Forget-Me-Nots records

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GLBT Historical Society
989 Market Street, Lower Level
San Francisco, California 94103
(415) 777-5455
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2021


Descriptive Summary

Title: Forget-Me-Nots records
Dates: 1987-1989
Collection Number: 1989-10
Creator/Collector:
Extent: .5 linear feet
Repository: GLBT Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94103
Abstract: The Forget-Me-Nots was a small group of gay men from San Francisco who formed an affinity group prior to the 1987 March on Washington in order to perform civil disobedience on the steps of the Supreme Court.
Language of Material: English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Forget-Me-Nots records. GLBT Historical Society

Acquisition Information

Gift of Allan Bérubé in 1989.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Forget-Me-Nots was a small group of gay men from San Francisco who formed an affinity group prior to the 1987 March on Washington in order to perform civil disobedience on the steps of the Supreme Court. Founders included historian and activist Allan Bérubé, who donated the collection to the Historical Society. The group’s name stemmed from the fact that each member marched and demonstrated in memory of a lover and – for one man who was a nurse – in memory of numerous patients lost to AIDS. After returning from Washington, the group remained together for short time, organizing against two 1988 California ballot measures, Propositions 96 and 102. Proposition 96 would allow courts to order HIV testing for some criminal suspects. Proposition 102 would prohibit anonymous testing for HIV infection and require medical personnel to report the name of anyone infected (or anyone they had reasonable cause to believe was infected) with the virus to public health authorities. The Forget-Me-Nots originated and circulated the Pledge of Resistance in response to Prop 102; signers pledged noncompliance with the law if it passed. This Pledge was taken up by a larger group of activists who formed the AIDS Action Pledge, which evolved into ACT UP San Francisco. The collection contains materials regarding civil disobedience at the 1987 March on Washington and the Forget Me-Not-’s work against Propositions 96 and 102 in 1988. There is correspondence, meeting minutes, flyers and brochures, press releases and news clippings. Materials related to the Pledge of Non-Compliance include notes, drafts, signed pledges, and a draft of Bérubé’s Prop 102 election night speech. There are cassette tape recordings of a 1987 Forget-Me-Nots group meeting. The collection also includes materials related to another group co-founded by Berube, the Surviving Partners Contingent. GSSO linked terms: http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/GSSO_000374; http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/GSSO_000521

Indexing Terms

AIDS (disease)
Gay men