Imagine a world where mental health care is actually accessible and affordable.
A world where the stigma around mental health is replaced by understanding, empathy, and acceptance.
A world where our queer and trans loved ones can reach out for help without fear, and where their mental well-being is a priority.
This is the world we can create together for the LGBTQIA+ community — but only with your support.
Saturday, May 20th, 2023
The Terrace @ 620 Jones
San Francisco, CA
Wear your best pink...
(Details in FAQ at bottom of page)
▼ Cocktail Reception ▼ 3-Course Luncheon ▼ Open Bar ▼ Drag Performances
▼ Live Singing ▼ Tea Dance ▼ Pink Triangle Exhibit ▼ Tribute to Heklina
▼ Community Awards ▼ VIP Lounge ▼ Gift Bags ▼ Photos by Gooch
Join us at Queer LifeSpace's annual benefit on the gorgeous terrace at 620 Jones in San Francisco. Your generous contribution makes it possible for Queer LifeSpace to provide affordable access to queer-affirming mental health and substance abuse services for the Bay Area queer and trans community.
These funds have a HUGE impact on the lives of our clients!
$30 TEA DANCE TICKET or DONATION = 1 THERAPY SESSION
$300 GALA TICKET or DONATION = 10 THERAPY SESSIONS
$3000 GALA TABLE or DONATION = 100 THERAPY SESSIONS
** All tickets and tables are tax-deductible. **
The queer and trans communities choose TRUTH
We proudly show our true, authentic selves to the world
We stand united against disinformation and propaganda
We defend our truth-based reality from extremism
Together, we lay the foundation for a better future
For more than three decades, Sister Roma has been one of the most outspoken and highly visible members of San Francisco’s Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, dedicating more than half her life to community service, activism and fundraising. Today she is a proud accomplice to the trans and BIPOC communities, an advocate for LGBTQ refuge and asylum, and works tirelessly to make the world a better place. A frequent guest on television and radio, Roma is blessed to travel the globe as an LGBTQIA+ ambassador and event host, striving to uphold her Sisterly vows to expiate stigmatic guilt and promulgate universal joy.
Juanita MORE! is a denizen of the limelight. For three decades, the laudable hostess has blitzed San Francisco with high glamour, drag irreverence, and danceable beats that have illuminated the entire city. MORE! continues to be a heaping dollop of generosity and a sprinkle of nerve. She inspires those around her to make positive differences in their lives and communities and does it all with timeless elegance and an innovative spirit. MORE! has been one of Queer LifeSpace's biggest fundraisers over the years. Through her annual Pride party and support of Queer LifeSpace's events, she has helped raise nearly $100,000 for our small yet might nonprofit.
"For me, being true to yourself, being a good anything, you have to be in it. You have to put yourself in it: heart in it, soul in it, mind in it, body in it, be in it. That to me is a good drag queen. I don't particularly care what you look like. Be it!”
— MR. DAVID GLAMAMORE
Glamamore is an iconic San Francisco-based fashion designer and drag performer. Originally from New York City, he rose to fame as the mother of the Boy Bar Beauties — a drag family that performed weekly in the East Village from 1984-1992, achieving drag superstar status performing at venues large or small. Including events such as Wigstock, Pride, and countless AIDS benefits to raise money and awareness about the disease — even for patients in their hospital beds.
Known as the founder and "Granny" of the House of MORE!, Glamamore has helped to produce numerous parties and drag shows that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for TARC (Tenderloin AIDS Research Center), local LGBTQ youth outreach programs, and transgender equality nonprofits. In addition, Glamamore has heavily influenced San Francisco nightlife through popular drag parties — creating vibrant spaces for established queens to perform for fans old and new while making room on the stage for continuing new generations to hone their raw talent.
As Mr. David, he has been renowned for creating couture gowns, costumes, and high fashion garments for drag queens, trans performers, burlesque dancers, and other residents of the queer nightlife. His collections in San Francisco have shown at SFMOMA, Union Square, Saks, Levi's, the JCC, SF Pride's mainstage, City Hall, and three times at the DeYoung Museum.
