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Thanks to Hank: Kickoff for the Kickstarter

The Tenderloin Museum, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, and Cleve Jones present Thanks to Hank: Kickoff for the Kickstarter, an evening celebrating the life of storied Tenderloin hero, Hank Wilson. We invite our community to help support the upcoming documentary film on one of the city’s most preeminent LGBTQ activist entitled “Thanks to Hank.” This event marks the kickoff of the film’s Kickstarter campaign, join us in paying tribute to his incredible legacy.

Hank Wilson’s work in San Francisco’s Tenderloin spanned 30 years, and included co-founding and spearheading organizations such as the Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, and the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club (home of San Francisco's queer, progressive left). While leading these groups, Wilson also ran the Ambassador Hotel SRO in an effort to bring harm reduction housing to low-income residents living with HIV and AIDS. “Thanks to Hank” is a feature film observing the selfless spirit and assiduous work of this beloved Tenderloin character.

Hank Wilson’s legacy will be celebrated with a sneak peek of the new documentary — alongside art by local drag queen Mrs. Vera, a drag performance by Grace Towers, and a blessing ritual by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the city’s famed order of queer nuns. Enjoy drinks, music by DJ Danny Snodgrass (Electroluxx), and remarks from filmmaker Bob Ostertag and others who knew and worked closely with Wilson. A minimum $25 is requested, but more is always appreciated. Donate directly to the kickstarter here:

For more about “Thanks to Hank,” visit

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Earlier Event: November 2
Drove V
Later Event: November 27
Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra