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Foglifter Queer Virtual Reading

We are excited that Foglifter is going virtual for the launch of its 5th volume!

We love working with Foglifter and have been hosting their shows at Strut since 2017, they are a queer literary journal—a biannual compendium of the most dynamic, urgent queer writing today. Based in San Francisco, Foglifter focuses on publishing queer writers and queer perspectives, intersectional and transgressive writing, both in content and form, from around the world. It’s a space where queer writers celebrate, mourn, rage, and embrace. And now we’re creating a virtual space for queer writers to exist. Come join us online and celebrate our five year anniversary.

Here is the list of readers!
Ashia Ajani
Venita Blackburn
Timothy E. Bradley
Kazumi Chin
Cassie Garison
Muriel Leung
Whitney Porter
Gia Shakur
D’mani Thomas
Addie Tsai

HOW TO JOIN
Topic: Virtual Foglifter Volume 5, Issue 1 Release Party
Time: Apr 18, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Questions about Foglifter or the Virtual Event? Shoot them an email at info@foglifterpress.com

Questions about Strut Events? Contact our community events manager Baruch, at baruch@sfaf.org

Want updates about Strut and San Francisco AIDS Foundation hours and services? Go to https://www.sfaf.org/collections/status/covid-19-general-info/


“Queer Movie Night” Art Opening for Crystal Vielula!

In April we are having the art opening on the second Friday of the month, so mark your calendars! The Art Opening for Crystal Vielula is April 10th!

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 back in 2003 and we’ve been exhibiting the work of a different queer artist each month ever since!

Artist Statement This show is a combination of two series, Queer Movie Stills and Lesbian Home Life. They were created as a commentary on the lack of visibility of queer relationships in the media. Vielula believes that the normalization of queer relationships can create safety and security for people in the LGBTQ+ community. In the Queer Movie Stills series Vielula plays with iconic romantic scenes from popular movies, transforming them into queer love stories. Lesbian Home Life highlights intimate scenes from queer daily life that are very rarely represented in the media. This seeks to demystify and de-eroticize queer relationships. This series came about from the desire to feel grounded and comforted, the artist painted scenes from her home life because it focused her attention on sweet calming experiences she shared with her partner.

About the Artist, Crystal Vielula is a queer San Francisco based artist and art educator. In 2019 she was selected as a MUNI artist and created 8 collages that traveled around the city by bus and train. She designed public art pieces for the Lower Polk Benefit District highlighting the queer history of the area. Vielula has been involved as a muralist with Clarion Alley Mural Project for over 10 years and her current LGBTQ Pride mural is one of the most photographed in the city. Recently her work has been profiled in the San Francisco Chronicle and on KQED Arts and Broke Ass Stewart and The Fight Magazine. She had a reoccurring column on the Bold Italic featuring interviews and illustrated portraits of interesting people in San Francisco called Drawn from the City and she is the creator of 5 self-published coloring books. She works with a variety of mediums including but not limited to collage, painting, pen and ink, acrylic, textiles and is presently diving into the world of experimental film and performance.

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


The Doctor Is In: HIV Cure Research

Join us for another Doctor Is In!

Doctor Is In is Positive Forces’s bi monthly physician led discussion group.

This event’s theme is ““HIV Cure Research” presented by Eytan Herzig, PHD from UCSF.

Dinner is served at 6:00pm, presentation is at 6:30pm

Positive Force is a program for people living with HIV and their partners.

The event is free.

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


Strut Book Club Reads “Carved in Bone” Canceled

Our March 30th Book Club Meeting has been canceled. Let’s meet April 27th!

Hi everyone, we’re meeting in April to discuss Michael Nava’s Carved in Bone. We decided to skip the meeting this March and just meet to talk about Carved in Bone in April on the 27th. See you all there.

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation is deeply committed to preserving the health and wellbeing of our community. We have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Francisco. Following current guidance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) as of 3/13/20, this Strut book club meeting on March 30th has been canceled.

