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.

This project was made possible with a grant from
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Santa Clara County
and the support of
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The Health Trust
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Rainbow Chamber Silicon Valley

David Asquith
San Jose Councilmember Maya Esparza
San Jose Councilmember Pam Foley
San Jose Councilmember Sergio Jimenez
San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez