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Finding aid to the David Lourea Papers, 1940-1992
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  • Title: David Lourea Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1992
    Date (bulk): 1976-1992
    Collection Identifier: GLC 55
    Creator: Lourea, David, 1945-1992
    Physical Description: 2 cartons, 1 document case, 1 oversized box (2.25 cubic feet)
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    Abstract: The collection contains correspondence, articles, magazines, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and other ephemera on bisexuality and on the San Francisco Bisexual Center. It also includes articles relating to AIDS education in the bisexual community.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English. One item is in Portuguese.


    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], David Lourea Papers (GLC 55), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    Donated by Margo Rila in 1996 (accession no. 1996/13).

    Materials Transferred

    Frighten the Horses no. 9 (Spring 1992) was removed from this collection and added to the existing run in the Little Maga/Zine collection.

    Biographical note

    David Nachman Lourea was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 26, 1945. He was raised an orthodox Jew. He received a B.F.A. from Temple University in 1967. He moved with his family to San Francisco in 1973. He was active with San Francisco Sex Information, and was one of the early members of the San Francisco Bisexual Center and one of the founders of Bisexual Counseling Services. He earned a Ph.D from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and served on the board of Congregation Ahavat Shalom. He died in San Francisco on November 10, 1992 from kidney failure associated with AIDS.
    The Bisexual Center was founded in August 1976 by Harriet Leve and Maggi Rubenstein. The purpose was to "serve as a positive support base to facilitate communication, to teach each other by sharing...learning, and to explore the essence and potential of loving" for bisexuals. At its first meeting 22 attendees established a steering committee. By early 1977 the Bi Center sponsored about 15 events per month from rap groups to barbecues to dances. Its membership was about 140. The center held a press conference in June 1977 to speak out against Anita Bryant and Proposition 6 (aka the Briggs Initiative). As a result of the media exposure, membership rose to 435.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection includes newsletters, printed and manuscript articles, photographs and subject files collected by Lourea concerning bisexuality, the Bisexual Center, the Bay Area Bisexual Network, sex education, and AIDS education.


    The collection is arranged into 6 series: Series 1. Personal Papers; Series 2. Subject Files; Series 3. Photographs; Series 4. Unpublished Manuscripts; Series 5. Articles and Reprints; and Series 6. Periodicals.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Lourea, David, 1945-1992
    Bisexual Center (San Francisco, Calif.).
    AIDS (Disease)--California--Prevention.
    AIDS (Disease)--Education.
    Bisexuality--California--San Francisco.