Peacock’s 2016 QTPOC pride event guide

Unicorn bursting out of a triangle in space- banner by Maya Huddy, photobucket photo by luna_desu

2016 guide

June in the Bay is QTPOC art epic. Our art is altar, celebration, resistance, life. So welcome to our 4th annual pride guide. We hope it helps you find your people, your power, your self.


PS This is especially focused on events with an activist bent, centering and/or put on by Two Spirit, trans, intersex and queer people of color and mixed race folks. Did we miss an event that you think should be on this list? Please email us.



* check web sites for ticket prices, access info, multi-date events and updated deets

***Keep checking this page; we’ll update it throughout June



Wednesday 6/1
Manifesting Access: Short Movies about Disability and Police Terror
7:30pm, African-American Art and Culture Complex, SF
* wheelchair-accessible, ASL interpreted, audio-described films

Highlighting the life’s work of La Mesha Irizarry, mother of Idriss Stelley, and La Mesha’s legacy of activism. Films by Janetta Johnson, Noémie Serfaty, Akiko Sampson, Kin Folkz, Lisa Ganser, Judy Hanks with Nazeem and Spencer Joles, Tali Jones, Colin Ashante, Leroy Moore & Emmitt Thrower, and Mario Farid.

Wednesday 6/1-Thursday 6/2
Congregation of Liberation presents Black Rage/Black Magic
8pm, SAFEhouse Arts, SF

Sometimes comedic, sometimes musical, sometimes somber, always loving, these skits and scenes explore the ways rage impacts the Black body, consciousness, spirit, heart, and family — as a result of systemic, interpersonal, and internalized racism — and magical ways of turning that rage into an (he)Artistic tool for survival, healing, resilience, dignity, love, and creativity

Thursday 6/2

Muck and Sparkle: The Magic and Pain of Survival
6pm, Galería de la Raza, SF

Visual art by queer and trans youth!

Friday 6/3
Femme as in…:
 5Faces Project Femme Space: A Reclamation Project
5pm, Betti Ono, OAK

The Oakland First Friday soft openings of these femme-powered photo-writing-performance projects! Also check out their official opening reception on June 17.

Friday 6/3
All Ways Lead To The Mill
6pm, Aggregate Space Gallery, OAK

Jamil Hellu’s solo exhibition (runs through June 18th) uses still and moving images to investigate how we determine relationships to cultural histories and personal narratives, with a focus on Jamil’s Syrian roots and Arab ethnicity. All Ways Lead To The Mill is inspired by a Syrian proverb about how different paths lead to the same destination.

Friday 6/3
Flexible Horizons: The Body in Transit
8pm, Qulture Collective, OAK

What does it mean to live in the slash of a binary; male/female, gay/straight? FLEXIBLE HORIZONS; the body in transit is a curated group show that describes the end of “normal.” The exhibit explores the intersection of class, race and gender within the body-individual-community—through portraits, performance, experimental films and discussion. Exhibit runs through July 29 and features more events; check links for details. Opening night features the Oakland premiere of Criminal Queers, a film that visualizes a radical trans/queer struggle against the prison industrial complex and toward a world without walls, imagining what spaces might be opened up if crowbars, wigs and metal files become tools for transformation.

Friday 6/3 – Saturday 6/4
Topsy Turvy Queer Circus presents Paradise
8pm (plus Saturday 2pm all-ages show), BRAVA, SF

This all-new show from the sexy, radical, QTPOC-centered social justice circus is artistically/politically/literally our crush. We hope you got yr tix. If not, bring a snack for the long lines to get tix at the door. 

Saturday 6/4
Ships in the Night- Benefit for the Dyke March
9pm, The New Parish, OAK
Hella QTPOC are reclaiming Ships. Come be part of the takeover.

Sunday 6/5
Black Power Must Travel
3pm, SOL, OAK

Help get visionary Black queers to the Allied Media Conference!

Sunday 6/5
Queer-It-Yourself Expo and Faire
1pm, SomARTS, SF

Part expo, part performance, all new event from Creative Labor, the queer visual arts org. Artists and artisans include Indira Allegra, Ramekon O’Arwisters, Audacious IAM, and more.

