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Out of the Archives

Dipping into our collections

Posted: February 3rd, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Out of the Archives | No Comments

By Lambda Archives Staff | Out of the Archives In a change from our usual reporting on events at Lambda Archives, we are going to mix things up to highlight some of our collections this time. We’ve chosen to highlight a collection that was processed very recently by a volunteer, Caro Vera, who also provided this report on the collection. The Archives is grateful for volunteers including Caro, who make all of what we do possible.

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Events far and near

Posted: October 28th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Out of the Archives | No Comments

By Archives Staff | Out of the Archives While our mission is to preserve local LGBT history, sometimes we get to “play on the big stage.” We were recently honored to fulfill a request from our friends Ellen Holzman and Meredith Vezina of TransNarratives to provide a tour and meeting space to a group of transgender activists from India. The lively discussion was video recorded so others can learn from the conversation. You can access it […]

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A night with Jim Obergefell

Posted: September 30th, 2016 | Columns, Out of the Archives, Top Story | No Comments

By Archives Staff | Out of the Archives

A large and enthusiastic crowd turned out on Sept. 15 to hear Jim Obergefell — lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that resulted in nationwide same-sex marriage — talk about his journey from being a “checkbook activist” to being center stage in the fight for equality.

The audience laughed and cried as local attorney Matt Stephens interviewed Obergefell about how he promised his late husband that he would continue to fight to have their marriage recognized. Obergefell met attendees before and after the discussion and signed copies of his new book, “Love Wins.”

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Donations and recent happenings

Posted: September 2nd, 2016 | Columns, Out of the Archives, Top Story | No Comments

By Archives Staff | Out of the Archives

We are proud and happy to have contributed to the city of San Diego’s LGBTQ Context Statement. To read the preliminary report, visit tinyurl.com/hhx6uqb. If you see anything lacking or incorrect in the statement, please reach out to Kelley Stanco, the city’s senior planner/HRB liaison, at 619-236-6545 or KStanco@sandiego.gov.

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Pride, presentations and outreach

Posted: August 5th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Out of the Archives | 1 Comment

By Archives Staff | Out of the Archives This year, Pride was especially meaningful: poignant in many ways, yet joyful. We were honored by San Diego Pride when Jen LaBarbera, our head archivist, was asked to give the opening speech at the Spirit of Stonewall rally, Friday night. Jen delivered a very brief history of Pride and its origins, starting with the riots led by drag queens Marcia P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. Both of these […]

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The history of LGBT tragedy

Posted: June 24th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Out of the Archives | No Comments

By Archives Staff | Out of the Archives The philosopher George Santayana is often paraphrased to the effect that “those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it.” The tragedy in Orlando was unprecedented, but not without roots. As an LGBTQ institution, we would be remiss if we did not comment on the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We at Lambda Archives grieve along with the rest of the LGBTQ+ community […]

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We continue to branch out

Posted: May 13th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Out of the Archives | No Comments

By Archives Staff | Out of the Archives May 13 is the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) awards at The San Diego LGBT Community Center and we’ll have people there with information about the Archives. On May 19, the Archives will have representatives at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. And May 20 at San Diego Pride’s Stonewall Awards at the Lafayette Hotel, we will be doing a display about the many sports groups and […]

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Successes, new ventures and local LGBT history

Posted: April 15th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Out of the Archives | No Comments

By Archives Staff | Out of the Archives Thank you for making our “Heroines, Pioneers, and Trailblazers” gala a huge success at the San Diego Woman’s Club on March 19. Nearly 180 attendees honored the work of our 11 honorees and the women they represented. Congresswoman Susan Davis introduced former Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, who in her “no holds barred” style, delivered an impassioned speech about HIV/AIDS and the need to continue the fight.

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A focus on outreach

Posted: March 18th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Out of the Archives | No Comments

By Walter G. Meyer | Out of the Archives The biggest news this month is that we are gearing up for our major fundraising brunch on March 19. If you don’t have your tickets, visit our website to get yours! Tickets are going fast for this important event and you don’t want to miss this. Our guest speaker is Dr. Jocelyn Elders, the first woman and first African-American to serve as Surgeon General of the United […]

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The early days of San Diego’s AIDS epidemic

Posted: March 4th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Out of the Archives | No Comments

By Jen LaBarbera | Out of the Archives Our annual fundraising gala, “Heroines, Pioneers, and Trailblazers,” is quickly approaching and this year, we are honoring the history of women who stepped up in the early days of the AIDS epidemic in San Diego. As head archivist at the Lambda Archives, I’ve had the unique pleasure of researching the rich history of these brave women and the lives they lived. I wanted to take this opportunity in my […]

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HIV/AIDS in the early days

Posted: February 19th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Out of the Archives | No Comments

By Walter G. Meyer | Out of the Archives On Jan. 25, the most recent installment of “Out at the Archives” focused on HIV/AIDS in San Diego County in the earliest days of infection and detection. Though the subject is grim, the capacity audience in the Diversionary Theatre found some humor amidst the tears.

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Juxtaposing the Briggs Initiative

Posted: February 5th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Out of the Archives | No Comments

By Jen LaBarbera | Out from the Archives Since early December, Lambda Archives of San Diego’s exhibit space has been brightened by an exhibit on loan from some folks at San Diego Unified School District. Six paintings created by San Diego students at the Youth Safe Zone at Pride 2015 now adorn our walls, accompanied by a display of photos and testimonials from students involved with Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) in San Diego schools.

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More events, donations and visitors in 2016

Posted: January 22nd, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Out of the Archives | No Comments

By Walter G. Meyer | Out from the Archives As is becoming more the norm, activity at the Archives just keeps picking up. Perhaps celebrating the Epiphany, three wise men recently came in and made generous gifts; thank you Michael Kimmel, Frank Stiriti and Dan Buker. We appreciate their support, as well as that of so many others in the community all year long.

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