SOUNDS Fire Relief

Dear SOUNDS Lovers, Friends, and Guests,

We regret to inform you, with great sadness, that unfortunately an electrical fire broke out over the weekend which has ravaged a majority of SOUNDS. We are beyond thankful that no one was present, hurt, or injured in the incident and we are incredibly grateful to our neighbors for aiding in the situation as it happened.

We want to deeply thank all of you for your continued support of SOUNDS over the last year. Given the circumstances, we don't anticipate being able to reopen in our current capacity but our dream of a safe, Queer space lives on in our sister space KAKE but even more importantly in you and we truly hope you keep that dream alive no matter where you are.

As you are hopefully aware gentrification, income inequality, and LGBTQ+phobia has had an astounding effect on our city in recent years. More and more clubs are closing and safe spaces for Queer people are disappearing.

In creating SOUNDS we had hoped to counteract these changes and we made a huge effort to make a truly safe space but, as with many things at the margins of society, we were subjected to unsafe conditions which have led us to our current situation.

This is unacceptable and we all deserve better.

We must demand more from the parties, spaces, and people we involve ourselves with. We must act collectively to preserve this beautiful Queer community we have worked so hard to build. We must continue to create spaces, situations, and environments where ALL Queer people can be themselves and feel safe.

We are raising money now to help cover the costs of recovering from this disaster, support our staff in this interim period, as well as hopefully provide enough funding for the creation of a new space. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated, as is spreading the word. Our hope is to rise from the ashes and, just as before, we can't do it without all of you incredible people who've made SOUNDS what it was over the past year.

In the meantime, always remember to support Queer spaces in your community, engage in the political process to make our Queer utopia a reality, and take care of each other.

Thank you so, so much for your love, dedication, and support,


Eliot Garderobe

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