News in Brief: Bayard Rustin Coalition to host celebration
compiled by Cynthia Laird
The Bayard Rustin Coalition will hold its fifth annual celebration of the life and legacy of its namesake on Thursday, March 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sheba Piano Lounge, 1419 Fillmore Street in San Francisco.
Coalition members are getting a jump start on Rustin's 100th birthday party in 2012; Rustin, who died in 1987, was an American civil rights activist best known for being the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. He was openly gay in 1940s America, and later in his life he became more outspoken on gay rights issues.
Next week's reception will celebrate the recent progress in LGBT rights, including the signing of legislation to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and the announcement that the Obama administration will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in several federal court cases.
"We are honored to sponsor this annual celebration of Bayard Rustin's life and legacy," said Susan Belinda Christian, newly elected co-chair of BRC. "This is one of a few key, annual events sponsored by an LGBT people of color organization that brings such a diversity of people together from the African American, LGBT, labor, civil rights, and other communities to celebrate our appreciation of an openly gay black man who helped to effectively change the course of American history and world history."
The evening will also serve as a fundraiser for the independent film by Jamaican American Selena Blake, Taboo Yardies , which documents the often life-threatening hardships faced by Jamaican LGBT people, the controversies of exporting reggae music promoting anti-gay messages, and what the future holds for LGBT Jamaicans.
The suggested donation for the event is $10-$20, a portion of which will go to Maynov Productions to help complete the film.
For more information, people can call (415) 690-8572.
SF HRC to unveil reports on bisexuals, family relationships
The San Francisco Human Rights Commission will consider two groundbreaking reports when it meets this afternoon (Thursday, March 10) at 4:30 p.m. at San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, room 416.
The first report, "Bisexual Invisibility: Impacts and Recommendations," looks at the wide range of consequences, including health disparities, higher rates of suicidality, and fewer targeted services, when bisexuals are rendered invisible by both the heterosexual world and the LGT communities.
The second report, "Beyond Marriage: Unrecognized Family Relationships" was the outgrowth of a public forum organized by the commission's LGBT Advisory Committee that discussed the ways that people form families beyond biological and spousal ties.
In other HRC news, the LGBT advisory committee recently added eight new members to its ranks. They are: Diane Alcala, marriage and family therapist; Bill Ambrunn, nonprofit and estate planning attorney; Erik Martinez, youth worker at the LGBT Community Center; Bonnie Miluso, attorney in private practice; Angela Perone, civil rights and employment attorney; Jose Romero, career placement specialist at One Stop Center; Cat Stevans, event coordinator at the LGBT Community Center; and Cynthia Yeung, Google strategic partnerships.
The committee holds public meetings on the second Tuesday of the month, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the main conference room of the HRC, 25 Van Ness Avenue, room 800.
Tenderloin Tessie seeks help for fundraiser
Tenderloin Tessie, which provides holiday dinners for those in need, is seeking volunteers to help stuff plastic Easter eggs in advance of its "Egg Pull" fundraiser that will take place at several area bars. The Egg Pull is a fundraiser where customers pay $1 per plastic egg and open it to get candy or other prizes, including cash. Michael Gagne, president of Tenderloin Tessie's board, said the cash prizes are a new concept this year. If a customer gets one, they get the money from the bartender. Participating bars include the Cinch, Deco Lounge, Aunt Charlie's, the Gangway, and Marlena's.
But first, all those eggs, about 3,000, need to be stuffed, and the party for that will be held Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at Gagne's home. Those interested in helping out should contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 584-3252.
Lottery for White House Easter Egg Roll tickets
In other Easter egg news, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama announced last week that this year's White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 25, with the theme of "Get Up and Go!" promoting health and wellness.
The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. All of the activities will encourage children to lead healthy and active lives and follow the first lady's "Let's Move!" initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity. The White House will open its South Lawn for children aged 12 years and younger and their families.
White House Easter Egg Roll tickets will be distributed through an online lottery system, allowing guests from across the United States to participate in a tradition that dates back to 1878.
The lottery will open for entries today (Thursday, March 10) at 12:01 a.m. and close on Sunday, March 13 at 11:59 p.m. (times are Eastern). Tickets are free of charge and are non-transferable. To enter the lottery, visit rec.gov.
Berkeley disability group wants to hear from queers
The Center for Independent Living in Berkeley will be conducting focus groups on queer community disability services needs and wants to hear from LGBTs to better serve the community.
Focus groups will be held Thursday, March 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street. Snacks will be provided. To RSVP or for more information, contact Lauren at email@example.com or (510) 841-4776. For TTY, call (510) 848-3101.
'Men Connecting' workshop
The third of UCSF AIDS Health Project's "Men Connecting" workshop takes place Friday, March 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the AHP Services Center, 1930 Market Street in San Francisco.
In the workshop, titled, "All About Great Dating," participants will look at what makes a good date and how to maintain your well-being in the process. The sessions are free and open to gay and bi men regardless of HIV status.
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling (415) 476-6448, ext. 1. For more information about AHP, visit www.ucsf-ahp.org.