Guide to the Mark Porsche Papers

SJSU Library Special Collections & Archives
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Guide to the Mark Porsche Papers

Collection number: MSS-2003-04



SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0028

Phone: (408) 808-2062

Fax: (408) 808-2063

Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu

URL: http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives
Processed by:
Danelle Moon and Deb Sica
Date Completed:
2005
Encoded by:
Karla Aleman
© 2005 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Mark Porsche papers
Dates: 1989-1992
Bulk Dates: 1991
Collection number: MSS-2003-04
Creator: Porsche, Mark
Collection Size: 1 linear foot
Repository: San Jose State University. Library.
San Jose, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The Mark Porsche Papers (1989-1992) document Porsche's organization of the Gay Pride Parade Celebration of San Jose and his work on the Gay Pride Celebration Committee of San Jose and the California Association of Pride, Inc. The collection includes correspondence, financial and community organization records, press releases, news clippings and other miscellany. The collection highlights his service as president of the groundbreaking 1991 Gay Pride Celebration of San Jose, an annual event that continues today.
Physical location: Vault 1, Range 20B
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.
One restricted folder of financial records is contained within this collection. Written permission is required to access folder 67. Usage of the materials is subject to approval by the Director of Special Collections.

Publication Rights

Copyright has been assigned to the San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is granted on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files from or derived from these collections is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

Mark Porsche papers, MSS-2003-04, San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing History

Processing completed by Danelle Moon and Deb Sica, 2005. EAD encoding by Karla Aleman, 2006.

Biography / Administrative History

Mark Porsche (1951-1993) was a leader, peacemaker and outspoken dignitary for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) community of Santa Clara County. He believed that GLBT visibility would promote a legacy of safety, acceptance and equality for the gay community. Porsche reflected on the purpose of the Pride Parade by stating in a press release that, "Although the Festival is held at the Fairgrounds, only those who attend see our celebration. When we celebrated in the downtown parks, everyone saw us. I look at the Parade as a chance to once again become more visible to the entire community." It was this belief that promoted the first ever city-sanctioned Gay Pride Parade in San Jose.
Personal History:
Porsche was born on February 17, 1951 in Olympia, Washington. In his short life, Porsche was father to four children, Lisa Moore of Idaho, Tiana and Sean Porsche of Washington and John Porsche of Alaska. He was brother to four siblings, Robert Porsche of California and Vickie Van Ness, Kimberly Stevens and Connie Shumate of Washington and son to Laura Porsche. Mark Porsche went to high school in Lacey, Washington and later received an Associates Degree in Arts from Tacoma Community College. In Porsche's personal life, he played piano and organ and performed with the musical groups Interstate 5 and Sounds Feasible. He moved to San Jose in the late 70s and worked as an electrician and maitre d'. In 1982, he founded Prestige Electric, located in the Koll Center in San Jose and contracted with companies such as Kentucky Fried Chicken, American Airlines, Swenson Construction and Club St. John. The family business motivated both of his sons to become electricians. Porsche and his partner, Danny Webster, had a commitment ceremony at the Metropolitan Community Church. Later, Danny Webster died of an AIDS related illness. Caregiver and ARIS Project volunteer, Mark Gillard, took care of Porsche in his final days. Porsche died at the age of 42 on April 12, 1993 in Redwood City, California from AIDS-related complications.
Community Work:
Porsche played an integral role in planning the 1991 Pride Parade including obtaining permits, securing insurance, fund raising and promotion. During his presidency of the Gay Pride Celebration Committee of San Jose, Porsche removed many logistical obstacles by convincing both the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer to issue a proclamation that granted the week of June 3-9th Lesbian and Gay Pride Week. Porsche served as the Director of the California Association of Pride, Inc. (CAPI) and as a board member at the Billy DeFrank Center. At the state level, Porsche worked for the passage of AB2601, landmark legislation that protected GLBT people from employment discrimination. In spite of all of his public efforts, Porsche was a recovering alcoholic and member of Alcoholics Anonymous with four and a half years of sobriety at his time of death. He continued to work tirelessly as a fundraiser for the ARIS Project and was active in the Metropolitan Community Church.
History of the Pride Parade in San Jose:
On June 26, 1971, Morris Kight, the founder of the Gay Liberation Front, spoke to a group of over 100 people that provoked an impromptu march down First Street in San Jose. Following this historic event, the GLBT community of Santa Clara County did not march on the streets of San Jose for several years. As an alternative, rallies were held regularly starting in 1976 in St. James Park. In the following years, the rallies were hosted at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, the Stockton GLBT bar area and the Billy DeFrank Lesbian and Gay Community Center. In 1991, the parade and festival become a city-sanctioned event as a result of the efforts of Mark Porsche and the Gay Pride Celebration Committee of San Jose. On June 8 & 9, 1991, the festival was held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds and the parade was held on the morning of June 9 at 11:00 am. In the years after Porsche's death, his legacy and dedication continues as San Jose is now home to the largest Pride Parade in the South Bay Area.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Mark Porsche Papers (1989-1992) document Porsche's organization of the Gay Pride Parade Celebration of San Jose and his work on the Gay Pride Celebration Committee of San Jose and the California Association of Pride, Inc. The collection includes correspondence, financial and community organization records, press releases, news clippings and other miscellany. The collection highlights his service as president of the groundbreaking 1991 Gay Pride Celebration of San Jose, an annual event that continues today. San Jose State University acquired this collection from Robert Porsche, on April 7, 2003.