Sunday 6/5
Queer Not From Here
7pm, SAFEhouse for the Arts, SF

Featuring LGBTQ people living in the Bay who are applying for or who already received political asylum in the US because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Artists hail from Nigeria, Cameroon, Mexico, Peru and Russia.

Tuesday 6/7
The News presents Speaking of…NIGGA. a collected/collective consciousness of Black folk
7:30pm, SomARTS, SF

Dazíe Grego-Sykes curates a wake-up evening with Rotimi Agbabiaka, Jezebel Delilah X, Ramona Webb, and Ngaire Young. Don’t miss it!

Wednesday 6/8
Blues Arrival: Stories of The Queer Black South
7:30pm & 9:30pm, Eastside Arts Alliance, OAK

OMG Audacious IAM curates a book release party and multi-media interdisciplinary performance with Trey Amos, Kin Folkz, Valerie Troutt’s MoonCandy Live House Ensemble, and more. Eeeee!

Wednesday 6/8
Transgender Endowment 1
8pm, SAFEhouse Arts, SF

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, Marilyn Murrillo drops an audio/visual historic perspective of the  political, legal and social environment of the 60s that preceded Compton’s.

6pm, Larkin Street Youth Services, SF

In San Francisco’s 2013 Homeless Count, 29 percent of the city’s homeless population identified as LGBT. Many are queer youth who ran away from home and came to the City hoping to find a community that will love and support them. Come see art from young folks working with Larkin’s art department on the theme of origins and destinations.

Thursday 6/9
Living in the Slash
7pm, Qulture Collective, OAK

Opening night of the Flexible Horizons: The Body in Transit multimedia exhibit (photo, video, print, sculpture, installation), featuring trans artists whose work explores topics of the nonbinary, genderqueer, and intersectionality. Includes a screening of the film Trans Etherium and performances by lesbian hip-hop artist MicahTron, poet Taijhet Nyobi, stand-up comic Irene Tu, and spoken word poet Elliott Geneste de Besme. 

Friday 6/10
Community Not Cages!
2pm, Dept. of Public Health (25 Van Ness Ave.), Room 610, SF

This month, as a member of the No New SF Jail Coalition, CUAV is inviting members of the LGBTQ community and allies to speak out for community based solutions, not incarceration. Because we know jails are inherently unsafe for anyone, especially queer and trans people, this Pride month we ask you to let the city of San Francisco know that Pride is not just a party, but a time to demand the end of state violence against queer and trans people.

Come out this Friday to this month’s meeting at DPH to express your fabulous dreams of what SF could look like if it invests in the wellness of our most marginalized communities rather than cages to lock people away!


Friday 6/10
7pm, SoleSpace, OAK

Check out hot visual art by hot queer immigrants of color–Julio Salgado, Chucha Marquez, Soleil Summer, Noemi Sha, Nicolas Gonzalez Medina, and Yetunde Jaqueline Apeke Olagbaju–plus music by Jetia Deity & DJ Lady Ryan.


Friday 6/10 – Saturday 6/11
7:30pm, African American Art and Culture Complex, SF

In his latest solo show, Rotimi Agbabiaka is a queer Black actor dreaming of a dazzling career on what he learns is a gentrified, commercialized American stage.


Friday 6/10 – Sunday 6/12
Queer Women of Color Film Festival
Check for showtimes all weekend long!

OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG. Don’t run on QTPOC time cuz these screenings, espesh the nighttime ones, are always packed. Shout-out for the opening night films featuring our very own Lexi Adsit and Jezebel Delilah X.

Saturday 6/11
Calling On
1pm, Qulture Collective, OAK

The How Spirit Moves Us project, by and for Black LGBTQ folks, is back! Do you have writing you’re looking to workshop? An idea that you wanna talk through with other people? Then come through to this month’s Calling On Spirit workshop!

Saturday 6/11
The T in LGBT: A Deaf Man’s Journey from Female to Male
1pm, SF Public Library Main Branch
This is a more a presentation than an arts event, but lyke…it will be rlygood. Got questions? Don’t worry; the founder of the Deaf Queer Resource Center, named one of 13 Trans Latinx Activists Changing the World, will break it down for you.

Saturday 6/11
Them Are Weavers
3pm, Black Spring Coffee Company, OAK

The debut solo art show from Jade Ariana Fair is a mourning of what cannot be remembered and a celebration of the resilience of the things that can.

