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LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories Of Struggles & Triumphs

  • WHEN Ongoing from now until December 31, 2019[days & times]
  • WHERE San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite #3, Casa de Balboa Building, San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free - $5

In 1982, a Naval Intelligence Service investigation in San Diego to “ferret out the lesbians” aboard the submarine USS Dixon subjected 12 women to months of ordeal and ended in the dishonorable discharge of three of them.

Just thirty-six years later, Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) became the first openly gay Senate leader in California’s state history.

To highlight this and other stories of perseverance and achievement, the San Diego History Center is partnering with Lambda Archives of San Diego to bring the first exhibition on the history of San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community to Balboa Park.

Titled "LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs," this will be the History Center’s major exhibition of 2018 and will run to January 2020 with an estimated 250,000 visitors!

San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community has faced both tragedy and triumph.

This exhibition focuses on major community themes including:
- Identity: Who we are and how we define ourselves.
- Persecution
- Pioneers who have helped shape our Region’s LGBTQ+ Community.
- Families we make and choose.
- Where the San Diego LGBTQ+ Community is headed and the work that remains ahead.

Visitors will hear from those in the LGBTQ+ region about the struggles to overcome persecution, the battle with AIDS, bullying, and intolerance, and the power of the community.

Hours: The San Diego History Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

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