Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

News Briefs: Workshop on older Americans planned


Glide pastor Jay Williams
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The San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services and the San Francisco Interfaith Council will hold a workshop, "Faith, Community, and City: Coming Together to Support Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities" Monday, October 16 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Mary's Cathedral (St. Francis Room), 1111 Gough Street.

During the event, faith communities will engage in a discussion with DAAS and its partner organizations on serving the needs of older adults and adults with disabilities. The Reverend Jay Williams, a queer cisgender man who was recently named lead pastor at Glide Memorial Church, will deliver the keynote address. Other LGBT individuals, including Rabbi Eric Weiss, will also be speaking.

Lesbian Shireen McSpadden, executive director of DAAS, will discuss challenges facing older adults and the services the agency offers; and Michael Pappas, a gay man who is executive director of the interfaith council, will talk about the perspective and resources the faith community brings to this population.

There will also be a panel discussion, breakout groups, and a resource fair.

At the end of the workshop, participants will consider establishing an ongoing form of communication.

Tom Nolan, a gay man and manager of special projects for DAAS, said that the event represents the first formal conversation between the aging department, its community-based partners, and the interfaith council.

There is no cost to attend. To register, visit


Sheehy to address LGBT seniors

Gay District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy will speak at a community forum at Openhouse, the LGBT senior agency, Friday, October 13. The open house runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the community room at 55 Laguna Street, the site of its senior housing facility.

Others on hand will include the aforementioned DAAS, which wants to hear about LGBT seniors' experiences with current services in San Francisco. Information will be available about the Dignity Fund, which was approved by voters last year and provides funding for seniors and adults with disabilities.

There is no cost to attend.


Richmond Pride film event

Richmond Rainbow Pride will hold a film and culture event Saturday, October 14 from 4 to 9:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott at Hilltop, 3150 Garrity Way in Richmond.

The event includes 13 short films that will screen starting at 4:40. The documentary "Against Hate" will be shown at 7:30.

There will also be live music, refreshments, art, and a panel discussion.

The event is made possible by the Queer Women of Color Media Project and the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission.

Admission is free. For more information, visit

Blessing of the animals

St. Francis Lutheran Church will hold a blessing of the animals Saturday, October 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the courtyard at 152 Church Street in San Francisco.

Adoptable dogs from Cooper's Dream Animal Rescue and the Friends of Madera Animal Shelter will be on hand, and people can bring their own pets for a blessing.

Oakland LGBTQ center to hold forum on racism

The new Oakland LGBTQ Community Center will hold a forum on racism Tuesday, October 17 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 3207 Lakeshore Avenue (entrance is on Rand Avenue).

Titled "Under the Rainbow," the forum and workshop will look at racism within the LGBTQ community. The center said that individuals can share (2-3 minutes) of personal instances of racism within the LGBTQIA+ community.

The forum is in collaboration with Spectrum Queer Media.

For more information, visit

ALRP marks 34th year with reception

The AIDS Legal Referral Panel will commemorate its 34th year of service at its From the Heart reception and auction Wednesday, October 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange, 465 California Street in San Francisco.

The reception is ALRP's signature event, and this year will feature the aforementioned Sheehy as special guest host. He is the Board of Supervisors' first openly HIV-positive member.

Attorneys who have helped ALRP clients will be honored.

"ALRP is so proud to honor the tremendous contributions of longtime volunteer panel attorney John W. Rosenzweig with our ALRP 2017 Clint Hockenberry Leadership Award in recognition of his years of work on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS," Executive Director Bill Hirsh said in a news release.

The nonprofit will also recognize Sharon M. Dulberg with its Attorney of the Year Award. Law firm Jones Day will receive the Firm of the Year Award.

Hirsh pointed out that despite a difficult climate for HIV/AIDS fundraising, and a 27 percent increase in its caseload over the last decade, ALRP continues to provide free and sliding scale legal services to over 1,500 people living with HIV/AIDS each year.

The wine and food reception will include silent and live auctions. Live auction items include getaway vacations to Palm Springs and Puerto Vallarta, lunch with Mayor Ed Lee, a Bay Area restaurants and wine package, and use of an AT&T Park luxury suite at a San Francisco Giants game.

Tickets start at $100. For tickets and more information, visit or contact Jim McBride, director of development, at (415) 701-1200, ext. 301 or

Art for AIDS coming up

The UCSF Alliance Health Project's popular Art for AIDS will take place Friday, October 20 at City View at Metreon, 135 Fourth Street in San Francisco. A VIP reception will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by the event from 6 to 10.

Art for AIDS is a juried live and silent auction that will feature 180 modern and contemporary pieces of art for purchase.

AHP provides HIV/AIDS and mental health services to the LGBTQ community.

Tickets are $150. People can view the art at


El/La marks 11th anniversary

El/La Para TransLatinas will celebrate its 11th anniversary with a party Saturday, October 21 at 6 p.m. at GitHub facilities, 88 Colin P. Kelly Jr. Street in San Francisco.

El/La is unique in that it provides a holistic family-style safe space for transgender Latinas where they can access culturally competent services and resources across their intersecting identities, i.e., ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation in Spanish.

Services include an evening drop-in space, violence prevention, HIV prevention and PrEP navigation, leadership development, and advocacy.

The evening will include a cocktail hour, dinner, and program. Tickets for El/La community members are $25. Individual tickets are $50, with higher levels for those who want to contribute more.

For more information, visit


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