QCC Mid May 2023 News


May 2023 at Queer Cultural Center

NQAF 2023 is around the corner!

June is quickly approaching which means… it’s almost time for the 26th Annual National Queer Arts Festival! Our team at Queer Cultural Center is so excited to share this year’s event line up with our Bay Area (and beyond) community. We’re so proud of this year’s NQAF artists, who have been working so hard to prepare for their events in June. Get your calendars ready – check out the first half of our line up and our community partner events below!  


Murmurations: Queer Bodies of Werq Opening Reception 
Queer Cultural Center’s National Queer Arts Festival Opening Night

Date: Friday, June 9, 2023
Time: 6pm
Location: SOMArts, 934 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Tickets: $10 – $50, No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds

Murmurations: Queer Bodies of Werq is a pulsating, swooping, living, collective of queer ecologies, on display from June 9 – 30, 2023. Join us for an evening of performances and ritual to celebrate the body of work curated by Xtal Azul & Gaia WXYZ. Additionally, this evening serves as an opening night to the 26th annual National Queer Arts Festival presented by Queer Cultural Center. 

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Murmurations: Queer Power of Werq
Xtal Azul & Gaia WXYZ

Date: June 10 – 30, 2023
Time: Gallery hours are 3pm – 7:30pm on Thursdays, 12pm – 7:30pm on Fridays, and 12pm – 5pm on Saturday/Sundays
Location: SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco CA 94103
Ticket Price: Free (with registration)

Murmurations: Queer Bodies of Werq is a pulsating, swooping, living, collective of queer ecologies featuring featuring installation, digital works, altars, and offerings that honor the relationship of queer bodies in nature. This engagement is curated by Xtal Azul and Gaia WXYZ, and is presented as part of the 26th annual National Queer Arts Festival, showing both virtually and in person at SOMARTS in San Francisco, CA from June 10 – June 30, 2023.  

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5th Annual Queer Afro Latin Dance Festival
In Lak’ech Dance Academy
Date: June 9th – 11th
Time: Varies by day
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose, 2050 Gateway Pl San Jose, CA 95110
Ticket Price: Varies from $25 – $275 AN INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION OF UNITY – The 5th Annual Queer Afro Latin Dance Festival will be bringing together queer, trans and ally dancers and music lovers for the party and celebration of the year! 

This event is open to all – not ONLY for dancers! This festival is for all who love & support the LGBTQ+ community, and who want to be part of a magical weekend. Join us for three days of dance, music, performances, pool parties/night parties, dance competitions, panel discussions, and over 60 hours of music. 
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Live & Queer LIVE!
Maya Chinchilla & Gwen Park

Date: Sunday, June 11, 2023
Time: 2pm
Location: SOMArts stage, 934 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Ticket Price: Free / By Donation

Live & Queer is a talk show/video podcast produced by QCC. We get real with Bay Area LGBTQ+ artists about what they’re doing, what inspires them, what they’re trying to accomplish, and the way their art contributes to LGBTQ+ and beyond culture & movements.

On this episode, we’ll be talking about all about NQAF with guests from some of the other shows in the festival. Join us for the first time at an in-person taping to find out more about what’s happening, what you can expect and what you don’t want to miss! This show will be both in-person and livestreamed to QCC’s Youtube channel so you can attend from anywhere around the world. The guest list will be announced soon.

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Because of Black Music I Am
Valerie Troutt

Date: Saturday – Sunday, June 10 – 11, 2023
Time: Doors at 2:30pm, Show at 3:30pm
Location: Devil’s Parlor (address shared with ticket holders)
Ticket Price: $25 General Admission, No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds

Because of Black Music I Am (BOBM) is a two-day music festival in celebration of Black Music Month being held June 10th – 11th, 2023 in Oakland, California. BOBM is a conversation piece that brings together local artists, industry professionals, and the community to make connections, create awareness about the impact of Black music, and the need to develop new music industry infrastructures to ensure the longevity of not only Black music but Black Artists. 

The festival will include an artist’s brunch, mixer, panel, and live music. The day one lineup includes SF poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, vocalist The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, singer SoLauren, rapper JWalt, saxophonist Howard Wiley, and MoonCandy Live House Music Ensemble. The day two lineup includes singer-songwriter Aime Cota, poet Marvin K. White, and The Valerie Troutt Jazz Soul Project.  These events have been made possible by grants and donations from the Akonadi Foundation, Eastbay Community Fund, The African American Art and Cultural Complex, and The Queer Cultural Center of San Francisco. QCC is proud to host the second day of this live music event. Address will be sent out to registered attendees.

