Juanita MORE! Mission Statement
Artist Bio: J Manuel Carmona
Juanita MORE! Mission Statement
This year, for the first time in my annual Pride Party’s 12-year run, I have chosen two groundbreaking nonprofits as beneficiaries, The Q Foundation and the LGBT Asylum Project.
Q Foundation is the home for homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing services for the QLGBT communities here in San Francisco. They provide advocacy leadership at the national, state, and local levels and direct services to thousands of residents. Formerly known as AIDS Housing Alliance whose work has resonated strongly with me, I am honored to continue working with them to achieve these ends this year.
In light of the current climate of increasing global tumult, I’ve been reflecting on how the LGBTQ community is much broader in scope than the geographical confines of the Bay Area and how now, more than ever, we must resist the urge to shrink away from our responsibilities as global citizens.
That’s where the work of the LGBT Asylum Project comes in. Dedicated solely to offering pro-bono legal representation to vulnerable LGBT immigrants fleeing persecution abroad and seeking protection in the United States, their work makes the already-complicated avenues to achieving asylum that much less of a burden to navigate.
It is in the spirit of San Francisco’s status as a sanctuary city that the services of both the Q Foundation and the LGBT Asylum Project are inextricably woven like a safety net, whether in the form of asylum from persecution or housing assistance, for those most in need of calling our community home.
Q Foundation believes in a world where all people have a safe, decent, and affordable home. Toward that vision, we prevent homelessness for members of the LGBTQ or HIV+ communities.
We are the only Bay Area non-profit program dedicated solely to offering pro-bono legal representation to vulnerable LGBT immigrants fleeing persecution abroad and seeking protection in the United States.
Jones Bar | San Francisco | Tenderloin
Adjoining one of San Francisco's stunning historic landmark buildings built in 1929, the venue features a striking indoor / outdoor event space complete with four bars, two levels, and an expert sound system ensuring the party goes all day and night. The rooftop at Jones boasts one of Juanita’s absolute favorite views of the heart of Downtown San Francisco.
620 Jones Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
J. Manuel Carmona
Mexican-American artist living in San Francisco, California and a recent graduate from a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program at the Academy of Art University.
During his bachelor’s degree in Architecture and throughout his professional practice J Manuel has always been extremely passionate for art, design, and new technologies that helped visualize design projects in 3D.
In addition to working with firms like Lowney Architecture and Tom Eliot & Fisch in California, J Manuel has been an active member of the LGBT community in the Castro District of San Francisco. In 2013 he successfully raised over 27,000 dollars as the captain of his AIDS/LifeCycle team.
As J Manuel continues to explore his art, he strives to create work that is impactful and can make a difference in the community that he knows and loves.