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S.F. Gay Museum Attacks Begin

S.F. Gay Museum Attacks Begin


The attacks on San Francisco's new GLBT History Museum have begun, with president Randy Thomasson saying the museum is nothing more than a "propaganda porch."

"This is not so much a museum; this is a propaganda porch," he tells "There [are] going to be some people who want to believe in lies while they're visiting, but anybody interested in real history is going to find so many pages ripped out of that book."

Thomasson accused the museum of lying about gay history, ignoring the "AIDS epidemic, sexual crimes, and molestation, as well as the trampling of fundamental and religious rights in the name of 'equality.'"

"I believe they'll have the money to keep this place open because it will become sort of a mecca to them," he says. "And it's unfortunate -- celebrating a lie instead of acknowledging the truth."

The history museum is the first of its kind in the United States. It opened last week in the Castro in a 1,600-square-foot space at 4127 18th St.

The museum is operated by the GLBT Historical Society, which sought to open a museum for more than a decade but struggled to find an affordable space, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A temporary exhibition opened after the 2008 film Milk proved a permanent museum could be successful, and encouraged local businesses and individuals to donate thousands to the $250,000 total required to open and operate the permanent museum in its first year.

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