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Queer Nightlife Fund update- 2nd round of requests; recipients say thanks
Bay Area Reporter
The San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund is now accepting applications for a second round of grants to those in the city’s LGBTQ nightlife community whose income has been impacted by the Covid-19 shutdowns–all bars and clubs have been closed since mid-March, costing scores of bartenders, barbacks, doormen, performers and others their jobs. The fund’s mission is to provide some financial relief to the nightlife worker community. Applications for financial grants will be accepted 11:59 PM on May 29, 2020.

OpenNATIONAL Harvey Milk, trans woman killed, ‘Queer the Census,’ NYC Pride

Windy City Media
LGBTQ-rights icon Harvey Milk would have turned 90 on May 22—and San Francisco is coming together ( virtually ) that day, a press release noted. Openhouse, SF Queer Nightlife Fund and the Tenderloin Museum will present “Live Drag for Our LGBTQ Elders” at 4:30-5:30 p.m. PT, and “Harvey Milk’s 90th Birthday Block Party” will take place 6-9 p.m. PT. The virtual block party is a collaborative effort organized by San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman’s office, the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, the Castro Community Benefit District, “Windows For Harvey” presented by the Castro Merchants Association, the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza, Open House, the GLBT Historical Society, the Tenderloin Museum, the Golden Gate Business Association, and the SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund.

Openhouse, SF Queer Nightlife Fund, and TL Museum Will Host Digital Drag Show To Honor LGBTQ Elders
San Francisco’s queer seniors are reeling from the pandemic, as many continue struggling to find financial respite — for some, even sustenance — amid shelter-in-place. But a live-streamed drag show in support of them this coming Friday aims to offer both levity and monetary relief.

SF Queer Nightlife Fund Announces Second Round of Fundraising To Support Industry Workers
After raising over $180K — procured largely from individual donations — the San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund (QNF) announced a second round of fundraising Friday and, too, will accept new grant applications throughout May.

Bay Area Headlines, Monday 5/4/20
With so many bars and restaurants suffering during this time, the California Restaurant Association estimates that maybe half will not reopen. But a group is raising funds to save San Francisco’s queer nightlife.

LGBTQ Nightlife Scene Goes Online During Pandemic
When the lockdown order closed San Francisco’s LGBTQ bars and clubs many lost an important source of community. But as KCBS Radio reporter Keith Menconi tells us in an interview with QNF’s Phil Hammack, online alternatives have already arrived.

SF Queer Nightlife Fund Raises $160K, Starts Distributing Grants to Eligible Applicants
COVID-19 has surely hindered San Francisco’s queer nightlife community, leaving bartenders sans pay and prompting entertainers to embrace Twitch. In response, the SF Queer Nightlife Fund has been amassing donations to aid those workers and will begin distributing some $160K to accepted applicants…

Online Extra: Queer Nightlife Fund disburses grants
Bay Area Reporter
Grants in the first round of applications for the San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund are now being disbursed to 176 applicants, according to the organization that has thus far collected $160,000 in donations. More than 250 nightlife workers applied for funds.

Coronavirus shutdown pushes Bay Area LGBTQ community to reinvent
On its last night to open, the Stud closed early. It was Friday, March 13, and the city’s oldest queer bar was slow. Three or four people had turned out–five or six, if you counted Jasmine Johnson and one other bartender. They blasted disco music anyway. “We kind of all knew what was coming,” Johnson said, “but were holding out hope that maybe it wasn’t.”

Grassroots Queer Nightlife Fund raises $160K in aid for workers
In a major example of how the Bay Area is coming together in a vacuum of political leadership and billionaire donors to take care of its own, the Queer Nightlife Fund announced today that it had raised $160,000 in funds through online efforts—and would begin disbursing grants to 176 local workers.

Here’s All the Footage From Hornet’s Day-Long Livestream Festival #GreatGayStayIn
Hornet Blog
After more than a month in #LGBTQuarantine, with most of us never leaving home and cooped-up in lockdown, Hornet decided that we could all use a little entertainment. And it was that idea that spawned the #GreatGayStayIn Festival, a day-long event comprised of nine separate livestreams featuring an international roster of diverse gay talent.

Horizons gives over $400K to 53 LGBT groups amid COVID-19 financial stress
Bay Area Reporter
Horizons Foundation announced April 23 that it is giving almost half a million dollars in grants to 53 Bay Area LGBT groups, just as nonprofits sounded the alarm about the financial fallout from the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Mary Vice and Mohawk Jesus Rise As This Year’s Foxy Mary and Hunky Jesus Winners
During Sunday’s Quaran-Tea Dance party, live-streamed on Twitch and Zoom, Sister Roma and Sister Dana announced this year’s Foxy Mary and Hunky Jesus winners — Mary Vice and Mohawk Jesus.

S.F. Sisters Look to Crown ‘Hunky Jesus’ and ‘Foxy Mary’
The San Francisco Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are hosting their annual Hunky Jesus and Foxy Mary Competition online this year. And as usual, the contenders were sacrilicious.

SNL, shelter-in-place inspire this year’s virtual Hunky Jesus and Foxy Mary competition in SF
If there’s one aspect of the public’s appearance that’s improved from sheltering in place, it may have been the beards of this year’s Hunky Jesus contestants.

S.F. Sisters Look to Crown ‘Hunky Jesus’ and ‘Foxy This Year’s Online Hunky Jesus and Foxy Mary Contests Helped Our Spirits Rise Again
SF’s beloved Hunky Jesus and Foxy Mary contests took place online this year — like most events these days. The Easter Sunday 2020 display of scantily dressed Jesus and Mary look-alikes was, truly, a spiritual sight to behold from its respective Zoom and Twitch channels.

