A little about Honey

Background

The child of East African political refugees, Honey Mahogany was born and raised in San Francisco. Honey's father worked as a cab driver for Yellow Cab Co-op and Honey's mother put herself through school while raising two-children and eventually worked in finance. 


Honey completed most of her education in the Bay Area and received her Masters in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley in 2009. Soon thereafter, Honey got a job working at the Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County (RCC) where she worked as the Community Mental Health Director, and became the center's first full-time employee.


It was around this time that Honey Mahogany was also establishing herself as a performer in San Francisco, eventually garnering international attention when she appeared on the television show RuPaul's Drag Race. Since appearing on the show, Honey has become a regular host at San Francisco Pride and has also launched two successful POC centered LGBT events: Mahogany Mondays & Black Fridays.


As time went on, and the impacts of the second tech boom became more and more apparent in San Francisco, Honey began to see more of her favorite independent venues and businesses close, and more and more of her friends, family, and community members leave San Francisco. 


In 2016, when the Stud Bar was threatened with closure, Honey joined a group of her friends in establishing a collective that eventually took over ownership of the space and worked with City Hall to Save Our Stud. This effort lead Honey to get further involved in community organizing, and soon Honey began helping to mitigate displacement in one of San Francisco's most diverse and heavily impacted neighborhoods, the Tenderloin, by founding the Compton's Transgender Cultural District. 


Realizing the incredible value of civic engagement, Honey joined the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club and became Co-President of the club a year later. Honey was then appointed to the SF DCCC, becoming the first black trans-identified person to serve on the body.  Honey continues to organize and fight for the most vulnerable communities in San Francisco every day as a legislative aide in the District 6 Office, and hopes to be able to continue her service on the SF DCCC as an elected member.

Awards and Recognition

Honey's work has earned her commendations from San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors; Sainthood from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; and awards from the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, San Francisco Young Democrats, San Francisco Women’s Political Committee, and the Women's Foundation of California. In 2019, Mx. Mahogany was featured in the Stonewall 50, Queerty's list of advocates continuing the legacy of Stonewall and the fight for equality. Honey was also featured in Out Magazine's Out100 in both 2018 and 2019.

Recent Work

Honey is co-founder of the Compton's Transgender Cultural District, the world's first officially recognized transgender neighborhood located in San Francisco's Tenderloin; co-owner of the Stud Bar, San Francisco's oldest LGBTQ establishment and the nation's first cooperatively owned LGBTQ nightlife venue; one of the founding queens of Drag Queen Story Hour; serves on the board of Manny's, a cafe, bookstore, and people powered and community focused meeting and learning space; serves on the board of OX, a queer performance art non-profit; currently sits on the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee as an appointed member; and also works as a legislative aide in the District 6 Office of San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney.