Our Queer History

Silicon Valley LGBTQ+ Art, Culture, and Politics

Santa Clara Valley, once an agricultural hub, is now home to the tenth largest U.S. city, San Jose. From its bars and Imperial Courts, to fighting the Religious Right, to forming ethnic organizations, to battling HIV/AIDS, to fighting for marriage equality, San Jose’s rich history informs the greater LGBTQ+ movement in the United States. This is the story of a movement set in a traditional, heteronormative suburb.  Even without a central gathering place like Castro Street, or Greenwich Village, progress still happened. The archival documents, personal narratives, photographs, and videos found here tell that story.

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This project is made possible in part by a grant from the County of Santa Clara's Historic Grant Program.

and the support of

Patrons of Queer Silicon Valley ($10,000+)

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Allies of Queer Silicon Valley ($5,000+)

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U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo

Supporters of Queer Silicon Valley ($2,500+)

Friends of Queer Silicon Valley ($1,000+)

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U.S. Representative Ro Khanna
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California State Senator Josh Becker
California State Senator David Cortese
California State Senator John Laird

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California State Assemblymember Marc Berman
California State Assemblymember Alex Lee
California State Assemblymember Evan Low
California State Assemblymember Mark Stone

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Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez
Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg
Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman

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Sunnyvale Mayor Larry Klein


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San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo
San Jose Councilmember Lan Diep (Ret.)
San Jose Councilmember Maya Esparza
San Jose Councilmember Pam Foley
San Jose Councilmember Sergio Jimenez
San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez