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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and the support of
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Santa Clara County Office of Education

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The Health Trust
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Rainbow Chamber Silicon Valley

Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez
Santa Clara County Supervisor David Cortese

and
San Jose Councilmember Maya Esparza
San Jose Councilmember Pam Foley
San Jose Councilmember Sergio Jimenez
San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez