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1988 Student Happening in Union Square

LGBTQ students organized the “SFAI Gay and Lesbian Group” with 35 members in 1988.  One of their actions, as described in a San Francisco Sentinel article was a HAPPENING on World Aids Day, Dec. 1, 1988 when the group set up a “camp…in Union Square…outfitted in pajamas…in twin beds inviting the public to discuss the importance” of practicing safe sex, handing out information aimed at the general public—while at the same time gathering donations for Project Open Hand.  Cliff Hengst,who is portrayed in this poster along with Miki Goralsky, recalled, “We had a bed set up, with sheets and pillows and everything, and we asked strangers to join us in bed to talk about safe sex. So crazy.”


With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.



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