Stepping Out

It's safe to say San Francisco is just about as close to an LGBT utopia as they come. We've had the first openly gay politician elected to office, the first lesbian civil rights organization in the country, and, thanks to Sean Dorsey and his Fresh Meat Productions, the nation's first touring transgender arts organization. (You might know Dorsey and Fresh Meat as SF Weekly's Best Dance Performance Troupe in 2008, as one of Dance Magazine's “25 to Watch,” or as a three-time Isadora Duncan Dance Award winner.) Each year, Fresh Meat Productions puts on its Fresh Meat Festival, a beautifully curated collection of acts by transgender and queer dancers and performers. Now in its 13th year, the festival features, among others, hip-hoppers, voguers, trapeze artists, and bigwig same-sex ballroom champions Ernesto Palma and Robbie Tristan. With that kind of lineup, you can expect an evening that is flashy, stimulating, and wonderfully queer. And hang tight after the show — there's a dance party with drinks in the lobby following each performance.

June 19-21, 8 p.m., 2014

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