2nd Annual

This series of cultural events, exhibitions, performances, screenings, and interpretive programs has been organized by The Queer Cultural Center (Qcc) and The Harvey Milk Institute. The Festival is produced in collaboration with numerous Bay Area non-profit arts organizations including SomArts, The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Art and The Center for African & African American Art & Culture and many others whose events you will find here.

The National Queer Arts Festival highlights nationally significant queer artists. Here you will find visual art, dance, theater, a series of literature and poetry readings with artists discussing their work, film and video screenings, and a wide array of multi-disciplinary programs.

This series could not have been produced without the assistance of countless organizations and individuals, including, but not limited to: Tom Ammiano, Sue Bierman, Jack Davis (SomArts), June Gutefleish, Leslie Katz, Jenni Rodriguez, Mabel Teng, Kola Akintola Thomas, Leland Yee, and dozens of dedicated artists and volunteers.

The Queer Arts Festival 1999 has been financially supported by the South of Market Cultural Center, the Center for African and African American Art and Culture, the Mission Cultural Center for the Latino Arts, the Bayview Opera House, the California Arts Council, the California Council for the Humanities, the Cultural Equity Initiatives Grants program of the San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, (the SF HotelTax Fund), the Horizons Foundation, Digital Queers, the San Francisco Foundation’s Gateways Initiative, the Vanguard Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Fund.


Dyke March

Dyke March San Francisco Saturday, June 26, 4:30 p.m. Location: Dolores Street @ 19th St Street Party to Follow on Castro Street Info: 415.241.8882 Dykes who dare fight for freedom, for power, for sisterhood, for love, for our bodies,…


JUHA Faggoty Ann & Andy At The Wishing Well/Khawal Phalestini, Habibi Friday, June 25; 8:30 p.m. Location: Jon Sims Center, 1519 Mission St @ South Van Ness Tickets: $5 -$10, at door Faggoty Ann & Andy At The Wishing Well/Khawal…

Luna Sea Gallery

Luna Sea Women's Performance Project Fuck Pride: An un-"official" celebration of all that is radically, sexily and unabashedly queer. Fri & Sat June 4-5; 8 pm $10-$15 Sistah Speak = Pride, Passion & Purpose Fri & Sat June…

GLBT Archive Open House

Pride Parade Open House at the Gay and Lesbian Historical Society Sunday, June 27 Doors open at 10:00am Location: Gay and Lesbian Historical Society, 973 Market St, Suite 400 Info: 415.777.5455 $ 10 Suggested donation at the…

Queer Arts Resource

Queer Arts Resource I Can See Queerly Now: Celebrating Queer Culture Three exhibitions contribute to QAR's June _99 Siteworks: Queer Francis: The Art of Francis Bacon, written and curated by Emmanuel Cooper Harvey…

Queer Latina/o Festival

Queer Latina/o Festival 9th Annual Queer Latina/o Festival (QLFest-'99) Produced by the Queer Latina/o Artists Coalition (QueLACo) Information & Tickets: 415-648-3702, [email protected] Visual Art Exhibit Location: Mission…

Kuchar Bros

Kuchar Bros: A Retrospective Tuesday, June 15; 7:30 pm Location: Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St $8 Tickets: phone 415.552.7709 on-line ticket sales at QCC TICKETORDERS or at the door Join us for a film retrospective with George and…

Women in the Opera

Women in the Opera: Panel Thursday, July 15; 8 pm Location: Yerba Buena Gardens/Center for the Arts, 701 Mission @ 3rd, Screening Room $3 YBC members, $5 others Tickets: YBC: 415.978-2787 (ARTS) Carla Lucero, composer/librettist Sandra…


Trannyshack Tuesday, June 8, 1999 The Stud Bar, 9th & Harrison Cover Charge at door Trannyshack was started by Heklina and Pippi Lovestocking back in February 1996. It quickly grew to become San Francisco's premier cabaret/performance…


Gay Asian Pacific Alliance presents: GAPAret: An Evening of Song & Dance June 18 & 19, 8:00 pm Location: SomArts, 934 Brannan St @ 8th St Admission: $15 ($10 for GAPA members and supporters); Sunday, Showcase $10 For tickets &…

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Two Decades of Decadence: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc. Sr. Phyllis Stein the Fragrant, Mistress of Sistory Wednesday, June 9; 8 pm Location: HARVEY MILK CIVIL RIGHTS ACADEMY, 4235 19th St @ Collingwood $10 Tickets: phone 415.552.7709…

Queers Stand Up

Queers Stand Up: Then and Now Comedy Performances and Panel Discussion Starring Marga Gomez, Supervisor Tom Ammiano, Maureen Brownsey, Karen Williams and Ron Lanza Thursday, June 10, 7 pm Location: Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, 4235…

Cathie Opie and Deborah Bright: Queer Photography Lecture

Visual Arts Lecture Cathy Opie & Deborah Bright: Queer Photography Saturday, June 12; 7 p.m. Location: Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, 4235 19th Street @ Collingwood $15 Tickets: phone 415.552.7709 Online ticket sales at QCC TICKETORDERS Join…

