Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

News in brief: Transgender Day of Remembrance events


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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Transgender Day of Remembrance and an event will take place in Oakland on Sunday, November 16 at 5 p.m. in Niles Hall in Preservation Park, 1233 Preservation Park Way. The event is free and open to the public.

As in previous years, the Tri-City Health Center's TransVision program is organizing the event, which will feature speakers and performances, including the Transcendence Gospel Choir, said coordinator Tiffany Woods.

The Day of Remembrance was started by Bay Area Reporter columnist Gwen Smith to remember the murder of Rita Hester, whose death remains unsolved; events are now held in cities across the country and around the world. It was started to bring attention to the frequency and brutality involved in many transgender murders. Recent cases include the suspected homicide of Sacramento area woman Ruby Molina, whose body was found floating in the American River in September.

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In San Francisco, two events will take place.

SF TEAM, the transgender empowerment group at the LGBT Community Center; Trans: Thrive of the Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center; and El-La Program Para Trans-Latinas of Mobilization Against AIDS will host a Day of Remembrance observance next Thursday, November 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the offices of Trans: Thrive, 815 Hyde Street, second floor. The program will include remarks from community speakers, a reading of names of known 2008 victims, and a vigil march through the Tenderloin to City Hall.

Special tribute will be paid to Molina and Lawrence King, the 15-year-old Oxnard junior high student who was murdered earlier this year, allegedly by a classmate.

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A Transgender Remembrance Shabbat will be held at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav next Friday, November 21. At the service, people who have suffered from anti-transgender violence will be remembered with special liturgy, music, sermon, and the reading of names. That event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at 290 Dolores Street (corner of 16th).

LGBT Seniors Project

People of all ages and backgrounds are needed to be part of the interview and research phase of OutLook's groundbreaking LGBT Seniors Project. There are two upcoming meetings where interested people can find out more about the methods and styles of conducting interviews.

The first is in San Francisco on Monday, November 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at New Leaf: Services for Our Community, 1390 Market Street, suite 800.

A second meeting will be Tuesday, November 18 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the North Oakland Senior Center, 5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Oakland.

The project is a collaboration of OutLook Theater Project and New Leaf. For more information and to RSVP, contact Kevin Rolston at

Lifelines reading, reception

Shanti's Lifelines Breast Cancer Program, which collaborated with writer Ali Liebegott to offer creative writing workshops to those living with the disease, will have a reading and reception Tuesday, November 18, beginning at 6 p.m. at Femina Potens Art Gallery, 2199 Market Street in San Francisco. The event is free and open to the public, though donations are welcome. For more information, visit

Youth choir hires conductor, begins rehearsals

The GLAM Youth Choir, the Bay Area's first chorus for LGBTQ youth and straight allies, has hired Jessica Bejarano as guest conductor for the holiday season and has started having weekly rehearsals on Wednesdays.

Bejarano is also the assistant conductor for the Peninsula Symphony.

"I'm absolutely thrilled for this opportunity to reach out to our youth through the power and energy of music," she said in a statement.

The choir has also begun weekly rehearsals every Wednesday at 5 p.m. Dinner is provided and interested youth between the ages of 12-22 can show up, said Kathleen McGuire, media liaison. The choir rehearses at the Kanbar Center, 44 Page Street in San Francisco.

The choir will make an appearance Friday, November 28 with the Gay Men's Chorus at a memorial concert at City Hall, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the assassinations of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.

The GLAM Youth Choir also will perform at several upcoming holiday events, including the tree-lighting in the Castro that's scheduled for Monday, December 1.

Gay chorus anniversary concert coming up

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' 30th anniversary concert is coming up on World AIDS Day, Monday, December 1 at Davies Symphony Hall. Executive Director Teddy Witherington said that stars Jennifer Holliday and Piper Laurie will join the chorus.

"Music has such a profound impact on our lives," Laurie said in a statement. "I am so happy to help celebrate the 30th anniversary."

In addition to performing her signature song, "And I am Telling You I'm Not Going," Holliday also will perform "My Rising Up."

Completing the trio of special guests will be longtime chorus friend Kim Kuzma, who will sing "Guardian Angels," dedicated to the caretakers of those living with HIV. Another familiar guest will be the Community Women's Orchestra, which has accompanied the chorus regularly since 2005.

Tickets for the concert start at $20 and are available from the Community Box Office at the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street, by phone at (415) 865-2787, or online at A portion of ticket sales will benefit Meals of Marin, the Positive Resource Center, and Under One Roof.

The election and women over 50

The Older Women's League will host "What's In It for Us: How will the 2008 election affect women over 50" on Saturday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to noon. Speakers will discuss the recent election and how older women can become effective advocates for policies that will improve their lives. Guests include state Senator-elect Mark Leno (D-San Francisco); Christina Epres, field representative for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California); and Patrick Murphy, Ph.D., director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good and a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco.

The event is free, although donations are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, call (415) 989-4422.

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