QNF Presents: Quaran-Tea Dance Pride Kickoff

QNF has been producing Quaran-Tea dance on Sunday afternoons since shelter in place began in late march. A chance to feature a broad range of local DJ talent, raise money for the Queer Nightlife Fund, and build community. We are thrilled to present a taste of our Quaran-Tea event as part of this Pride Kickoff series.

$20.00 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Tickets at Eventbrite

Leather Alliance Votes to Fiscally Sponsor the SF Queer Nightlife Fund

The Board of Directors for the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance (http://leatheralliance.org/), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has voted unanimously to fiscally sponsor the San Francisco Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund.

The SF Bay Area Leather Alliance is a 100% volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Leather Alliance was formed in 2008. The Leather Alliance’s membership and board includes numerous clubs, groups and individuals within the leather, fetish, kink, gear and motorcycling communities located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Leather Alliance also manages the Bay Area Leather Lifeline (https://ball.leatheralliance.org/), another COVID-19 mutual-aid relief grant available to Bay Area residents.

The Leather Alliance has offered to sponsor the San Francisco Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund’s mutual-aid work as a nonprofit fiscally sponsored project of its organization. To avail this fiscal sponsorship to the SF QNF, the Leather Alliance will receive a seven percent (7%) fee from all funds donated to the project to cover costs and fees related to administering the project.

The San Francisco Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund is grateful for the support it has received from many local and state leaders, particularly the incredible assistance provided by the SF QNF’s prior fiscal sponsor, the Q Foundation and its Executive Director Brian Basinger. The Q Foundation’s operational and logistical support has catalyzed the SF QNF’s mission, facilitating major strides in its emergency relief work for struggling LGBTQ nightlife workers in the Bay

The new fiscal sponsorship and partnership between the Leather Alliance will allow the SF Queer Nightlife Fund will allow the SF QNF to continue operations seamlessly, create synergy with similar mutual-aid efforts, and effectively continue fundraising for its second round of QNF grants, which were due May 29, at 11:59:59 PM PT.

Quaran-Tea Dance presents Electroluxx

For our tenth installment, the SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund joins forces with Electroluxx, an Inclusive Queer Community Welcoming of all Humans. This amazingly creative crew throws amazing, large-scale immersive events, and we are excited to be teaming up with them for a Sunday afternoon of amazing music.

Check out our QNF’s Twitch channel, where you can also view recordings of our recent events:
https://www.twitch.tv/sfqueernightlifefund/

Zoom will be accessible at
https://zoom.queernightlifefund.org

Get the tunes cranking on Twitch, move that coffee table out or nightstand out of the way so you’ve got some space to dance, put together your look, and log into Zoom and turn on that webcam on Sunday to show us what you’ve got.

As usual, our hosts and DJ’s will be entertaining you from their homes, giving you an interactive party experience while we all shelter in place.

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Happy Birthday Harvey!

May 22nd is Harvey Milk Day in the State of California—a day of celebration and reflection on the strength of our community all the more resonant as we face COVID-19 together.

Sponsored by the GGBA – Golden Gate Business Association

To commemorate this day, we present a virtual “block party”, hosted on Twitch and Zoom
https://www.twitch.tv/sfqueernightlifefund/
http://zoom.queernightlifefund.org/

This collaborative effort is organized by 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. This joint effort is not just to wish the happiest birthday to Harvey on what would have been his 90th birthday, but also an opportunity to broadcast our solidarity in hope, because as he so often reminded us, “You gotta give ‘em hope.” This event will be something to remember in these difficult and extraordinary times, just as we will one day look back and remember how we came together even when we couldn’t.

Juanita MORE! will hosting with performances by Mercedes Munro and Bionka Simon and the evening’s tracks provided by DJ’s Parks, Kidd, Jim Hopkins and Paul Goodyear.

This is a companion event to Live Drag for our LGBTQ Elders, happening from 4:30-5:30, just before the block party.

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Live Drag for our LGBTQ Elders

On May 22, Openhouse, SF Queer Nightlife Fund, and the Tenderloin Museum are proud to present: Live Drag for our LGBTQ Elders, a live drag show where powerhouse drag queens Dulce De Leche, Per Sia, Princess Panocha, Mary Vice, and Shane Zaldivar will perform in the courtyard of Openhouse. This performance will be virtually hosted by the one and only Juanita MORE!, and will be safely viewed by its LGBTQ seniors, as well as live streamed to the general public.

A way to both connect with seniors and build an intergenerational community of support, Skultety describes drag as a bonding force within the LGBTQ community—and a way to exalt its elders, many of whom may feel isolated and invisible during the ongoing pandemic. “Drag is powerful in that way—it thrives on audience connection and interaction—and so this is us saying nothing can stop us from connecting with our seniors and we will do it in the most meaningful way,” she says.

Paying homage to the LGBTQ pioneer who helped shape the world for younger generations—and who would have been part of the vulnerable community of LGBTQ elders—This special show will kick off Harvey Milk’s 90th birthday celebration, a series of events celebrating Harvey’s legacy. Openhouse is encouraging everyone to consider a gift of $9, $90, or $900 in honor of Harvey’s 90th.

