Queer Cultural Center stages an annual month-long multidisciplinary National Queer Arts Festival, documents significant Bay Area Queer arts events on our website, provides fundraising and other technical assistance services to emerging culturally-specific and gender-specific Queer arts groups, and conducts Creating Queer Community, a program that to date has commissioned more than 60 San Francisco-based artists to create new work. Since 1998, QCC has organized an annual month-long National Queer Arts Festival. To date, these Festivals have presented more than 400 different events featuring over 1000 Queer artists.


The theme for this year’s National Queer Arts Festival is Connections. As LGBTQ+ people, we make connections across many so-called borders of ethnicity, gender, ability, and economic status as well as physical borders across cities, states and countries to assemble a family, to create art, to provoke commentary, to weave social justice issues into our practices, to explore spirituality and to have a hella good time.

Individually, Queers are constantly forging new ways to connect within and outside of our perceived communities. We asked artists to explore the connections we make internally, individually, collectively and in community and to investigate the sinews that hold them together and the forces that break them apart.

When the Festival kicks off on May 29, 2015 with QUEER REBELS FEST, you will have 40 + opportunities to see the amazing artistic responses to that theme!

See you at the Festival!

Pamela Peniston, Artistic Director


SAFEhouse Arts: June 2015 Calendar

SAFEhouse Arts space presents new theatrical works with a queer perspective at the heart of SF Pride. Curated by David Sen and Joe Landini.

Stories of the Spectrum Photo Exhibition

June 22 Reception Stories of the Spectrum Photo Exhibit LGBT Community Center, 1st Floor, 6pm-9 Exhibition June 1 - July 17 FREE Stories of the Spectrum is a youth-led photo exhibit by youth members of the Chinese Progressive Association…

For Sizakele: A Performative Excerpt

June 21, 2015 For Sizakele: A Performative Excerpt Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene African American Art and Culture Complex 762 Fulton Street 5pm $12 - $20 Special admission includes book. For Sizakele is a soul-stirring, lyrically…

The News

June 2, 2015 The News with SALTA 7pm SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan St., San Francisco 7:30pm The News, presented by SOMArts Cultural Center, is a monthly performance evening featuring new queer work by Bay Area artists. This…

This is What I Want

May 29-31, 2015 THIS IS WHAT I WANT Tessa Wills with crystal am nelson CounterPulse 1310 Mission Street @ 9th San Francisco 8pm $20-$30 Available May 1st at Performance Art What do you want?…

GAPA: In Light & Love the 25th Anniversary Concert

May 30, 2015 In Light & Love: the GAPA Men’s Chorus 25th Anniversary Concert GAPA Men's Chorus Saint Gregory’s of Nyssa 500 De Haro Street, San Francisco 8pm $20 advance, $25 at the door; $10 students Discipline: multi-disciplinary Gay…

Glitter Bomb 2015

Glitter Bomb SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan St., San Francisco 6:30-9pm Opening Reception: June , 2015 Exhibition: June 4 - 27, 2015 Tuesday–Friday: 12-7pm Saturday: 12–5:30pm Artist Walk thru: June 20, 12pm Visual Arts GLITTER…

Marga Gomez – Pound

  June 20 & 21 Pound Written / Performed by Marga Gomez Center for Sex and Culture 1349 Mission Street @ 9th San Francisco 5pm and 8pm Price $13 Advance / $15 Door   Marga Gomez’s "Pound" is clever, filthy…

Queer Comicon

June 20 & 21, 2015 Queer Comics Expo Nina Kester, Summerlea Kashar, Heather Plunkett, Ashlee Vaughn Cartoon Art Museum 655 Mission St, San Francisco 11am - 5pm Museum entry fee: $8, $6 students (13+) and seniors.. The Event is Free…

Outside the Frame

June 19 - 21, 2015 Outside the Frame: Queers for Palestine Film Festival Brava Theater Center 2789 24th Street @York San Francisco 6/19 7 pm 6/20: 1, 3:30, & 8pm 6/21: 1:30 & 3:30 pm Free (donations accepted) Festival Website:…


June 18-28 Frameline39: There’s No Place Like Here… San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival Venues, showings, dates, times vary – see website   Frameline returns to celebrate diverse communities across an evolving cinemascape…