Mr. David Glamamore's life, both on stage and behind, has been one of service: to protect queers, allies, and queer spaces, to promote drag, to teach the youth, and to clothe those who make San Francisco's unique nightlife community colorful, exciting and as wild and free as it can be.
Lambert Moss hails from New York City, where he learned his craft from working in the city's musical theater, nightclub and cabaret scenes. Now a resident of San Francisco, he has performed with some of the city's best artists in venues like The Stud, Martuni's, Oasis & Mr. Tipples. We are lucky and delighted to have him sing during the gala's lunch program!
Alotta Boutté is an international cabaret and burlesque sensation who began tantalizing audiences 15 years ago as a part of the award winning, all-Black burlesque troupe, Harlem Shake Burlesque. After a nearly 2-year stint in Paris starring as the Chanteuse with the Mugler Follies, she returned to San Francisco to appear in the world’s longest running musical revue, Beach Blanket Babylon. Over the years, Boutté has performed with some of the biggest and brightest in burlesque, cabaret, and stage, including Joey Arias, Taylor Mac, and Margaret Cho.
Dulce De Leche is a multifaceted Bay area drag performer best known for her powerful, soulful voice. Dulce's performances include the incredible voices of soul divas from the 50s and 60s, including her childhood icon Bette Midler. She is a ballsy, brassy, broad and proud member of SF's most respected drag house, The House of MORE!
Oliver Branch is a San Francisco born-and-raised drag king with a fashion for vintage fashion and a need for tweed. He is one of the hosts of The Monster Show, the Castro's longest running drag show.
One of the Bay Area's finest and most beloved queer DJs, Carrie Morrison delivers an electrifying mix of disco and house beats, showcasing her eclectic style and fostering a vibrant, inclusive dance floor for all to enjoy. You'll earn the right to eat your slow-cooked Sunday roast knowing you danced your ass off on Carrie's dancefloor.
DJ and performer Stanley Frank (Sensation) has been lighting up dance floors in San Francisco and Los Angeles for nearly two decades. Known for his positive, contagious energy and bright sound aesthetic, Stanley’s song selection, mixing skills, and spunky dance moves behind the DJ booth are guaranteed to move your feet and make you smile.
With her fearless spirit, quick wit, and impeccable sense of style, Heklina captivated audiences for decades. As the founder of the legendary Trannyshack nightclub and the annual Drag Queen Christmas show, she played a pivotal role in shaping San Francisco's drag scene.
But Heklina's impact goes far beyond the stage. As a mentor and friend to many young queer performers, she helped to create a supportive and inclusive community where everyone could thrive. Her commitment to activism and advocacy also made her a powerful voice for change, fighting for the rights and dignity of all LGBTQIA+ people.
Heklina is a true icon of San Francisco drag, and her legacy will continue to shine brightly for decades to come...
Upon arriving at the venue, guests will encounter a timeline tracing the history of the pink triangle. Learn the empowering journey of how the queer community reclaimed the pink triangle, once a symbol of Nazi persecution, into a beacon of pride, resilience, and solidarity in the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights.
Designed and curated by Ryan MacCarrigan, Executive Director of Queer LifeSpace, with curatorial support by Ramon Silvestre, Curatorial Special at the GLBT Historical Society. Additional support from QLS board members Max Sovine, Karin Parramore, and Anastasia Potselueff.
"The spread of propaganda and disinformation about LGBTQIA+ people contributes to a climate of fear and hostility, which can lead to increased rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide."
HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN
"Disinformation about LGBTQIA+ individuals is not harmless. It contributes to a culture of intolerance and hate that can have serious consequences for the mental health and well-being of these communities."
NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY
"The negative impact of propaganda and disinformation on the mental health of LGBTQIA+ individuals cannot be underestimated. It creates a hostile environment that can lead to feelings of isolation, depression, and anxiety."
THE TREVOR PROJECT
“Queer LifeSpace allows people to drop all assumptions and just show up as they need to be to make connections. It also serves as a space for the community outside of bars, clubs, or the gym that we don’t often have. It functions as an example of how the community can come together and exist outside of those other spaces.”
Founded in 2011, Queer LifeSpace (QLS) is a nonprofit counseling agency that provides affordable, evidence-based mental health and substance abuse services to the LGBTQIA+ community in the Bay Area. Individual therapy starts at just $30 per session, a fraction of the typical cost. We also run an internationally-recognized clinical training program for the next generation of queer-affirming therapists.
At QLS, we strive to serve the underserved and are passionate about providing services to clients from all walks of life regardless of their ability to pay. Above all, we make it our priority to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for fellow members of the queer community.
We cultivate a welcoming and inclusive environment for all of our queer clients. Our intake process involves screening each client and matching them to the therapy program and therapist that best fits their needs and goals.
Our youth programs are designed to address the unique mental health challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ adolescents and transitional youth and to promote resilience, empowerment, and self-acceptance.
Our internationally-recognized clinical training program runs for 12 months each year. The goal of the program is to give students and associates the skills and tools to provide queer-affirming psychotherapy to the LGBTQIA+ community.
Outlandish! is a new program that takes LGBTQIA+ youth on chaperoned outdoor hikes where they can build social connections with peers and learn about themselves and the complex natural ecosystems of the Bay Area. In partnership with Save the Redwoods League.
This new program aims to connect local, emerging queer artists to individual and group counseling so that they can continue to invest in their creativity without sacrificing their mental health needs and wellness in the process. In partnership with Diamond Wave and Harvey Milk Center for the Arts.
It’s a bar! It’s a restaurant! It’s inside! It’s outside!
If there's a flaw, it’s that there’s only one place like 620 Jones in the entire city! Adjoining one of San Francisco’s stunning historic landmark buildings built in 1929, this leafy, exotic, urban oasis features one of the largest outdoor event spaces in the city. A short walk from Union Square, look out for the towering blue-steel gates just to the right of the Gaylord Suites at 620 Jones. You can’t miss ‘em...they'll be bursting with pink balloons for the gala!
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TEA DANCE ONLY
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Can't attend the lunch program and just want to get your boogey on? Join us for the tea dance!
Featuring music by the very talented DJ Carrie on Disco and DJ Stanley Frank Sensation!
Live performances by Mr. David Glamamore, Alotta Boutté, Dulce De Leche, and Oliver Branch!
If you’re feeling more or less generous than the tiers below, or want to donate in between these levels, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss custom sponsorship opportunities!
Queer LifeSpace is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We'll send it to you upon the successful completion of your donation. This receipt will also tell you the total percentage you can claim on the deduction. In most cases, this will be about 75-80% of the value of your ticket or table, which excludes the fair market value of goods and services provided during the event.
Semi-formal to formal with unabashed creative flair. We strongly encourage guests to incorporate the color pink into some aspect of their attire, even if it's just an accent. Be playful and adventurous — this is your time to shine!
Yes, it most absolutely will. Buckle up, Billy!
Yes! When you register for your ticket, you will have the option to select which of our programs your funds will be allocated toward.
That's okay, we've been there and we fully support your harm reduction efforts. But if and when your FOMO kicks into high gear at the gala, you can still upgrade to a VIP wristband in-person. Easy peasy!
Yes! We definitely want you to be able to attend the gala. We've set aside a limited number of affordable gala tickets. If you're interested, reach out to us at email@example.com.
Our EIN # is 45-2451077
Yes, there is a wheelchair-accessible ramp that leads into the venue.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will get back to you within a few hours!
Open from 9AM - 6PM weekdays
Queer LifeSpace is a registered 501(c)(3) organization