LLTA Awarded $3,000 Grant for HVAC Upgrades

GOOD NEWS!! The St. Francis Lutheran Church Endowment in San Francisco awarded Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive a $3,000 grant to install HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) just in time to protect our valuable holdings from the summer heat. This is their second grant to LLTA and Louise thanks them for their continued support.

St. Francis Lutheran Church of San Francisco has a long history of LGBT social activism. In 1990 they ordained two lesbian pastors, flying in the face of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, who cut them loose from the national church. But St. Francis stuck to their mission and in 2009 the national church approved gay clergy and invited the Duboce Triangle congregation back into the fold.

This year’s successful grant was skillfully written by volunteer fundraising chair Carol Kleinmaier. When St. Francis invited Ms. Bob to talk about the impact of the 2017 grant, Robyn Adams, LLTA’s design diva from SecretFanBase created the flyer to distribute to members of the congregation. We’re including it here, not only for its beauty, but also to serve as a mini newsletter of Louise’s recent activities. Thank you, Robyn and Carol.

Currently LLTA is open to researchers by appointment only. With the grand opening planned for August, Louise need volunteers. If anyone near Louise’s Vallejo, CA home wishes to help organize the archive, refurbish the garden, plan or volunteer at the event, please, send Louise a message.

Louise thanks YOU!

Upcoming Ms. Bob Lectures

Though Louise’s Archive isn’t open yet, we’ve been active ever since the collection came out of storage earlier this year.

Louise has two projects about Casa Susanna, a Catskills hunting lodge that served as a cross-dresser’s resort in the 1960s & 70s.

Ms. Bob presented, “In Their Own Words: Voices from Casa Susanna,” at University of Victoria’s, conference Moving Transgender History Forward in March.

We’re in discussion with director Isa Bonnet, whose upcoming film, for ARTE, a French/German television network, is about Casa Susanna.  Several years ago, LLTA provided Isa with information and photographs for her Casa Susanna Ph.D. thesis.

Ms. Bob will present “Do the Clothes Fit? – Searching for Transgender Identity in Archival Images of Cross-Dressing,” at Solano County Pride Center and City College of San Francisco this year.  Sonoma State University in 2019.

“How Do You Know What You’re Seeing?” by Ms. Bob will be included in Introduction to Transgender Studies by Ardel Thomas, Harrington Park Press, Columbia University.  The textbook includes two LLTA photographs and full color reproduction of LLTA’s logo.

We’re planning the grand opening for early June.   Details will follow joyfully.

Donation Perks Available

Louise knows you are giving out of the goodness of your heart and because of your commitment to preserving trans history, but some prizes for your donation can’t hurt, right?

All donations will receive an LLTA sticker
$25 – LLTA Button
$50 – Sticker + Button

Additional Perks available while they last. Please specify in the PayPal comment when you make your Donation which you would like, or just email us a followup message.

$75 – Rea Bourbon record (3 available)
$75 – Divine: Born to be Cheap/The Name Game
45rpm record in white sleeve with color foldout jacket featuring four photos of Divine.
$75 – Psycho Beach Party: A New Comedy by Charles Busch
Theatrical program for the original, off-Broadway production, 1987. Made into a film in 2000. Original title, “Gidget Goes Psycho.”
$75 – Lady Like magazine #17, Jo-Ann Roberts, editor, 1993
$75 – Lady Like magazine #38, Angela Gardner, editor, 1999
Influential 1990s community publication famous for, “exploring & expressing femininity.”
$100 – Female Mimics: vol. 5, #4, Fall 1974
$100 – Female Mimics: vol. 6, # 2, Spring 1975
$100 – Female Mimics: vol. 7, # 2, Spring 1976
Later issues of crossdressing’s first glossy-cover, standard size pictorial magazine. Published by Goldstripe/Jenifer Jordan.
$100 – If You Can’t Lick ‘em, Join ‘em: Part One, Down to Defeat; a novelette
One of the few fem-dom fantasies published under Virginia Prince’s imprint, now rare. Chevalier Publications, 1978.

$100 – The Case of Accidental Murder!
Frank, a transvestite, goes undercover as Francis to investigate a possible murder. Published under Virginia Prince’s imprint, now rare. Chevalier Publications, 1970s.

$250 – Man Maid Doll
The Man-Maid Doll by Patricia Morgan as told to Paul Hoffman (one available) “The strange story of a man who was turned into a woman.” Rare, hard cover 1973 trans autobiography, published by Lyle Stuart.

$250 – Her Favorite TV: no. 1
Classic little book of crossdressing fantasy, the adventures of a young, married transvestite stockbroker. Illustrated by Eneg, aka Gene Bilbrew
Published by Mutrix Books, 1960s.