This event is part Harvey Milk’s 90th Birthday Block Party: https://www.facebook.com/events/625647098031154/

Harvey Milk’s 90th Birthday Block Party
Friday, May 22, 2020; 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Join the party via Zoom here: https://zoom.queernightlifefund.org/

Join the party via Twitch here: https://www.twitch.tv/sfqueernightlifefund/

Openhouse and the Tenderloin Museum are asking you to contribute to the Live Drag for Our Queer Elders fundraiser here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/231605168281729/

Of course, a hero to many near and far, Harvey was and always will be, “The Mayor of Castro Street” to us here in San Francisco. For this reason, even as Castro Street shelters in place, his birthday block party will go on “virtually” in the second half of a two-part event.

This collaborative effort is organized by 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.

About the queens:

Juanita MORE!
Juanita MORE! is a denizen of the limelight. For almost three decades, the tireless hostess has blitzed San Francisco with high glamour, drag irreverence, danceable beats, culinary delectables, political activism and a philanthropic heart that has illuminated the entire city. Juanita remains a creation of fashion and glamour, generosity and nerve, inspiring those around her to make a positive difference in their lives and in their communities, doing it all with timeless elegance and an innovative spirit.

Shane Zaldivar
Shane is originally from Florida and moved to California for school and the pursuit of an authentic lifestyle. Since moving in 2014, she has thrived as an artist and activist. Shane acted as a lead role in the immersive play, The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot. This play is a collaboration with The Tenderloin Museum and depicts events leading to the historic riot of 1966, which marked the beginning of transgender activism in San Francisco. The play premiered in February 2018 and is looking to return sometime in 2021. Shane also performs as the Pop Up Drag Queen, where she brings smiles and drag to the streets of San Francisco (on select weekends). This performance-project began in 2017, and Shane has since collaborated with local San Francisco bands and toured internationally with the project.

Shane is currently working as a Training Coordinator for The Office of Transgender Initiatives, the first and only trans-led city government office, where she trains City and County employees on topics relevant to transgender & gender non-conforming (TGNC) and/or LGBQ+ populations. She also coordinates a Fellowship for TGNC and/or LGBQ+ immigrants.

Per Sia
With a pedigree from performances at the late, iconic Esta Noche, Per Sia’s trajectory has gone on to include art curation, stand-up, television, modeling, and maybe a quinceañera or two, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and México. Currently, she is a regular performer in the nationally acclaimed “Drag Queen Story Hour” as well as an educator in residence at the Children’s After School Arts (CASA) program in the San Francisco Unified School District recently profiled on KQED Arts and National Public Radio.

Dulce De Leche
Dulce De Leche is a multifaceted drag performer best known for her powerful, soulful voice. Inspired by 50’s & 60’s soul divas and her childhood icon, Bette Midler, she is a ballsy and brassy broad who is a proud member of one of SF’s most respected drag houses, The House of MORE! Dulce has appeared on-stage with Peaches Christ Productions; on-screen in Adrian Anchondo’s Beyonce parody “In N Out Mission,” as the Cowardly Lion for the FRAMELINE29 promo video, and on HBO’s LOOKING. She has performed at Daytime Realness, WOMAN, Dragula SF, Honey Sound System, Hard French, Blow Pony and many other events. She was crowned the 2013 Miss Tiara Sensation and is the reigning Hard French Winter Ball Queen.

Princess Panocha
Princess Panocha is an Irish Mexican San Francisco native, where her drag resides on the corner of sex appeal and camp.

Mary Vice
Mary Vice has been part of the drag scene in Soma and the Tenderloin for the last 4 years. Pre-quarantine she was a regular fixture at Aunt Charlie’s, Powerhouse and The Stud, where she hosted a monthly party, Lip Service. She works closely with her drag mother, Mr. David Glamamore, sewing gowns for some of the biggest names in town like Juanita MORE! and projects like Levi’s 2019 Pride campaign. During shelter-in-place she can be found hosting an online drag show, Glama’s Pillows, every Monday night at 9 PM and Girl Talk, a current events drag talk show every Friday at 3 PM. Both shows air at twitch.tv/CashMonetDrag.

About the organizations:

Openhouse
Founded in 1998, Openhouse works to center the voices and experiences of LGBTQ older adults by providing opportunities to make social connections and build community. Openhouse is committed to creating a safe environment to encourage and support community members to share our diverse perspectives and identities to foster dynamic community engagement. We recognize and affirm that LGBTQ older adults live at intersections of race, ethnicity, class, culture, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, spirituality and ability. At Openhouse, everyone is a community member.

Tenderloin Museum
Tenderloin Museum celebrates the rich history of one of San Francisco’s most overlooked neighborhoods. Through history exhibitions, resident-led walking tours, community programs, and the presentation of original artwork, the Tenderloin Museum invites all to learn about the roots of our dynamic neighborhood, and reclaim our city’s past and future. All are welcome to join us in telling its story.

