Biconic Flashpoints: 4 Decades of Bay Area Bisexual Politic
Photo from the exhibition May – Aug 2014
GLBT History Museum, GLBT Historical Society, San Francisco
Drawing on materials from the personal archives of longtime bisexual activists as well as the holdings of the GLBT Historical Society’s archives, the Biconic Flashpoints exhibit showcases never-displayed artifacts, video, and photos from key moments in the Bay Area’s bisexual political history.
Bobbi Campbell, “Aids Poster Boy”
24 Jun 1983, San Francisco, California, USA
© Roger Ressmeyer
Known as the “AIDS Poster Boy” for his efforts to humanize the disease. He was one of the first individuals affected by the epidemic, and was also the first person in the United States to publicly reveal himself as a person living with AIDS. He wrote numerous articles about the disease in the local gay newspaper, the San Francisco Sentinel.
In the spirit of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s critique of stigma, Campbell wrote in one article: “Brothers and sisters, we understand… that by making us different, you protect yourself from “It.” However, despite our understanding of your need to see yourselves as different, we need to tell you that we are not.” More >
Sentenced to Debt
ACT UP Poster
Philadelphians joined in the global movement to call attention to the AIDS crisis. [John J. Wilcox LGBT Archives of Philadelphia]
Castro Sweep, October 6,1989
San Francisco police line the sidewalk near City Hall to prevent marchers from claiming a lane in the street. Photo: Brian McNally.
…SFPD said, “If we can get ACT UP in the Castro, we’ll have won the war” and proceeded to beat up AIDS activists at Castro and Market and occupy the Castro, trapping everyone in the bars and restaurants all the way to 19th St.…
Homosexuals taking more militant stand for their civil rights
Barnard Gavzer | Eugene Register-Guard | June 29, 1970
EDITOR’S NOTE — There’s black power. And women power. Now, gay power? Homosexuals caught in the bind between their unconventional sexual preferences and society’s prohibitions, are militantly making an issue of their civil rights.
Militant Homosexuals Seeking ‘Civil Rights’
Spartanburg Herald-Journal, South Carolina | June 28, 1970