Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

News Briefs: Sheehy
reappointed to stem cell board


California stem cell board member Jeff Sheehy, second from left, was sworn in Monday by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, left. Joining them were Sheehy's husband, Bill Berry and stem cell board chair Jon Thomas, far right. (Photo: Courtesy Jeff Sheehy)
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San Francisco resident Jeff Sheehy was sworn in Monday, August 27 to a second term on California's stem cell board. The reappointment was made by the Senate Rules Committee and announced by Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento).

Sheehy, who is openly gay and HIV-positive, is the deputy director of communications for UCSF's AIDS Research Institute. He previously served as AIDS policy adviser to former Mayor Gavin Newsom.

As a member of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, Sheehy has been instrumental in seeing that stem cell money is allocated for HIV/AIDS research, along with research in various other diseases.

His second term formally begins in November and is for eight years. Sheehy and former state senator and former California Democratic Party chairman Art Torres are the board's two openly gay members.

The governing board oversees the $3 billion state stem cell agency established through voters by the passage of Proposition 71 in 2004.

Board members do not receive a salary, though members do receive a per diem of $115 for each meeting they attend. Sheehy was originally appointed in 2004 by Senate President pro tem John Burton, now the state Democratic Party chair.


AIDS conference report-back in Oakland

The Black Treatment Advocates Network and Allen Temple Baptist Church's AIDS ministry will present a report-back from the International AIDS Conference tonight (Thursday, August 30) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cal-Pep, 2811 Adeline Street in Oakland. The report-back will look at ending AIDS in black communities and include a roundtable discussion, community discussions, and videos from the conference.

To register, go to Click "Post AIDS 2012 updates," then "sign-up now."


Leatherwalk fundraiser Sunday

It's almost September and that means the annual Leatherwalk is coming up. In advance of the walk, Troy Brunet will be holding his seventh annual Leatherwalk fundraiser Sunday, September 2 that will benefit the AIDS Emergency Fund and the affiliated Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Both groups are beneficiaries of the Leatherwalk, which takes place Sunday, September 16.

Brunet said the fun takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. at Toad Hall, 4146 18th Street. The cost is $10. There will be Jell-O shots and raffle prizes.


New LGBT business group forms at Cal

An undergraduate LGBT business organization for students at UC Berkeley launched last week and plans an official event September 12.

Out 4 Business at Berkeley was co-founded by Sean Drimmel, a student at the Haas School of Business and a marketing manager intern at Paragon Strategies. The group intends to provide space and a support system for LGBT undergrads interested in pursuing a career in business.

"When I was admitted to Cal, I joined two organizations – one based on business and one based on sexual orientation. Now, with the presence of O4B, students can join one organization that is uniquely dedicated to both business and LGBT matters," Drimmel said in a news release.

For more information about the organization, visit the group's Facebook page ("Out 4 Business at Berkeley") or email


Deadline soon for SF poetry contest

San Francisco poets, get your pens. The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, along with the library's and friends' poet-in-residence Jack Hirschman have announced that submissions are being accepted for Poets 11 2012.

Now in its fourth year, Poets 11 is a citywide poetry contest and reading series that collects poems from every neighborhood and features poetry readings at branch libraries in each of the city's 11 districts in October.

Local poets are encouraged to submit up to three poems. The poetry will be reviewed by Hirschman and selected poets will be announced at each of the branch events. All types of poetry are accepted. Writings that reflect the city's diversity of languages and culture and those written in languages other than English are highly encouraged.

The deadline for entries is September 8. They should be sent to or by mail to Friends of the SFPL, Attn: Poets 11, 710 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102. For more information, visit or call (415) 626-7500.


Auditions for Beach Blanket Babylon announced

If you've always wanted to be a star this might be your ticket. San Francisco's iconic Beach Blanket Babylon is holding open auditions for male and female singers for the world's longest running musical revue, producer Jo Schuman Silver has announced.

Auditions for openings in January take place Saturday, September 15 at noon at Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard in the city. No appointment is necessary.

Auditioners should be prepared to sing one ballad and one up-tempo number (preferably rock or pop). An accompanist will be provided, but auditioners must bring their own sheet music (in their key) along with a current resume and photo. Dance shoes are optional. Multiple roles are available; all are encouraged to audition. Beach Blanket Babylon offers competitive salary, full medical benefits (health, dental, and chiropractic), as well as paid vacations and sick leave.

Interested performers who cannot attend can send a DVD (two minutes or less) of their best performance voice (no dancing or acting) to or mail to SSPI, 470 Columbus Avenue, #204, San Francisco, CA 94133.

For questions, email or visit the (click on "Auditions").

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