Cathy Cade Photographs Collection, 1972-2002
Finding aid prepared by Tim Wilson
James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
Title: Cathy Cade Photographs Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1972-2002
Collection Identifier: GLC 41
Cade, Cathy, 1942-
1 oversized box
(25 photographic prints, black & white and color, 16 x 20 in. matted, some hand colored)
James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Cathy Cade is an Oakland, California-based photographer. The collection contains images of lesbian mothering, GLBT demonstrations
and Freedom Day parades, lesbians at work, and various age groups.
The collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in
The collection is available for viewing during Photo Desk hours: Tuesday: 1-5; Thursday: 1-5; Saturday: 10-12, 1-5.
Retained by Cathy Cade.
[Identification of item], Cathy Cade Photographs Collection (GLC 41), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.
Donated by the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, 2002.
Cathy Cade is an Oakland, California-based photographer who has been documenting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender
communities since the 1970s. She is the author, publisher and photographer of
A Lesbian Photo Album: The Lives of Seven Lesbian Feminists (Oakland, Ca: Waterwomen Books, 1987).
Cade grew up during the advent of integration and participated in the Southern Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. She moved
to the San Francisco Bay area in 1970 and was a part of the Women's Liberation Movement. During this time she came out as
a lesbian and began to document the people and the movements around her. In the late 1970s she had her first child and in
1985 her second. During this time Cade worked on her book of photographs and interviews,
A Lesbian Photo Album.
In the 1990s Cade taught photography in high school and learned to hand-color photos. Her "next day job was with a nonprofit
that helps people with disabilities living in developing countries design and build wheelchairs. [She] attended the international
women's conference in Beijing out of which has grown an international women's wheelchair building program. In the late 1990s
[Cade] started leading a support group for artists." Biographical information above excerpted and quoted from www.CathyCade.com.
Scope and Contents
The collection contains 25 photographic prints (some hand-colored), chosen and arranged by the artist. The images cover lesbian
mothering, demonstrations and freedom days, lesbian culture, lesbians at work, and generations of the lesbian community.
The photographs are grouped by subject and are in the order preferred by the photographer.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Cade, Cathy, 1942- --Archives
Gay men--California--San Francisco Bay Area
Gays--California--San Francisco--Social life and customs--20th century--Photograph collections
Lesbians--California--San Francisco Bay Area
Lesbians--California--San Francisco--Social life and customs--20th century--Photograph collections
San Francisco (Calif.)--Social life and customs--20th century--Photograph collections
"Spooning," Oakland, Ca. (print made by Cathy Cade),
"Dana Gives Birth at Home," Albany, Ca. (print made by Mark Weaver, Photolab),
"Beach Bootie," West Marin County, Ca. (print made by Mark Weaver, Photolab),
An early gathering of lesbian mothers, their kids and friends.
"Mothering with Muscles," San Francisco, Ca. (print made by Mark Weaver, Photolab),
Kimi, her daughter and her mother.
"Rally for Jeanne Jullion and Portrait with Her Boys," San Francisco, 1977 and Berkeley, 1978 (print made by Cathy Cade)
"A Lesbian Mother Fights for Custody of Her Children" at end of finding aid.
"Rochelle and Her Son Dance at Gay Pride," San Francisco (print made by Mark Weaver, Photolab),
"Transgendered Family," San Francisco (print made by Mark Weaver, Photolab),
Demonstrations / Freedom Days
None of Us is Free Until All of Us Are Free," Los Angeles, Ca. (print made by Cathy Cade),
The first "Christopher Street West March and Rally" in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots in New York. The second
date denotes the year of handcoloring.
"Native American Lesbians and Gays," San Francisco (print made by Cathy Cade),
The second date denotes the year of handcoloring.
"Brazilian Butch," San Francisco, (print made by Cathy Cade),
Dancers with the rhythm group "Sistah Boom." The second date denotes the year of handcoloring.
"Lesbians for O.J.," San Francisco (print made by Mark Weaver, Photolab),
A reference to Anita Bryant, Florida Orange Juice Queen, and her anti-Gay crusade.
"Commie, Faggot, Queer, and Proud," San Francisco (print made by Cathy Cade),
"Mujeres en Lucha / Lesbianas Latinas, "San Francisco (print made by Mark Weaver, Photolab),
Somoza had been a dictator in Nicaragua for many years. A few days before he fell from power there was a big march through
the Mission District of San Francisco. This was one of the first times there had been a gay contingent in a Latino political
demonstration. "Mujeres en Lucha / Lesbianas Latinas" was a political action and social group.
