September 2023 QCC News

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The data is in! Thank you to everyone who filled out the NQAF 2023 audience survey!! Take a look below to learn more about who came through. A map of the bay area broken into zip codes shows regions in lighter and darker green based on autidence attendance at the 2023 NQAF. Regions with the most respondents include Oakland and Berkeley, wiht substantive representation from San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties

Pie/Donut chart showing NQAF survey respondents by age group. The largest age group is 25-39, followed by 40-54, 55+, and finally 19-24

Did you know that Queer Cultural Center works year-round to support queer arts? It’s true, we’re more than just the National Queer Arts Festival! So what happens when it’s not June? Well, right now the staff at QCC are taking time to strengthen our internal systems, structures, and processes. While it might not be the most glamorous part of the work, we know it’s important to invest in our infrastructure, so we can spend more time supporting artists and less time wrestling with our information systems. The screenshot below is from a training session with the QCC staff about how to centralize our organizational contact records. S E X Y. Stay tuned for more news coming soon about what else we’re upgrading around here. :) 



SFFILM Presents: Cassandro at the Castro

Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Time: 7pm
Location: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St, San Francisco CA 94114
Tickets: $20 ($2 off with code F64JK88)

Join us for a special screening of Cassandro at the iconic Castro Theatre with Director Roger Ross Williams in attendance. 

About the film:
Saúl Armendáriz, a gay amateur wrestler from El Paso, rises to international stardom after he creates the character ‘Cassandro’, the “Liberace of Lucha Libre.” In the process, he upends not just the macho wrestling world, but also his own life. Based on a true story. Directed by Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams, and starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Bad Bunny.

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NQAF 2023 artist Skip the Needle is releasing their third recording project, an EP with music inspired by the life of science fiction author Octavia E. Butler. Join the band for an electrified good time and learn more about Butler’s life.

Saturday, September 16th
Ivy Room Albany, CA (21+)
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:30pm
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door

Skip the Needle is thrilled to be releasing 6 original tracks for Octavia of Earth, Volume 2 on Soulectric Records – A Division of Little Village Foundation!

Octavia of Earth, Volume 2 – Octavia of Earth is a docu-musical inspired by the life of black feminist icon Octavia E. Butler. Tender, funny, and magical, Octavia of Earth presents the human side of the mysterious founding mother of Afrofuturism. The project is a collaboration led by Uncaged Library Arts and Information.

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New queer novel Disorderly Men: author Edward Cahill with K.M. Soehnlein

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Time: 7pm
Location: Fabulosa Books, 489 Castro Street, San Francisco CA 94114
Ticket Price: Free

Edward Cahill’s debut novel Disorderly Men is about three gay men in pre- in pre-Stonewall NYC who find their fates thrown together in the police raid of a Village bar. The book – named one of Queer Forty’s “Best Pride Reads for Summer 2023” – is a page-turner set in the gay subculture of pre-Stonewall, Mad Men-era New York City, and marks Fordham University Press’s first work of original fiction. Join Cahill who will be in conversation with Lambda Award-winning author K.M. Soehnlein on 9/20.

Edward Cahill is the author of Liberty of the Imagination: Aesthetic Theory, Literary Form, and Politics in the Early United States (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). His essays have appeared in such venues as American Literature, Early American Literature, ELH, Early American Studies, and Common-place. His research and teaching interests include early American literature and culture, as well as modern and contemporary fiction.
K. M. SOEHNLEIN (he/him) is the author of four novels, including “Army of Lovers” (2023), set against the backdrop of ACT UP and the AIDS activist movement, and his Lambda Literary Award-winning debut, The World of Normal Boys. He is the recipient of the Henfield Prize in short fiction and a Rainin Filmmaking Grant for screenwriting. His journalism has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Out Magazine, The Village Voice, and San Francisco Magazine, and his personal essays have appeared in numerous literary collections. Karl received an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and currently teaches at the University of San Francisco MFA in Writing Program. 

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The Lost Art of Dreaming

Date: September 29 – October 1, 2023
Time: 7:30pm on Sept. 29 – 30, 2pm on Oct. 1
Location: Z Space, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco CA 94110
Ticket Price: $15 – 50, Sliding Scale

Tickets are now live for the return of Sean Dorsey Dance’s show, The Lost Art of Dreaming, coming back to SF for 3 shows only, as part of a 10-city international tour! The show has an all queer/trans/non-binary cast, and invites us to reconnect with longing, embrace expansive imagination, connect with joy and pleasure, and propel ourselves toward loving Futures. Get your tickets now!
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What Remains Art Exhibit

Date: Now – September 30, 2023
Time: 12pm – 6pm on Tuesdays – Saturdays or by appointment
Location: Schlomer Haus Gallery, 2128 Market St, San Francisco CA 94114
Ticket Price: Free

What Remains is an exhibition that goes beyond rainbows and parades to bring support of the community into the everyday vernacular at Schlomer Haus Gallery that advocates for year-round visibility and conversation. With an emphasis on tangible outcomes and opportunities, not only does the exhibition highlight ten San Francisco based LGBTQIA+ artists, it supports both them and the greater community with proceeds going to Queer LifeSpace, a nonprofit counseling agency that provides affordable, evidence-based mental health and substance abuse services to the LGBTQIA+ community in the Bay Area. 

