2020 has been a rough year for everyone. Between the general state of our country, election churn, and a raging pandemic, few escaped unscathed. Sadly, workers in queer nightlife took an incredibly bad hit.
When Phil Hammack convened a small group of friends with ties to local Bay Area queer nightlife to discuss what specifically could be done to help, there was no initial thought to create a nonprofit. But that appeared to be the best course of action, and the SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund (QNF) was born within days.
QNF has hosted 19 online Quaran-Tea Dance events, hosted three Queer Nightlife Talks and a career development workshop, launched a DJ podcast, partnered to broadcast the Harvey Milk birthday celebration, and presented to the San Francisco Entertainment Commission. However, nothing is as important to QNF as directly assisting struggling nightlife workers.
Thus far, QNF has awarded 386 grants to queer nightlife workers in need, totaling $301,601.10.
Another way QNF has supported queer nightlife workers has been by paying a total of $8,149.00 directly to DJs, hosts, ASL interpreters, and group facilitators who shared their talents at our various events.
That means that since its inception QNF has in one way or another given $309,750.10 to people who desperately needed that support.
QNF plans to continue its mission of providing resources and opportunities that promote queer nightlife in the SF Bay Area during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to contribute to that effort, QNF can use your donations.
Your donation is tax-deductible and for the 2020 tax year, even if you do not itemize your tax deductions, everyone who donates to a tax-deductible nonprofit can deduct up to $300 from their taxes.
Let’s all hope 2021 is a better year for everyone, including queer nighttlife. Have a safe New Year, and keep remembering that we will all be back on the dance floor and in our queer nightlife venues again.