The Queer Ancestors Project is devoted to forging sturdy relationships between LGBTQI people and our ancestors. Using history as a linchpin, we build community by providing young Queer adults (age 18 to 26) free interdisciplinary workshops in printmaking, writing, and Queer history. Public exhibitions and readings of their work provide a window on the past through which the larger community can glimpse our collective future.
Bayard Rustin, By Alan Guttirez José Sarria, By Eva Ovale Zora Neale Hurston, by Anna Robinson

The LGBTQ community has a limited visual record, or none at all, of significant Queer events before the 1970s, particularly in the histories of Queers of Color and Gender Queers. This lack of imagery makes it harder for LGBTQ people to connect with, learn from, and be inspired by our history. Just as photographs from your early life help to anchor personal memories, a visual record – even an imagined one – can bring historical events to life, creating the kind of indelible connection that enables us to engage deeply with our ancestors.

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The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center Presents:

The Queer Ancestors Project

An Exhibition of Prints by Queer Artists Age 18 to 26

Honoring Shape-Shifters and Shamans, Rioters & Revolutionaries,

Sailors and Songbirds, Immigrants & Refugees,

Geographies and Teleologies, Blessings and Blasphemies, Bondage & Freedom

Corey Brown, Joan Chen, Jared Clifton,

Amman Desai, Paula Kahn, Amirah Mizrahi,

Courtney Stock, and Terry Xiao,

with artistic director Katie Gilmartin

Exhibition April 6 through May 16 2014 at the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street

Free Artist's Panel Discussion Thursday, April 10, 6-7 pm

Free Artist's Reception and Print Sale Thursday, April 10, 7-9 pm

This program is generously supported by Chrysalis Studio, San Francisco Arts Commission, & SOMArts, in collaboration with The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Queer Cultural Center, & Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.


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