The Degenderettes “Queers Never Die” skeleton puppet, hanging outside the Hormel Center. Photo credit: James Menchini.
The Degenderettes: Antifa Art exhibit opened on Saturday, March 17 to a crowd of LGBTQIA people, many of whom were newcomers to the Library. Over a hundred visitors came to see the “Queers Never Die” skeleton puppet, original “Trans Dykes are Good and Pure” shields, Color Guard bats, trans labrys, merit badges, and other objects created by this crew of artist-activists for use in the marches, protests, die-ins, and street actions in which they’ve been engaging since 2014. People of all ages were in attendance, including many young adults and one infant. St. Patrick’s Day Parade-goers wandered in from the Civic Center and mingled.
One youth who identified themselves as queer and gender-variant expressed their gratitude for the presence of art in the Library that made them feel “safe and powerful” in their identity. They talked about how far too often, queer youth– and specifically queer youth of color–are underrepresented in art and media; and that they struggle to find areas where they are not required to choose between their blackness and their queerness. This exhibit made them feel like the Degenderettes were on their team and cared about their identity as a black queer person.
Given the political and confrontational messages displayed in the Degenderettes’ work, the Hormel Center staff had been uncertain about what to expect in the way of public response on opening day. It was a pleasure and a delight to experience the deluge of positive feedback from library patrons.
The exhibit runs through July 19, and we encourage you to stop by to take a look!
Tobacco as a Social Justice Issue Tuesday, April 3, 6-7:30 pm 3rd Floor, Main Library
Has the June ballot measure to repeal San Francisco’s ban on flavored tobacco products got you thinking about public health in LGBTQIA and African American communities? Join us for a group discussion with guests:
Bob Gordon, LGBT Tobacco Education Partnership and Coalition of Lavender Americans on Smoking and Health
Carol McGruder and Valerie Yerger, African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council
RoShon Murray, Rafiki Coalition
Co-sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library’s James C. Hormel LGBTQIA and African American Centers.
Sprightly Sundays 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 12:30-2:30 p.m. LGBTQIA Affinity Center, 3rd Floor, Main Library
Weekly hangout for 18-25 year old youth to craft, connect, and have a cup of coffee together. April activities are organized around the theme of data security.
“Show Us Your Spines” RADAR Residents Reading Thursday, April 12, 6-7:30 pm LGBTQIA Affinity Center, 3rd Floor, Main Library
For 14 years, the RADAR Reading Series has featured the best in emerging and underground queer writers, hosted right here at SFPL.
This month, in the second round of our new “Show Us Your Spines” format, a new batch of RADAR writers will read from work inspired by their March residencies in the Hormel Center LGBTQIA Archives on the 6th floor!
April RADAR residents are:
Vernon Keeve III
Hosted by RADAR Productions Creative Director, Juliana Delgado Lopera.
The 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards: Bay Area Finalists Reading Tuesday, April 24, 5:30-7:30 PM Latino/Hispanic Room A/B, Lower Level Main Library
Lambda Literary’s Finalists Reading Series features finalists nominated for the prestigious Lambda Literary Award, whose winners will be announced at a June 4th ceremony in New York City.
The Bay Area reading will feature regional authors r