Press 2019

$1 million in funding from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development for first new HIV rental subsidies in 12 years; Q Foundation now accepting applications for the program

SF.gov • December 20th 2019

The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development will award $1 million this year to the Q Foundation for rental subsidies for people living with HIV, according to the agency.

Q Foundation will also be receiving $500,000 for rental subsidies for seniors and disabled people from the Department of Aging and Adult Services, Executive Director Brian Basinger said.

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SF awards $1M in rental subsidies for people with HIV

Bay Area Reporter by John Ferrannini • November 13th 2019

The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development will award $1 million this year to the Q Foundation for rental subsidies for people living with HIV, according to the agency.

Q Foundation will also be receiving $500,000 for rental subsidies for seniors and disabled people from the Department of Aging and Adult Services, Executive Director Brian Basinger said.

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How to Preserve LGBTQ Culture

KCBS Radio • How To Bay Area Series • June 29th 2019

There was a time when the Bay Area was home to highly visible queer communities full of LGBTQ-friendly businesses. And while you do still have plenty of rainbow flags in the Castro, if you look past the obvious symbols, the character of these neighborhoods has changed dramatically with many of those businesses shutting down and many long-time residents pushed out by the high cost of living.

So on this edition of How to Bay Area we speak with the people at ground zero of this change to find out what they feel like they’re losing and what they are fighting to preserve.

Through the course of this episode we learn how this preservation work is being carried out, how community organizers are adapting their work to the internet age and also offer practical advice on how to find queer-friendly housing in the Bay Area.

Hosts: KCBS Radio reporter Keith Menconi and KCBS Radio production assistant Mary Hughes.

Guests: Terra Haywood, co-owner and business operations manager for The Stud, Jolene Linsangan, owner of Jolene’s Bar, Terry Beswick, executive director of the GLBT Historical Society, Brian Basinger, executive director of the Q Foundation, and Juanita MORE!, creator of Juanita’s List, et. al. 

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The Fight to Keep Castro Queer 

 AltaOnline.com • June 25th 2019 • Shane Downing

Gentrification in the neighborhood predates the Faeries’ Sausage Factory scare. It goes back almost 40 years, to when two powerful forces tore through the neighborhood. First, there was the AIDS crisis. Between 1981 and 1990, an estimated 8,000 San Franciscans died of AIDS-related illnesses. By 1992, approximately 30 people were dying each week, many of them Castro residents. And according to Brian Basinger, the executive director of the Q Foundation, a nonprofit in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood formerly called the AIDS Housing Alliance, just as the Castro was ground zero in the city for the AIDS epidemic, the neighborhood was also ground zero for San Francisco’s eviction epidemic, the second ravaging force.

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Q Foundation Re-Dedicates San Francisco’s Iconic ‘Rainbow Flag Apartments’ to Honor Gilbert Baker, Creator of LGBTQ Movement’s World-Famous Multi-Colored Flag

Business Wire • June 11th 2019 • Photo by Spencer Platt for Times Magazine

SAN FRANCISCO – In an event led by Mayor London Breed, Supervisors Matt Haney, Rafael Mandelman, City & State officials, the Q Foundation today honored a piece of San Francisco LGBTQ history by re-dedicating the 324 Larkin building as the “Gilbert Baker Rainbow Flag Apartments”.

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324 Larkin

Rent SF Now • Date unknown • 2019

324 Larkin commands a special place in San Francisco’s rich, storied history as a center for the LGBTQ community, which was enshrined in June 2019 when owner Veritas Investments rechristened the building as the Rainbow Flag Apartments at the behest of The Q Foundation.

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Black Trans Women Created the World’s First Trans Cultural District

Out Magazine by Raquel Willis • February 18th 2019

San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood has a rich history that is being reclaimed for a new generation. Three years before the Stonewall Riots lit the flame of the LGBTQ+ Movement, the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot of 1966 poured the lighter fluid on the pavement. As recounted in author Susan Stryker’s 2005 documentary, Screaming Queens, the San Francisco uprising began after years of police profiling and harassment when a fed-up drag queen threw a hot cup of coffee in a police officer’s face. Brian Basinger, executive director of Q Foundation, a nonprofit in the neighborhood that focuses on preventing homelessness for people living with HIV/AIDS, initially filed a negative declaration in opposition to the developer’s assessment that “there was no historical value to that neighborhood, that the neighborhood was just filled with substance users and poor people, and that there’s no actual historical value within the block,” recalls Aria Sa’id, LGBT policy advisor for San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

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New cultural district director hopes to create employment opportunities for transgender residents

San Francisco Examiner by Victor Tence • February 5th 2019

When Aria Sa’id first came to San Francisco 10 years ago they thought they were “extremely employable.” However, their three compounding identities as a black, transgendered woman limited their options for work. They ended up sleeping either at the Larkin Youth Center or on a BART train car.

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