Location: Strut

Strut Book Club Reads “Lie With Me” by Phlippe Besson

Let’s Talk Gay Lit!

Come get your book on with us! Join us for our September book club meeting.

Join us September 30th at 7:30 PM on the second floor of Strut for some wine, little snacks and great conversations about literature. Please make sure to read the entire book beforehand and come ready to discuss your thoughts.

Don’t forget, folks: we get a discount at Dog Eared Books in the Castro!

The Book: Lie With Me by Phillipe Besson
About the Book:
Just outside a hotel in Bordeaux, Philippe, a famous writer, chances upon a young man who bears a striking resemblance to his first love. What follows is a look back to Philippe’s teenage years, to a winter morning in 1984, a small French high school, and a carefully timed encounter between two seventeen-year-olds. It’s the start of a secret, intensely passionate, world-altering love affair between Philippe and his classmate, Thomas.

About the Author:
Philippe Besson is an author, screenwriter, and playwright. His first novel, In the Absence of Men, was awarded the Emmanuel Roblès Prize in 2001, and he is also the author of, among other books, Late Autumn (Grand Prize RTL-Lire), A Boy from Italy, and The Atlantic House. In 2017 he published Lie With Me, which has sold more than 120,000 copies, was a no.1 bestseller and was awarded the Maison de la Presse Prize. His novels have been translated into twenty languages.

If you have any questions about Strut’s events please feel free to contact our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at bporrashernandez@sfaf.org

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor


“Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers” Launch Party!

Join us for a Launch Party with Peaches Christ!

The sickening anthology of queer horror comics Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers is having an epic launch party with us here at Strut on Hump Day of Folsom Week! This book of the damned, edited by Justin Hall and William O. Tyler and hosted by drag demoness Peaches Christ, features 33 of some of the greatest LGBTQ comics creators illustrating what keeps them awake at night. From a dyke witch with a bone to pick, to a trans were-kat in 1930s Paris, to a gay Frankenstein monster in a post-apocalyptic world, to a demonic culture vulture preying on black men, to a Castro Theater haunted by drag ghosts, these stories amaze, delight, and terrify… just like us queers!

The launch party, hosted by Peaches Christ herself as well as editors Justin and William, will begin at 7pm with several of the creators in the book reading from their stories on the third floor at 7:30, then cocktails and more on the second floor until 10:30. Come celebrate the gruesome glory of queer horror comics!

This event is being put together by the amazing Justin Hall. Jusin Hall is the creator of several successful comic book projects, he is a Fulbright Scholar, an Associate Professor of Comics at CCA, and the Co-Organizer of the Queers & Comics Conference. He lives in San Francisco with his husband and their pet snake.

If you have any questions about Strut’s art program or this event, please feel free to contact our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at bporrashernandez@sfaf.org

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.


QTPOC at Strut: El Canto Del Colibri – Screening and Panel

Join QTPOC at Strut for a screening of El Canto Del Colibri. The Film El Canto del Colibrí is a documentary exploring the relationships between Latino immigrant fathers and their LGBTQ family members.

The film is in Spanish, with English subtitles.

 

Following the film screening, we will have a moderated panel discussing queer Latinx families with documentary participant Reina de Atzlan.

This event is being held at Strut (470 Castro St) at the third floor lobby. Sexual Health Services and PrEP Enrollments from 5pm-6:30pm. Screening from 6-8 pm

Text QTPOC to 474747 if you have any questions!

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.


In The Flesh, Art by Gabriel Garbow with The Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network

Join us for our next Art Opening on the 3rd Floor at Strut on August 17th!

Our Art Program on the Third and First floors of Strut is exhibiting the work of Gabriel Garbow Sacramento based artist with a special portion of the work inspired by our Elizabeth Taylor 50 Plus program. Come celebrate with us!

