News in brief: LGBT youth proms in SF, East Bay
compiled by Cynthia Laird
Queer and allied youth are gearing up for a pair of proms that take place next month and now is the time for folks to get those outfits together.
In San Francisco, "Queertopia" the queer youth prom, takes place Friday, June 11 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street.
Organizers said that this year's event will feature dancing, great prizes, performances, food, and friends. Attendees should be "dressed to impress," in other words, leave the jeans at home. There is a $5 admission at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Queertopia is for youth and young adults ages 14-24. Those who are 26 or older can serve as volunteers.
For more information, contact the youth program at (415) 865-5640 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the East Bay city of Hayward, Project Eden's Lambda Youth will hold the 16th annual gay prom, "Sweet 16," on Saturday, June 12. This year the event is taking place at Hayward High School, 1633 East Avenue. The prom runs from 7 p.m. to midnight and is open to LGBTQQI and allied youth ages 20 and under. The cost is $25 ($20 for students with current school ID).
Attendees for the Hayward prom should also dress to impress.
Organizers expect about 500 LGBTQ and straight youth at the event. For more information, call (510) 247-8200 or visit www.gayprom.org. Project Eden is a program of Horizon Services Inc.
Oakland Pride benefit party
Oakland Pride is returning to the East Bay this September and organizers are having a fundraiser and office-warming party Saturday, May 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. The office space at the Port of Oakland has been donated by developer Ellis Partners and is located at 495 Embarcadero West in Jack London Square.
Organizers said that donations are welcome at the party, which will include music, poetry, food, and beverages. For more information, visit www.oaklandpride.org.
Oakland HIV prevention kickoff
Mayor Ron Dellums and the city of Oakland will launch the 2010 HIV prevention campaign, "Get Screened Oakland," on Tuesday, June 1 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Plaza De La Fuente, on International Boulevard between 34th and 35th streets. There is no charge to attend.
The city has a disproportionately high burden of HIV/AIDS; according to city officials the rate of infection is more than seven times higher than other cities in Alameda County.
The goals of the Get Screened campaign include making HIV screening a routine part of all medical care and services in Oakland; making sure Oakland residents know their HIV status by offering and increasing the availability of HIV screening; and reducing the incidence and prevalence of HIV infection in the greater Oakland community.
Next week's kick-off event will feature the Golden State Warriors cheerleaders and others. There will be music, refreshments, and giveaways.
For more information, visit www.getscreenedoakland.org or call (510) 238-7070.
IPrex study reception
The San Francisco health department, the Prepare study, and the J. David Gladstone Institute will host a reception and screening of the film, Voices of Hope: An iPrex Documentary on Wednesday, June 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Delancey Street Theatre, 600 the Embarcadero in the city.
IPrex is a groundbreaking HIV prevention study for gay and bi men around the world, testing whether Truvada, a common HIV medication used to treat HIV, is safe and effective in preventing new HIV infections – an approach known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Voices of Hope explores the science behind iPrex and captures the heartfelt experiences of study participants and the hope that PrEP lends to the future of HIV/AIDS prevention worldwide.
For more information, visit the Facebook group (search for prepare study).
New location for Warner memorial
The June 9 memorial for San Francisco Patrol Special Police Officer Jane Warner has been moved to Metropolitan Community Church-San Francisco, 150 Eureka Street. The memorial will begin at 3 p.m. It will be preceded by a march from Castro and Market streets to the church at 2:30. Ms. Warner died May 8 after a long battle against ovarian cancer. She was 53.
Final lesbian TV show to air next month
The final episode of The Inappropriate Show , produced by Susan Kay Gilbert and a talented, hardworking volunteer technical crew, has wrapped. The final episode, featuring the comedy duo of Karen Ripley and Annie Larson, will air the week of June 28, via Berkeley Community Media's Channel 28, and livestream via the web. More information about how to view the show is at http://www.betv.org, or http://www.hummingbirdspirit.org/theinappropriateshow.
Gilbert began her broadcasting career as an arts and entertainment reporter in Boston on the TV show, Gay Boston in 1985. After moving back to the Bay Area, she joined San Francisco's Gay Cable Network in 1986, working as a news anchor and reporter. Beginning in 1993, she began producing her own lesbian-oriented TV shows, at Viacom SF, beginning with Susan Kay's Wide World O' Women! TV. Then, in 2006, Gilbert and her crew produced The Inappropriate Show at the Comcast El Cerrito studios, and at the Berkeley Community Media television station, from 2008 until 2010.
Over the years, many personalities have appeared on the show, including the late Del Martin, Phyllis Lyon, Elana Dykewomon, Lynn Breedlove, Page Hodel, Gwen Avery, Terry Baum, Karen Ripley, Lisa Geduldig, and Kate Munger.
Now, Gilbert is setting her sights on transferring/dubbing all 50 episodes of her two television shows, for inclusion in both the GLBT Historical Society's collections and the Lesbian Herstory Archives of New York City. The Inappropriate Show is a not-for-profit organization and therefore, Gilbert has not been able to apply for or qualify for grants/funding, most of which require 501(c)3 status for consideration.
"This body of work represents some of the best and brightest from the Bay Area lesbian/queer community, and I would love to make sure that it is permanently available to researchers and others seeking information about how we lived and loved," Gilbert said.
Anyone interested in helping fund this project can send a check payable to Susan K. Gilbert to 237 Wayne Avenue #306, Oakland, CA 94606-1215. Those including a return address will receive an acknowledgment of their gift.