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Transgender San Francisco (TGSF) collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Transgender San Francisco (TGSF) collection
    Dates: 1950-2001
    Collection Number: 2006-45
    Extent: .8 linear feet (2 boxes)
    Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
    San Francisco, California 94105
    Abstract: Contains organizational documents from, and trangender-related articles, news clippings, and publications collected by TransGender San Francisco (TGSF), a nonprofit dedicated to serving the educational, social, and recreational needs of the transgendered community.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open for research. Funding for processing this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

    Publication Rights

    Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has not been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

    Preferred Citation

    Transgender San Francisco (TGSF) collection. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

    Acquisition Information

    Donated to the Historical Society in September 2006.

    Biography/Administrative History

    According to a pamphlet about Educational TV Channel, in the spring of 1982 a small group of cross dressers in the San Francisco Bay Area, wanting a safe place to meet, began getting together on a regular basis at various individuals’ homes. They chose the name ETVC for the group, and as word got around it grew and established regular monthly socials at a San Francisco restaurant. In less than a year their theme parties were averaging 40 to 50 people, and ETVC had become established as one of the best places in the Bay Area for cross dressers and transsexuals to go for a night out. In 1983 ETVC established a set of bylaws and a formal structure. In 1984 they added Committees, a Couples Group, information pamphlets, and card parties. Membership grew to over 100. Between 1985 and 1987 they added their ETVC libraries and new activities. In 1993 they began their TS Seminars and, in 1994, they received non-profit status. The organization changed its name to Transgender San Francisco in 1998. The organization is dedicated to serving the educational, social, and recreational needs of the transgendered community. TGSF is also dedicated to educating the general public about transgenderism and promoting a positive image of transgendered persons among the general public. The transgendered community includes all transgendered persons, their family and friends, and anyone with a sincere interest in the transgender community. (from www.tgsforg, accessed September 15, 2006) TGSF remains an open supportive gender group with over 450 members from across the country and around the world.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection includes a TGSF Officers Manual, which documents the internal workings of TGSF. It contains Articles of Incorporation, job descriptions and information for TOSF Officers, and organizational documents for TGSF’s Cotillion drag ball. The TGSF Cotillion Judging Coordinator Handbook contains information on judging criteria for Ms. TGSF, information on contestants and judges. The Articles Scrapbook is a collection of articles and clippings related to transgender topics. The scrapbook was part of the ETVC library. The Newspaper Article Library Volume 4 contains newspaper clippings of trans issues in the news, including many “Street Talk” columns by Doris Fish. Publications include the Published Conference Proceedings from The Second International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy, 1993.

    Indexing Terms

    Transgender people
    Educational TV Channel (Organization)

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