Pride 2015

June 28 The 45th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade® Saturday, June 27 Civic Center Plaza Noon to 6:00 p.m.   Sunday, June 28 Civic Center 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Parade Route & Times Sunday, June…

Dyke March

June 27 Dyke March Its summertime and we can't wait to see you at Dyke March 2015. Here is the plan: We are taking DYKE MARCH to the streets! There is construction in the park so we will be gathering on Dolores street between 18th & 19th.…

Trans March, 2015

June 26 Trans March The 12th Annual Trans March will be Friday, June 26, 2015. It's one of the biggest trans gatherings in the world and this year's going to be the biggest one yet. And, yes, even though the park is still under construction,…


June 18 - 20, 2015 Fresh Meat Productions presents FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of transgender & queer performance Z Space 450 Florida Street< San Francisco 8pm ASL Interpretation: June 19 $15+ sliding scale     FEATURING…

RADAR – Queer Fail

June 15-21 Radar Productions #QUEERFAIL Festival San Francisco Public Library 100 Larkin Street Luggage Store Project 998 Market Street Jack Kerouac Alley in North Beach Website:   #QUEERFAIL…


June 12-14, 2015 AXIS Dance Company Home Season 2015/Onward Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts June 12 (8pm) - Target family performance June 13 (8pm) - LGBTQ night out June 14 (2pm) Tickets: $10-25 Website: Tickets:…

Queer Women of Color Film Festival, 2015

June 12-14, 2015 Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) 11th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival Brava Theater Center 2789 24th Street @York San Francisco Friday, Jun 12, Opening Night: Love & Stardust - 7:30pm Saturday,…


June 12, 2015 Queeriosity Performance Showcase Youth Speaks San Francisco LGBT Community Center 1800 Market Street @ Octavia 7pm FREE Queeriosity Performance Showcase is an annual spoken word and performance event dedicated to young…

Roots in Resilience

June 10, 2015 Roots in Resilience San Francisco Bayview Hunter’s Point Documentary Movement Jimmy Zhang SF Public Library - Bayview, 5:30pm Film Screening & Community Dialogue Donation Roots in Resilience…

Blackmail My Love

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May 16, 2015 Katie Gilmartin Lost Queer History of North Beach: A Blackmail, My Love, Walking Tour Meet in Jack Kerouac Alley Behind City Lights Bookstore 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco 2 pm FREE Literature Join author Katie Gilmartin,…

Queer Rebels Fest

May 29 & 30, 2015 QUEER REBELS FEST! African American Art and Culture Complex 762 Fulton Street 7pm Doors; 7:30pm Show $12-$25 sliding scale, NOTA Multidisciplinary May 29th 7:30pm: Click here for Brown Paper Tickets May 30th…

Mangos with Chili

June 25, 2015 All That You Touch You Change: Mangos With Chili’s Final Bow Mangos with Chili African American Art and Culture Complex 762 Fulton Street 7:30pm $12-$20, NOTA After nine glorious and grueling years of touring, production,…

No Tears for the Creatures of the Night

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June 12, 2015 No Tears for the Creatures of the Night Vacant Closet Collective Center for Sex and Culture 1349 Mission Street @ 9th San Francisco 7:30pm $8-$10, NOTA Film/Discussion/visual art Inspired by the life and work of legendary…

Still Here 2015

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June 10 & 11, 2015 Still Here Cristina Mitra/Natalia Vigil SF LGBT Community Center 1800 Market Street @ Octavia 7pm Doors, 7:30pm Show $12-$25, NOTA Multidisciplinary In its third year, Still Here takes an intergenerational…

Pants: The Musical

June 23 & 24 Pants, The Musical A Graceland Girls Project Book, Lyrics, Music by J. Althea African American Art and Culture Complex 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco 7:30 pm $15-$20 Theatre, Music "Pants, The Musical" romps…

Black Don’t Crack

June 18, 2015 Congregation of Liberation Black Don’t Crack African American Art and Culture Complex 762 Fulton Street 7:30 pm $12-20 NOTA June 18 7:30pm show   Black Don’t Crack is a musical-theatre production using…