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


Cancelled: Bro Talk: The Emergence of Trans Masculine Voices

**San Francisco AIDS Foundation is deeply committed to preserving the health and wellbeing of our community. We are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Francisco. Following current guidance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) as of 3/9/20, this event has been canceled this week. Please check back next week for updates.**

Compton’s Transgender Cultural District in partnership with San Francisco Human Rights Commission is happy to host Bro Talk: The Emergence of Trans Masculine Voices a community event in honor of National Transgender Day of Visibility. The session aims to center the experiences of our Trans Masculine siblings who’s experiences often face being minimized, overlooked and invisible in the international landscape of transgender visibility.

Audience members can come listen to trans masculine thought leaders on how to uplift their experiences and further a framework of expanding visibility of trans masculine identities and experiences in a more national conversation.

Our speakers for the evening will be premier transmasculine thought leaders including: Just Shannon Williams Davenport Xavier-Dominic Socorrito Moreland & Yves Chu

Please direct all questions to Janelle Luster, Program Associate for the Compton’s Transgender Cultural District at: janelle@transgenderdistrictsf.com


July’s Two Day PLUS Seminar

Want to learn about Positive Force? Build community? Gain support? Learn more about your HIV? Come to the Positive Living for Us Seminar, or PLUS for short.

This is a two day seminar, in July the dates are the 18th and the 19th from 9am to 6pm.

During PLUS, participants have the opportunity to learn about the life cycle of HIV, how it impacts the immune system, mental health, the latest information on available treatments to suppress HIV, and more.

Participants also engage in exploratory conversations regarding, sex and dating, disclosure, how to overcome shame and stigma, how to live as informed and as healthy as possible, among other topics of interest.

This is a free, two day seminar which happens four times per year. Don’t miss out, space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register please email pforce@sfaf.org


July’s Two Day PLUS Seminar

Want to learn about Positive Force? Build community? Gain support? Learn more about your HIV? Come to the Positive Living for Us Seminar, or PLUS for short.

This is a two day seminar, in July the dates are the 18th and the 19th from 9am to 6pm.

During PLUS, participants have the opportunity to learn about the life cycle of HIV, how it impacts the immune system, mental health, the latest information on available treatments to suppress HIV, and more.

Participants also engage in exploratory conversations regarding, sex and dating, disclosure, how to overcome shame and stigma, how to live as informed and as healthy as possible, among other topics of interest.

This is a free, two day seminar which happens four times per year. Don’t miss out, space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register please email pforce@sfaf.org


Cancelled: Gaymer Night

**San Francisco AIDS Foundation is deeply committed to preserving the health and wellbeing of our community. We are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Francisco. Following current guidance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) as of 3/9/20, this event has been canceled this week. Please check back next week for updates.**

Join QTPOC at Strut for our first Gaymer Night of 2020 in collaboration with Black Brothers Esteem!

Join us for a night of board/ tabletop games, video games- N64, Nintendo Switch, WiiU, Xbox One, PS4, VR headsets and games. Come by for games, dinner and community!

 

Food and transportation tokens (to and from the screening) will be provided.

 

This event is being held at Strut (470 Castro St) at the third floor lobby. Text QTPOC to 474747 if you have any questions about our Thursday nights!

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: Noche de Poetas!

Join us for another night of literary poetic performances by queer Latinamerican poetas!

We are celebrating poetry by Latinamerican poets in English but most importantly, in Spanish! Hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez

more info to come!

This event is being held at Strut (470 Castro St) at the third floor lobby. Text QTPOC to 474747 if you have any questions about our Thursday nights!
Testing and sexual health services from 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Literary show from 7PM to 8:30PM

questions about this event or other community events at Strut email our community events manager at baruch@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.


Cancelled: Trans Voices! March Show!

The March 22nd show of Trans Voices has been postponed to a future date.

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation (Strut) is deeply committed to preserving the health and wellbeing of our community. We have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Francisco. Following current guidance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) as of 3/11/20, this event has been canceled.

We didn’t want to cancel this event, we love Trans Voices and are committed to doing more Trans Voices shows throughout 2020. We are going to book all of the artists we added to the lineup at a future date. We are planning to have the next Trans Voices on April 29th if the situation in the city has gotten better by then.

Please stay tuned on our Strut Facebook page for more information.


