LGBTQ Connect is just a few days away.
The event, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, October 7 at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street, is designed especially for LGBTQs who are homeless or low-income and may be reluctant to seek services otherwise.
“I’m excited,” said Bevan Dufty, the gay man who serves as director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement for Mayor Ed Lee. “We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback. People have seen the fliers in shelters and different LGBT service agencies, so we’re expecting a good turnout.”
Dental services are one of the biggest draws, according to Dufty, who said four dentists’ chairs will be available.
Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, from For Your Eyes Only, will be there in the morning offering free eye exams and eyeglass prescriptions that will be
good for two years.
Other opportunities will include housing and legal assistance.
Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Dufty said about 100 people have pre-registered so far.
“We expect a lore more are just going to walk in,” he said.
Dufty expressed gratitude for the LGBT center, which has “really stepped up in providing space at low and no cost.”
Organizers are looking for a range of service providers, including barbers, podiatrists, dentists, and other volunteers. Those interested can contact Christine Keener at (415) 554-6164.
Although the event is focused on people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, all are welcome.
For more information, visit www.projecthomelessconnect.com.