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Local Response to the Orlando Shootings
Lambda Archives' volunteer Charles Kaminsky featured in the Union-Tribune

"What makes the Pulse nightclub horror ever more poignant," Colmore goes on, "is that the people targeted have done as much as any group among us to embrace each other, and, more than most, have paid a heavy price." When I read that sentence, I immediately thought of Charles Kaminski, the San Diego architect who's made it one of his life's missions to memorialize the physical places where San Diego history has happened to the LGBTQ community, the there that's still here. A month ago, Kaminski showed me around the Lambda Archives, a library of gay history, located behind the Diversionary Theatre in University Heights. We talked about the crucial role of gay bars like The Flame and the Brass Rail, the safe (once smoky) spaces where many of San Diego's gay men and women first felt their own pulses, if you will." Read the full article online at the U-T.

Walking Tours

The tours are $20 and that money will go to continue the work of Lambda Archives to Collect, Preserve and Educate. Our LGBT Heritage is important--join us to explore the evolution of Hillcrest and help support our efforts.

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Gala Luncheon A Big Hit!
Thank You to all of our sponsors, donors, volunteers and attendees!

On Saturday, March 19th an enthusiastic crowd enjoyed remarks by our Guest Speaker Dr. Joycelyn Elders - U.S. Surgeon General 1993-1994 at our Heroines, Pioneers, and Trailblazers Gala Luncheon. Hosted by Honorary Chairs, San Diego AIDS Memorial Committee Co-chair Katherine Stuart Falconer, City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez, CA Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Jennifer LeSar, the event celebrated the "ordinary" women (lesbian, trans*, and straight) who stepped up and did extraordinary things in the difficult early days of HIV/AIDS in San Diego and Tijuana. The heroic women were honored for their hard work, compassion and visionary leadership. Their stories are part of a compelling yet under-recognized chapter in our history.

You can help keep their stories alive by supporting Lambda Archives as a volunteer or donor. Any amount is put to good use. Make a donation today.

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We are thrilled to be sharing with you ParkArts, an innovative and exciting collaboration between the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, Diversionary Theatre and Lambda Archives to create San Diego's LGBT Cultural and Performing Arts Center at 4545 Park Blvd.

The LGBT Cultural and Performing Arts Center will place culture, history and art at the epicenter of San Diego's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the Uptown neighborhood of University Heights adjacent to Hillcrest. It will remain home to Diversionary Theatre and Lambda Archives, and is owned and maintained by the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. This progressive arrangement allows each organization to focus on its core mission, yet broaden and embrace more of the San Diego LGBTQ culture.

We invite you to join us in celebrating and creating San Diego's LGBT Cultural and Performing Arts Center for generations to come. Follow #ParkArts via social media to stay up-to-date with the progress of this initiative. Please share with your friends and community about ParkArts so we may continue garnering community support.

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 Lambda Archives gratefully acknowledges the continued support of:
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