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THEYFRIEND 2023 Opening Showcase & Dialogue

November 14, 2023 @ 5:30 pm PST

Get ready for a thrilling night of performance and conversation to open the THEYFRIEND 2023 Nonbinary Performance Festival

Tuesday, November 14, 6 pm (5:30 pm pre-panel)
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102
FREE, donations encouraged

Moderated by SNJV
Pre-panel conversation with Sam Favela from the Transgender District
With Joce Ryder, Mojo Carter, Riy Mutakabbir and Zara Jamshed
In partnership with the Hormel LGBTQIA Center at San Francisco Public Library and the Transgender District

Join us for the kickoff event of the 2023 THEYFRIEND Nonbinary Performance Festival with a facilitated discussion and performances featuring local nonbinary artists and leaders.

Prior to the performances, host and multidisciplinary artist SNJV will be joined by Sam Favela from the Transgender District for a foundational conversation centering the question “What is Nonbinary?” Then SNJV will be joined by drag artist Mojo Carter, musician Joce Ryder, poet Zara Jamshed, and dancer Riy Mutakabbir for performances and a discussion exploring the relationship between creative practice and nonbinary identity. Following the panel there will be time for a brief Q & A with the artists.

For more information about participating artists, please visit

Accessibility information: The Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library and the Koret Auditorium are fully ADA accessible. There is one all-gender on the lower level of the Main Branch Library. ASL interpretation will be provided and all videos will have open captions. To request additional accommodations (such as assisted listening devices), call (415) 557-4557 or contact at least 72 hours in advance to help ensure availability.

COVID information: Masking STRONGLY encouraged, participating artists and staff are COVID tested before the event.

About THEYFRIEND: Now in its third year, THEYFRIEND is the world’s first performance festival uplifting, centering, and celebrating nonbinary identity! For more information on THEYFRIEND events happening November 14–18, 2023, visit

This event is made possible with support from the California Arts Council, the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and the Hormel LGBTQIA Center at San Francisco Public Library, and is presented in partnership with the Transgender District. Diamond Wave is a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts that is supported by Grants for the Arts, the Horizons Foundation, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund and the San Francisco Arts Commission.


November 14, 2023
5:30 pm PST
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James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center of San Francisco Public Library


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