Our museums and archives are temporarily closed to support the effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Ensure your legacy for this once in a generation event!

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


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 –ahendrickson@sandiegohistory.org, 619-232-6203 x163.

Stories of Struggles + Triumphs

The San Diego History Center is pleased to announce that LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs is being extended. The exhibition will temporarily close at 5pm on January, 26, 2020 and reopen on February 10, 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!


The link below offers further information on our exhibition
+ guides for traveling, dining, lodging, and more!

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.

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.



Check out the KPBS feature on the LGBTQ+ SD Exhibition



We are collecting photos for our “Families We Make and Choose” wall as part of the of the exhibition, and looking for images that showcase your concept of family–either the one you were born into, or one that you became a part of. Fun, serious, it doesn’t matter! We just want to show what family means to you.
To submit your photo, click the link below.

Nominate a Community Hero To Be in the Exhibition!

We are looking for your input. Nominate an LGBTQ+ pioneer, visionary, champion, leader, or someone inspirational to you in the San Diego region.
To submit a name and photo photo, click the link below.


The Parker H. Jackson + Joseph Blankenship Estates

to the San Diego History Center


Tom + Jane Fetter

Jeffrey D. Shorn
+ Charles S. Kaminski Trust



& Thornburg LLP
Barona Band of
Mission Indians
Gene Burkard
Peter Cooper
+ Erik Matwijkow
Anna M. Curren
H.G. Fenton Company
International Alliance of
Theatrical Employees
(IATSE) San Diego
Patrick T. McArron
+ Glenn R. Stokes Trust
San Diego County
Building + Construction
Trades Council AFL-CIO
Sharp HealthCare
Maureen Steiner
Union Bank
United Domestic
Workers of America


Hon. Christine Kehoe
+ Julie Warren
The Matys-Gleason Family
Ben + Nikki Clay
Dr. Philip Diamond
+ Kevin Tilden
Suzanne Dukes
+ Sandy Wichelecki
Imperial Court
de San Diego
Jack + Kyle McGrory
John + Liz Morrell
Duane Morris, LLP
San Diego Municipal
Employees Association
SEIU Local 221
The San Diego LGBT
Community Center
UC San Diego
Drew Woodmansee
+ Dave Kempton


AVRP Skyport –
architecture, urban design

Baker Electric/
Baker Home Energy


Burger Construction

David Brown
+ Mark O’Brien

Candace Carroll
+ Len Simon

Kay Chandler

Randy + Michael Clark

Kay Coleman
+ Janice Montle*

Roger Cornell M.D.

Courtney Ann Coyle
+ Steven P. McDonald

Dr. Diane L. Edge
+ Ruth A. Eastwood

Iris Engstrand, Ph.D.

Loren Freestone

G|M Business Interiors

Tom Homann
LGBT Law Association

Keeney, Waite & Stevens

Nancy E. Kossan, Ph.D.
+ Deborah MacDonald

Suzanne + Bill Lawrence

Bob Lehman + Tom Felkner/
San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus

Susan Lester
+ Petra Mertens

John S. Lipsey + John A. Alexander
Family Foundation

Roy McMakin + Mike Jacobs

Mo’s Universe

Bob Nelson
Charitable Fund**

The Patio Group

Scott Peterson
+ Peter Gyorgy

Roberts Electric Service, Inc.

Allison Rossett

Safdie Rabines Architects

Jerry Sanders
+ Rana Sampson

Jeffrey + Deidre Schneider

Clifford Schireson
+ John Venekamp

Chris Sturdy

Systems Source, Inc

Nelson White
+ Dan Maccia

Scott Williford
+ Grant Reeder

Sharon Young

*San Diego
Community Foundation

**Jewish Community
Foundation San Diego


George + Cynthia Driver

Tim Lockridge / Lockridge Construction, Inc.

Bob Morris

Bill Purves + Don Schmidt

David Lang + Andy Cu-Unjieng, M.D.

Michael Levinson

Darrell Netherton
+ Robert Wheeler

San Diego Equality Alliance

Mary Anderson

Mike + Regan Kelaher

Hallie Putterman

Gretchen Richardson

San Diego Regional
Chamber of Commerce

Pamela L. Wilson
+ Jeanne M. Fricot

Bruce Warren

Gregory Evans