News Briefs: Openhouse seeks LGBT senior artists
compiled by Cynthia Laird
Openhouse, the agency providing services to LGBT seniors in San Francisco, has announced that applications are now being accepted for its second annual "When I Grow Up: A Lifetime of Perspective by LGBT Seniors" fall art show.
The show seeks art in any medium – painting, photography, etc. – and at all experience levels. The art must be original. There will be limited space for sculpture.
Last year's show featured over 50 LGBT artists aged 60 and over.
Applicants are allowed to submit up to three pieces. The application fee is sliding scale $3-$10 per entry, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Artists whose works are selected will be notified by September 10.
Artists are allowed to sell their work, and the LGBT Community Center, which is hosting the exhibit, will receive a commission based on the sale price. Artists are responsible for selling their work and submitting a receipt to Openhouse noting the resultant commission to the LGBT center.
The deadline for applications is August 31. The art show will open September 22. Applications are available online at www.openhouse-sf.org (click on the "When I Grow Up" box on the right side of the home page) or by calling (415) 296-8995.
Space available at Queer Camp
Queer Camp 2012 is coming to the Santa Cruz Mountains next month and organizers at the Diversity Center in Santa Cruz said that about 15 spaces are still available for youth aged 12-17.
Queer Camp is a safe place for LGBT youth and allies to gather, talk, share, and forge new friendships. Organizers noted that the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains location provides a wonderful setting for capture the flag, nature hikes, tie-dye, s'mores, and more.
The cost for the camp, which takes place August 2-5, is sliding scale from zero to $250. It costs about $250 per camper, organizers said, so people are asked to donate as much as possible, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Additionally, adult counselors are needed. Those 21 and over are welcome to apply. For interview information or questions about Queer Camp, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (831) 425-5422. For camp registration, visit http://www.diversitycenter.org/youth.
Pacific Center announces Suitcase Clinic
The Pacific Center in Berkeley has announced a new collaboration to provide free medical care to the LGBTQI community.
The center is partnering with UC Berkeley's Suitcase Clinic organization to begin offering a free drop-in medical clinic on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month; the next clinic is scheduled for Saturday, July 14, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Pacific Center, 2712 Telegraph Avenue.
Leslie Ewing, executive director of the Pacific Center, said that the effort has been spearheaded by second-year UC Berkeley and UCSF joint medical program students Katharine Burmaster and Nicholas Orozco, in response to the health disparities impacting the local queer community and the lack of medical education around LGBTQI health needs.
The clinic will be staffed by medical students, undergraduates, and physicians from the community, all of whom have generously agreed to volunteer their time. The clinic is funded in part by the Bay Area Albert Schweitzer Fellowship program and will honor the late professor Dr. Kevin Mack of the UC Berkeley-UCSF joint medical program. Mack, who was openly gay, was killed in a vehicle accident on July 14, 2011 when the UCSF shuttle he was riding in collided with a big-rig truck.