Happy Birthday Harvey, from the Queer Nightlife Fund

Today, May 22nd is Harvey Milk Day. Today we celebrate what would have been Harvey’s 90th birthday. More importantly, we celebrate what Harvey stood for. We celebrate our out, proud, and inclusive queer community. We celebrate our achievements to be recognized in society. We celebrate our unity and the strength and inspiration we continue to have, even as we cannot gather as a collective. 

Many know Harvey for becoming the first openly gay person elected to office in California at a time when queer people were demonized. As a community leader, Harvey pushed for us all to come out—to be visible to the world. He reasoned that as more and more of us were authentic about our gender and sexual identities to our families, cultural attitudes would have to change. History has proven him right.

Harvey was committed to inclusivity within the broader queer community. He was committed to social justice for all marginalized groups. He inspired us to see ourselves as connected in the larger quest for justice and to acknowledge diversity within our own community.

The success of the movement in which Harvey was a leader was made possible through our community’s ability to come together—to gather in queer spaces, to create neighborhoods where we could all feel safe as we express our gender and sexualities authentically. 

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to a thriving queer nightlife scene, which was enabled in no small part by Harvey’s leadership and that of others of his generation who brought queer nightlife out of the shadows. The SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund is working to ensure that this nightlife culture can resume as restrictions are lifted so that queer people are able to live authentically and socialize in safe spaces.

This event comes at a time in which our ability to gather physically is limited. But this time, like Harvey’s time, is a passing one. And today we honor Harvey’s legacy by coming together in a way he never would have dreamt possible. Today we gather as one community, united in our commitment to living our queer lives fully, to being recognized and represented in our society, and acknowledging the diversity within our community that shapes our unique experiences. 

Tonight, we join together online as a Bay Area, and worldwide, queer family to celebrate our lost brother and the incredible contributions he made to our City and to LGBTQ+ liberation around the world. We hope you can join us:

Harvey Milk’s 90th Birthday Block Party

Friday, May 22, 2020; 5:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

https://www.twitch.tv/sfqueernightlifefund

https://zoom.queernightlifefund.org

Most importantly, we join together to remember the hope he gave us. The LGBTQ+ community will not be driven out of San Franciso by discrimination, gentrification, or (a second) disease. We will adapt, we will fight back, and we will survive. Together. 

Even while we shelter in place in our homes, unable to range widely, the LGBTQ+ community knows whose streets these are: our streets. This is the town that Harvey built: our town.

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A Release Series Benefitting SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund

Episode 1: Experimental Housewife Live at Club Six March 30th, 2019

Release Date: May 22 @ 12:00am PT

Direct To Earth and Experimental Housewife partner up to bring you previously unreleased recordings of killer sets from Direct To Earth events and our friends’ events in San Francisco.

We aim to re-engage unique late-night connections and celebrate the music that makes those connections possible.

Our fundraiser for SF Queer Nightlife will consist of 10 recordings released over the next 10 weeks. Each mix will be packaged with a reflection from the DJ about what they remember from that night, what they experienced, and with whom they connected.

We encourage you to contribute in two ways: donate to the fund and share your own memories of the night.

Donate to the QNF:

Recent Gifts from Connexions Donors:

Piper Rose

Amount

30
Sean Raya

Amount

25
Ross Spruiell

Amount

50
Max Gardner

Amount

50
Marc K

Amount

25
Tani Yee

Amount

25
Deckel Israeli

Amount

200
Tariq Ismael

Amount

50

 

 

QNF Grant & Fundraising Update | May 21, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2020

PRESS CONTACT
qnf-info@sfqueernightlifefund.org

As of today, May 21st, 2020, the San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund has received 64 applications, requesting minimally $96,350 in funds for relief for lifeline essentials in our second-round of grant applications.

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SF QNF Presents: Quaran-Tea Dance

For our ninth installment, the SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund has tapped Marga Gomez to host our Sunday afternoon turn up. We’ll be giving you sunny spring vibes to chase these May showers away.

Check out our QNF’s Twitch channel, where you can also view recordings of our recent events:
https://www.twitch.tv/sfqueernightlifefund/

Zoom will be accessible at
https://zoom.queernightlifefund.org

Get the music cranking on Twitch, move that coffee table out or nightstand out of the way so you’ve got some space to dance, put together your look, and log into Zoom and turn on that webcam to show us what you’ve got.

As usual, our host and DJ’s will be entertaining you from their homes, giving you an interactive party experience while we all shelter in place.

We are raising money for the SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund, which has raised over $180,000 to date, and in in the process of distributing funds from our first round of applications. We are currently accepting our second round of applications, through May 29, because the need continues. More detail is available at http://sfqueernightlifefund.org

In just a few weeks, Quaran-Tea has established itself as a gathering place for diverse members of the LGBTQIA+ community to come together, blow off some steam, and enjoy a range of great music. We hope you’ll join us.

On Launching our Second Round of Grants

It feels like the passage of time has changed during this era of shelter in place. As we write this, it’s been almost eight weeks since the steering committee of the SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund began to organize. But as each day at home flows into the next, it’s easy to lose track of time. And while most of us are hunkering down at home, the clock keeps ticking. We all still need to buy food and eat, pay rent, and pay bills. Nightlife is still on hiatus, so queer nightlife workers are still unable to earn their regular income even though their bills continue to come due. 

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