Hunky Jesus rises again! (Blessedly online)
One of the best things to come out of this awful nightmare is seeing everyone rush to help each other, leaping into the vacuum of economic leadership and tackling the grand scale of this situation’s disruption.

12 ways communities are taking care of each other during the pandemic
The San Francisco Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are hosting their annual Hunky Jesus and Foxy Mary Competition online this year. And as usual, the contenders were sacrilicious.

Hunky Jesus joins Easter and Passover services online
Bay Area Reporter
The novel coronavirus outbreak has moved much of life, both in the city and around the world, online — and celebrations of one of the holiest times of the year for Christians and Jews are no exception.

How to Support Queer Businesses in SF During Covid-19 Pandemic
The novel coronavirus, aka COVID-19, has wrought worldwide havoc, threatening lives, cancelling virtually all events between now and summer, and plunging millions into unemployment. Here in the Bay Area, perhaps the hardest-hit region of the country after New York and Seattle, the LGBTQ community is feeling the impact hard. Beyond the effects of COVID-19 itself, it has meant a loss of income for so many servers, bartenders, performers, and others, along with a loss of beloved bars and gathering places that have shuttered indefinitely.

As Clubs Shut Down, Performers Must Find New Ways to Get By
BIRDS FLY THROUGH high winds. Fish swim in stormy seas. And performers who are stuck alone in an unprecedented global health crisis will perform anyways, even if they’re jerryrigging their own lighting and shimmying around in a totally empty living room winking at an iPhone. As clubs, bars, and event spaces have shuttered across the US due to the coronavirus pandemic, artists from disciplines ranging from comedy to drag are dealing with lost wages and uncertainty in their careers by taking their shows online.

How Bartenders and Wait Staff Are Making Up for Lost Tips During COVID-19 Quarantine
Next City
At 9:30 p.m., Amber Sexton was all by herself when she locked up at Otto’s Shrunken Head, a well-known tiki bar in New York City’s East Village neighborhood. It was Sunday, March 15, 2020, the day New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio ordered all bars and restaurants in the city to close by 9 a.m. the following Tuesday to customers, except for takeout or delivery, as part of efforts to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.

Emergency Funds for Freelancers, Creatives Losing Income During Coronavirus
For many, slowing the spread of coronavirus means stopping work entirely—and losing months of income. With the passing of AB 5, California moved to extend employee protections to freelancers this year, but many creative professionals still work for themselves and don’t have typical salaried-worker safety nets like extended sick leave. Some self-employed people will not qualify for unemployment insurance, particularly artists who rely on informal, direct cash payments or practice without a business license.

SF Queer Nightlife Fund Launches to Bring Financial Relief to the Community
Two days into San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order, it’s as clear as ever that our nightlife community needs our help. Yesterday, a group of respected local LGTBQ figures rallied together to launch the city’s Queer Nightlife Fund (QNF), which will offer monetary aid to that affected cohort.

The Show Must Go On: Nightlife in the Age of COVID-19
Last Sunday, even while social distancing, LGBTQ+ people connected. At SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund (SF QNF)’s Quaran-Tea dance-party, facilitated by social media, live attendees danced and chatted. Their revelry was interrupted occasionally by drag queen VivvyAnne ForeverMORE!, who reminded viewers to donate to queer nightlife workers, whose income had vanished overnight when bars and clubs closed abruptly last week.

How LGBTQ+ People Can Get Help and Resources During Coronavirus
As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to spread and new updates roll in rapidly, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for LGBTQ+ people (and their families) to know exactly where to get help and resources.

LGBTQ+ nightlife community rallies to raise funds during coronavirus closures
It happened in a matter of days. First, events of more than 1,000 attendees were put on ice; then it was more than 250 people, and then 100. Finally, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Sunday that all bars must close. And on Monday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed ordered residents to no longer leave their homes except for essential reasons — until April 7 at the earliest.

SSF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund launched
Bay Area Reporter
Several prominent San Francisco LGBT figures announced the creation of the SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund late March 16. The fund seeks to blunt the economic impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak on LGBT nightlife workers in the Bay Area, which was effectively shut down by Governor Gavin Newsom’s March 15 directive that bars, nightclubs, wineries, and breweries should close in response to the outbreak.

Recent QNF Press Updates:

Bay Area nightlife begins a slow reopen, but some queer nightlife workers are still struggling

The San Francisco Bay Area and its queer nightlife industry are slowly beginning to emerge from the worst of the pandemic. There is light at the end of the tunnel. The Bay Area and our country overall are rolling out vaccines at a brisk pace. As of the writing of this post, 42% of SanContinue reading “Bay Area nightlife begins a slow reopen, but some queer nightlife workers are still struggling”

Juanita MORE! & Queer Nightlife Fund Present Friday Night Jam

  The San Francisco Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund, in conjunction with the Imperial Council of San Francisco, is proud to present a special Friday night event hosted by San Francisco matriarch Juanita MORE! Candidate for Empress, who also serves as a member of the SF QNF steering committee. This is the premier fundraising eventContinue reading “Juanita MORE! & Queer Nightlife Fund Present Friday Night Jam”

RISING UP WITH THE SISTERS! Hunky Jesus & Foxy Mary Contest 2021

  The Sisters’ annual Easter In The Park will be a virtual celebration, once again partnering with the SF Queer Nightlife Fund and Folsom Street Events. This year’s theme “Rising Up With The Sisters” hopes to inspire viewers as we emerge from the turmoil and darkness of the past four years. The highlight of theContinue reading “RISING UP WITH THE SISTERS! Hunky Jesus & Foxy Mary Contest 2021”


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