Outpouring of Support: GLBT History Museum Reopens After Vandal Shatters Front Windows
The GLBT History Museum in the Castro has reopened and completed repairs after a vandal shattered two large plate glass windows early on the morning of Monday, October 29. Located near 18th and Castro Street, the museum is an internationally renowned institution devoted to displaying and interpreting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history and culture.
“The outpouring of support we have received from the Castro neighborhood and from around the world has been simply remarkable,” said Gerard Koskovich, a curator at the museum. “The reaction to the vandalism is a deeply moving reminder of the importance of the museum for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and our allies worldwide.”
The museum was closed for one day after the incident, then reopened with the windows boarded up for four days. New windows were installed on the morning of Friday, November 2. According to Koskovich, the museum received significant donations from two Castro neighborhood businesses, Harvey’s and The Steamworks. In addition, numerous individuals around the world donated online to help offset the cost of repairs to the museum.