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!