Guide to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Records - San Francisco Bay Area, 1989-1993

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Gay and Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California
P.O. Box 424280
San Francisco, California 94142
Phone: (415) 777-5455, #2
Email: glhsnc@aol.com
URL: http://www.glhs.org/collectn/glhsmss.htm
© 1998
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Records - San Francisco Bay Area, 1989-1993

Accession number: 93-20

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society



San Francisco, California

Contact Information:

  • Gay and Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California
  • P.O. Box 424280
  • San Francisco, California 94142
  • Phone: (415) 777-5455, #2
  • Email: glhsnc@aol.com
  • URL: http://www.glhs.org/collectn/glhsmss.htm
Processed by:
Ernest Seaver
Date Completed:
April 1996
Encoded by:
Gabriela A. Montoya
© 1998 The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Records - San Francisco Bay Area,
Date (inclusive): 1989-1993
Accession number: 93-20
Creator: Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (San Francisco, Calif.)
Extent: 1.65 linear feet
Repository: The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.
San Francisco, California.
Shelf location: Housed at the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center  of the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library. See GLHS and SFPL agreement. 
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Acquisition

The GLAAD-SFBA Records (#93-20) were received from Jessea Greenman in 1993.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay and Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California.

Audio-Visual Materials

The collection contains audio cassette tapes and VHS tapes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Records -San Francisco Bay Area, 93-20, The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Historical Note

In 1987 The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/San Francisco Bay Area (GLAAD/SFBA) was formed as a chapter of the GLAAD New York national office. However, in March 1990 GLAAD/SFBA elected its own Board of Directors, incorporated and received non-profit status as an independent entity.
Like its parent organization (GLAAD/USA), the San Francisco chapter was created to identify and respond to public expressions, especially in the print and electronic media, which stemmed from homophobia, bigotry, and misinformation about lesbians, gays and bisexuals. The response took the forms of letter writing and telephone campaigns, meetings with media representatives, and even public demonstrations when such actions were required.
GLAAD/SFBA's major goal was, and continues to be, the improvement of public attitudes about homosexuality in an effort to end violence and discrimination against lesbians and gays, thus diminishing their social isolation nationwide. To this end, GLAAD/SFBA has had many noteworthy accomplishments over the years.
Just to mention a few, in June 1990 GLAAD/SFBA began Project 21. This project coordinated a successful state-wide effort to pressure the California State Board of Education to include fair and accurate information about lesbians, gays and bisexuals in the State health, physical education and social history frameworks. In 1992 a billboard advertising campaign was launched, featuring an interracial lesbian couple. In the same year GLAAD/SFBA, along with its affiliate chapters, made a concerted effort to educate art/entertainment editors and reviewers throughout the United States, ensuring unprecedented media focus on Hollywood homophobia for the release of the film, Basic Instincts. The following year in 1993, GLAAD/SFBA organized a community forum to present the homophobic propaganda film, The Gay Agenda,and to brainstorm ways of fighting this type of Christian fundamentalist bigotry.
GLAAD/SFBA was formed as a membership organization with programs organized and run by volunteers. It has been governed by an eight member board (with gender parity) and several standing committees. The board members are nominated and elected by written ballot and are voted on by the general membership. All operations are funded by private donations.

