JR’s The Chronicles of San Francisco celebrates the voices of our extraordinary, unique, and diverse city in a sweeping digital mural. Each month this summer, hear from an individual featured in the mural on their contribution to San Francisco’s cultural landscape.
First in this series of locals is Honey Mahogany, famed drag queen, activist, and co-founder of the Compton’s Transgender Cultural District within San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Learn about how her deep connection to the community has inspired and shaped her political activism.
Born and raised in San Francisco, drag queen, business owner, and activist Honey Mahogany first gained international attention as a cast member on season 5 of the reality television series RuPaul’s Drag Race. Named San Francisco’s best drag queen and cabaret performer by the Bay Area Reporter, Best Drag Queen by SF Weekly, and a sought-after emcee across the globe, Honey’s more recent endeavors fuse art and politics. Honey’s work as a drag queen and activist has earned her commendations from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Sainthood from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, awards from both the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club and the San Francisco Young Democrats, and earned her a spot as a 2018 YBCA 100 Honoree. Honey is also a founder of the Compton’s Transgender Cultural District, a sitting member of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, and co-owner of the Stud, San Francisco’s oldest LGBTQ bar.