Drag & Spirituality

Sunday, March 24

The Sanctuary in GLIDE Memorial Church

330 Ellis Street, San Francisco

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | FREE to the public

This talk show-style conversation will explore the intersections of drag, gender, sexuality and spirituality. Our host, B0NNi33 Vi0L3T, aka Duane Quintana, a queer chaplain, will interview ground-breaking local drag queens, providing an opportunity for the audience to peek into their minds, listen to their hearts and appreciate their transformations.

Please join Duane, Ms. Carolyn Henry, Faluda Islam, Landa Lakes and the GLIDE community for a very powerful and unique event as these artists lace their narratives with a spiritual thread and excavate the resilience from their herstories, building strength in their present and giving voice to their hope for a brilliant future for themselves and for the broader LGBTQ+ community.

Check out the event’s Facebook page for all the latest in the discussion leading up to the talk, and register on Eventbrite! Mark your calendars!

Faluda Islam. Image credit: Christine Vo and Vince Flores

Faluda Islam. Image credit: Christine Vo and Vince Flores

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is a visual and performance artist, zombie drag queen – who goes by the Alias Faluda Islam – as well as curator of mixed Pakistani, Lebanese and Iranian descent. He is based in San Francisco, where he received an MFA in Studio Art at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2016.

Bhutto’s work delves deep into a futurist imagining of South Asia, the Middle East and the larger Muslim world, through a research-based process excavating archives from disparate sources. He takes on histories of revolution, resistance and resilience and queers them using his body as a filter through a multi-media practice based primarily in the realm of future story telling.

Landa Lakes. Image credit: Jose Guzman Colon

Landa Lakes. Image credit: Jose Guzman Colon

Landa Lakes is a Chickasaw writer, musician, activist and artist. In 2005, she founded drag performance groups that have contributed to SF’s art and cultural scene; the Two-Spirit Native American drag troupe, the Brush Arbor Guriz and the creative and campy House of Glitter.

Landa uses art to combine contemporary ideas with Native history and traditional stories to convey the shared understanding of human nature outside the colonial Christian perspective.

Some of her notable honors are: the New York Fresh Fruit Festival Performance Award, KQED LGBT Local Hero Award and was publicly elected Grand Duchess 36 of the Grand Ducal Council of San Francisco, a non-profit organization.

Lakes served as Co-Chair to the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAIT-S) and is on the Board of the BAAIT-S Two-Spirit Powwow, the International Court System, the GLBT Historical Society and the SF Trans Advisory Council. She is a US Navy veteran.

B0NNi33 Vi0L3T, aka Duane Quintana, is “a queer chaplain” healed from spiritual trauma and called to help others heal from their trauma and assist queer folks in lacing their narrative with a spiritual thread to build resiliency and strengthen individuals, communities and people as a whole. She has served in queer spirituality for over 10 years as a volunteer, group leader and facilitator working with queer LGBTQ-friendly churches and community centers.