Hanky Code: The Movie

June 17, 2015 Periwinkle Cinema Presents Hanky Code: The Movie Gentry McShane, Lisa Ganser, and Lorin Murphy Center for Sex and Culture 1349 Mission Street @ 9th San Francisco 7:30pm and 9:30pm shows Price: $7-10 NOTA Film/Video June…

Body of Work

June 16, 2015 Body of Work San Francisco LGBT Community Center 1800 Market Street @ Octavia 7:30pm $12-$20, NOTA June 16th, 7:30pm show ASL Interpretation Provided / Wheelchair Accessible Venue / Scent-Free Policy Body of Work is a…

Y’all Come Back

June 13, 2015 Y'all Come Back: Stories of Queer Southern Migration Amanda Arkansassy Harris & Jaison Gardner San Francisco LGBT Community Center 1800 Market Street @ Octavia 3pm & 7pm Visual art reception - 5pm (Free) Exhibition…

Brouhaha: A QTPOC Comedy Uprising

June 9, 2015 Peacock Rebellion & Qcc present Brouhaha: Trans Women of Color Comedy Storytelling With Lexi Adsit and Luna Merbruja Oakland Asian Cultural Center 388 9th Street, Oakland 7pm & 9pm $12-$25, NOTA June 9th, 7pm show:…


June 8, 2015 Qcc, APICC and KSW present Boomtown Dan Lau Kearny Street Workshop 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco 7pm - 9pm $5-$10, Special Sponsor - $20 (includes chapbook) June 8, 7pm reading: Click here for Brown Paper Tickets Lit/Spoken…

Topsy-Turvy: MAJESTY ABLAZE, 2015

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June 5 & 6, 2015 Topsy-Turvy Queer Circus, Brava Theater & QCC present MAJESTY ABLAZE BRAVA Theater Center 2789 24th Street @ York San Francisco Adult Shows, 8pm | Family matinee Sat, 2pm $15 - $25; Youth Under 18- $8 Multidisciplinary…

The Q-Sides

June 5, 2015 The Q-Sides June 5, 6pm - Opening Reception DJ Daniela (Xica-Soul) Lowrider car show of rides featured in the exhibit July 3, 7pm - Closing party & artist talk Galeria de la Raza 2857 24th Street @ Bryant FREE Visual…


June 5 - 7 CounterPulse & Qcc present A LESBIAN'S GUIDE TO SELF CARE! Kat Yoas CounterPulse 1310 Mission Street @ 9th San Francisco 8pm, 7pm (Sun) $12-$20, NOTA For Ticket: Click Here for CounterPulse Ticket Site A LESBIAN’S…

Macho Menos

June 3, 2015 Macho Menos : Opening Art Reception Alexander Hernandez/Rob Fatal Curators SF LGBT Community Center 1800 Market Street @ Octavia 6pm June 1- July 17 (Visual Art Exhibit) Free   Macho Menos is a Latino queer…

Dorian Katz

Dorian Katz & Marlene Hoeber she says I'm the sexiest thing alive, digital photograph, 16 inches X 10.25 inches, 2015</> Artist StatementHooray! Gay Marriage! could be an alternate title for our photo. There's…

Aron Kantor

Aron Kantor   BEARMANIA HD Video, 2014 This is a glitterbomb.  Emerging from primordial darkness, two men blur the lines between violence and sex in a swamp of glitter, challenging notions of…

Katie Kaapcke

Katie Kaapcke  Installation photos from the exhibition will be available on June 4th.  #LEXBATHROOMSELFIE Project Description The closing of the famous San Francisco institution The Lexington Club, is a direct representation…

Jon Henry

Jon Henry + We Are Here Collective         We Are Here Collective.We Are Here, creates cultural opportunities for folks in our rural city of Harrisonburg, VA.The Posters are part of our city wide efforts…

Angela Hennessy

Angela Hennessy     Magical Negro Pussy 1 2014 copper, paint, framed 9" x 12" Magical Negro Pussy 3 2014 copper, paint, framed 9" x 12"  Artist StatementMy aesthetic is a collision of illuminated marquees,…

