M. J. Talbot papers

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
657 Mission Street, #300
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 777-5455
reference@glbthistory.org
http://www.glbthistory.org/
2013


Descriptive Summary

Title: M. J. Talbot papers
Dates: 1982-2001
Collection Number: 1998-26
Creator/Collector:
Extent: 1.8 linear feet (1 carton, 2 boxes)
Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94105
Abstract: This collection contains papers from activist Michael James (M.J.) Talbot, one of the founders of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) and its AIDS service organization, GAPA Community HIV Project (GPHC). The collection includes GAPA and GPHC correspondence, flyers, meeting minutes and publications; materials related to gay Asians and other gay Asian groups; miscellaneous gay brochures, ephemera, newsletters and periodicals; personal correspondence and e-mails; materials related to Talbot's professional work; personalia, including some of Talbot’s artwork; audiotapes containing interviews with and programs about members of the Asian Pacific Islander community; artifacts; and t-shirts. publications.
Language of Material: English

Access

Collection is open for research. Funding for processing this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been transferred to the GLBT Historical Society.

Preferred Citation

M. J. Talbot papers. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

Biography/Administrative History

M. J. (Michael James) Talbot is a Eurasian gay man who was a citizen of Hong Kong B.C.C. but was raised in part in California. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco in 1968 before attending University of San Francisco for 3 years. Talbot lived in San Francisco from the summer of 1967 until 2001 when he moved with his partner Michael Lyon to Hilo, Hawaii. He was a member of one of the first Bay Area gay Asian groups, the Association of Lesbian and Gay Asians (ALGA) during its latter stages. He was the co founder with Rich Johnson of Pacific Friends, a mixed race social club active in the Bay Area during the 1980s and thru the present. Talbot was a founding member of Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA). He served as the GAPA historian during its first four years. Later he became a member of GAPA Men’s Chorus and the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus. Talbot was involved in forming several AIDS related organizations, including GAPA’s AIDS service spinoff, GAPA Community HIV Project (GCHP - later renamed the Living Well Project), the Asian Pacific AIDS Coaliton (APAC). He served, along with Bang Nguyen and the late Doug Yaranon, as one of the first gay Asians on the board of the Asian AIDS Project.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains papers from activist Michael James (M.J.) Talbot, one of the founders of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) and its AIDS service organization, GAPA Community HIV Project (GPHC). The collection includes GAPA and GPHC correspondence, flyers, meeting minutes and publications; materials related to gay Asians and other gay Asian groups; miscellaneous gay brochures, ephemera, newsletters and periodicals; personal correspondence and e-mails; materials related to Talbot's professional work; personalia, including some of Talbot’s artwork; audiotapes containing interviews with and programs about members of the Asian Pacific Islander community; artifacts; and t-shirts. Also included are letters related to the death of Talbot's roommate, Jerry Ho, who died of AIDS in 1989. Talbot advocated on his behalf, and the letters offer insight into the ways the Asians treated PWA's in their community.

Indexing Terms

AIDS activists
Asian American gays

Additional collection guides