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Fri May 22, 2020

Live Drag for our LGBTQ Elders

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On May 22, Openhouse, SF Queer Nightlife Fund, and the Tenderloin Museum are proud to present: Live Drag for our LGBTQ Elders, a live drag show where powerhouse drag queens Dulce De Leche, Per Sia, Princess Panocha, Mary Vice, and Shane Zaldivar will perform in the courtyard of Openhouse. This performance will be virtually hosted by the one and only Juanita MORE!, and will be safely viewed by its LGBTQ seniors, as well as live streamed to the general public.

A way to both connect with seniors and build an intergenerational community of support, Skultety describes drag as a bonding force within the LGBTQ community--and a way to exalt its elders, many of whom may feel isolated and invisible during the ongoing pandemic. "Drag is powerful in that way--it thrives on audience connection and interaction--and so this is us saying nothing can stop us from connecting with our seniors and we will do it in the most meaningful way," she says.

Paying homage to the LGBTQ pioneer who helped shape the world for younger generations--and who would have been part of the vulnerable community of LGBTQ elders--This special show will kick off Harvey Milk's 90th birthday celebration, a series of events celebrating Harvey's legacy. Openhouse is encouraging everyone to consider a gift of $9, $90, or $900 in honor of Harvey's 90th.

"When we demonstrate to our community that elders matter, it makes all of us better. Younger LGBTQ [generations] live better lives when they are connected to the elders who helped create the world they live in today," says Skultety. An opportunity to financially support drag performers who have lost income due to the crisis, as well as bring visibility and safe, in-person entertainment to LGBTQ elders, Live Drag for our LGBTQ Elders is an opportunity to reflect upon--and unify with--intergenerational LGBTQ community members.

This event is part Harvey Milk's 90th Birthday Block Party: https://www.facebook.com/events/625647098031154/

Harvey Milk's 90th Birthday Block Party
Friday, May 22, 2020; 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Join the party via Zoom here: https://zoom.queernightlifefund.org/

Join the party via Twitch here: https://www.twitch.tv/sfqueernightlifefund/

Openhouse and the Tenderloin Museum are asking you to contribute to the Live Drag for Our Queer Elders fundraiser here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/231605168281729/

Of course, a hero to many near and far, Harvey was and always will be, "The Mayor of Castro Street" to us here in San Francisco. For this reason, even as Castro Street shelters in place, his birthday block party will go on "virtually" in the second half of a two-part event. This collaborative effort is organized by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman's office, the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, the Castro Community Benefit District, "Windows For Harvey" presented by the Castro Merchants Association, the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza, Open House, the GLBT Historical Society, the Tenderloin Museum, the Golden Gate Business Association, and the SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund.
On May 22, Openhouse, SF Queer Nightlife Fund, and the Tenderloin Museum are proud to present: Live Drag for our LGBTQ Elders, a live drag show where powerhouse drag queens Dulce De Leche, Per Sia, Princess Panocha, Mary Vice, and Shane Zaldivar will perform in the courtyard of O...
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