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June 16, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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LGBTQ+ San Mateo County: a History

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Get a lively overview of local LGBT+ history, from LGBT students at Stanford from 1911 on, to the boom and bust of gay-oriented businesses, to the opening of the first Pride Center.

Learn about the rich, lively LGBTQ+ history of San Mateo County, in a presentation full of stories and images from newspapers and advertisements of the day, with readings from biographies of local LGBT luminaries.

1911: Dr. Alan Hart (first trangender man in the U.S.) attends Stanford
1936: Arrest of Henry Cowell in Menlo Park, on morals charges
1962: Closure of The Carriage, a Menlo Park gay bar
1970s: The drag and Imperial Court culture of the Peninsula and South Bay
1980s: The effects of AIDS on the local community
2000: Closure of Shouts, the last gay bar in San Mateo County
2012: San Mateo County Pride Celebration established
2017: The county's first Pride Center opens

Michael Flanagan, a Menlo Park Library reference librarian and history columnist for the Bay Area Reporter.