Local LGBTQ+ History

Explore the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community in Santa Cruz County in the Queerstory digital archive and Queer Santa Cruz exhibition.

Digital Archive: Queerstory
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Online Exhibition: Queer Santa Cruz
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Preserving & Promoting the History of the LGBTQ+ Community

Santa Cruz County has been at the forefront of LGBTQ+ activism since the 1960s, blazing a trail for visibility and acceptance that has been emulated by LGBTQ+ movements nationwide. The MAH joins forces with the Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County and other partners to honor, support, and promote LGBTQ+ perspectives past and present through a variety of exhibitions, programming, and initiatives.


Queerstory history trunk, photo by Daris Jasper.

Queerstory history trunk, photo by Daris Jasper.

Queer Santa Cruz exhibit

Queerstory history trunk, photo by Daris Jasper.

Queerstory history trunk, photo by Daris Jasper.

Queer Santa Cruz exhibit, photo by Daris Jasper.


Currently available: Grades 6-8 trunk.
Coming soon: Grades K-5 & Grades 9-12 trunks.

Trunks can be picked up from 12-6pm on Fridays. Check out the calendar here to reserve.

Santa Cruz Pride is the largest LGBTQ+ event on the Central Coast (the third oldest annual Pride Parade and Festival celebrated in California), attracting more than 7,000 participants every year since June 1975.

Santa Cruz Diversity Center creates education outreach programs that develop LGBTQ+ youth leaders, promote tolerance towards local trans communities, reduce sentiments of isolation by connecting seniors, veterans, youth and Latinx groups to one another, and provides learning opportunities about the LGTBQ+ community at large

MAH Trunk: Queerstory

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In 2022 the MAH received a grant from the California State Library to digitize and archive the LGBTQ+ history in Santa Cruz County. With these funds, we also developed free educational resources for the general public using the collection. We are thrilled to present the MAH Trunks as interactive learning tools that are full of activities for educators to use with students in kindergarten to 12th grade.

With these trunks, our goal is to support educators to help students learn LGBTQ+ history. We believe that students should be able to understand this material instead of learning through negative stereotypes and myths.

As a result, we hope that these resources will create an empathetic, respectful, and inclusive learning environment for everyone.

Click HERE to learn more and reserve a trunk today!

photo credit: Daris Jasper

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Funding for Queerstory is made possible through a generous preservation and accessibility grant from the California State Library.