"Asian Pacific Islanders," San Francisco (print made by Mark Weaver, Photolab),
"Cancer Affects Every Body" San Francisco (print made by Mark Weaver, Photolab),
"Gente Gospeliers," Oakland, Ca. (print made by Cathy Cade),
The singing group, "Gente," developed out of a softball team of lesbians of color by the same name. Left to right: Joanne
Garrett, Anita Onang, Pat Parker, Linda Tillery, and Jay Casselberry. The three women on the left all died too young of cancer.
"Fat Chance," Berkeley, Ca. (print made by Cathy Cade),
Lynn Ellen Marcus, Hannah Bannan, Martha Courtot (hidden), Judy Freespirit, and Leah Kushner. In the winter of 1979 a group
of fat lesbians living in Sonoma County asked a local dance teacher, Barbara Penny, to provide a class specifically for fat
women. By June the group had a name, was dancing and reading their own writings—for women only.
"Lesbians with Disabilities Support Group," San Francisco, Ca. (print made by Mark Weaver, Photolab),
This photo was made as part of Jill Lessing's chapter in the book
A Lesbian Photo Album by Cathy Cade. Jill is second from the left.
Lesbians at Work
"Gail and Kate Rebuild My VW Engine," Emeryville, Ca. (print made by Cathy Cade),
"I took a class for women at 'Breakaway: A Women's Liberation School' which demystified auto mechanics and then Gail invited
me to join her in her backyard garage. I was so excited to be using my body and tools. Raised as an upper middle class girl,
this had been off-limits to me. Non-traditional work was highly regarded in the lesbian community. I got a lot of positive
reinforcement from my peers." (Kate Kauffman.) In 2002, Gail is still an auto mechanic in the East Bay.
"Jackie Lewis, Welding Student," San Francisco (print made by Mark Weaver, Photolab),
"The Cook and the Carpenter," Oakland (print made by Mark Weaver, Photolab),
"Young Lesbians by School Lockers," Santa Cruz, Ca. (print made by Mark Weaver, Photolab),
This photograph was part of the series I did for the book
Free Your Mind: the Book for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth—and their Allies.
"Passing on the Culture," San Francisco (print made by Cathy Cade),
Part of the Gay Games.
"Elders Dance" San Francisco, Ca. (print made by Cathy Cade),
A dance sponsored by the women's group of Gay and Lesbian Outreach to Elders (GLOE).
"Fourth International Women's Conference," Beijing, China, (print made by Cathy Cade),
Color copy of original in color and black and white.
A Lesbian Mother Fights for Custody of Her Children,
Jeanne Jullion spent her junior year of college in Florence, Italy where she met and later married her Italian husband. They
returned to the U.S., had two sons, the youngest of whom was two, before Jeanne recognized that she was a lesbian and could
not longer be a conventional housewife. The separation seemed cordial at first. Her younger son, Johnny, lived with her. Luca,
her older son, lived with his father nearby and there were visits back and forth. Eventually, concerned about the paternalistic
values with which her older son was being raised, Jeanne tried to gain custody of seven-year-old Luca. Her husband countered
with his own request for custody for both children citing Jeanne’s lesbianism. In the face of a conservative judge and a family
court services investigation that included blatant anti-gay questions, Jeanne took her case to the streets. She was transformed
from a shy housewife into an eloquent speaker for the rights of lesbian mothers.
As dreaded, she lost custody in the preliminary court proceeding. Without notice, and in her absence, the police took four-year-old
from her home. After months of waiting, her appeal was denied. However, the pressure her case brought on the court forced
the beginning of a re-evaluation of homophobic policies. At the final trial she was evaluated primarily on the basis of her
parenting, and was awarded custody of Johnny and visitation with Luca. Tragically, against Jeanne’s protests the judge allowed
the father to take the boys to Italy on a vacation. He never returned. It took nearly four years and a harrowing “kidnapping”
before Jeanne was able to bring Johnny to live with her. Luca remained in Italy. The full story of Jeanne Jullion’s case is
beautifully told in her book, Long Way Home (Cleis Press, 1985).
Jeanne speaks in 1994: “Luca is 25 and does computerized accounting for an Italian bank. As he was growing up I visited him
and we talked on the phone, but I wish I’d gone more often. He and John are extremely dose. My parenting of John was conducted
in considerable isolation, with very little information. A chorus of voices of my family, church and the judge accused me
of being driven by my own selfish agenda. I feared I would hurt this boy-child in some deep way. John and I would come upon
a new age of his human development and it was all fresh territory. I wish I had known then that it is truly all right for
us to raise our kids.” John, at 21, stated in a radio interview that he doesn’t feel all that different from his other male
friends, that they all are having to figure out how they want to be men. (June 2002)