News in brief: Rally to focus on youth suicide
compiled by Cynthia Laird
On the heels of widespread publicity of the suicides of several teens who were reportedly the victims of anti-gay bullying in school, the gay Mormon group Affirmation will hold a rally and march Friday, October 8 to draw attention to the issue.
The rally comes at the beginning of Affirmation's 33rd annual conference this weekend in San Francisco.
The "Stand Up to Youth Suicide" rally will feature several speakers, including David Melson, executive director of Affirmation; Bonnie Graves, a board member of the Trevor Project; Cindi Love, executive director of Soulforce; the Reverend Mike Daggett of the Human Rights Campaign; and Andrea Shorter, deputy marriage and coalitions director for Equality California.
The rally takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Civic Center Plaza, between McAllister and Grove on Polk Street. At 7:30 there will then be a candlelight march from Civic Center up Market Street to Harvey Milk Plaza at Castro and Market streets.
"We want to let our youth know we are here for them," said Robert Moore, director of advocacy and outreach for Affirmation.
For more information, visit www.affirmation.org.
Queer women's group marks 10 years
The Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an event Saturday, October 9 at the African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street (near Webster) in San Francisco.
The evening starts with a reception and silent auction at 7 p.m., followed by performances at 8. Performers include the Spirit Theatre Ensemble, Bethany Lockhart, Lucrecia Bermudez, Jewelle Gomez, and other filmmakers and community members.
Tickets are $25-$50, sliding scale, and can be purchased at the door or online. For more information, visit http://www.qwocmap.org.
Early voting has started in SF; ballots mailed statewide
The San Francisco Department of Elections has announced that early voting started this week and that people can cast ballots at City Hall between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. (The department will be closed Monday, October 11 in observance of Columbus Day.)
In other election news, vote-by-mail ballots began arriving this week throughout the state. Those can be completed and mailed back to your local registrar of voters between now and Election Day, November 2.
Finally, if you are not registered to vote in the November election, there is still time to register; the deadline for that is Monday, October 18. People need to re-register if they have moved since the last election.
For more information about voter registration, visit the secretary of state's website at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm.
Hayward gay center turns 10
The Lighthouse LGBT Community Center in Hayward will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a party Saturday, October 9. Events will begin at the center, located at 1217 A Street, at 1 p.m. with a reception, followed by speeches and a celebration with music, a raffle, and refreshments.
At 4 p.m., the party moves to the World Famous Turf Club, 22519 Main Street in Hayward, where there will be a champagne toast at 5.
As previously reported, the Lighthouse center is in need of financial donations to keep its doors open. The economic downturn, coupled with a lack of grant opportunities, has left the center with reduced hours.
For more information, check out the center's Facebook page under Lighthouse Community Center or call (510) 881-8167. class=textexposedshow>
Salvadoran gay rights leader visits SF
Members of the Bay Area legal community and the public are invited to honor longtime Salvadoran gay rights activist William Hernandez at a town hall meeting on Wednesday, October 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street in San Francisco. Hernandez will be kicking off a three-week U.S. tour to seek support and cooperation in his efforts to open the first pro bono legal clinic to serve people living with HIV/AIDS in El Salvador.
Hernandez has been recognized by Amnesty International for his efforts to end discrimination and persecution in El Salvador. He is the co-founder and executive director of Asociacion Entre Amigos, a nonprofit that works to improve respect for and defense of the human rights of LGBT people in that country.
Next week's event is sponsored by the community center and AGUILAS.
Retirement, long-term care seminars
Updated 10/8/10: All three events listed below have been canceled.
John Burke, a financial services professional with New York Life and a Golden Gate Business Association member, will be offering three educational seminars this month at his San Francisco office.
The first, on Thursday, October 14, will include a screening of the film Gen Silent, which depicts the struggle with long term care in general and the homophobic attitudes that exist even today which have caused members of the community to consider going back into the closet to protect themselves.
On October 21, the seminar "Retirement and Long-Term Care Planning" will be held. This session is designed to provide education around building and reviewing one's retirement plan with specific attention to the cost and effect of long-term care.
Finally, on October 28 will be "Everything You Wanted to Know About Medicare" This session will feature a speaker from the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program and will explore truths and myths about Medicare.
All three events are from 6 to 7 p.m. at New York Life's offices, 425 Market Street, Suite 1600. There is no cost to attend but RSVP is required and can be made by calling Burke at (415) 393-6082.
Sisters Organized for Public Education, a project of Radical Women, will meet Thursday, October 14 at 7 p.m. to strategize future actions against cuts to schools. A buffet with vegetarian option is available for $7.50 and will be served at 6:15. The meeting takes place at New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin Street, Suite 202 in San Francisco. For more information or free childcare, contact (415) 864-1278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.