Perry Lang, BCA’s Executive Director.
Perry Lang, BCA’s Executive Director.

Soulful Holidays Cabaret to Benefit Black Coalition on AIDS

Perry Lang, BCA’s Executive Director.

A soulful holidays cabaret highlighting Black LGBTQ talent and other local performers in San Francisco will celebrate the holidays on Sunday evening, Dec. 18 in the Castro District.
John Weber and Friends are hosting the “Soulful Holidays” cabaret, which will benefit the Black Coalition on AIDS (BCA). The cabaret will be held Sunday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Trigger Bar and Dance Club, 2344 Market St. in San Francisco. Tickets will be sold at the door. General admission is $10; the VIP reception and party is $40.
The cabaret will showcase local performers (some in drag). Participants include Mercedez Munro, BeBe Sweetbriar, Troy Brunet, Stephen Dorsey, Rotissary Ethnicity Jackson-Houston Ross, Garza, Nikki Starr, Sister Roma, Terry Dyer and more.
“We are going to have a fabulous time and raise money for a worthy cause,” said Weber, community philanthropist and Emperor XXXVI of San Francisco.  “The Black Coalition on AIDS has been providing services and support to the LGBTQ in San Francisco for 25 years, and we just want to organize and give something back during tough economic times.”  
“It’s time to put on your crowns for a royal celebration!” said Weber, an event planner and emcee at 2011 Soul of Pride stage at the City’s Annual Pride Parade.
All donations will benefit the BCA and its Rafiki Wellness project. No one will be turned away for lack of a donation.
 “We are grateful to John Weber and Friends for the outpouring of support,” said Perry Lang, BCA’s Executive Director. “These are challenging economic times for most nonprofits; these are especially trying times for independent, people of color community based organizations like ours.”
BCA marked its 25th anniversary of service this year. The agency was hard hit by budget cuts, which included the loss of more than $250,000 in HIV/AIDS prevention contracts.
In San Francisco, Black people are less than six percent of the population, yet comprise 14 percent of those living with HIV/AIDS.  Nationally, Black people make up 14 percent of the population but accounted for 44% of new HIV infections in 2009.