Sunday 6/12
Trikone Pre-Pride Potluck
12pm, check link for address, San Jose

The world’s largest LGBTQ South Asian group hosts their annual small, cozy, low-key pre-pride potluck.


Sunday 6/12
Mujerista Familia / We Are Family
2pm, Artists’ Television Access, SF

Short films on indigenous life from the experience of one Xican-India family: Lola, Osa, Louis, Liz, Tim, Laura, Celia, and Liliana de la Riva.

Sunday 6/12
2pm, The New Parish, OAK

A sassy soulful daytime outdoor Oakland dance party. With special guest OméDJ! Plus DJ LadyRyan, DJ Emancipacion & Aima the Dreamer.

Sunday 6/12
7pm, African American Art and Culture Complex, SF

Inspired by the Black queer revolutionaries of the #blacklivesmatter movement, “Seeds” is a tale of survival, mental illness, addiction, and resilience. The intentions behind this project are to expose audience members to the myriad of ways Black, queer people navigate their personal lives and mental health while experiencing oppression and fighting injustices afflicting both the Black and Queer communities.

Monday 6/13
LGBTQ Healing & Metta
4pm, Kaiser Memorial Park, OAK

Brenda Salgado, Executive Director of the East Bay Meditation, will be holding this space for LGBTQ folks who want to receive a hug, do metta (lovingkindness) meditation practice, or grieve in a public space.

Monday 6/13 & 6/20 or Wednesday 6/15 & 6/22
QTPOC Pole Cla$$ Choreography Workshop

In this special two week workshop participants will learn a choreographed pole routine taught by India Sky (Artistic Director of Topsy Turvy!!!) herself. The QTPOC choreography workshop is all about feeling your own damn self, getting stronger, getting fluid, and learning in a supportive and joyful environment. Heels are optional, if you have them bring them! Space is limited to four people per class to ensure maximum one-on-one time. Sign up ASAP to ensure a spot.  All levels are welcome. As always, POLE CLA$$ is a special space reserved for Queer and Trans People of Color only.

Monday 6/13 – Friday 6/17
Week of Action to Stop Stay & Expand

Mass displacement is racist violence. Oakland is losing thousands of families per month to displacement, the Police Department is embroiled in yet another scandal and businesses like Uber are moving into our city without almost no accountability. The Anti Police-Terror Project, Black Power Network, ACCE Action, East Bay Organizing Committee (EBOC/Fight for 15). The East 12th Coalition and others invite you to be part of a larger “week of actions’ beginning on Monday, June 13th, and culminating in a march & action to ReClaim our city on Friday, June 17th.

Tuesday 6/14
Spectrum Queer Media’s Oakland Queer Open Mic
6pm, Perch, OAK

Pass the Mic Tuesdays for LGBTQIA and Hetero-Ally Folkz. Hosted by Nani King – Truth Flowz, Kin Folkz, Blackberri, Dana Morrigan, Caleb Zachary Matthews, Nina G, Jair TheLiterary M, Sampson McCormick, Jesús Chuy Fuentes U Betta Werk, Mustafa Sullivan, Annias Bernstine AND THUNDER Shannon Currier. A great community gathering space. 

Tuesday 6/14

6pm, SOMArts, SF
Check link for additional events

KUMALICIOUS is a visual arts exhibition celebrating the allure and beauty of Queer bigger men of color inspired by Gay Japanese Manga!

Wednesday 6/15
Still Here IV: disPLACEment
7pm, African American Art and Culture Complex, SF

In its fourth year at the National Queer Arts Festival, Still Here San Francisco takes on disPLACEment with a moving cast of artists that re-imagine and reinvent the meaning of home within a rapidly changing San Francisco, both past, and present.

Thursday 6/16
6:30pm, Perch, OAK

Spectrum Queer Media’s monthly QTPOC affinity space. Films, discussion, games, love!

Thursday 6/16

7:30pm, African American Art and Culture Complex, SF

Man2man is a vocal-driven concert that illuminates a diverse array of masculine-of-center experiences. With The Singing Bois, Vajayna Men’s Choir, and Felix Lee.