Shut Up and DRAW!

Join us for another Shut Up and DRAW!

A quiet place to Draw, be creative, doodle, sketch, and be among your fellow queers.

The Castro can be such a noisy chaotic place. There’s loud music in the bars, loud music in the coffee shops, loud music in the stores. It’s hard to find a quiet space to just think and let your mind be creative. Shut Up and DRAW provides a quiet space to come and let your creative mind run wild, quietly.

The event is free. B.Y.O.S.P. (Bring Your Own Sketch Pad.) feel free to bring your own sketch pads, markers, color pencils or pens.

Don’t draw?, No Problem we will also have some sexy and non sexy coloring books for folks to sit, color, and meditate.

All art supplies are welcome as long as they are not liquid inks/paints/watercolors that can get everywhere, damage our furniture, or stain our table sand or space, so please don’t show up with any materials that can make a mess. And if you do bring paint stuff, just please be very careful.

Some scratch paper, pens and color pencils will be provided for folks that don’t have their own.
Please Note: This will be a silent event.

If you have any questions about the event please feel free to contact Baruch our community events manager at baruch@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.


Diamonds in the Sky. Spring Bling Kiki Ball

Join us for another fun Kiki Ball!

Drinks and Snacks will be provided! Performances! A DJ! Bring your friends!
Categories and event info coming soon!

Testing and Prep drop ins from 5 to 6:30
KiKi Ball Programming from 630 to 8

QTPOC at Strut is every Thursday on our 3rd Floor!

Text QTPOC to 474747 if you have any questions! Or email Terrance Wilder at twilder@sfaf.org if you got questions about the DREAAM Project or the Kiki Ball!


Self Defense Class taught by Castro Community on Patrol

**San Francisco AIDS Foundation is deeply committed to preserving the health and wellbeing of our community. We are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Francisco. Following current guidance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) as of 3/10/20, this event has been canceled this week. Please check back next week for updates.**

Self Defense Class from the Castro Community On Patrol Has Been Canceled.

We will have more self-defense classes with CCOP in the future. If you have questions about or want to learn more about Castro Community on Patrol visit their website: www.CastroPatrol.org 

If you have questions about Strut events please write our Strut community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at baruch@sfaf.org


“Queeries”Art Opening to celebrate the work of Joseph Abbati

In March we are celebrating the work of Joseph Abbati!
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 back in 2003 and we’ve been exhibiting the work of a different queer artist each month ever since!
 
From the Artist
“Queeries” is Joseph Abbati’s inquiry on the masculine figure and forms of expression from a queer point of view. The paintings in this exhibit reveal masculine forms depicting queer identity, kinks, and beauty.
 
About the Artist
Joseph Abbati has lived in San Francisco for forty years. His professional background includes fashion and graphic design, creative direction, photography, and art. In 2017, he presented a one-man exhibit, “LARGER THAN LIFE”, at the Strut Gallery featuring eight San Francisco drag queens he photographed and made into tapestry portraits. The office of Senator Scott Wiener then invited him to exhibit “LARGER THAN LIFE” in June for Pride month at his State Building Office. In October of 2017, he began curating art exhibits for the office of Senator Scott Wiener. The first exhibit was titled “Housing” and included eighteen Bay Area artists examining housing in San Francisco. It was followed by a “Nite Life” themed exhibit featuring 25 artists in March 2018. For Pride month 2018, Joseph curated an exhibit called “Queerky” featuring 22 LGBTQ artists. In September of 2018, in conjunction with the Global Climate Action Summit, he is curating an exhibit looking at climate change. This September 2018 Joseph’s paintings will be shown at a group exhibit entitled “Friendly Fire” at the Wessling Gallery, San Francisco. He also has contributed artwork to be auctioned for Art for AIDS, Visual Aids, and Pulse: Acts of Love and Kindness.
 
If you have any questions about Strut’s art openings or this event, please feel free to contact our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at baruch@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.

The Doctor Is In: “Identifying Biomarkers for HIV-1 Cure”

Join us for another Doctor Is In!

Doctor Is In is Positive Forces’s bi monthly physician led discussion group.

