Guide to the Jordy Jones Papers

James Hixon
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
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San Francisco, California 94105
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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Jordy Jones Papers

Collection number: 1999-32

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

San Francisco, California
Processed by:
James Hixon
Date Completed:
09/02/2008
Encoded by:
Justin M. Edgar
© 2008 The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Finding Aid of the Jordy Jones Papers
Dates: 1977 -- 2002
Bulk Dates: 1992 -- 2002
Collection number: 1999-32
Creator: Jordy Jones
Collection Size: 1.5 linear feet 1 manuscript box + 1 half-manuscript box + 1 oversize box
Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94105
Abstract: This collection documents the activities of graphic artist and transgender activist Jordy Jones in San Francisco primarily during the years of 1992 to 2002. The collection has an emphasis on Jones� political activism and personal activities with queer and transgender causes. It also includes photographs of various San Francisco gay pride events from 1977 through 1998. The collection includes flyers, meeting minutes, news clippings, organizational charters, photographs, postcards, promotional materials, reports and slides.
Physical location: Stored at the Archives of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco, California
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Finding Aid of the Jordy Jones Papers, 1999-32, The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Library by Jordy Jones in June of 2003.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection documents the activities of graphic artist and transgender activist Jordy Jones in San Francisco primarily during the years of 1992 to 2002. The collection has an emphasis on Jones� political activism and personal activities surrounding queer and transgender causes. It also includes photographs of various San Francisco gay pride events during the years of 1977 through 1998. Types of materials in the collection include flyers, meeting minutes, news clippings, organizational charters, photographs, promotional materials, publications, t-shirts, reports and slides.
The collection has a strong focus on Jones� work with the Transgender Civil Rights Implementation Task Force, which existed during 2000-2002 and was successful in passing a plan to cover health benefits for transgender city employees. The collection also includes some papers from several of the subcommittees of this Task Force. These papers could also be of interest to those researching Marcus Arana, Mark Leno, Claire Skiffington or Theresa Sparks, all of whom were involved with the Transgender Civil Rights Implementation Task Force in some way, and have been actively involved in issues of transgender equality in San Francisco.
Another organization represented in the collection is the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, which oversaw the Transgender Civil Rights Implementation Task Force and initiated the original investigation into transgender civil rights violations. Thus, most of these papers predate the establishment of the Task Force. Finally, the collection also includes a small set of papers from the Transgender Political Caucus, which, for the 2000 election, endorsed various candidates based on their stance on transgender issues.
The collection also includes newspaper clippings maintained by Jones that documented the initiation of the Task Force, the passage of city health plan that included transgender benefits, and of Jones� himself.
In Jones� personal life, the collection includes flyers for various transgender, queer and arts events that Jones hosted and participated in. Flyers that Jordy designed are also prominent. The collection also includes a large amount of flyers that have no apparent relationship to Jones.
Finally, the collection includes a series of photographs that show various gay pride events and other activities primarily in San Francisco between the years of 1977 and 1998. These include photographs of Loren Cameron, Bill Clinton, Jamison Green, Holly Near, Nancy Pelosi, and Dennis Peron. The photographs also include a subseries of promotional materials from various films and bands, and two sheets of slides from gay-themed movies.

Arrangement

This collection is organized in 6 series:
The arrangement of the collection was imposed during processing.
  • Series 1. Organizations/Committees
  • Series 2. Newspaper Clippings
  • Series 3. Flyers
  • Series 4. Publications
  • Series 5. Photographs/Slides
  • Series 6. Artifacts

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Jones, Jordy
Transexual
Transgender
FTM
Female-to-male


Collection Contents

box 1

Organizations/Committees, 1997-2002 1997 -- 2002 2000 -- 2002

Creator: Jones, Jordy
Physical Description: 7 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes papers from various organizations with which Jones worked. This series is divided into three subseries:
  • Subseries A: Transgender Civil Rights Implementation Task Force
  • Subseries B: Human Rights Coalition
  • Subseries C: Transgender Political Caucus
The Transgender Civil Rights Implementation Task Force was established in 2000 to follow up on a 1994 Human Rights Commission investigation into discrimination and civil rights’ violations against the transgender community. The Commission set forth 30 recommendations that, as of 2000, were found to be largely unimplemented. The resulting Task Force was established by the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco. The Task Force was influential in passage of the first Employee Health Benefits Plan inclusive of transgender care. Jones was a member of the committee for its duration, and co-chair of the committee from September, 2000 until its completion in September 2002. Papers are arranged by date, when known. Papers from the Human Rights Commission, which performed the original investigation into transgender civil rights. Includes the preliminary report urging the city of San Francisco to include health benefits for transgender city employees, documentation produced by the HRC in response to the original investigation into transgender civil rights violations, a letter to the editor regarding the obituary of Gloria Hemingway, and the second page of a letter requesting the appointment of the first full-time transgender advocate in the HRC (Marcus Arana). This subseries includes the papers documenting the Transgender Political Caucus’ action interviewing political candidates about their stance on transgender issues, and the resulting endorsement posters.
box 1

Newspaper Clippings, 1994-2001 1994 -- 2001 1999 -- 2001

Creator: Jones, Jordy
Physical Description: 3 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes newspaper clippings by and about Jones’ personal and artistic work, as well as several clippings about the Human Rights Commission and the passage of the plan to provide health benefits to transgender city employees, on which Jones worked. The clippings tracing the health plan provide a thorough examination of contemporaneous perspectives surrounding the event. Within folders, clippings are arranged by date, when known.
box 1

Flyers, 1992-1999 1992 -- 1999 1997 -- 1999

Creator: Jones, Jordy
Physical Description: 6 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes flyers and announcements from various transgender, queer and arts events that took place mostly in San Francisco during the 1990’s. While Jones was clearly involved in some of these events, many of the events have no explicit connection to him. Within folders, documents are arranged by date, when known.
box 2

Publications, 1993-1996 1993 -- 1996 1996

Collector: Jones, Jordy
Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes several publications regarding gender, arts, and marijuana.
box 2

Photographs, 1977-1998 1977 -- 1998 1988 -- 1990

Collector: Jones, Jordy
Physical Description: 12 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes photographs and promotional materials used by Jones’ for his work as a graphic artist. Photographs are primarily black and white or sepia, and document various events in the San Francisco GLBT community, though several photographs do refer to Orange County and Santa Cruz. The majority of photographs represent various “Gay Day” parades and events. Photographs of the Dyke March, Dykes on Bikes and the California Women’s Motorcycle Association also appear. Several photographs show Holly Near and Nancy Pelosi in the 1993 “Gay Day” parade. Uncredited photographs of Loren Cameron, Bill Clinton, Jamison Green and Dennis Peron are also of note. Photographs are arranged by credit, when known. Promotional materials from various independent films and bands, including a large set from the Frameline movie festival, as well as two sheets of slides from various gay-themed movies.
box 3

Artifacts, circa 1996 1996 1996

Collector: Jones, Jordy
Physical Description: 1 oversized box

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes a number of artifacts such as t-shirts, buttons, magnets, modified food labels, and pens.