Wesley Harvey

Wesley Harvey   Kylix Cup Earthenware, Underglaze, Glaze, Ppink Rayon Fibers, Gitter, Resin, Laser Decals, Luster] Artist StatementMy current body of artwork examines gay male sexuality through queer…

Helle Grøndahl

Helle Grøndah TOWARDS  A  QUEER  HORIZON Dimensions Variable Artist  StatementArt  and  gender  as  appropriations,  reproductions  and  repetitionsMy  artistic  project  deals  with  gender  and…

Katie Gilmartin

Katie Gilmartin       All images are linocut prints, 9 ¾ by 7 inches.José Sarria performed opera and incendiary monologues at the historic Black Cat Café, and ended many an evening with a rousing chorus…

Chrysta Giffen

Chrysta Giffen  Sex, 2014 (Ongoing series), archival pigment prints, 17 X 25 in. (each) Artist Statement:My work is both informed by and in dialog with decades of sexual liberation history; from the uninhibited…

Zeph Fishlyn

Zeph Fishlyn    Those We Glimpse Through the Crack - Installation. Dimensions: 5' w x 6' deep x 8' high  Artist Statement We all want to feel like we come from somewhere. But for many of us, coming out as queer casts…

Caity Fares

Caity Fares  Kathy with a childhood photo, from the series , "Queer/Catholic," 2013 Artist Statement Catholicism and Queerness, despite common attempts at separation, are both wrapped around similar themes of suffering,…

Eliana Cetto

Eliana Cetto I have attached my submission materials for Glitter Bomb - National Queer Arts Festival 2015: Connections.  I have included a PDF and Word Document, still from my video footage, and a link to my proposed video…

Jessica Burke

Jessica Burke   Christian as the Boy Wonder of Gotham 27 x 35”, Graphite on Arches HP, 2013 This work explores identity and gender politics as filtered through the lens of popular culture. This series allows the…

Heather Buechler

Heather Buechler   Good Bride Installation (detail), wedding dress, mud. 2007 Artist Statement We are fed the idea that the only way to happiness is through heterosexual marriage. Good Bride installation exposes…

Hugh Buck

Hugh Buck   Tom's Underwear Ipad drawing on archival paper 4 x 6" Statement:The work is about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary things around us.

Joe Bruns

Joe Bruns   Mirror Paddles Glass mirror, wood, enamel, leather. 2012 Artist StatementI explore masculinity, privilege, and personal relationships while utilizing the beauty in everyday language and materials. The work…

Austin Boe

Austin Boe   Untitled (2015) 24 in x 36 in Paint & Relief Ink on Mirror In one way the work is about being unapologetic about queerness, creating a presence and being empowered from differences. In another way…

micah bazant

micah bazant Honor the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living giclée print of watercolor painting, 8x11” Support Monica Jones giclée print of watercolor and ink painting with digital text , 11x17” Liberation…

Crystal Barr

Crystal Azul Barajas Barr   Huevo peludo 2’ x 1’ x 9” Materials: animal fur, human hair, wire, nature. StatementCrystal Azul is a multidisciplinary artist with a BA in Studio Art (Sculpture) from Humboldt…

Association Les Dégommeuses

Association Les Dégommeuses Les Dégommeuses are both a football team and an association fighting against sexism and queerphobia in sports and through sports.Since 2012, we have ha partnership with the Thokozani Football…

2015 STAFF

Pamela Peniston, Artistic Director
Rudy Lemcke, Website Director
Jeff Jones, Financial Director
Kevin Seaman, General Manager
Sarah Guerra, Production Manager
LaVette Virden, Finance Manager
DENDESIGN, Graphic Design
PS Print, Festival Printing

Curators: Glitter Bomb
Darius Bost
Việt Lê
Melorra Green
Jacqueline Francis
Rudy Lemcke
Matt McKinley, Exhibit Designer
Pamela Peniston
Melonie Green, Exhibition Coordinator


Cheryl Dunye
Jacqueline Francis
Raquel Gutierrez
Jeff Jones
Jordy Jones
Juba Kalamka
Rudy Lemcke
Pratibha Parmar
Mia Nakano
Pamela Peniston
Tina Takemoto (President)

Advisory Member
Dr. Marcy Adelman