News Briefs: 'She Wants It' author Soloway appears in SF

by Cynthia Laird

Jill Soloway. Photo: Jesse Chamberlin Marble
Jill Soloway. Photo: Jesse Chamberlin Marble  

Jill Soloway, the creator of Amazon's "Transparent" TV show, will be in San Francisco next week to promote their new book, "She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy."

Soloway will appear at the Jewish Community Center San Francisco, 3200 California Street, Wednesday, October 24, at 7 p.m. A reception precedes the program at 6.

Soloway, who now identifies as genderqueer and nonbinary, brings a timely perspective to current events, with insight from the frontlines of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, a news release stated. Earlier this year, "Transparent" actor Jeffrey Tambor was fired from the series in the wake of sexual harassment claims. Tambor denied the accusations.

"As we witness the polarizing and controversial Senate hearings around the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, including the powerful testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, we are painfully reminded of the abject marginalization of women and all victims of sexual violence — a systemic and cruel inequity that demonstrates how privilege and patriarchy dominate and control our judicial system and define our culture," Soloway said in a news release announcing the book tour.

Tickets for the JCCSF conversation are $30-$40 and can be purchased at A second San Francisco appearance on October 25 is sold out.

Oakland LGBTQ center to host candidate town hall
Several candidates in Oakland races have confirmed they will attend a town hall meeting at the LGBTQ Community Center Friday, October 19, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Mayoral candidates Pamela Price, Nancy Sidebotham, Ken Houston, Marchon Tatmon, and Cat Brooks will participate, Joe Hawkins, center co-founder and executive director, wrote in an email.

Additionally, District 2 City Councilman Abel Guillen, who identifies as two spirit, will be there, as will his challenger, Nikki Fortunato Bas. District 4 candidates Joseph Tanios and Nayeli Maxson are expected to attend, as will Maya Whitaker, who is running for the District 6 seat.

Brenda Roberts, who is running for re-election as the city auditor, will attend.

The center is located at 3207 Lakeshore Avenue (enter on Rand Avenue).

For more information, visit

Voter registration deadline is Monday
Local and state elections officials remind California residents that the deadline to register to vote in the November 6 election is Monday, October 22.

If people have moved since the last election they need to register.

Registration cards are generally available at libraries, post offices, and county elections departments. If filling out a form, it needs to be postmarked by October 22.

The California secretary of state's office has easy online registration available at It must be electronically filed by the deadline.

LGBTQ Outdoor Summit
Pride Outside and Out There Adventures will hold their second annual LGBTQ Outdoor Summit October 19-21 at the NatureBridge at Golden Gate campus in Sausalito.

According to organizers, the summit draws a broad range of private sector, public sector, and nonprofit professionals in the outdoor recreation, public land management, and conservation communities. The event will feature panel discussions with outdoor recreation industry and youth representatives. Additionally, representatives from five federal land management agencies — National Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — will be on hand.

"This is an opportunity for the conservation community and outdoor industry to come together to boost LGBTQ representation and inclusion in the outdoors," Hannah Malvin, founder of Pride Outside and a senior representative for partnerships at the Wilderness Society, said in a news release.

One of the speakers will be Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, the first openly gay woman to climb the seven summits (tallest mountains on each continent).

The conference will include breakout sessions, caucuses, networking events, resource fair, and outdoor opportunities.

Registration is $225 for Bay Area residents or those who have a place to stay and includes lunch. Registration that includes lodging and meals is $295. For more information, visit

NatureBridge is located at 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, CA 94965.

BMW SF Halloween bash
BMW of San Francisco will hold BooFest 2018 Thursday, October 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the dealership, 1675 Howard Street.

The evening will feature food and drink. Gay DJs Fernando and Greg from 99.7 NOW will emcee. There will be a prize for best costume, free valet parking, and a raffle. One lucky guest could win a 2018 BWM X2 sDrive 28i FWD vehicle.

The event is free and limited to 500 people. To RSVP, visit

'Scaregrove' Halloween event
San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department officials have announced that "Scaregrove" will return to Stern Grove (19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard) Friday, October 26, from 3 to 9 p.m.

This year's event will feature a costume contest and parade, haunted house, carnival rides, food for sale, and live entertainment.

Admission is $10 per person; children under 2 years old are free. For advance tickets, call (415) 831-6800.

Halloween for pets and people in Oakland
Jack London Square will hold its popular "Boo! Bark, Brews, and Bites," a fun-filled Halloween celebration for pets and their humans filled with tricks, treats, frights, and delights Saturday, October 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the same time, Jack London Square is partnering with Canine Companions for Independence to co-host Dogfest Walk and Roll Bay Area.

Both events are admission-free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting Canine Companions for Independence.

Many of the restaurants and retailers will offer Halloween specials for guests and their four-legged friends. Pets are welcome at all of the restaurants with outdoor dining year-round.

For more information, visit

Financial planning day
The San Francisco Public Library, in partnership with the Financial Planning Association of San Francisco and the San Francisco Treasurer's office, will hold the ninth annual Financial Planning Day Saturday, October 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main library, 100 Larkin Street.

Organizers said the event is a great opportunity for a free, private consultation with an expert on a wide variety of personal finance issues, including debt management, retirement planning, investment strategies, income taxes, insurance, and estate planning. Programs will run throughout the day covering budgeting and credit counseling.

There will be sessions related to investing basics, planning for higher education without loans, and how the new tax law will impact consumers. New for 2018 will be presentations about financial recovery after a disaster, property taxes, and San Francisco housing programs. Spanish and Chinese translation will be available.

There are no strings attached, organizers said. Participating certified financial planners are volunteering their time and will not pass out business cards, marketing materials, or sell products or services. They will be stationed at tables and will meet with one individual or a couple at a time. Prior events have served 300-400 Bay Area residents each year.

The event is free and open to the public.

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