Subject Headings

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Porsche, Mark, 1951-1993.
Gays--California--San Jose--Political activity--History--20th century.
Gay liberation movement--California--San Jose--History--20th century.
Gays--California--San Jose--Identity.

Index Terms Related to this Collection

San Jose State University. Library. Special Collections & Archives.


Collection Contents

Box 1

Series 1:  Personal Papers 1989-1992

Physical Description: 1 carton

Series Scope and Content Summary

The contents of the collection includes documents relating to the California Association of Pride, Inc. (CAPI), the Gay Pride Celebration Committee of San Jose, the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Gay Pride Proclamation, International Association of Lesbian/Gay Pride Coordinators (IAL/GPC) planning records for the 1991 San Jose Gay Pride Festival and Parade and other financial and administrative records related to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Santa Clara County community.

Arrangement

This series is organized by date: 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992. Within each year, the folders are arranged alphabetically according to the subject heading assigned by Porsche. Within each subseries folder, the documents are arranged chronologically with undated documents placed at the end.

Access Note

One restricted folder of financial records is contained within this collection. Written permission is required to access folder 67. Usage of the materials is subject to approval by the San Jose State University Special Collection & Archives Director.
Box 1

1989

Folder 1

Bylaws 1989

Folder 2-3

California Association of Pride, Inc. (CAPI) 1989

Folder 4

Correspondence 1989

Folder 5

Dyketones 1989

Folder 6

Entertainment 1989

Folder 7

Program 1989

Folder 8

Rally Committee Meeting Records 1989

Folder 9

Schedules and Sound 1989

 

1990

Folder 10

California Association of Pride, Inc. (CAPI) 1990

Folder 11

Clippings 1990

Folder 12

Entertainment Lists 1990

Folder 13

Ephemera 1990

Folder 14

Interpride '90 1990

Folder 15

Mailing Lists 1990

Folder 16

Photographs 1990

 

1991

Folder 17

Board of Directors 1991

Folder 18

Budget 1991

Folder 19

Bylaws 1991

Folder 20

California Association of Pride, Inc. (CAPI) 1991

Folder 21

Clippings 1991

Folder 22

Community Sponsorship 1991

Folder 23

Corporate Grants 1991

Folder 24

Entertainment 1991

Folder 25

Event Planning 1991

Folder 26

Festival Applications 1991

Folder 27

Festival Information 1991

Folder 28

Financial Records 1991

Folder 29

Fundraising 1991

Folder 30

Grants Records 1991

Folder 31

Hate Crimes Workshop 1991

Folder 32

International Association of Lesbian/Gay Pride Coordinators (IAL/GPC) 1991

Folder 33

Loan Documents 1991

Folder 34

Magazine Advertisements 1991

Folder 35

Media 1991

Folder 36

Meeting Documents 1991

Folder 37

Merchandise 1991

Folder 38

Newspapers 1991

Folder 39-40

Other Pride Organizations 1991

Folder 41

Parade Planning Documents 1991

Folder 42

Participants Information 1991

Folder 43

Permits 1991

Folder 44

Planning Documents 1991

Folder 45

Post Event Documents 1991

Folder 46

Presentation Transparencies 1991

Folder 47

Press Releases 1991

Folder 48

Prestige's Pride Booth 1991

Folder 49

Pride Planning Documents 1991

Folder 50

Proclamations and Political Documents 1991

Folder 51

Program 1991

Folder 52

Receipts 1991

Folder 53

Storage 1991

Folder 54

Timeline 1991

Folder 55

Valentine's Kiss-In 1991

Folder 56

Volunteers 1991

 

1992

Folder 57

Board of Directors 1992

Folder 58

Clippings 1992

Folder 59

Customer List 1992

Folder 60

Directory 1992

Folder 61

Financial Records 1992

Folder 62

Hawaiian Festival Ephemera 1992

Folder 63

International Association of Lesbian/Gay Pride Coordinators (IAL/GPC) 1992

Folder 64

Parade Planning Documents 1992

Folder 65

Photograph 1992

Folder 66

Program 1992

Folder 67

Restricted Financial Records 1989-1992

Access Note

One restricted folder of financial records is contained within this collection. Written permission is required to access folder 67. Usage of the materials is subject to approval by the San Jose State University Special Collection & Archives Director.