Senator Scott Wiener and Joseph Abbati, Curator, originally planned this exhibit to be displayed in the State of California Building in San Francisco and Senator Scott Wiener’s offices to celebrate this golden anniversary of San Francisco Pride.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancelation of this year’s Pride parade, we’ve decided to move this historic exhibit online and expand the installation with more photographs and videos. “SF Pride 2020 – 50 Years” features nine San Francisco Bay Area photographers and film makers with over 900 photographs and seven films spanning five decades documenting San Francisco Pride parades and events.

The photographers include: Arthur Tress, Gooch, Ron Williams, Tommy Wu, Darryl Pelletier, Jim James, Rink Foto, Rich Stadtmiller, and Charles Roseberry.  Each photographer brings a wealth of history to create a narrative about the celebration of LGBTQ+ lives at our San Francisco Pride parades from the 1970s to 2019. 

A special thanks to Bruce Beaudette for his help in contacting photographers.

Joseph Abbati, Curator

Joseph Abbati is a San Francisco artist and curator.  He has been curating for the office of Senator Scott Wiener since 2017 producing several exhibit a year featuring San Francisco Bay Area artists.  The subjects of the exhibits have included housing, night life, LGBTQ Pride, global climate, Asian artists, and Lantinx artists.

Joseph’s most recent solo exhibit at Strut, “Queeries,” was a series of paintings looking at the masculine figure and forms of expression from a queer point of view.  He also is a supporter of LGBTQ fundraisers with donations to Visual Aid, Art For AIDS, “Pulse: Acts of Love and Kindness,” and “Windows For Harvey.”

This is the fourth Pride exhibition he has curated in conjunction with the office of Senator Scott Wiener. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year’s exhibit will be only available online.

Senator Scott Wiener

Elected in November 2016, Senator Scott Wiener represents District 11 in the California State Senate. District 11 includes all of San Francisco, Broadmoor, Colma, and Daly City, as well as portions of South San Francisco.

In the Senate, Senator Wiener works to make housing more affordable, invest in our transportation systems, increase access to healthcare, support working families, meaningfully address climate change and the impacts of drought, reform our criminal justice system, reduce gun violence, reduce California’s high poverty rate, and safeguard and expand the rights of all communities, including immigrants and the LGBT community.

Senator Wiener serves as Chair of the Senate Housing Committee and is a member of the Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee; the Human Services Committee; the Public Safety Committee; the Governmental Organization Committee; the Governance and Finance Committee; and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. He is also the Assistant Majority Whip, and serves as the Chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus.

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