Pride Reception in honor of Dr. Ted McIlvenna
Sunday, June 29, 3-5pm (longer if we’re having too much fun to leave)
Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission between 9th and 10th
No charge; we will gratefully accept donations to defray the costs of the event
Please join us to honor one of San Francisco’s most extraordinary citizens! Now over 80, The Rev. Dr. Ted McIlvenna began activist work on behalf of the LGBT community in 1964 as a founder of The Council on Religion and the Homosexual, the first organization ever to include the word homosexual in its title. He was on the board of elders at Glide Memorial Methodist Church that hired Rev. Cecil Williams, then worked with him to found the Night Ministry, which this year celebrates its 50th year of offering wee-hour support and outreach. Ted went on to work with Willie Brown as his young attorney to free LGBT folks from police brutalization, orchestrating the famous New Years Eve Mardi Gras Event on the first day of 1965, which was raided by the police. (Ted planned for this, and placed several liberal lawyers and the wife of a judge, as well as other ministers, at the venue—all got arrested, a huge step toward ending LGBT police harassment in San Francisco). Ted has been instrumental in creating any number of San Francisco cultural and activist institutions: The Night Ministry, the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, Huckleberry House (for runaway teens, which still exists), Intersection for the Arts, the National Sex Forum, the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, and more.
Ted’s fingerprints are all over the alternative sexual culture of San Francisco (and, in his early incarnation as a working Methodist minister, its progressive religious culture as well). The Center for Sex & Culture’s Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence both have doctorates from his Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality; without that extraordinary, sex-positive educational institution, Queen says, her career would not have been possible, and the idea for CSC may never have happened. (In fact, she first heard the term “sex-positive” there, and is pretty sure that’s where it was coined.)
Not hooked yet? Here’s more:
Ted helped change laws regarding queer rights here nearly 4 years before the Stonewall riots in NYC.
He also was the person who first hired and worked for over 20 years with bisexual foremother Dr. Maggi Rubenstein.
He created the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (a PhD program) here is SF back in 1976, which still exists today.
Other noteworthy folks that have attended his school are SF based icons like Annie Sprinkle, Joe Kramer and Carol Queen, but people all over the US and the world have also learned there.
He created the world’s first International Museum of Erotic Art that was opened near the corner of Market and Powell in 1971, featuring the Kronhausesn Collection. Today his vast art collection of erotic treasures are on display at his Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas. Queer life and history are well represented there.
Dr. Ted and fellow Methodist Minister Laird Sutton made over 150 sex pattern films of real couples of all combinations having sex on film for students to study.
Dr. Ted also helped usher in the British Homosexual Law Reform in 1964 along with the Archbishop of Canterbury (this was one of the greatest landmarks in his life, he says).
He mingled with the likes of Harvey Milk, George Moscone, Bill Graham, and was represented by Willie Brown for an infamous gay-bashing incident on New Years Eve 1965.
As a heterosexual man married for 57 years, his work with and in the LGBTQ community dates back nearly 50 years. 2014 will in fact be 50 years that he first helped change laws for queer folks.
He collaborated with the Chinese Sexological Assn to open China’s first Research and Resource Center (near Shanghai) by donating their much needed library—this just happened recently.
He has been instrumental in so many changes that have occurred in San Francisco over the years due to his tireless activism: Ted’s motto has always been ‘You get more done if you don’t care who gets the credit.’
The subject of an in-progress documentary by filmmaker Robert James called THE NIGHT MINISTER — A Rebellion In 3 Parts, set to wrap in 2015, Ted’s story (starting in 1958 and ending in the present day—Ted doesn’t ever stop, as many of you know) is an extraordinary lens through which to view San Francisco’s unique sexual cultures. “We are presenting the life and times of Dr. Ted combined with pivotal players in his story and a rich ‘under-the-radar’ history of our grand City with Sexual Freedom as the main theme… with some side trips to China, Vegas and a few other spots,” James explains. See a clip from that work-in-progress here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g_nw_nVN80 The film’s Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/TheNightMinister
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