Scope and Content

The GLAAD/SFBA records (1.65 linear feet) document the organization's range of activities from late 1989 to mid-1993. Any records prior to that time, and after its founding in 1987, have not been made available to The Gay and Lesbian Historical Society as of this date. The present records are divided into six series: administrative, controversies, projects and promotions, printed materials, and audio-visual. This collection is currently housed at the Gay and Lesbian Center of the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library (http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=0200002501).
Starting with the articles of incorporation and bylaws, the
Title: administrative series
documents the formation of policies and daily operations of GLAAD/SFBA. This is further reflected in the records of the Board of Directors. The records for each Board meeting provide the agendas, minutes and related reports from standing committees and other sources. However, please note that there are gaps in the Board minutes, and many times their discussions were sparsely notated.
The San Francisco chapter expanded its operations geographically into several outlying areas. The largest was the South Bay Division. The minutes and correspondence for that Division can be located in two separate files in the
Title: administrative series.
Also in this series, the researcher should note the "Narrative Annual Reports, 1991-1992" file which provide a good overview of the chapter's accomplishments during that period.
The
Title: controversies series
deals primarily with the print and electronic media in regard to negative portrayals and inaccurate statements about lesbians, gays and bisexuals. In contrast, the
Title: projects and promotions series
documents GLAAD/SFBA's endeavors to improve images and foster positive information about lesbians, gays and bisexuals (see the Historical Note for an overview of these projects). The remaining series constitute supplemental materials to the collection.
The folder listing contains information on the title, producer, interviewer, interviewee, and date of audio-visual materials. These materials mainly discuss the portrayal of gays and lesbians in the media.

Materials Removed from the Collection

The collection originally had a run of the GLAAD/SFBA newsletter, Update,from July 1990 to December 1992. These issues were used to fill out the existing GLHS periodical run of this publication.
The Photographs have been removed to the Photo room.

Related Collections

Title: Randy Alfred Papers and Tapes
Date: 91-24

Container List

 

Administrative Files

Box Box 1

Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, 1990-1991

 

Board of Directors Minutes, 1989-1990

 

1991

 

1992

 

Jan-Jul 1993

 

Community Relations, 1991-1992

 

Correspondence, 1990-1993

 

Fund Raising, 1990-1992

 

GLAAD/Sacramento, 1990

 

GLAAD/Santa Cruz, 1990-1991

 

GLAAD/South Bay Division Minutes, 1991-1993

 

GLAAD/South Bay Division Correspondence and Related Materials, 1990-1993

 

Interim Organizational Director - Correspondence and Related Materials, 1993

 

Media Committee Minutes, 1989-1992

 

Media Committee Letter Writing Charter and Directives, 1991-1993

 

Membership Survey, nd

 

Miscellaneous Committee Reports, 1990-1991

 

Membership Meetings, 1989-1990

 

Narrative Annual Reports, 1991-1992

 

Speakers Guidelines, nd

 

Volunteers, 1991-1992

 

Controversies (External) Files

Box Box 1

Basic Instincts, 1991-1992 (3 folders)

 

Does Your Mother Know/Racism, 1990

 

Gallagher, 1990-1991

 

The Gay Agenda, 1993

 

KITS-FM (Perry Stone), 1989

 

KQED, 1989-1992

 

National Women's History Project, 1990-1991

 

Stop the Church, 1991

 

Silence of the Lambs, nd

 

Southern Poverty Law Center, 1993

 

Tongues Untied, 1991

 

Projects and Promotions Files

Box Box 1

Cable Car Awards, 1990

 

Billboard PSA Project, 1992-1993

 

Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Conference, 1992

 

Family 2000 Conference, 1992

 

Festival at the Lake, 1991

 

Forum Series/Gay vs. Queer, 1993

 

Lesbian Invisibility Panel, 1990

 

Memorial Day Event, 1993

 

Project 21, 1990-1993 (5 folders)

 

Public Service Announcements, 1989-1990

 

To Support and Defend, 1993

 

United in Love, 1991

 

GLAAD National Office Files

Box Box 1

Affiliates Correspondence and Related Materials, 1991-1993

 

Bylaws, 1992

 

Hub Report, nd

 

Miscellaneous Materials, 1992-1993

 

News Releases, 1991-1993

 

Printed Materials

Box Box 1

"Cultural Advocacy: A Non-Legal Approach to Fighting Defamation of Lesbians and Gays", Law and Sexuality, 1992

 

Ephemera

 

Handouts and Flyers

 

Press Releases, 1989-1993

 

Audio-Visual and Photo Files

Box Box 2, cassette Cassette no. 1

Defamation

Narrator:

Harvey Fierstein

Producer:

Strub/Dawson, Inc.for GLAAD, New York, NY, nd
cassette Cassette no. 2

Ministering to the Homosexual

Narrator:

Dr. Don Tweedie

Producer:

Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO, nd
cassette Cassette no. 3

Side: A
News Talk Show

Interviewer:

Bernie Rogers

Guest:

Zane Blaney(GLAAD/SFBA)

Radio:

KGO, San Francisco, CA, March 29, 1990
 

Side: B
Forum

Interviewer:

Maureen Paravente (?)