Thursday 6/16-Saturday 6/18
Fresh Meat Festival of transgender & queer performance
8pm, Z Space, SF

The 15th annual festival features work by Breanna Elyce Sinclairé, Elena Rose, India Sky Davis, Jocquese Whitfield & Saturn Rising, StormMiguel Florez and more!!!

Thursday 6/16-Saturday 6/18 & Thursday 6/23-Saturday 6/25
Queer as Fuck
7:30pm, Bindlestiff, SF

Queer as Fuck calls upon the transformative power of Black Box Theater to share stories of love, sex, and the politics of living life as queer, centering queer Asian voices. Also check out their launch party on June 11th.

Friday 6/17
Femme As In…: 5Faces Project & Femme Space: A Reclamation Project
7pm, Betti Ono, OAK

Two shows in one space centering queer femmes!! YAAAAAY! This is the official official opening opening.

The 5Faces Project is a photo-writing-performance collab gallery experience brought to you by documentary photographer EPLi and Black femme burlesque superstar, The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins, who debuts a new performance tonight on image/identity and everyday performance art as the fiercest, femmest tools to dismantle the master’s house.

FemmeSpace is a photo project about queer femme identity and reclamation of space, featuring queer femmes of many genders co-conspiring with photographer Amanda Arkansassy Harris to reclaim sites of marginalization, erasure and invisibility through portraiture. See a whole other side of Lexi in this!

Friday 6/17
Queer Qumbia
10pm, La Estrellita, OAK

Come get sweet and sweaty at this majority-QTPOC dance party. This month’s Queer Qumbia co-host and beneficiary is Bloom: Transgender Community Healing Project. Bloom works to create low-cost and free access to healers and service providers to holistically heal our community from everyday violence and trauma.

Friday 6/17
Trikone Bollywood Pride Party
9pm, OMG, SF

This party gets crowded; get tix early.

Saturday 6/18
Fight for Folsom: Block Party Against Gentrification

1pm, Folsom b/w 22nd-25th, SF

Join neighbors, the Anti-Displacement Coalition, Calle 24, Pigeon Palace and more as we fight to hold onto our homes and community with art, music, action, know-your-rights skill shares, performaces, bouncy castles for the kiddos and more!


Saturday 6/18
Drawing Lineage, Building Legacy
2pm, Bethany United Methodist Church, SF

QTPOC classical musicians are dreamy.

Saturday 6/18
7pm, SOMArts, SF

A literary arts/performance event by and for LGBTQQ youth to speak truths to their peers and allies.


Sunday 6/19
Roots in Resilience Film Festival
1pm, Bayview Opera House

We are all future ancestors. What will you want to preserve? Roots in Resilience showcases how peopel from communities of color in SF claim agency to the places they call home.

Sunday 6/19
Janelle Monáe – Free Concert at Stern Grove Festival
2pm, Stern Grove, SF

Ok but get there like really really really early to grab a spot on the lawn.

Sunday 6/19
Awọn Fúnká: A Free QTPOC Day Party
3pm, Au Lounge, OAK

Catch the June edition of this monthly QTPOC day party 🙂

Monday 6/20-Wednesday 6/22

Spectrum Queer Media’s Black Queer Arts Fest
Check link for events, times and locations

Spectrum Queer Media’s new festival features the Oakland premiere of MAJOR!, the documentary about Miss Major Griffin-Gracy 🙂

Monday 6/20
MAJOR! Oakland Premiere
6:30pm, Piedmont Theater, OAK

Eeeeee the Oakland premiere!! Part of Spectrum Queer Media’s International Black Queer Arts + Film Fest.

Monday 6/21
Sampson McCormick’s Bio-Pic: A Tough Act to Follow
7pm, The New Parish, OAK

“A Tough Act To Follow” follows some of the experiences of Sampson McCormick (Sampson) an internationally touring, black, LGBT stand up comic and writer, who navigates the already difficult business, as well as many of the added hurdles and setbacks with a few tears, heartfelt honesty, admirable determination and lots of humor. The film focuses on homophobia, sexism and sometimes racism and other challenges that affect the level of visibility of minorities in comedy houses, television, on stage, media and other opportunities to work in the entertainment business. Part of Spectrum Queer Media’s International Black Queer Arts + Film Fest.

