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Exhibit to Celebrate LGBT History

Castro District
Exhibit to Celebrate LGBT History

An exhibit sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society is in the planning stages and will likely be set up in the Castro district of San Francisco by late summer, according to a press release from the society.

An exhibit sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society is in the planning stages and will likely be set up in the Castro district of San Francisco by late summer, according to a press release from the society.

The space that will house the exhibit is located at the corner of 18th and Castro and has been leased to the historical society by Washington Mutual from now until October 2009. Local government funding for the society was cut during a budget crisis earlier this year, so the society still needs approximately $160,000 to launch the exhibit. Plans are under way for a fund-raising campaign.

The exhibit is expected to attract much attention due to the growing focus on the LGBT population of California. As couples and families travel to the state to marry this year, the exhibit will likely become a popular tourist attraction. The exhibit will feature photographs, objects, and documents chronicling the evolution of gay San Francisco and the emergence of the Castro as the nation's gay mecca.

Paul Boneberg, executive director of the GLBT Historical Society, said, "It will be a challenge for our small organization to make this happen, but this year is the perfect time to launch a home for our history in the Castro." (The Advocate)

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