Exhibit Details

“Coming Out: 50 Years of Queer Resistance and Resilience in Silicon Valley” is a traveling version of the physical exhibit that just ended its successful yearlong run at History San Jose.

The exhibit is comprised of 18 large pop-up banners that contain much of the information that existed in the exhibit. Visitors will be able to read the stories and see the photos and artifacts captured on the 36×83 inches-tall banners spaced around the rotunda.

Each of the 18 banners tell the unique story about the LGBTQ movement in Silicon Valley. Visitors can learn where all the gay bars used to be located, where all the Pride festivals have been held, activism in high-tech companies, violence against queer people, the backlash against the LGBTQ community in the 1980s, the devastation of AIDS, same-gender marriages, and claiming a seat at the political table. There are also banners telling the stories of organizations like the Billy DeFrank Community Center, Sisterspirit Bookstore, the Royal Court Balls, drag shows, leather community, and transgender history.

Exhibit Calendar

  • San Jose City Hall – June 6th to June 30th
  • Sunnyvale City Hall – July

Check back later for new locations!

Virtual Tours

Santa Clara County Government Center – October 3, 2022, to October 21, 2022

Mountain View City Hall – September 2, 2022, to September 16, 2022

Santa Clara County Government Center – June 26, 2021, to June 26, 2022