$250 – Inside/out
Short autobiographies of 16 transgender people, mostly students, published in response to an assault on a transgender woman in a City College bathroom, 2004. One of only 300 first edition copies.

$500 – San Francisco Coronation 2005: Four Decades of History & Tradition.
Retrospective program book published by the Imperial Council of San Francisco, illustrated throughout.

$500 – Stilletto: vol. 7, #1, January, 2014
Published by Transgender/Intersex Justice Project for incarcerated transwomen of color. Article about Major!, the documentary about Stonewall survivor and TGI Justice founder Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. A very difficult magazine to find.

$750 – TV/TS Tapestry Journal & Transgender Tapestry
Broken run of 9 issues, #70, 72, 74, 75, 77, 78, 108, 110, 114 (1995-2008)
Widely respected publication of the International Foundation for Gender Education.

$1,000 – Drag: a magazine about the transvestite
Broken run of 10 issues, #5, 6, 7, 10, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22 & 25 (1972-1975)
Official Organ of the Queens Liberation Front
Edited by Lee G. Brewster, art direction & cover drawings by Vicky West.
The most inclusive national publication of the early trans community.

Finishing Touches Benefit Fundraiser November 30th

Join us for our “Finishing Touches” Benefit, November 30th at the SF GLBT History Museum.

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2017

performances by
SHAWNA VIRAGO, transgender songwriter
BIRDIE-BOB WATT, Thrillpeddlers mainstay
JOSHUA RAOUL BRODY, keyboard stylings
Ms. BOB will present highlights from LLTA’s collection
And special guest emcee
DR. CAROL QUEEN, co-founder of the Center for Sex & Culture

GLBT History Museum
4127 – 18th St. near Castro St.
7:00 – 9:00pm
$20.00 donation at the door/sliding scale

Can’t make it to the show? No worries! You can donate here.

Your donation to the construction and maintenance of the LLTA is tax deductible thanks to our partnership with the GLBT Historical Society of San Francisco. Please help us carry out our mission to preserve our transgender history.

Your donation to the construction and maintenance of the LLTA is tax deductible thanks to our partnership with the GLBT Historical Society of San Francisco. Please help us carry out our mission to preserve our transgender history.

A Message From Ms. Bob on the Finishing Touches Campaign

Now Accepting Online Donations

Thanks to the San Francisco GLBT Historical Society you may now make online tax deductible donations to the Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive. Construction is almost finished on the archive space but much of that work has yet to be paid for. Thankfully, our construction team is generous and patient, but we need to get them paid as soon as possible. Please help if you can.

Construction Update

The Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive (LLTA) is now under construction. The first step, when turning a shabby garage into an environmentally controlled transgender archive, is to clear it out.


The bulk of the archival holdings, over 70 banker’s boxes, have been in storage since last August, but we still had Louise’s file cabinets and furniture to deal with. Enter Stafford, well connected trans man and LLTA supporter. Stafford contacted Dr. Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence, co-founders of the Center for Sex & Culture in San Francisco. These pillars of queer culture generously donated storage space for Louise’s furniture and filing cabinets and Stafford assembled the moving crew. After a day of loading and unloading, we were ready to build.

Rob Oakley designed the LLTA space months ago and now he’s building it. Rob is a theatrical and exhibit designer. In the 1990s he was Technical Director for the San Francisco State University’s Theatre Arts Department where he met Ms. Bob, who taught theatrical sound design. He fabricated the Harvey Milk exhibit for the opening of the GLBT History Museum and was both technical designer and project manager for scenic-elements in the new Madame Tussauds Wax Museum at Fishermen’s Wharf.

Rob started in on LLTA by tearing out termite infested walls and building new ones. This week Louise got a new door and a window overlooking the garden. She looks fabulous thanks to Rob Oakley.

And speaking of looking fabulous, please, checkout Louise’s re-designed website, the work of LLTA creative director Robyn Adams, who also designed the LLTA logo. Other contributors of time and talent include Jim McKee of earwax productions, who recorded and mixed the sound for our fundraising video and grant writer Carol Kleinmaier. Every grant she wrote for LLTA has been successful. Both Carol & Jim donated all their work to LLTA.

The LLTA would not be possible without the support of 87 online backers, the LEF Foundation, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, St. Francis Lutheran Endowment and one greatly appreciated anonymous donor. With their help LLTA raised $12,500, about half of what’s needed to complete the construction and purchase archival storage containers. We’re waiting to hear about another grant and planning to apply for more. The GLBT Historical Society will continue to act as Louise’s fiscal sponsor, so all donations are still tax deductible.

Watch this site. Watch Louise grow and see her archive develop.