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San Francisco Will Be Naming a Drag Laureate Early Subsequent Yr

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San Francisco is certainly one of two West Coast cities that may, for the primary time, be naming its first Drag Laureate — an area drag queen to function a metropolis ambassador to and promoter of SF drag tradition. And the Mayor’s Workplace formally opened up purposes for the place on Thursday.

“San Francisco’s dedication to inclusivity and the humanities are the inspiration for who we’re as a metropolis,” says Mayor London Breed in a press release. “Drag artists have helped pave the best way for LGBTQ+ rights and illustration throughout our metropolis, and they’re part of what makes our Metropolis so particular. Investing in packages that proceed their legacies and create alternatives for the subsequent era of drag performers to thrive assist us to have fun our metropolis and this group. I need to thank the drag group, Human Rights Fee, and Public Library for his or her work, and I stay up for crowning San Francisco’s first Drag Laureate.”

Purposes for the Drag Laureate honorary place opened Thursday and the deadline is January 16. The 18-month place comes with a $55,000 stipend. Candidates have to be full-time residents of the town, at the least 21 years outdated, and have “elementary data” of San Francisco drag historical past.

The Drag Laureate’s duties will embrace being spokesperson for the LGBTQ+ Group of San Francisco, serving to produce and promote drag occasions with the San Francisco Public Library and the SF Arts Fee, and to “guarantee San Francisco’s wealthy drag historical past is shared, honored, and preserved.”

San Francisco already as a Poet Laureate — it is at present Tongo Eisen-Martin, who was named to a two-year time period in January 2021. However this would be the first time we’ll get a Drag Laureate — although, arguably, San Francisco was recognized for nightlife and drag efficiency lengthy earlier than it was recognized for its poets.

Mayor Breed introduced the creation of the place again in June, when she helped kick off Pleasure Month. On the similar time, she introduced a $6.5 million plan to finish transgender homelessness within the metropolis — a part of which is the guaranteed-income stipend for low-income trans those that launched its personal purposes earlier this week.

“San Francisco wouldn’t be the beacon for LGBTQ rights it’s with out drag artists,” mentioned Supervisor Rafael Mandelman in a press release. “This program is an applicable recognition of the important function drag performs in our queer tradition, and I stay up for seeing who will probably be named our first Drag Laureate.”

Evidently San Francisco received the thought first, however simultaneous with SF launching this Drag Laureate place, the Metropolis of West Hollywood is launching its personal (and naturally all the things takes longer in San Francisco). Purposes in WeHo have been due in September, after the thought was first proposed down there in October 2020. The primary Drag Laureate was speculated to be named in November, but it surely seems to be like that hasn’t occurred but.

Being a metropolis with a traditionally giant LGBTQ inhabitants, San Francisco naturally has a complete, official LGBTQ+ Cultural Heritage Technique beneath the aegis of the Planning Division and the Mayor’s Workplace of Financial and Workforce Growth. The Drag Laureate program got here out of that, and suggestions within the August 2020 report produced by the LGBTQ+ Cultural Heritage Activity Power that was convened by former Supervisor Scott Wiener again in 2015. Additionally as a part of the duty power’s suggestions, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence obtained their first grant in 2022 from the town’s Grants for the Arts program.

Come February or so, we should always know who San Francisco’s inaugural Drag Laureate will probably be.

Prime picture through Woman Camden/YouTube

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