Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

News in Brief: Berkeley to host Pride party


Berkeley City Councilman Kriss Worthington (Photo: Rick Gerharter)
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Berkeley is bringing back its LGBT Pride festival, which will take place Sunday, October 30 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way.

The theme is "Making It Better," which echoes the international anti-bullying campaign.

The city had a Pride party for several years but dropped it the last few years.

Openly gay Berkeley City Councilman Kriss Worthington said Pride organizers picked this weekend to revive the event so as not to compete with Oakland Pride, which takes place over Labor Day weekend.

"We are reviving it. We didn't want to do it Labor Day and conflict with Oakland Pride," said Worthington.

The famously lefty councilman told the Bay Area Reporter that since the Pride festival is the day prior to Halloween he plans to dress up in a Robin Hood costume. There will also be a costume contest with prizes for attendees.

Worthington joked that his choice of dress up is a perfect fit since "the Chamber of Commerce thinks I play the role of Robin Hood 365 days a year."

The party includes free food, music, film, and dance. Entertainers scheduled to appear include out comedian Marga Gomez, Average Dyke Band, Momma's Boyz, Opus Q, and the Know Jazz Band. There will be a DJ and dancing from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

Additionally, the Pacific Center's Loving Ourselves Uniting Diversity youth group will be previewing its oral history video project. The heartwarming selection of short films documents the personal histories of local LGBT community members.

Circumcision documentary

Fresh off the failed effort to place a local proposition on the ballot to ban male circumcision in San Francisco, Bay Area intactivists, in collaboration with the Whole Network, will screen Cut , a documentary that examines male circumcision from religious, scientific, and ethical perspectives.

The screening takes place Saturday, October 29 at 7 p.m. at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center, 145 9th Street in San Francisco. Filmmaker Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon will be joined by Dr. Mark D. Reiss, author Lisa Braver Moss, and Rebecca Wald to lead an audience discussion following the film.

The event is open to the public and there is a $6 suggested donation.

Intactivists tried to get a measure on the ballot for the November 8 election that would ban male circumcision, but a San Francisco judge ordered it removed from the ballot, citing state law that preempts local jurisdictions from regulating health care professionals.

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Workshop for gays converting to Judaism

If you're LGBT and considering converting to Judaism, Temple Sinai in Oakland will have a workshop on the process Thursday, November 3 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at its synagogue, 2808 Summit Street. There is no cost to attend.

The session will include a panel of LGBT folks who have converted to Judaism who will discuss their process, their questions, and worries. They will discuss congregational life and Jewish communal life in the Bay Area.

For more information, contact Dawn Kepler at (510) 845-6420, ext. 11 or

Trans Cuban film screening

The San Francisco State University College of Ethnic Studies, the Latino/a Studies Department, and the Cuba Educational Project will host the U.S. premiere of In the Wrong Body, a film about Mavi Susel, the first transgender person in Cuba to receive sex reassignment surgery in 1988.

The screening takes place Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. on the SFSU campus in Knuth Hall, 1600 Holloway Avenue.

Susel and the film's director, Marilyn Solaya, are expected to attend.

The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. The cost is $10 general admission, or $5 for students with ID.

BCA benefit concert

The Black Coalition on AIDS and Rafiki Wellness will hold Night with the Divas, a benefit concert on Sunday, November 6 at the African American Art and Culture Center, 762 Fulton Street in San Francisco.

Stellar vocalists Paula West, Faye Carol, Denise Perrier, and Jennifer Bryce will appear at the concert and will be accompanied by the Marcus Selby trio. The concert will include interpretations of American standards, jazz, blues, and soul music. The artists will also pay tribute to the great ladies of jazz.

"This is a special event for our community," said BCA Executive Director Perry Lang. He added that the artists have all donated their time and talent for the show.

A meet and greet VIP reception takes place from 4 to 4:45 p.m., followed by the concert from 5 to 8. Tickets for the VIP reception and priority seating are $50; general admission is $35. Tickets can be purchased online at

Matthew S. Bajko contributed to this report.

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