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GLBT History Museum: “Briggs: A Scary Proposition” | Exhibition Opening
September 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
On November 7, 1978, Californians decisively voted down Proposition Six, a statewide initiative that would have banned lesbian and gay people and supporters of lesbian and gay rights from teaching in public schools. The battle against the proposition, sponsored by State Senator John Briggs, took place in the context of a wave of homophobic ballot measures around the United States. The No on Six campaign was the first to succeed in defeating anti-gay forces in the voting booth. Among the best remembered leaders of the effort was Harvey Milk, but many other groups and individuals also made vital contributions.
A new exhibition at the GLBT History Museum, “The Briggs Initiative: A Scary Proposition,” will mark the 40th anniversary of the campaign. Drawing on posters, buttons, flyers, photographs and other scarce materials from the archives of the GLBT Historical Society, the show will recount the story of the fight to defeat Briggs and advance equality for LGBTQ people and their allies in California. The opening reception will feature brief remarks by community curators Sue Englander, Paula Lichtenberg and Glenne McElhinney, all of them veterans of the No on Six campaign. Light refreshments will be served.