LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs

July 8, 2018 – January 20, 2020

The San Diego History Center in partnership with the Lambda Archives brings the first exhibition EVER in Balboa Park, focused on San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community.
Titled LGBTQ+San Diego: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs this will be the History Center’s major exhibition of 2018 and will run to January 2020 with an estimated 250,000 visitors!

Exhibition Themes:

San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community has faced both tragedy and triumph. This exhibition focuses on major community themes including:

  • Identity – Who we are and how we define ourselves
  • Persecution
  • Pioneers who have helped shape our Region’s LGBTQ+ Community
  • Families we make and choose
  • Where the San Diego LGBTQ+ Community is headed and the work that remains ahead

Visitors will hear from those in the LGBTQ+ region about the struggles to overcome persecution, the battle with AIDS, bullying, and intolerance, and the power of the community.

Be a Part of the Exhibition:

We are collecting photos for our LGBTQ+ SD: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs exhibition opening in July. The photos will be part of the exhibition showing the everyday life of San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community.

To submit your photo, click the link below.

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our team during the run of this exhibition. Connect with like-minded individuals, meet new people, gain knowledge, and help tell the stories of our community. We are currently accepting new exhibition volunteers for the roles of Gallery Guide and Programs & Events Assistants. Additional information about the Volunteer Program can be found on our Volunteer Program webpage.

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact Alison Hendrickson, Visitor & Volunteer Engagement Manager –, 619-232-6203 x163.

Curation & Community Collaboration:

The exhibition curatorial team is led is by Lillian Faderman, LGBTQ+ scholar and author of the book The Gay Revolution and Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death from Yale University Press.

Ensure your legacy for this once in a generation event!

If you would like to support this exhibition financially, sponsorship opportunities are available.

Please contact William Lawrence, Executive Director – San Diego History Center. (619) 232-6203 x 106 or