Save the SMA and LGBT History!

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Raised by 50 people in 61 months
Please help me raise $20,000 by February 15, 2015 to a great house for the SMA, to help pay for my legal defense fees, and to Save the Sexual Minorities Archives for our LGBTQ communities!

Hello, Bet Power here. Thank you so much to everyone who donated to the first GoFundMe campaign to Save the Archives House! We reached our goal of $10,000 in just 28 days! People have touched me, encouraged me, and given me hope that we can do this! We can Save the SMA. Together, let's continue raising the funds needed to purchase the home of the Sexual Minorities Archives (SMA). This will be a LGBTQ and allies community victory!

The Sexual Minorities Archives, a national collection of LGBTQ literature, history, and art, is also my home. The SMA, now in its 40th year, is one of the oldest and largest LGBTQ archives in the United States. This house, where I and the SMA have lived for 31 years, is now up for sale and I cannot myself afford to buy it. The Archives House is home to nearly 10,000 books, over 900 periodicals sets, comprehensive subject file materials on LGBTQ life, multi-media, art works, and rare LGBTQ historic materials. Each year, 300 to 500 people visit the SMA to browse, conduct research, volunteer their time, work as student interns, or attend support group meetings.

The SMA is a LGBTQ community-built, community-directed, and community-managed archive. I am reaching out to the community to help me purchase the Archives House for us all. 

I am a 64-year old, disabled, transgender man; a queer historian and an activist archivist. As far as I know, I am the only trans man who is curating and directing a U.S. national queer archive.

For all of my adult life, I worked full-time as a marketing communications executive. I did this – commuting 100 miles to Boston and back every day – to bring my paycheck home to support the SMA.

But seven years ago, I became medically disabled with a rare, life-threatening vasculitis disease called Granulomatosis With Poly Angiitis (GPA). There is no known cause and no known cure, only chemotherapy every 4 months and surgery every 6 months, indefinitely, to keep my lungs functioning and my airway open. The disease dangerously narrowed my trachea and I lost hearing in my left ear entirely. Recently, treatment began to work and the disease is in remission. However, the onset of the illness and its numerous medical appointments, hospitalizations, and demanding treatment, ended my career of 30 years. Today, I survive on SSDI as my only source of income.

It’s not a lot of money each month, and that is an understatement.

I am working with an economic justice organization to get a mortgage, which I otherwise could not get, as someone who survives on Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). The Neighborhood Association Corporation of America (NACA) is a HUD-backed, in-the-streets and in-the-suites activist organization that is advocating with a lender for me to get a mortgage. For 25 years, NACA has stood up to the big banks, protested against their lucrative sub-prime mortgage schemes, resisted evictions of working-class people of color and poor whites, and won the right to buy a home and stay in our homes for countless people. Check them out at

I have qualified for a NACA Mortgage; however, I need to reach my second campaign's goal of $20,000 to make sure that I can buy a new home for the SMA and to help with my legal expenses.

That is  because, after 31 years of being a model tenant who pays rent on time every month while also paying for repairs to the house myself, on October 30 I was served a no-fault eviction notice. In the face of an eviction, I am fighting for both time and money from the landlord so that the Sexual Minorities Archives will be able to relocate to a new house and continue to be open and its collections accessible to the public!

For full information, please read my statement, "Bet Power and the Sexual Minorities Archives Face Eviction," dated November 6 in its entirety, posted elsewhere on this site.

Please help me to save the SMA and LGBT History! This is my life’s work. Please help me secure the location for this important national LGBTQ archives and for our community. I do it all for you!

Please give, and spread the word to everyone you know! We can do this. We can save the SMA and LGBT History!

Thank you so much.
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I'm discontinuing this GFM campaign even though it didn't reach its goal. The good news is that I managed in other ways to gather enough funds from supportive community members, friends, and family - combined with my own savings - to purchase a new home for the SMA!

Look for more information about the relocation of the Archives in the months ahead.

Thank you, everyone.

Bet Power
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Hello there,

I've extended the deadline for this campaign one last time, to February 15, 2015. I really need your help to meet the $20,000 goal as I gather funds to purchase a new home for the Sexual Minorities Archives. We all want the SMA to relocate to an even better house and its amazing LGBTQI historical collections to stay accessible to the public!

February 15 will be the very last day that you can help me and the LGBTQI community make this happen! We can do this! There's only $17,060 to go!

I also need help with my legal defense costs as I battle a no-fault eviction by the owner of the current Archives House.

Check out the new rewards for various levels of donations and give today! Even if you can't give at those levels, $10 will help! Let's keep one of the oldest and largest national LGBTQ archives in the United States available to us all!

Thank you so much.

Bet Power
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Hey there! Check out two new categories of rewards for giving:
Triple Thanks! for $120 and Rarely Yours! for $50.

As a reward for donating $120 in Triple Thanks! take your pick from one of the following triplicate copies of books from the SMA, email your selection to me, and we will mail it to you right away:

(1) A Letter To Harvey Milk: Short Stories
By Lesléa Newman
Published in 1988 by Firebrand Books, Ithaca, NY
173 pages
Good Condition
This collection of 9 stories offers a unique perspective on Jewish and lesbian issues. Newman tells the stories of lesbian self-discovery and embracing Jewish heritage with candor and a lack of self-consciousness.