Poetry and Literary Series

Poetry & Literature Reading Series (June 1, 6, 16) Join us for three separate evenings of poetry and literature readings featuring nationally known and emerging artists. This event series is supported by Poets and Writers, Inc. through…

Joe Goode

Gender Heroes - Part I (World Premiere) 29 Effeminate Gestures Doris In A Dustbowl Thursday - Sunday, June 3 - 6; 8 pm Location: Yerba Buena Center for The Arts Tickets: $18 - 25, 415.978.ARTS Information: 415.648.4848 Artistic…
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Bernice Bing Retrospective, 1999

Bernice Bing (1936 - 1998) A San Francisco native, Chinese American, artist, lesbian, community activist--Bernice Bing, 62, was a bridge between many worlds. She came of age during the Beat era and entered the San Francisco arts landscape…


Pamela Peniston, Executive Director
Rudy Lemcke, Internet Programs Director
Kevin Schaub, Festival Coordinator


Lucrecia Bermudez
Lenore Chinn
Greg Day
Jeff Jones
Jonathan Katz
Rudy Lemcke
Pam Peniston
Juan Alberto Tam

Qcc: The Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender Art & Culture
Founded in 1993 the Queer Cultural Center (Qcc) is a multi-disciplinary arts presenting organization that conducts artistic and interpretive programs exploring queer identity issues. Our programs promote the careers of Lesbian Gay Bi Transgender artists, foster the growth of queer arts organizations and serve queer and non-queer audiences alike. By presenting, exhibiting, and screening queer artists’ work, Qcc contributes a multi-cultural perspective on the Lesbian Gay Bi Transgender experience.

Harvey Milk Institute
HMI conducts programs that present and interpret works by contemporary and historical Lesbian/Gay artists and critical thinkers and that explore community and personal issues within the context of queer culture. The goal of the Harvey Milk Institute is to offer educational opportunities to students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, and queer communities, and our friends. Our course offerings are wide-ranging and diverse, encompassing practical, artistic, cultural and intellectual aspects of queer studies. We seek to foster understanding and communication between the diverse aspects of our community, as well as self-examination. New catalog available in August 1999.

June 1 7 pm Adrienne Rich & Mark Wunderlich
Opening Reception and Book Signing
Literary YBC
June 2 On-line Qcc Web Site Commission Launch Net Art WWW
June 3 AAWAA/Bing Artist Reception Visual Art SomArts
Joe Goode Performance Group Dance YBC
Description Purple Moon Preview Dance SomArts
June 4 Bill T. Jones- In The Streets Dance Duboce Park
Purple Moon Opening Night Dance SomArts
Joe Goode Performance Group Dance YBC
Luna Sea Performance Luna Sea
June 5 Bill T. Jones Master Class Dance Dance Mission Theater
Purple Moon Dance SomArts
Bill T. Jones Lecture/Demo Dance Brava Theater Center
Queer Latino/a Festival Opening Multidisciplinary MCCLA
Joe Goode Performance Group Dance YBC
Jon Sims Center:
Festival in the Park
Multidisciplinary YBC Gardens
Luna Sea Multidisciplinary Luna Sea
June 6 Dorothy Allison & Forrest Hamer Literary HMCRA
Purple Moon Dance SomArts
Joe Goode Performance Group Dance YBC
June 8 Trannyshack Retrospective Performance The Stud
June 9 Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Discussion HMCRA
June 10 Symposium: Issues facing AAWA Discussion SomArts
Comedy Panel Comedy/Discussion HMCRA
Queer Latino/a Festival Screening Film/Video MCCLA
June 11 Purple Moon Dance SomArts
Queer Arts Resource Launch Internet WWW
Luna Sea Dance Luna Sea
June 12 Cathy Opie & Deborah Bright Photo/Lecture HMCRA
Purple Moon Dance SomArts
Luna Sea Dance Luna Sea
LLEGO Multidisciplinary MCCLA
June 13 Purple Moon Dance SomArts
June 14 Mark Doty & Brenda Shaughnessy Literary HMCRA
June 15 Kuchar Brothers Film Victoria Theater
June 17 Symposium: Life of Bernice Bing Lecture/Discussion SomArts
Queer Latino/a Festival Screening Film MCCLA
June 18 GAPAret Multidisciplinary SomArts
Mr. & Mrs. Gay Latino/a Multidisciplinary MCCLA
Luna Sea Dance Luna Sea
June 19 GAPAret Multidisciplinary SomArts
Queer Latino/a Festival Performance Performance MCCLA
Luna Sea Dance Luna Sea
June 20 GAPAret Multidisciplinary SomArts
Del Otro Lado: QLF Screening Film MCCLA
June 21 QCC Web Commission Artists Party Net Art Internet Alfredo
June 24 Queer Latino/a Festival Screening FIlm MCCLA
June 25 Faggoty Ann and Andy: JUHA Theater Jon Sims Center
June 26 Dyke March March Castro & Market
June 27 Pride March & Celebration March Civic Center
July 15 Women in Opera Panel Opera/Discussion YBC
July 17 Opera: “Wuornos” Debut Opera YBC