At the height of the AIDS crisis and in the midst of a wave of queer militancy in 1991, California’s governor vetoed AB101, a statewide gay and lesbian rights bill. San Francisco’s LGBT community responded with outrage: Thousands joined a massive protest that ended with the police in retreat and a state office building in flames — one of only three queer riots in the history of the city.
A special program to mark the 20th anniversary of the AB101 Veto Riot will be moderated by Laura Thomas and will feature a new documentary short about the riot, as well as a living-history panel with protest organizers and participants Lito Sandoval and Ingrid Nelson offering inside stories.
Also taking part will be composer Bob Ostertag, whose piece “All the Rage” for the Kronos Quartet includes sound recorded at the riot, and filmmaker Steve Elkins, director of the short about the riot and of a new feature-length documentary, “The Reach of Resonance,” which discusses Ostertag’s work.
The audience discussion following the panel is sure to provide additional memories from the AB101 Veto Riot. If you were there, bring your stories!
DATE: Thursday, September 29
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th St. (between Castro & Collingwood streets), San Francisco
COST: $5.00 (California students with ID $3.00; members free)
In conjunction with the program, The GLBT History Museum will be showing “No Apologies, No Regrets: The AB101 Veto Riot,” a mini-exhibit of artifacts, photos and documents from the archives of the GLBT Historical Society. The mini-exhibit will be on display Sept. 16 through Oct. 15.
Yes, Ingrid was a badass. Ingrid is still a badass. I am so proud, I could burst. Come check it out!
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