In the Flesh: A Collaboration with Strut’s 50-Plus Network

Statement:
My current project, “In the Flesh: A Collaboration with Strut’s 50-Plus Network” is a series of large-format watercolor paintings featuring models over the age of fifty. These full and half-length nude portraits balance vibrant color with stark realism. The men who volunteered were first photographed, then drawn from the most compelling of these references. The finished art was built up with layers of flowing washes and precisely brushed details in a manner that respects the individuality of each subject.
“In the Flesh” was conceived as a response to a culture that idealizes young, athletic bodies – and a response to my own participation in that culture. It seeks to balance the scales, presenting the aging body as an object of candid beauty. The subjects in this collection are jeweled with scars, spots, and imperfections. The postures, expressions, and bits of clothing hint at each man’s rich, complex story. Creating these pieces was an opportunity to confront feelings about my own aging body, and how the world perceives it. Hopefully, these paintings offer viewers the same opportunity for reflection and re-evalutation.

About the Artist:
Sacramento-based artist, Gabriel Garbow, is inspired by the intricate play of light across the human form, the way emotion is conveyed through gesture and facial expression. His watercolor paintings often explore our mysterious connection with bodies of water. The artist’s love of drawing is the starting point for his paintings, layering loose washes with tighter brushwork to create rich, colorful scenes and figures. Garbow’s work appears in dozens of collections across the globe. His first large-scale solo exhibition is the Strut show in San Francisco.

About 50 Plus!:
The Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network is a social support network for gay, bisexual, and trans men age 50 and older, inclusive of people who are HIV-negative and living with HIV.

This show will be on our first floor and our third floor till October and we want you to come to the Art Reception August 17th, 7pm, we will be providing light snacks, and drinks, free, all are welcome!

Questions about the arts events at Strut? Please contact Baruch Porras Henandez our community events organizer bporrashernandez@sfaf.org

ACCESSIBILITY
There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.


LGBT Asylum Drop-In

The LGBT Asylum Project provides asylum-related services to LGBTQ people and people living with HIV in our community.

Join us at Strut from 1 pm – 3 pm, we will hold an information session so you can learn more about the asylum process and find out how to start the process of applying for asylum.

What is LGBTQ asylum? It is illegal to be LGBTQ in 80 counties around the world, and many LGBTQ people can face discrimination, hate crimes and more in their home countries. People who are now in the U.S. can apply for asylum based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, and social group (which can include being a member of the LGBTQ community or being HIV-positive). Applicants need to show evidence of past persecution or fear of future persecution. Applicants must apply to asylum within a year of coming to the U.S. or returning to the U.S. Asylum status is granted indefinitely, and an asylee can stay in the U.S. indefinitely or apply for a green card after one year.

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor where this event will be held. Please refrain from wearing scented products so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us. On that note, so folks with severe allergies to dogs can join us, please leave your pet at home unless it is a certified service animal.


Kumalicious: Dore Alley Edition!

Grab Your Sketch Books, and Kinky Leather Gear!

We are super excited to have the folks from KUMALICIOUS return to Strut to help us celebrate Folsom Leather month!

Salon KUMALICIOUS: Folsom Edition and Strut invite you to come draw the hot and hunky Queer bigger men of color posing in their finest gear, leathers, fetish and kink accessories in celebration of Folsom Street Fair Month.  Whether it’s your one-stop destination or just one stop on your way to other Folsom festivities, we invite you to come draw, snack, buy KUMALICIOUS art, enter to win BLICK brand art supplies, and have fun!

Salon KUMALICIOUS: Folsom Edition doors open at 6:30 PM (Draw Session starts at 7:00 PM).

Please Note: Drawing/Painting encouraged. Electronic tablets are permitted.

No Photography at all of the event or the models will be permitted. People who break this house rule will be asked to leave. 

Drawing supply rental courtesy of Blick Art Materials (an assortment of sketch books, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, markers, etc.) available on a first-come, first-served basis.

