“2017 marks my 25th year in drag in San Francisco, so these murals are very special to me,” says local drag icon Juanita More!.
Everything from painting supervisor Jane Kim to leading a series of resist marches, Juanita has a lot to celebrate. With a new year of Pride to celebrate, the iconic drag star looked to immortalize the very being of LGBT through art.
“I started working with artist J. Manuel Carmona on this year’s Pride poster during the fall of last year,” Miss More! explains. “At the time he was painting some very inspiring murals in Mexico City, which prompted me to switch the artwork from a painting to the mural. I approached Unionmade owner Todd Barkett with the proposition that I just wanted the artwork up [on the outside wall of the store] for the month of June, promising him I would paint it back to it’s original color. I did the same with Powerhouse manager Scott Peterson. Elliott C. Nathan’s work there couldn’t be more fitting for the bar. I think the community has fallen in love with them and hopefully are staying up!”
For a third mural in her home neighborhood of the Tenderloin, featuring both her and her French bulldog Jackson, she approached District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s office, and “they helped me secure the spot for Serge Gay Jr. at Lush Lounge. Apparently they had been searching for the right project to adorn their wall for a while.”
But that’s not all for Juanita and her wave of city color takeover, the legend was also honored by many SF local boutiques who now exhibit some of her most legendary pieces in their windows. Shops such as Hero Shop and Sui GENERIS Consignment have honored the queen and all her SF glory.
For More!’s legendary outdoor Pride Party, she’s chosen two non-profit beneficiaries this year. This year the overwhelming reach will shared by The Q Foundation (formerly AIDS Housing Alliance) and the LGBT Asylum Project, which is affiliated with the Center for Immigrant Protection.
May this queen never sashay away.
// Pre-sale tickets are already gone, but those who still want to attend should just plan to show up on the early side on Sunday at 620 Jones, after the parade.