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Community Event featuring Cleve Jones and “Milk” screening

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2023
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Ticket Price: Free

Queer Cultural Center is partnering with San Francisco AIDS Foundation, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the release of the film “Milk,” on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at The Castro Theater. 
This free community event will have a fireside chat with Cleve Jones, co-founder of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, creator of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, and author of, “When We Rise: My Life in the Movement.” He is a human rights activist with a history of activism spanning four decades. 
Following the discussion will be the screening of the film “Milk.” 


QWOCMAP’s filmmaking workshops help LGBTAQIA+ BIPOC make their vision a reality. Participants learn to write, direct, and edit their own 5-minute film which will screen at our 20th anniversary Film Festival next June.

The October 6-9 workshop is open to LGBTQIA+ BIPOC of all ages! Register by Monday, September 4.

The November 10-13 workshop is specifically for LGBTQIA+ BIPOC youth ages 18-24. Register by Sunday, October 1. 

Both workshops will be held at the QWOCMAP office in the Presido, which is wheelchair accessible. QWOCMAP will provide ASL interpretation, a meal each day, COVID safety, and more!

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The AAPI Civic Engagement Fund (AAPI Fund) is issuing a request for proposals for our 2023-2024 Creative Catalyst Program. This program provides opportunities for independent artists to engage the public in critical issues impacting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) across the country. We will consider a variety of art forms, such as music, video, visual arts, performing arts, poetry, and more. We will be funding fellowships of $30,000 each to hire five fellows to produce work with the potential to break through mainstream media and catalyze conversations around themes of Solidarity, Belonging, and Voting Together.

Applications are due by September 12, 2023 at 8pm PT.

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3GT is offering a FREE writing class for LBTQ/Nonbinary Writers!  Margery’s 6-week class (October 4th-November 8th, 2023) is free for all participants, and includes meditation and writing prompts designed to spark imagination and creativity. Classes are held on Zoom each Wednesday from 11:00am-1:00pm.

To register, email Tina D’Elia, 3GT Engagement & Outreach Director at [email protected].

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Voices With Impact is a yearly short film production grant that funds 5 minute films that create transformative conversations around the topic of mental health. Each year VWI awards 10 filmmaking teams $7.5k to make a 5 minute short on specific underrepresented mental health topics. This year VWI is looking for proposals on the Serious Mental Illness, or Cliques & Echo Chambers.

Films must be 5 minute of less and be on one or both of the highlighted mental health topics. Deadline is midnight PT on September 17, 2023.

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Job opening alert! Our friends at Third Wave Fund are looking for a Program Officer of the Disability Frontlines Fund (DFF). Remote work, full time (32 hours a week), and starting salary is $83,500 with benefits. Video submissions are also accepted.

Applications are due September 17, 2023!

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Voices is looking for one or two new members! Voices is a QPOC-led singing group, and we are especially welcoming people of color to audition, and especially those with lower voices. If interested in auditioning, please reach out to [email protected]. Read More About Voices

OPPORTUNITY ALERT! This focus group study from UCSF involves one, 30-minute session via Zoom where the study is explained to make sure you want to participate. Then via Zoom, you will take part in a 1.5 hour individual interview or focus group with 4 other caregivers in which you will have a facilitated discussion.⁠ To be eligible, you must be 18 years or older, have a child 12-26 years old who identifies as transgender, non-binary, or gender diverse, identify as African American/Black and/or Hispanic/Latino, speak English, and live in California.⁠ Compensation includes a $100 Amazon electronic gift card upon completion of the study.⁠

If interested, reach out to [email protected].⁠ More Info   LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT


We acknowledge we are on unceded ancestral homeland of the original inhabitants of this land otherwise known as the San Francisco Bay Area. Click below to access our visual land acknowledgement created in partnership with The Association of Ramaytush Ohlone  and Inés Ixierda for the National Queer Arts Festival. Visual Land Acknowledgement Twitter Facebook Website  

If you are non-Indigenous, we invite you to pay a Shuumi Land Tax to the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust – an urban Indigenous women-led land trust based in the San Francisco Bay Area that facilitates the return of Indigenous land to Indigenous people.

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