KUMALICIOUS (KOO-MAH-LISH-US) is an art brand and traveling exhibition showcasing the work of over two dozen artists selected from across the globe that depict and celebrate both the allure and beauty of Queer bigger men of color inspired by Gay Japanese Manga. From gachimuchi (“chubby muscle”) to BDSM eroticism, KUMALICIOUS explores various aspects of sensuality with visual works influenced by Gay Japanese Manga genres popularized by canon artists such Jiraiya, Gengoroh Tagame, and Seizoh Ebisubashi. KUMALICIOUS seeks to provide a rare glance at and shine a spotlight on underrepresented populations often neglected in mainstream art.

If you have any questions about events at Strut, contact Baruch Porras Hernandez at bporrashernandez@sfaf.org

For questions regarding KUMALICIOUS events, contact salvador@eshcetera.com

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.


“The Princess and the Porn Star” Staged Reading by Left Coast Theatre Company

Join us for a night of theatre from Left Coast Theatre!

Left Coast Theater Co. is a non-profit organization that promotes the artistic work of the LGBTQ and allied communities in order to promote diversity, encourage dialogue and provide an opportunity for unique voices to be heard.

Monday September 9th they will be at Strut to perform a staged reading of the play “The Princess and the Pornstar” by Kirk Shimano

The event is free. All are welcome.

About the Play
Kirby is a gay man working in a straight world: a heterosexual BDSM fetish pornography production world, to be precise. Celeste Sparxx is the company’s star performer. When a travel mix-up leaves the two of them stranded in San Francisco together, will the weekend
feel more like bonding or bondage? “The Princess and the Porn Star” follows these two unlikely companions as their trek to the city’s most iconic tourist traps leads them to unexpected depths of pleasure and pain.

About the Playwright
Kirk Shimano is a San Francisco Bay Area-based playwright. His works tend to live on the intersection of Gay Street and Nerdy Avenue, exploring the human side of lovesick zombies, drunken robots, and sexually confused computers. He has worked with a number of theater companies in the San Francisco indie scene, including the San Francisco Olympians, Wily West, PlayGround, PianoFight, and San Francisco Theater Pub.

To learn more about this theatre company visit them here:
http://lctc-sf.org/

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.

questions about this event please contact our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at bporrashernandez@sfaf.org


Greetings from Dadville. Art Opening for Justin Hall!

We are so excited to have the work of Justin Hall at Strut!

For the month of September we are exhibiting “Greetings from Dadville” a collection of Justin Hall’s original comic book art and illustrations. Join us to celebrate this dynamic queer art with some free wine and some free snacks! The Art Opening starts at 8 PM sharp, and will go till 10 PM. Bring your friends, are all welcome!

About the Art
Cartoonist Justin Hall presents original art from three comic book and illustration projects. The first, Greetings from Dadville, is a series of illustrations of hot Daddies in their natural settings: sprawling in lawn chairs, getting burnt at the beach, eating hot dogs, etc. The second, Full Moon, is a story created for the queer horror comics anthology Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers. It spotlights a young man’s difficult decision upon arriving to San Francisco to either join a were-pup pack or a crew of Sailor Moon queens. The third is a series of pages from Hall’s graphic novel-in-progress Castle and Creek about the S.F. National Guard Armory and the Mission Creek that runs through its basement, the gay porn industry, Daddy/boy relationships, addiction, closeted ghosts, the Golden Age Wonder Woman, aliens from the future, and other really queer shit.

About the Artist
Justin Hall is the creator of the comics series Hard to Swallow (with Dave Davenport), True Travel Tales, and Glamazonia. He has work in the Houghton Miflin Best American Comics, QU33R, Best Erotic Comics, and the SF Weekly, among others. He edited the Lambda Literary Award-winning, Eisner-nominated No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which he is now producing as a feature-length documentary film. He is a Fulbright Scholar, an Associate Professor of Comics at CCA, and the Co-Organizer of the Queers & Comics Conference. He lives in San Francisco with his husband and their pet snake.

The Art program at Strut was founded the same year Magnet began its hard work of serving the gay community 16 years ago. Each month we exhibit the work of a queer visual artist, and cannot wait for you all to join us for the Art Opening in September!

