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Guide to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Records - San Francisco Bay Area, 1989-1993
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Materials Removed from the Collection
  • Related Collections

  • 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 GLBT Historical Society
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


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


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    Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay and Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California.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

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