Tuesday 6/21
Queer Brilliance Film Festival

7pm, Humanist Hall, OAK

10 short films created by queer and transgender filmmakers of color, highlighting the multiplicity, fierceness, and brilliance of the myriad of experiences within the queer and trans people of color community throughout the country. So much goodness!

Wednesday 6/22
Pintishkannovt nantahaat katihmi? (What Happened to Little Mouse?)
7:30pm, African American Art and Culture Complex, SF

Pintishkannovt nantahaat katihmi? (What Happened to Little Mouse?), is a multidisciplinary theatrical production exploring Native American and Two-Spirit (LGBT) identity through non-verbal interpretations of Chickasaw myths utilizing traditional masks, pantomime and live music. Local drag performer and Two-Spirit artist, Landa Lakes, takes you on a journey with Little Mouse as she explores the ancient world of Southeastern Tribal origin stories. Storyteller, J Miko Thomas (Chickasaw), based these characters on nearly-forgotten oral stories passed down through generations and weaves them into one adventure. Along with fellow queer artist Peter Griggs, Thomas sets the mood in this world with sounds and percussion.

Friday 6/24
Trans March
1pm, SF

YAAAY! Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of Compton’s Cafeteria Riot.

Friday 6/24
Stop Urban Shield Town Hall
6:30pm, East Bay Media Center, Berkeley

Co-hosted by the Stop Urban Shield coalition, Berkeley Copwatch and Anti Police-Terror Project, the groups will be facilitating an interactive forum to understand what exactly Urban Shield is, its tactics to repress our communities through increased militarization of police and emergency medical services, and its place within the global context of policing and imperialism. They’ll be highlighting the voices and deep insights of those who have lost loved ones to police violence and lifting up the ways our communities are building resilience against militarization.


Friday 6/24
Bustin’ Out: Show Against the Prison Industrial Complex
6:30pm, The Knockout, SF

TGIJP’s official Trans March after-party is in 2 venues this year! Come flirt with us at part one!

8pm, El Rio, SF

Ok you didn’t flirt with us at part one. So howbout at part two?

Saturday 6/25
Dyke March
12pm, SF

Saturday 6/25
The Queer Cruise
3pm, Jack London Square, OAK

SPECTRUM Queer Media invites you to welcome summer + celebrate LGBTQIA life with them at The Queer Cruise: Pride, Love & Liberation Cruise with A Cause. Cruise on a cruise!

Saturday 6/25
EDEN Saturday: Fabulist
9pm, Mezzanine, SF

Performances by Zakiya Harris & Elephantine & MicahTron. Beats by DJs Lady Ryan, Angie Vee, Val G., Motive aka Motive Albarillo. Hosted by Rose Garcia, Mona Webb and Christie James. And GoGos. So…go.

Saturday 6/25
Rimshot Reloaded
9pm, Club BNB, OAK

A huge, mostly QTPOC party with hip-hop, R&B, Reggae and more.

Sunday 6/26
Even though Pride is pretty much one long commercial, we promoted it because people we love were named Grand Marshals for a “racial and economic justice” theme this year. But after this mess, we just can’t. Who would protect us from the cops?

Wednesday 6/29
7:30pm, The Marsh, SF

Nigga-Roo: looks closely at Black identity internalized racism, colorism and the impact of oppression on the Black psyche. Dazié Grego-Sykes is known for performing multidisciplinary work that cuts through rhetoric and directly into human emotion. This has led to a style that is consistently described as being “in your face” and “unapologetic.” The on going question I ask myself developing this work is “what would I say about race if I were unafraid of who was listening?” The result is an hour long production that looks deeply into the collective consciousness of Black Folk.


Thursday 6/30
Conjuring Roots
7:30pm, The Flight Deck, OAK

What does decolonization and healing look like today and from mixed heritage people? Conjuring Roots reveals their practices through dance, music, acrobats, and poetry to celebrate their ancestors, give artistic voice to their struggles, and also honor the tools they use to support and transform themselves. Featured artists include Krystle Ahmadyar, Mai Doan, Shah Hussein, Ramses Rodstein, Dezi Soley, and Gabriel Christian.

Queer Rebels Fest
7:30pm, African American Art and Culture Complex, SF

!!!!! Check out the artist lineup for each event