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

News Briefs: Trans remembrance events planned


Gabriel Haaland talked about his friend, the late Jazzie Collins, at last year's Transgender Day of Remembrance event in San Francisco. Photo: Rick Gerharter
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Events will commemorate the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance in several Bay Area cities, beginning Friday and continuing through next week.

The remembrance event was started by Bay Area Reporter Transmissions columnist Gwen Smith 15 years ago, a year after the 1998 killing of Rita Hester, an African American trans woman who lived in Massachusetts. The often-somber event is observed November 20 to call attention to trans people who have been murdered in the past 12 months.

Locally, this year services are planned in Oakland, San Francisco, and San Mateo.

Oakland will have two events this year. The first is a Shabbat service Friday, November 14 at Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Avenue. The special Shabbat observance will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a potluck vegetarian meal at 8. Those who attend are asked to bring a dish to share.

On Wednesday, November 19, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., there will be an observance at Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza. While Tiffany Woods is helping organize the event, she said that it is not a TransVision/Tri-City Health Center event as it has been in previous years. Rather, Woods and her TransVision team are holding the event on their own.

The honorary co-host is state Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro).

Woods has reached out to Mayor Jean Quan and Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf. Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan is expected to attend, along with Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney and representatives from the Oakland Police Department.

In San Francisco, a Transgender Day of Remembrance event will be held Thursday, November 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street.

The event will include community advocates Miss Major Griffin-Gracy and Jewlyes Gutierrez, both of whom were grand marshals at this year's Pride parade. It will also include performances by trans youth, an altar created by El/LA Para TransLatinas, and a special Hawaiian chant by trans legend Kumu Tatiana Kaneholani.

The observance will be emceed by trans youth Alex Bergeron and Rexy Amaral.

Finally, Peninsula Metropolitan Community Church will hold its Transgender Day of Remembrance service Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church of San Mateo UCC, 225 Tilton Avenue.

On Sunday, November 23 at 12:30 p.m. there will be a special Transgender Day of Remembrance service at 1150 W. Hillsdale Boulevard in San Mateo. The service is being planned by Peninsula MCC's Somewhere in the Middle group. It's also a Thanksgiving collection and people are asked to bring nonperishable foods for Samaritan House if they are able.

There is no cost to attend any of the abovementioned events. For more on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, see Smith's column on page 12.


CCOP to offer self-defense seminar

Castro Community on Patrol, a volunteer safety group, will mark its eighth anniversary with a free self-defense seminar Monday, November 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Magnet, 4122 18th Street in San Francisco.

Organizers said that the seminar is CCOP's way of saying thank you to the Castro and Duboce Triangle neighborhoods that they serve.

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DIFFA design auction

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will showcase 30 unique design objects for auction at a fundraising party marking its 30th anniversary. DIFFA NOW is set for Thursday, November 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. at NWBLK, an applied arts gallery in the former American Can Company factory at 1999 Bryant Street in San Francisco.

Local designers Steven Miller and Martha Angus are event co-chairs.

The donated objects, mostly for a silent auction, include furniture, paintings, and home decorative items.

In a statement, Miller said that DIFFA NOW celebrates the incredible medical progress made against HIV/AIDS over the last three decades.

"The event also honors the many volunteers who stepped up in so many creative ways to raise money for the cause," he added.

DIFFA was founded in New York City in 1984 and the first chapter, in northern California, started a year later. Bay Area DIFFA events have included numerous fashion shows, home and garden tours, and Dining By Design.

Proceeds from next week's event will support DIFFA and a special 30th anniversary grant to the UCSF Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital.

Tickets are $150 and can be purchased online at


Point Foundation accepting scholarship applications

LGBTQ students seeking financial assistance for their undergraduate or graduate school education can now apply for a Point Foundation scholarship.

Point, as it is known, is the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit and currently provides financial assistance and programmatic support to 80 full-time students. Students enrolling in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2015-16 academic year are eligible to apply for Point's multi-year scholarship.

Students can submit part one of the application until 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) January 20. Part two is due by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) February 2. The scholarships will be announced in June.

Students may receive nominations from third parties, such as parents, educators, advocates, and friends. These people can make the nominations online or share a flier with the young person in mind.

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