If you have any questions about Strut’s art openings or this event, please feel free to contact our community events organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at bporrashernandez@sfaf.org

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.


QTPOC Party N’ Panel: Finding Helpful Ways to Play

Take a glimpse into the parTy and play scene hearing from our panel of Queer and Trans folks of color —each with unique experiences and different goals for their substance use. Our hope is to destigmatize discussing substance use and look at using harm reduction with substance use in the QTPOC community, all while providing the community members with tangible skills to using substances more healthfully.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our QTPOC at Strut events organizer Felipe Flores at fflores@sfaf.org

This event is being held at Strut (470 Castro St) at the third floor lobby. Sexual Health Services and PrEP Enrollments from 5pm-6:30pm. Screening from 6-8 pm

Text QTPOC to 474747 if you have any questions!

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.


Job Readiness Workshop

QTPOC at Strut is excited to partner with the SF LGBT Center’s Economic Development team to present a Job Readiness Workshop.

In this workshop, we will be discussing resumes, cover letters, mock interviews, and all of the different aspects associated with becoming job ready.

Additionally, individuals who attend this event will be able to sign-up early for the Professional Shoot with Kidd with a Camera the following week on 8/15.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our QTPOC at Strut events organizer Felipe Flores at fflores@sfaf.org

This event is being held at Strut (470 Castro St) at the third floor lobby. Sexual Health Services and PrEP Enrollments from 5pm-6:30pm. Screening from 6-8 pm

Text QTPOC to 474747 if you have any questions!

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor


Professional Photo Shoot Day with Kidd with a Camera

The incredible photographer Kidd with a Camera wants to take your picture!

Need new head shots? Want to update that Linked in Profile? Queer and trans people of color are always out and about doing things and making waves in the community and often they don’t have professional head shots! Who has the time? Or the money right? Well join us August 15th to get your portrait taken by professional photographer Kidd with a a Camera.

Come get a serious picture taken, or a silly one! BYOT, Bring Your Own Tiara!

Come sign up, this will be a first come first serve basis, sign up list will not be put out until 5:00pm, on the dot. This event is for and by queer and trans people of color.

•Up to two people per shoot.
•Your shoot will last about 10-15 minutes and will have a variety of poses and crops.
•Copyright usage: You are welcome to use any of the photos taken during your photo shoot to promote yourself either professionally or on social media for fun! You may not give permission or license any 3rd party to use the photos for any purpose.
•Wardrobe suggestions: If you just want to have a fun shoot, come as you are and have fun! If you’d like shots to use professionally, we want people to focus on your face and eyes and not your wardrobe so wear solid muted colors that you feel good wearing.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our QTPOC at Strut events organizer Felipe Flores at fflores@sfaf.org

This event is being held at Strut (470 Castro St) at the third floor lobby. Sexual Health Services and PrEP Enrollments from 5pm-6:30pm. Screening from 6-8 pm

Text QTPOC to 474747 if you have any questions!

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.


Strut BookClub Reads On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Let’s Talk Queer Lit! Come get your book on with us! Join us for our August book club meeting!

Join us August 26th at 7:30 PM on the second floor of Strut for some wine, little snacks and great conversations about literature. Please make sure to read the entire book beforehand and come ready to discuss your thoughts.
Don’t forget, folks: we get a discount at Dog Eared Books in the Castro!

About the Book:
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity.
About the Author:
Ocean Vuong is the author of the debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, out from Penguin Press (2019) and forthcoming in 12 other languages worldwide. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

Questions about the book club or events at Strut? Please contact Baruch Porras Henandez our community events organizer bporrashernandez@sfaf.org

ACCESSIBILITY
There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor


QTPOC at Strut: The Basics on Personal and Financial Literacy

Join QTPOC at Strut as discuss ominous topics, such as credit, debt, budgeting and saving!