This event’s theme is ““Identifying Biomarkers for HIV-1 Cure through Treatment Interruption” presented by Dr. Lillian Cohn from UCSF.

Dinner is served at 6:00pm, presentation is at 6:30pm

Positive Force is a program for people living with HIV and their partners.

The event is free.

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


Mental Health Comedy Hour at Strut!

At the Mental Health Comedy Hour “We’re not OK, and that’s OK!”

Mental Health Comedy Hour aims to de-stigmatize mental illness and therapy by using humor and having open conversations about often difficult topics. They had their first show at Strut in January and it was a big success! Join us for another show at Strut focusing on queer mental health!

With a very special guest our featured artist for February Lawrence Lindell!

Are you a queer person dealing with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, or Bipolar disorder?…why not laugh about it? The bay area’s funniest queer stand up comedians tell jokes and talk about their life with mental illness. All in the jovial environment of a late night talk show at Strut! Featuring interviews with licensed mental health professionals and more!

Hosted by Wonder Dave and Kristee Ono two comedians who have themselves struggled with mental illness and found both therapy and talking about mental health in their comedy to be beneficial.

The show format is part stand-up comedy show, part late night talk show featuring interviews and sketch comedy segments.

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


Strut Book Club reads Bloom by Kevin Panetta

For the month of February we are reading Kevin Panetta’s’ graphic novel “Bloom.”

Join us February 24th at 7:30 PM on the second floor of Strut for some wine, little snacks and great conversations about queer 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:
Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band—if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom. Writer Kevin Panetta and artist Savanna Ganucheau concoct a delicious recipe of intricately illustrated baking scenes and blushing young love, in which the choices we make can have terrible consequences, but the people who love us can help us grow.
About the Author
Kevin Panetta is a Washington, DC based comic book and graphic novel writer. He has written licensed children’s comics from Boom! Studios. His first creator-owned series, Zodiac Starforce, debuted from Dark Horse Comics in August 2015.

If you have any questions about Strut’s events please feel free to contact our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at baruch@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 presents Trans Voices!

Join us for our first Trans Voices of 2020!

Hosted by QTPOC at Strut! Love music? Love poetry? Want a to come to a free show that will move and excite you? Join us for a night of incredible performances by trans artists and performers!

This show will be hosted and guest curated by the incredible Pearl Teese!! More info to come!

Trans Voices was created by Julian Shendelman and Kay Nilsson and has been putting on shows focusing on trans artists since 2016 at Strut. The show is free! Bring your friends! There will be snacks, and there will be wine!

QTPOC at Strut is super happy to have Trans Voices take over one of our QTPOC Thursdays again!

Testing and PrEP appointments from 5 PM to 6 PM
TRANS VOICES welcomes you at 6:30, show starts at 7 PM
FREE!
This event is being held at Strut (470 Castro St) at the third floor lobby.
Text QTPOC to 474747 if you have any questions about our Thursday nights!

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.


Queer Ancestors Project Exhibition 2020

Join us for a very special Art Opening with The Queer Ancestors Project!

History is taught in school, but LGBTQ history mostly is not. The “Queer Ancestors Project” is an art and poetry workshop in San Francisco for young queer artists. It teaches them about their queer history as well as art making and poetry. For the Spring of 2020 we are exhibiting the work of the students of this project, prints by Queer and Trans Emerging Artists Christine Abiba, grace cho, rai dang, Kazayra Miranda González, Kimiko Goeller, jess ‘sylk’ rodriguez, Satän, Sen (森), and Striff, with artistic director Katie Gilmartin

7-7:30 pm: Artist Panel & First Dibs Print Sale
7:30-9:30 pm: Artist Reception & Print Sale
To find out more about the Queer Ancestors Project visit QueerAncestorsProject.org

Generously supported by The San Francisco Arts Commission, STRUT, SOMArts, Queer Cultural Center, Zellerbach Family Foundation, California Arts Council & Chrysalis Studio

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.

Event Cover Art featuring “Frida” by Kazayra Miranda González,

questions about our artistic events and two art programs at Strut contact our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez


Black Love Night of Poetry and Poetry Workshop

Join us for the first Black Love of 2020!

