The Fab Juanita More! Kicks off Pride Month With 3 New Murals in SF

Three new murals have popped up in the Castro, SoMa, and Polk Gulch nabes courtesy of drag queen extraordinaire Juanita MORE!

As part of the month-long celebration of Pride, MORE! commissioned three artists—Elliott C. Nathan, J. Manuel Carmona, and Serge Gay, Jr.—to design Pride-themed works and paint them around the city. You can find them on 18th Street side of Unionmade in the Castro; on the western wall of Lush Lounge in Polk Gulch; and on the Folsom Street–facing wall of the Powerhouse. Cliff's Variety in the Castro underwrote the cost of materials for the artists.

The murals serve many purposes: to celebrate Pride in specific locations in SF important to LGBT persons; to beautify the walls with murals (a long stroytelling tradition here); and to raise awareness for MORE!'s annual Pride Party, which raises much-needed dollars for charitable organizations that have strong ties to the gay community. This year's recipients are The Q Foundation (formerly the AIDS Housing Alliance) and the LGBT Asylum Project.


// For more information on the mural project and Juanita's Pride party, visit juanitamore.com. Plus, join 7x7 and Juanita MORE! to celebrate The Art of Pride at a special event at Blackbird on June 21st; RSVP at eventbrite.com.

"Juanita invited me to come up with a mural design around her signature line 'loads of love.''" recalls Elliott C. Nathan, pictured here. You can see Nathan at work in this short video.