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Kaira Portillo

El Observador

June is Gay Pride month in San Francisco, but that does not mean that the many cultural events going on all month-long are only for the gay community. This is a chance for anyone to gain insight into not only the challenges faced by the diverse Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community, but also their accomplishments. There are many Latino/as who struggle with coming out to their families because of how some religious and cultural traditions have negative perspectives about the LGBT community. In many cases, art is the outlet that provides healing and growth.

The 2014 National Queer Arts Festival showcases film, dance, visual art, and much more. As part of this festival, ‘Still Here’ is a literary arts event that re-imagines, re-invents, and re-examines San Francisco’s queer history. The artist line-up includes a handful of Latino/as who will be sharing autobiographical stories about what it was like to be born & raised in the so-called “gay mecca” during the 1980s and 1990s, with the AIDS epidemic as a backdrop to their childhoods.

‘Still Here’ exposes the complex intersections of ethnicity, sexuality, gender and class. Curated by Chicana-Pilipina Cristina Mitra and Chicana Natalia Vigil, (both of whom will also be performing in the show), proudly offer this show to the collective fight for visibility and a right to a home in SF for poor/working class people of color.

Still Here 

June 11th & 12th at 7:30pm LGBT

Center 1800 Market St.  San Francisco Tickets: $12 -   $20


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