Art + Pride 2023: soft defiance

Cover Image (doll on flowers) by Adiean Dae Neón

June 17 – July 15, 2023

Opening Event & Exhibit
June 17, 2023, 6 – 9 PM

Curated by: Nicola Bosco-Alvarez, Vin Seaman, Ryan MacCarrigan, Bon Bon, J. Manuel Carmona

Harvey Milk Center for the Arts
& Harvey Milk Photo Center, 50 Scott Street, SF
Gallery Hours: T-Th 3-8:30 pm  Sa  11am-4:30pm

Hosted by KaiKai Bee Michaels

With live performances by Jota Mercury, Linty, Pangaea, Matthew Beld, and Vin Seaman & Zackary Forcum

soft defiance is a collaboratively-curated visual arts exhibition led by Harvey Milk Center for the Arts and Photo Center (HMCA), queer arts organization Diamond Wave, and LGBTQIA+ mental health service provider Queer LifeSpace (QLS). 

Resisting negativity and hatred is a constant uphill battle for many historically marginalized queer and trans communities that requires a firm commitment to centering one’s own mental health and wellness. soft defiance is a celebration of this commitment to our sustained emotional and spiritual well-being.

Join us for a month of programming addressing softness and queer mental health. All programs will be held at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts at 50 Scott Street, SF

Friday, June 30, 6 – 8 PM

soft defiance Artist Talk

With curators and artists

Tuesday, July 11, 6 – 8 PM

Healing Masculinities workshop 

With Vin Seaman

Saturday, July 15, 12 – 5 PM – Closing Event

Queer Wellness Symposium in collaboration with Rosen Creative House with Rawiyah Tariq’s In The Face of Fear workshop, panel discussion with Queer LifeSpace therapists and more!