BALA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We are a grassroots, community-run archives. We are committed to building community, fostering intergenerational dialogue and keeping a culture of activism vibrant in the lesbian community.


Some of our offerings to the community include an author series, a variety of cultural events, archiving workshops, presentations to community organizations, mobile exhibits, oral history interviews, and community meetings.

BALA was founded in 2014 by curator, photographer and filmmaker Lenn Keller, who recognized the critical need for Bay Area lesbian history to be preserved. Lenn’s vision was a physical and online archives dedicated to the preservation of the richly diverse lesbian history of the Bay Area -- an archives where anyone could access materials about a community that contributed so much to the Bay Area. A core group of women who shared Lenn Keller’s vision came together to help make the archives a reality.