Meet Valerie at the Devil’s Parlor!COMMUNITY PARTNER EVENTS

Reshaping the Paradox
Queer Rebels

Date: Friday, June 2, 2023
Time: 6pm
Location: Virtual
Ticket Price: Free

As we know times are still different and ever changing living in this “post” pandemic era. There is an uproar of chaos around us as we strive to stabilize our lives. We are still navigating through the world of virtual space pushing the boundaries of what everyday looks like; in this stillness of virtual meets ‘IRL’.⁠

Register for Reshaping the Paradox

Queer Dance Film Festival
Dear Queer Dance

Date: Sunday, June 4, 2023
Time: 2pm
Location: The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St Oakland, CA 94612
Ticket Price: $15 – $20

QDFF is a dazzling showcase of LGBTQIA+ performances from across the globe. Our mission is to uplift queer and trans artists while challenging homophobia and gender norms. The theater is ADA accessible.

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19th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival

Date: June 9 – 11, 2023
Time: Various times
Location: Presidio Theatre, 99 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129
Ticket Price: Free

QWOCMAP will premiere 30 films in 6 screenings for the FREE 19th annual International Queer Women of Color Film Festival, June 9-11, 2023 at the Presidio Theatre in the Presidio National Park. From the lush sageness of memory, movement, and Indigenous traditions of environmental stewardship, to the transformation of grief, and the mycorrhizal relationships between love, collective care, and disability justice, the Festival Focus “Forever Rooted” liberates spores of sovereignty and survivance.

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Fresh Meat Festival of trans and queer performance
Fresh Meat Productions

Date: Wednesday, June 14 – Sunday, June 18, 2023
Time: 7:30pm performances from 14th-17th, 2pm performances on the 17th & 18th 
Location: Z Space 450 Florida Street San Francisco, CA
Ticket Price: $15 – $40

The FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL centers transgender, gender-nonconforming and queer BIPOC artists, and lifts up our performing artists as truthtellers who light and lead the way to our collective liberation, healing and JOY. ASL provided, KN95 masks required, and the space is wheelchair accessible.

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San Francisco Trans March

Date: Friday, June 23, 2023
Time: TBD
Location: Dolores Park
Ticket Price: Free

The San Francisco Trans March is San Francisco’s largest transgender Pride event and one of the largest trans events in the entire world. It’s always the Friday of Pride weekend and thousands of people attend.
Several activists organized the first Trans March on June 25, 2004 with a gathering in Dolores Park followed by a march to Civic Center. A few hundred people attended the first march, twice as many the next year and it’s been growing ever since.
The SF March is organized and run entirely by volunteers from the community. It gets better and better every year, so come be a part of our history!


More Info about Trans March 2023

Dyke March
San Francisco Dyke March

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2023
Time: 5pm
Location: 18th & Dolores Street, San Francisco

The mission of the San Francisco Dyke March is to bring the dyke communities together to celebrate our unity, raise our consciousness and be visible. Strengthening an international perspective in our communities, the rally and march advocates justice for all dykes around the world. To mobilize our coalition we organize an annual march that takes place during the week of Pride celebration (last weekend of June). The rally/cultural event showcases our communitie’s artists, critical thinkers and political activists. The San Francisco Dyke March is excited to march with you at 5pm on June 24, 2023 at the intersection of Dolores Street and 18th Street in San Francisco. We look forward to seeing you there!

More Info about Dyke March 2023

San Francisco Pride

Date: Saturday – Sunday, June 24 – 25, 2023
Location: Civic Center, San Francisco

San Francisco Pride is one of the largest LGBTQ+ celebrations in the world. Our mission is to create a space where everyone can come together to celebrate, honor, and uplift the diversity of our community. Each year, our Pride Celebration begins on a Saturday in Civic Center Plaza, located in downtown San Francisco, during the last full weekend of June. The highlight of our event is the San Francisco Pride Parade, which takes place on Sunday morning and kicks off from Beale Street along Market, ending at Market and 9th St. in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

More Info about SF Pride 2023   A NQAF-filled Live & Queer!

This month’s guest is writer, educator, and cultural worker tanea lunsford lynx. tanea is a 4th generation San Franciscan who was recently in an exhibition called “MUNI Raised Me”, so you know she has some SF pride. They’re also hosting a panel and party this year’s National Queer Arts Festival about the legendary Club Q. Full episode drops next week, check out the preview now!



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