In a short three year span, the first AIDS epidemic crashed into the Castro and completely disrupted the culture. Gay San Franciscans, and especially residents of the Castro, thought they had found the geographical answer to their struggle, but the crisis changed a safe space into one full of danger. Of course, it was hard to talk about something politicians would rarely acknowledge existed, and when they did, it often sounded like punishment. Borrowing from the Civil Rights movement, the LGBT community launched a dizzying array of demonstrations, vigils, marches, and sit-ins, struggling for social and political recognition of the AIDS crisis. The new exhibition, "Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws: Gay San Francisco, 1985-1988," chronicles this time through the lens of photographer Thomas Alleman. The Jewett Gallery displays a visual history of the struggle for social justice in the late 1980s, from the first gay candidates who ran for public office to artists who created a home-grown, alternate gay culture, all at great personal risk.
Fridays, Sundays, noon; Mondays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. Starts: Dec. 30. Continues through Feb. 10, 2012