Join us for a chill night of poetry from Queer Black Artists part of QTPOC at Strut!
And a free poetry workshop lead by Tanea Lunsford Lynx!

This show is free. Free drinks and non alcoholic beverages will be provided!

POETRY WORKSHOP from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
BLACK LOVE POETRY SHOW from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM!

Poetry show Hosted by SevanKelee Boult!
With Literary Performances from
Lauren Wheeler!
Lisa Evans!
and Tanea Lunsford Lynx!

PLUS A SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY Freddie!!

QTPOC at Strut is every Thursday at Strut on the third floor we focus our programming, testing, and services to the queer and trans people of color communities.
Sexual Health Services and PrEP Enrollments from 5pm-6:30pm.
Poetry Workshop at 6:30 PM
Black Love poetry performances at 7:30 PM

POETRY WORKSHOP
Have you ever wanted to write poetry? Want to take a shot at it, join us for this beginners poetry workshop lead by Tanea Lunsford Lynx!

“This session will honor the works of black queer women and non-binary writers by moving through a series of creative exercises and guided writing prompts. Some of the poets we’ll center include Audre Lorde and Pat Parker. Attendees will be invited to situate themselves through poetry, deeply in the context of a geographical place and this potent historical moment. This session welcomes writers at all levels of comfort and experience.”

Questions please email our Community Events Manager Baruch Porras Hernandez, baruch@sfaf.org or Text QTPOC to 474747

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.

Please note, this event will be photographed and possibly filmed.


Cancelled: QTCON 2! Comic Book Event for Queer and Trans People of Color!

COLOR BLOQ and San Francisco AIDS Foundation (Strut) is deeply committed to preserving the health and wellbeing of our community. We have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Francisco. Following current guidance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) as of 3/11/20, this event has been canceled. 
Hard decision to make since we were excited about this event, and we were very much looking forward to it. We are hoping to reschedule the event with the same panelists at a future date when it is a better time to host the full experience in a safe manner that remains inclusive of our community.
 
Questions about QTPOC at Strut? Please contact Esteban Cuaya-Muñoz, at escuaya-munoz@sfaf.org or Text QTPOC to 474747

Want to learn more about COLOR BLOQ? Visit their website at https://www.colorbloq.org/


QTPOC 4 QTPOC Speed Dating!

Join QTPOC at Strut for another Speed Dating night in time to find your Valentine’s Day date!

Hosted by SF Community Health Center!

There is limited space available for this event, so make sure to RSVP using the following LINK!

This screening is being held at Strut (470 Castro St) at the third floor lobby. Tokens for transportation available upon request.
Text QTPOC to 474747 if you have any questions about our Thursday nights!

Questions about this event please contact Esteban Cuaya Muñoz

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 Book Club reads Disasterama! by Alvin Orloff

For the month of January we are reading Disasterama! by Alvin Orloff!

Join us January 27th, 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.

About the book
DISASTERAMA: Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977 to 1997, is the true story of Alvin Orloff who, as a shy kid from the suburbs of San Francisco, stumbled into the wild, eclectic crowd of Crazy Club Kids, Punk Rock Nutters, Goofy Goofballs, Fashion Victims, Disco Dollies, Happy Hustlers, and Dizzy Twinks of post-Stonewall American queer culture of the late 1970s, only to see the “subterranean lavender twilit shadow world of the gay ghetto” ravished by AIDS in the 1980s.

About the author
Alvin Orloff began writing in 1977 as a teenage lyricist for The Blowdryers, an early San Francisco punk band. He spent all of the 1980s and much of the 1990s dabbling in performance art, underground theater, night clubs, and political activism before remembering that all he’d ever wanted to be was a writer. He subsequently authored three whimsical queer novels, “I Married an Earthling,” “Gutter Boys,” and “Why Aren’t You Smiling?” as well as co-authoring “The Unsinkable Bambi Lake: A Fairy Tale Containing The Dish on Cokcettes, Punks, and Angels. His memoir, “Disasterama!: Adventures in The Queer Underground 1977 – 1997” will be coming out this fall.

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