In this workshop we’ll cover:
• The origins of credit and FICO scores
• How to establish and repair your credit
• How to pay off debt
• The connection between credit and loans

You will learn to use goals, budgets and technology to gain more control over spending habits, discover specific ways to save and utilize tools to help you manage your money.

We are excited to partner with Eddie Tang who will be facilitating this workshop.

Eddie Tang is the Small Business Consultant at the SF LGBT Center where he has also helped with the Housing and Finance Program. He graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Prior to that, he was a Financial Advisor for a large bank where he worked for about 10 years. As a Financial Advisor, he had various duties including financial planner, investment advisor, personal and business loan officer, and mortgage officer. In the 10 years, he helped hundreds of families and individuals create financial plans to achieve their different financial goals such as debt and credit management, retirement, investment, home purchase, and education.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our QTPOC at Strut events organizer Felipe Flores at fflores@sfaf.org

This event is being held at Strut (470 Castro St) at the third floor lobby. Sexual Health Services and PrEP Enrollments from 5pm-6:30pm. Screening from 6-8 pm

Text QTPOC to 474747 if you have any questions!

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.


The Doctor Is In: Updates on HIV and Anal Dysplasia

Join us for another Doctor Is In!

The Doctor Is In is Positive Force’s bi-monthly physician-led discussion group.

This event’s theme is “Anchor Study Updates on HIV and Anal Dysplasia” presented by Dr. Berry and Reina Gonzalez.

Dinner is served at 6:30 pm, presentation begins at 7 pm.

This event is free.

If you have any questions about Positive Force events or services, please contact pforce@sfaf.org.

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. To get to the 3rd floor, there are 48 steps from the lobby.


The Doctor Is In: Communicating with your HIV provider

Join us for another Doctor Is In!

The Doctor Is In is Positive Force’s bi-monthly physician-led discussion group.

This event’s theme is “How best to communicate with your HIV provider” presented by Delfino Martinez.

Dinner is served at 6:30 pm, presentation begins at 7 pm.

This event is free.

If you have any questions about Positive Force events or services, please contact pforce@sfaf.org.

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. To get to the 3rd floor, there are 48 steps from the lobby.


HIV Advocacy Network – General Membership Meeting

The HIV Advocacy Network (HAN) is a grassroots community of HIV advocates and activists in the bay area fighting for access to healthcare, evidence-based harm reduction policies and for the right to housing.

Now more than every it’s crucial that our communities continue to show up, speak out & fight back! Join us at our monthly general membership meetings to stay up-to-date on advocacy issues and collaborate on advocacy campaigns that impact communities living with and at risk of HIV.


HIV Advocacy Network – General Membership Meeting

The HIV Advocacy Network (HAN) is a grassroots community of HIV advocates and activists in the bay area fighting for access to healthcare, evidence-based harm reduction policies and for the right to housing.

Now more than every it’s crucial that our communities continue to show up, speak out & fight back! Join us at our monthly general membership meetings to stay up-to-date on advocacy issues and collaborate on advocacy campaigns that impact communities living with and at risk of HIV.


HIV Advocacy Network – General Membership Meeting

The HIV Advocacy Network (HAN) is a grassroots community of HIV advocates and activists in the bay area fighting for access to healthcare, evidence-based harm reduction policies and for the right to housing.

Now more than every it’s crucial that our communities continue to show up, speak out & fight back! Join us at our monthly general membership meetings to stay up-to-date on advocacy issues and collaborate on advocacy campaigns that impact communities living with and at risk of HIV.


HIV Advocacy Network – General Membership Meeting

The HIV Advocacy Network (HAN) is a grassroots community of HIV advocates and activists in the bay area fighting for access to healthcare, evidence-based harm reduction policies and for the right to housing.

Now more than every it’s crucial that our communities continue to show up, speak out & fight back! Join us at our monthly general membership meetings to stay up-to-date on advocacy issues and collaborate on advocacy campaigns that impact communities living with and at risk of HIV.


HIV Advocacy Network – General Membership Meeting

The HIV Advocacy Network (HAN) is a grassroots community of HIV advocates and activists in the bay area fighting for access to healthcare, evidence-based harm reduction policies and for the right to housing.

