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GLBT Historical Society

The GLBT Historical Society collects, preserves, exhibits and makes accessible to the public materials and knowledge to support and promote understanding of LGBTQ history, culture and arts in all their diversity. Founded in 1985, we are recognized internationally as a leader in the field of LGBTQ public history. The GLBT Historical Society is a registered 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization.

Contact Information:  
GLBT Historical Society Archives & Research Center 
989 Market Street 
Lower Level San Francisco, CA 94103 
Telephone: (415) 777-5455
Email: reference@glbthistory.org

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Elsa Gidlow  (29 December 1898 – 8 June 1986) was a British-born, Canadian-American poet, freelance journalist, philosopher and humanitarian. She is best known for writing  On A Grey Thread  (1923), possibly the first volume of openly  lesbian love poetry  published in North America.  In the 1950s, Gidlow helped found  Druid Heights , a bohemian community in  Marin County, California .  She was the author of thirteen books and appeared as herself in the documentary film,  Word Is...
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