowned LGBT writers, speakers, and artists. The first of these free, public events takes place Saturday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium of the Main Library in Civic Center. Authors and historians Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons will be present to talk about their groundbreaking work in their new book, Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians, and to respond to audience questions about this important part of California's LGBT history.

The authors will be discussing among other topics the book's startling claim that "historically, more lesbian and gay institutions started in Los Angeles than anywhere else on the planet," which may come as a surprise to Bay Area residents accustomed to thinking of San Francisco as the first in all things queer. In the book, Faderman and Timmons, both seasoned researchers, look deep into the history of sexual and gender diversity in Los Angeles and bring back some of the most illuminating moments.

Their survey spans from the suppression of Native American's gender and sexual expression by empire-hungry Spaniards; to the "lesbian cavortings of silent film stars" in 1920s Hollywood; to the LAPD's repression of queer spaces in the 1950s; and into the present. Courageous examples of LGBT resistance dot Faderman and Timmon's work and include the important contributions of people of color and women to the making of the Los Angeles queer community.

Lindsey Jones, Executive Director:

“We are very excited about bringing this series of events to the community in cooperation with the Hormel Center. Ms. Faderman and Mr. Timmons have given our community a true gift in this book. Archiving our history and cultural artifacts now and for the future is one of the most crucial civil rights actions we can take."

The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee and the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library invite community members and stakeholders to enjoy this free event, Saturday, December 16, 2006, in the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Main Library located at 100 Larkin Street at Grove Street.

About San LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC)
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (www.sfpride.org) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to produce the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade. With its office located at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, SFLGBTPCC is dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBT heritage and celebration of LGBT culture and liberation. A world leader in the Pride Movement, SFLGBTPCC is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SFLGBTPCC has granted over $1 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local not-for-profit LGBT organizations and those organizations serving the HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer communities.

About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade
This year marks the 37th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. This year’s theme is “Pride Not Prejudice” and the event will be held over the weekend of June 23/24, 2007. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors and 18 entertainment stages and venues, San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT event in the nation. For more information please visit our website at: www.sfpride.org.

About the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center
The James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library is devoted to collecting, preserving, and providing access to material on all aspects of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience. The collection is national and international in scope with its primary focus Northern California. The Center also mounts exhibits and sponsors programs, often in collaboration with other library departments, as well as with community organizations and individuals.