Now more than every it’s crucial that our communities continue to show up, speak out & fight back! Join us at our monthly general membership meetings to stay up-to-date on advocacy issues and collaborate on advocacy campaigns that impact communities living with and at risk of HIV.


QTPOC at Strut Pose Mini Marathon! Season 2, eps 5, 6, 7!

Join Strut QTPOC at Strut for episodes 5, 6 & 7 of Pose!

Pose juxtaposes the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe and the downtown social and literary scene in 1980’s New York City.

During this session we will be showing the episodes 5, 6 & 7 of season 2! Closed Captioning will be available.

This event is being held at Strut (470 Castro St) at the third floor lobby. Sexual Health Services and PrEP Enrollments from 5pm-6:30pm. Screening from 6-8 pm

Text QTPOC to 474747 if you have any questions!

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.


“WOOF/GRRR/X/O” Art Opening for BEARPAD

Enter the BEARPAD!

For the month of August we are exhibiting BEARPAD! Join us to celebrate this exciting exhibition with some free wine and some free snacks! The Art Opening starts at 8 PM sharp, and will go till 10 PM. Bring your friends, are all welcome!

The Art program at Strut was founded the same year Magnet began its hard work of serving the gay community 16 years ago. Each month we exhibit the work of a queer visual artist, and cannot wait for you all to join us for the Art Opening in August!

ABOUT THE ART
In gay bars around the world there has been a tradition of erotic woodcut artwork – usually made from industrial subflooring or rough ply wood, depicting fellas in various states of play and arousal. These artifacts of queer history have purpose, to set the scene, the mood, and a standard by which the patrons might strive. The majority of these dudes tend to be cis, white, and ripped so their relate-ability is limited to an unrealistic (and for most impossible) standard. This collection of work proposes an alternative – of diversity in many forms and tenderness not usually seen in the format. A celebration of beautiful round imperfect bodies and the potential for love and acceptance that our greater queer community should be striving for. These new figures reach towards an evolving cultural identity within the subculture of “bears” that began as a refuge for those not fitting the norm. Created in that dusky watering hole tradition, the art itself was cut and carved by hand from loose sketches on high quality plywood, painted, sealed for durability and ready to hang!

ABOUT THE ARTIST
A graphic designer and casual carpenter by trade, BEARPAD has spent the last 5 years drawing cuddly fuzzy fellas on the side and has slowly grown into a self-run brand of shirts and queer accessories sold round the world. Born and raised in Southern California, he makes art in a big dusty backyard in Vallejo. Visit SHOPBEARPAD.COM for more!

If you have any questions about Strut’s art openings or this event, please feel free to contact our community events organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at bporrashernandez@sfaf.org

Want to have your own art show here at Strut? Submissions will be open from June 1st through August 31st!
Follow this link to read our guidelines
https://www.sfaf.org/programs/art-openings-at-strut/

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.


ALRP Drop-In Legal Assistance

AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP) offers free and low-cost legal services to people living with HIV.

Have legal questions? Need help with accessing public benefits, housing rights, or creating a living will? ALRP helps people living with HIV/AIDS maintain and improve their health by resolving their legal issues.

Free – No appointment necessary.

For more info on ALRP’s services, see here: https://www.alrp.org/

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd Floor where this event will be held. Please refrain from wearing scented products so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us. All the restrooms in the building are all gender single occupancy bathrooms.


ALRP Drop-In Legal Assistance

AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP) offers free and low-cost legal services to people living with HIV.

Have legal questions? Need help with accessing public benefits, housing rights, or creating a living will? ALRP helps people living with HIV/AIDS maintain and improve their health by resolving their legal issues.

Free – No appointment necessary.

For more info on ALRP’s services, see here: https://www.alrp.org/

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd Floor where this event will be held. Please refrain from wearing scented products so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us. All the restrooms in the building are all gender single occupancy bathrooms.