Donna’s Chronicles, “Rarely are we so affected by an event …” – San Francisco Bay Times


By Donna Sachet–

Rarely are we so touched by an event that we are tempted to devote an entire column to it, but out of respect for the holiday spirit, we will limit ourselves to one paragraph. The Rainbow Honor Walk is a non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate the historic impact of LGBTQ pioneers with commemorative plaques in the heart of the Castro District. We proudly served on its board of directors for several years, currently as president. Bronze plaques have started appearing up and down Castro Street, 19th Street and now Market Street over the past 10 years. Some names are instantly recognizable, others less well known, but each distinctly deserves this recognition. These plaques celebrate people from all walks of life, span decades of history, span across the globe, and represent the great diversity of our LGBTQ + community in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, and more. As has often been said here and elsewhere, if we do not write our own story, it will be written by others and not necessarily with accuracy or perspective. Last week this labor of love suffered damage from indiscriminate vandalism. We are not talking about simple nonchalant disrespect, but vindictive damage carefully inflicted with meticulous attention. The creator of these bronze plaques has been contacted to inspect for damage and determine what can be done, but it may require replacement or at least costly repairs. Yes, we know other acts of vandalism are rampant, from smashed windows of shops and cars to buildings and sidewalks marked with graffiti, but this particular incident seems so personal. Our hope is that this is an isolated act with no significant meaning or intention. Either way, know that the Rainbow Honor Walk Board of Directors will repair the damage and remain committed to this project, made possible only through the financial assistance of people like you, members and allies of the LGBTQ + community, who respect our history and want important people to receive the recognition they so deserve.

On more cheerful matters, the holiday season appears to be busier and more festive than ever with nearly all of the events canceled or gone virtual last year returning live and in person! Just browse the nearby events calendar to find something that interests you. Among them, we especially encourage you to join us in Union Square this evening for Drag Queens on Ice! For 10 years in a row, this downtown shopping mecca has been overrun by sassy drag queens and their admirers for a “San Francisco only” fusion of gay clothing and mainstream vacation magic. Last year the event was sadly canceled due to COVID-19, but this year we’re back bigger and better than ever with Dusty Porn, Mahlae Balenciaga, Khmera Rouge, Paju Munro, Jubilee & Jola Mercury, and for the first time Denali of RuPaul ‘Drag race. You can buy VIP tickets online or join the hundreds of people lining the Safeway Rink for all the fun. Get there early to get your seat with the best view. We are excited to be returning as the Grade 11 hostess and co-host, as drag queen on the mic, not on the ice!

The other event we would like to highlight is the return of a live, in-person show. Songs of the season at the Nikko hotel, Tuesdays and Wednesdays December 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. For 25 years we have produced this event ourselves, sharing our love of music, the holiday season and charity work with all of you and showcasing wonderful local talent in an intimate setting. Now, Brian kent is the producer and he brings his own professional skills, talented contacts and creative approach to the event. Guest stars include Sister Roma, Breanna Sinclairé, Charles Jones, Dan O’Leary, Effie Passero, Frenchie Davis, Kenny Nelson, and Leanne Borghesi with instrumentalists Roberta drake and Rusell DeasonAnd don’t worry, Brian and this humble columnist promise to sing some holiday tunes for you. There has always been something very special about this annual PRC fundraiser and we encourage you to purchase your tickets now to see for yourself. Gather friends and expect music that will produce smiles, laughs, applause and even a nostalgic tear or two.

With so many events happening in December, you’re sure to find some that will get you in the holiday mood. We encourage you to take reasonable precautions, coordinate with friends and relatives, and get out of the house. It is a very special time of year; enjoy every minute!

Donna Sachet is a celebrated artist, fundraiser, activist and philanthropist with more than two decades of dedication to the LGBTQ community in San Francisco. Contact her at [email protected]

Calendar w / Bag

Thursday 2 December
Drag queens on ice
Union Square Holiday Ice Rink
The best drag queens take on the ice
Special guest Denali from RuPaul’s Drag Race
7:00 p.m.
To free!

Sunday 5 December
Celebrating Life for KC Dare
Hosted by Gary Virginia
Spoken and musical tributes
440 Castro
12 pm-3pm
To free!

Sunday 5 December
Help is on the way for the XX holidays
Richmond / Ermet Aid Foundation for the benefit of the Open Hand project
Auctions and performances
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street
6.30 p.m.
$ 45 and over

Monday 6 December
Tree of Hope lighting
Rainbow World Fund
Hosted by Donna Sachet
Origami decorated Christmas tree
Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street
7:00 p.m.
To free!

Sunday 12 December
Christmas birthdays are a drag!
Celebration of José Sarria, hosted by Emperor XLVIII, AN, William Bulkley
Hosted by Imperial Crown Princess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Joe Wicht at the piano
Martuni’s, 4 Valencia Street
4-6 p.m.
$ 30

Tuesday and Wednesday 14 and 15 December

Donna Sachet Seasonal Songs
Presented by Brian Kent
Cabaret Holidays benefits RPC
Feinstein’s at the Nikko Hotel, 222 Mason Street
8 p.m.
$ 25 and more

Saturday, December 18
Naughty nice
Holiday party hosted by Donna Sachet and Santa’s elves
Music, cocktails, desserts
8:00 p.m. to midnight

Posted on December 2, 2021


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