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sTill Here San Francisco anthology

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Literature/Arts/Theater
Contact: Natalia Vigil | stillheresf@gmail.com

Queer and trans people of color raised in San Francisco tell their stories in a first-of-its kind non-fiction anthology.

San Francisco, CA (June, 7, 2019) - for queer and trans people of color born and raised in San Francisco, the challenge to have visibility is difficult, as the people and spaces most familiar are erased daily.

In Still Here San Francisco: an Anthology of queer and trans people raised in San Francisco, survivors of displacement and other results of gentrification and oppression find their voice and tell stories of survival in print form. Still Here San Francisco is an annual performance and cultural documentation project that reveals the experiences of Queer/LGBTQI2S+ individuals raised in San Francisco and still living in San Francisco/Bay Area. Each year, the annual show is one of the most popular parts of the National Queer Arts Festival in June. 

In its 7th year, Still Here will publish a book of non-fiction writing in partnership with Foglifter Press. "We believe that as storytellers, poets, multimedia artists, singers, and dancers, we can contribute profound re-understanding of time and place," says Still Here Artistic Director Natalia Vigil. "We believe it is critical to voice our complex experiences as people of color with strong San Francisco roots and we understand that we have made profound contributions to San Francisco."

The Still Here Anthology, edited by Mason J. and Natalia M. Vigil, showcases the unique narratives of LGBTQIA2S+ people raised in San Francisco. These experiences are the foundation of Still Here’s work exploring queerness, coming out, AIDS/HIV, loss, violence, reclaiming intergenerational memory, historical legacy, and more.

Still Here Anthology contributor Prado G. notes, "Still Here reminds me that not only does San Francisco leave its mark on us, but we also leave our mark, our impression, our influence on San Francisco. It shaped us, it shapes us, but we also shape it."

"Through this anthology we claim our visibility as queer/trans people of color raised in San Francisco," says Vigil. "We exist. We are visible. We emerge. We own our stories. We tell them in our own voices. And, as always, we survive."