(2) Murder By Tradition
By Katherine V. Forrest
Published in 1991 by Naiad Press, Tallahassee, FL
First Edition
272 pages
Like New
Lambda Literary Award winner Katherine V. Forrest is the author of the legendary Kate Delafield mystery series. When a successful gay restaurateur is stabbed to death, Kate Delafield’s investigation puts her in conflict with her own fear of being outed as a lesbian. As Kate tries to testify for the prosecution with her integrity intact, the killer’s attorney, the only man who knows the truth about Kate’s sexuality, prepares a "homosexual panic" defense.

(3) Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A.
By Jonathan Katz
Published in 1976 by the Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York
690 pages
Fair Condition
This nonfiction work is a collection of historical chronicles of American lesbian and gay male life. This thought provoking work that will remain a basic text and source book on gay male and lesbian American History for both the general audience and a more specialized researcher.

(4) Gay/Lesbian Almanac: A New Documentary
By Jonathan Ned Katz
Published in 1983 by Harper & Row, New York
764 pages
First Edition
Good Condition
This work of nonfiction contains in chronological order, evidence of the true and fantastical history of those persons now called lesbians and gay men and of the changing social forms of and responses to those acts, feelings, and relationships now called homosexual in the Early American Colonies, 1607-1740, and in the Modern United States, 1880-1950.

(5) Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution
By Jill Johnston
Published in 1973 by Simon and Schuster, New York
283 pages
First Edition
Like New
In this book Jill Johnston maps out her vision of radical lesbian feminism by combining both personal experience with theory for a vision of the future.

(6) Dykes To Watch Out For: The Sequel: Added Attraction! “Serial Monogamy” - A Documentary
By Alison Bechdel
Published in 1992 by Firebrand Books, New York
133 pages
Like New
Alison Bechdel’s Dykes To Watch Out For is a comic strip of an idealized community of lesbian friends, lovers and gay activists. Bechdel's work is politically correct, charming, skillful and very funny.

(7) Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism
By Pat Califia
Published in 1997 by Cleis Press, San Francisco, CA
First Edition
307 pages
Like New
Sex Changes is a carefully researched analysis of the contemporary history of transsexuality. Pat Califia expertly examines the lives of early transgender pioneers and scrutinizes feminist resistance to transsexuals occupying women's space, the Christian Right's backlash against transsexuals, and the appropriation of the berdache and other differently-gendered by gay historians to prove the universal existence of homosexuality.

(8) The New Lesbians: Interviews with Women Across the U.S. and Canada
By Laurel Galana & Gina Covina
Published in 1977 by Moon Books, Berkeley, CA
221 pages
Good Condition
The New Lesbians describes the authors' journey across the U.S. and Canada to interview a wide variety of women and report on the reality of current (1970s) lesbian lifestyle.

(9) Sappho Was A Right-On Woman: A Liberated View of Lesbianism
By Sidney Abbot and Barbara Love
Published in 1973 by Stein and Day Publishers, New York
251 pages
Fair Condition
Sappho Was A Right-On Woman is a pioneering work of nonfiction on the relationship of lesbianism to feminism as well as of the lesbian experience, described carefully and logically from an authentic inside perspective rather than the “othering” and alienating psychiatric perspective. This publication is a major contribution to the history and understanding of women with the possibility to enact social change.

(10) Naked Places: A Guide for Gay Men to Nude Recreation and Travel, 5th ed.
Compiled and Edited by Michael Boyd
Published in 2006 by Mercury Productions, Austin, TX
315 pages
Like New
Naked Places is the gay man’s guide to nude recreation around the world. Inside, you’ll find information on well over 600 nude beaches, hot springs, and other natural areas that are popular with gay men, complete with detailed directions. Additionally, there are profiles of nearly 250 gay resorts, inns, guesthouses, campgrounds, and other accommodations along with a directory of gay nudist social clubs and information about a variety of other activities.

(11) Love Bites
Photographs by Della Grace
Published in 1991 by Gay Man’s Press, London
71 pages
Like New
Love Bites is a book of photography by Della Grace, a dyke art photographer, which focuses on the lesbian underground communities of which Grace is a part.

(12) Talk Among The Womenfolk
By Susan Saxe
Published in 1976 by Common Woman Press
21 pages
Fair Condition
This is a book of poetry written by Susan Saxe during her time living underground.

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As a reward for donating $50 in Rarely Yours! take your pick from one of these rare periodical issues that are triplicate copies from the SMA. Email me your selection and we will mail it to you right away:

(1) FTM
March 1989, Issue 7
San Francisco, CA
Good Condition
A Final Tribute To Billy Tipton

(2) Transgender Tapestry
Spring 1996, Issue 75
Waltham, MA
Excellent Condition
Special FTM issue

(3) 10 Percent
Spring 1993 No. 002
San Francisco, CA
Excellent Condition

(4) 10 Percent
June 1994, Vol. 2 No. 008
San Francisco, CA
Excellent Condition
Special Issue on Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, June 28, 1969

(5) Out/Look: National Lesbian & Gay Quarterly
Summer 1989, Vol. 2 No. 5
San Francisco, CA
Excellent Condition
Special Issue on Dance Music’s Gay Black Roots

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Just two more copies are available of "El Muro: The Wall," an amazing coffee table art book: photographs of Cuban LGBTs by Eduardo Hernandez Santos.

Who will become a Flashy Fan by contributing $100 to receive the book? Who would like their own copy of "El Muro: The Wall"? Will it be YOU who receives this breakthrough work of art for your personal library or to give as a gift to a friend, as a "thank you" for donating?
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