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Guide to the Queer Nation Records, 1990-1996 (bulk dates 1990-1991)
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The Queer Nation San Francisco records (1 linear foot) document the weekly meetings, regular political and cultural actions, and press coverage of this short-lived but prominent coalition of the early 1990s. The records range from the group's inception in 1990 until 1991 (with the addition of an open letter published in 1996 intended to clarify the group's founding). The records are divided into five series: chronological, visuals, focus groups, communications, and non-Queer Nation San Francisco.
Queer Nation San Francisco was a direct action group with the purpose of advancing queer rights. Founded in July of 1990, one month after New York City's Queer Nation, it deployed tactics similar to those of the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT-UP), namely street protests, postering, and other "unapologetic," "in your face" political demonstration. Like ACT-UP, it lacked clear boundaries of membership and had no official leadership structure. Weekly meetings, held at the Mission District's Women's Building, were open to all, and decisions were made by consensus. Meetings included reports and proposals from focus groups, which met during or outside the general meeting to concentrate on their affinity, such as police violence or activist art.
Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay and Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California.
Collection is open for research.