Guests:

Jessea Greenmanand Zane Blaney(GLAAD/SFBA)

Radio:

KNEW-91 AM, San Francisco, CA, April 1, 1990
cassette Cassette no. 4

Side: A
Hibernia Beach

Interviewer:

Ken McPherson

Guest:

Danny Williams

Radio:

KITS -FM, San Francisco, CA, April 1990
 

Side: B
Rubyfruit Terrace

Interviewer:

Laurie McBride

Guest:

Pam Beach

Radio:

KITS -FM, San Francisco, CA, April 1990
cassette Cassette no. 5

Side: A
Interview

Interviewer:

?

Guests:

Bryon Potts and Jessea Greenman (GLAAD/SFBA)

Radio:

KNBR, San Francisco, CA, June 17, 1990
 

Side: B
Forum

Interviewer:

Kevin Pursglove

Guests:

Roberta Achtenberg, Jim Robinson Luanne McGrieff (?)

Radio:

KQED -FM, San Francisco, CA, May 5, 1990
cassette Cassette no. 6

Side: A
Forum

Interviewer:

?

Guests:

Neil Grungras (GLAAD/SFBA), Rob Birle (BANGLE) and Lou Sheldon

Radio:

KQED -FM, San Francisco, CA, July 19, 1990
 

Side: B
Rubyfruit Terrace

Interviewer:

?

Guests:

?

Radio:

KITS -FM, San Francisco, CA, nd
cassette Cassette no. 7

GLAAD Invisibility in the Media Panel

Radio:

KPFA, Berkeley, CA, October 21, 1990
cassette Cassette no. 8

Forum

Interviewer:

?

Guests:

Carol Migden, Lenore (?), Brandy Moore and Chris Bowman

Radio:

KQED -FM, San Francisco, CA, December 31, 1990
cassette Cassette no. 9

Forum

Interviewer:

?

Guest:

Hank Wilson

Radio:

KQED -FM, San Francisco, CA, July 28, 19??
Box Box 2, vhs_tape VHS Tape no. 1

Celluloid Hate: A Thumbnail History of Homophobia in Hollywood

Producer:

Traditional Videos, Long Beach, CA, 1992
 

The Gay and Lesbian News Magazine/1992 Oscar Protests

Producer:

Bob LaFont for Traditional Videos, Long Beach, CA, 1992
vhs_tape VHS Tape no. 2

The Gay Agenda

Producer:

The Report [The Multimedia Resource Center of Springs of Life Church], Lancaster, CA, 1992
vhs_tape VHS Tape no. 2

Hate, Lies and Videotape

Producer:

The Gay and Lesbian Emergency Media Campaign, New York, NY, 1993
vhs_tape VHS Tape no. 3

Gay March '93: What You Didn't See on Network TV

Producer:

The Christian Action Network, Forest, VA, 19??
vhs_tape VHS Tape no. 4

GLAAD Memorial Day Event

Producer:

KPIX -KCO TV Press Coverage, San Francisco, CA, May 29, 1993
 

Gays in the Military

Producer:

Channel 51 CATV Press Coverage, San Francisco, Ca, May 29, 1993
vhs_tape VHS Tape no. 5

Requiem for Unknown Lesbian - Gay - Bisexual Soldiers. GLAAD/SFBA Ceremony, May 29, 1993

Camera work:

Diane Harden