January 26, 2018: Closing Reception & Gallery Tour

January 26, 2018
7:00-9:00 PM at the GLBT History Museum
4127 18th Street, San Francisco 94114

The GLBT History Museum marks the closing weekend of its innovative exhibition “OUT/LOOK and the Birth of the Queer” with a public reception featuring a gallery tour by curator E.G. Crichton and a celebration of the participating artists and writers, many of whom will be present.

The exhibition highlights the story of OUT/LOOK, a groundbreaking national queer quarterly published in San Francisco from 1988 to 1992, via displays of historical materials as well as new work created by 38 culture-makers inspired by the journal. The show and its associated publication and website are designed to spark intergenerational conversations about the legacy of OUT/LOOK and its era.

Discounted copies of the new issue of OUT/LOOK created for the show will be available, and light refreshments will be served.

December 14: Foreign Bodies: Homophobia, Race and Immigration

December 14, 2017
7:00-9:00 PM at the GLBT History Museum
4127 18th Street, San Francisco 94114

In conjunction with the exhibition “OUT/LOOK & the Birth of the Queer” currently on display at the GLBT History Museum, this panel will address questions of homophobia, race and immigration in relation to the 30-year period since the groundbreaking journal OUT/LOOK first emerged in 1987.

Participants will consider how the history of queer thought on these issues in the late 1980s-early 1990s affects and informs today’s intersectional resistance movements. Julie Dorf, senior advisor to the Council for Global Equality, will serve as moderator. Panelists include the following:

  • Eniola Abioye, steering committee member for the Black LGBTQ Migrant Project at the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco.
  • Marcia Ochoa, co-founder of El/La Para Translatinas, a transgender Latina social justice organization in San Francisco’s Mission District.
  • Subhi Nahas, a gay refugee from Syria. He is the founder of the Spectra Project, a nonprofit that helps LGBTQ refugees from the Middle East and North Africa.

November 16: Queerness in Flux: Shifting Lesbian, Trans and Gender-Queer Identities

November 16, 2017
7:00-9:00 PM at the GLBT History Museum
4127 18th Street, San Francisco 94114

This panel discussion will examine connections between the recent LGBTQ past and contemporary issues by addressing shifts in gender identities, culture and politics. Surveys in the groundbreaking queer journal OUT/LOOK (1988-1992) asked “what is your gender?” with just two choices: female or male. Panelists will contrast that era of queer history with the radical gender possibilities created by LGBTQ people today. Three of the panelists — Bo, Julian Carter and Ajuan Mance — have created works for the exhibition that interrogate gender and its intersections. Also joining the discussion will be New York-based activist and author Amber Hollibaugh, who has written extensively about gender in the context of class, age and economic justice.

October 12: Q-Public, OUT/LOOK for the 21st Century

October 12, 2017
7:00-9:00 PM at the GLBT History Museum
4127 18th Street, San Francisco 94114

A roundtable of writers, editors, artists and community organizers will discuss the story of OUT/LOOK (published 1988-1992) and the significance of the new exhibition devoted to the magazine at the GLBT History Museum. Participants are author Jeffrey Escoffier, cofounder and publisher of OUT/LOOK; writer and performer Brian Freeman; artist Maya Manvi, an editor of the new issue of OUT/LOOK published to accompany the exhibition; and writer and curator Dorothy Santos. E.G. Crichton, a founder and art director of OUT/LOOK, will host this event. The panelists will survey the history of the magazine, present the works created for the exhibition and discuss cultural initiatives sparked by the project. A 10-minute performance by Brian Freeman based on a short play written by project participant Casey Llewellyn will round out the program.

October 6: Opening Reception for OUT/LOOK & the Birth of the Queer

October 6, 2017
7:00-9:00 PM at the GLBT History Museum
4127 18th Street, San Francisco 94114

First view of an exhibition inspired by OUT/LOOK Magazine.

38 artists, writers, historians, curators, performers and activists were each invited to create new work in response to one of the 17 issues of OUT/LOOK. Their work can be experienced in the exhibition, on this website (see Artists & Writers Respond) and on the pages of the new OUT/LOOK magazine on sale at the museum.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Also supported through UCSC by the Arts Research Institute, Arts Dean’s Fund for Excellence and Dickson Emeriti Professorship Award

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    Queer Nation kiss-in at the cable car turnaround.
    © Rick Gerharter
    San Francisco, 1991.