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News Briefs: Meeting set for LGBTQ cultural strategy

by compiled by Cynthia Laird

Drag queens posed at the 1976 Gay Pride Parade. Photo: Harvey<br>Milk via SF History Center via Curbed SF
Drag queens posed at the 1976 Gay Pride Parade. Photo: Harvey
Milk via SF History Center via Curbed SF  

A community forum will be held Tuesday, April 18 to discuss the city's plans for preserving and promoting LGBTQ cultural heritage.

The city recently launched a task force to work on the matter, and it will identify priorities, propose legislation, and recommend policy responses.

Tuesday's forum, to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th Street, will enable residents to provide feedback to the work being done on the LGBTQ cultural heritage strategy.

There is no cost to attend.


Tenderloin Stations of the Cross

Father River Sims of Temenos Catholic Worker will again hold a Tenderloin Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 14 from noon to 2 p.m.

This year's theme is "A Place of Grace." Participants should meet outside San Francisco City Hall at Polk and McAllister streets. The walk is meant to remember that "Christ is crucified daily in our midst in the suffering of those who have no home, health insurance, food, or living wage," Sims said in a news release. "We are all responsible for each other."

San Franciscans Against the Death Penalty is also sponsoring the walk.


Easter egg hunt in San Leandro

The San Leandro Improvement Association and the Community Impact Lab will host their first Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the historic Casa Peralta grounds, 384 W. Estudillo Avenue, in downtown San Leandro.

"To bring a little springtime cheer to downtown San Leandro, the San Leandro Improvement Association wanted to create a family-friendly event that invites the community to bring their families to our downtown and enjoy the season, and with the assistance of the Community Impact Lab, we are able to do this," SLIA President Gordon Galvan said in a news release. "The Egg Hunt at the Casa gives families a safe place to do an egg hunt, all while enjoying the historic Casa Peralta grounds in full bloom and decked out in spring decor."

There is no cost for the event, though kids are encouraged to bring their own baskets. There will be an egg hunt at 11:15 a.m. for children ages 3 and under; and one at 11:45 a.m. for children ages 4 and up.

In addition to the egg hunt, festivities will include face painting, music, story time, and a petting zoo.

For more information, visit


Lambda Legal holds SF Soiree

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund will hold its San Francisco Soiree Friday, April 21 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street.

The organization's San Francisco Leadership Council is organizing the benefit, which will include an evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Funds raised will go to support Lambda Legal's ongoing work for LGBT people and people living with HIV.

The group will honor California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and feature Susan Sommer, Lambda Legal's associate legal director and director of constitutional litigation.

Tickets are $350 and can be purchased at


Art fair and fundraiser

Over 50 local artists will be selling their work at Art Attack SF's new gallery and online store Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23 at 2358 Market Street.

The weekend begins with a VIP preview party Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday the art show is open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. Organizers said that 50 percent of all proceeds will be donated to Kids and Art to pay volunteer artist stipends.

Art pieces will include impressionist paintings, glass sculptures, and film photographs featuring the themes of hope, resistance, and resilience.

To view and purchase art before public access, email


FrontRunners to hold 5K clinic

Ahead of the San Francisco FrontRunners annual Pride Run, a 5K race held in June, the group will be starting its Couch to 5K program in an effort to get non-runners off the couch and into their first 5K race.

Gary Pfitzer, secretary of the San Francisco FrontRunners, said that club members will serve as volunteer coaches in the nine-week program, which starts Saturday, April 22. Couch to 5K is a mobile app but FrontRunners will be using coaches to meet with participants in person and guide them through the training program for extra support and camaraderie, Pfitzer wrote in an email.

Coaches are expected to meet with participants two or three times a week. Couch to 5K uses a gentle combination of walking, jogging, and running to build up strength; the idea is that an enjoyment of running is instilled and it doesn't ever seem like a grind.

"We're hoping that out of this effort, new runners are born," Pfitzer wrote.

Interested people can email Pfitzer at


Out and Equal global fellowship program

Out and Equal Workplace Advocates has announced it will launch its 2017 Global Fellowship Program this fall and interested people are encouraged to apply.

The intensive five-week leadership development program is for visiting fellows from outside the U.S. Its goal is to inspire and empower global advocates to become leaders in LGBT workplace equality in their countries of origin.

The program will take place from September 10 to October 14. Fellows will spend several weeks at Out and Equal's headquarters in San Francisco and culminates in participants attending the organization's annual summit, where they can network with corporate professionals in diversity and inclusion from around the world.

In a news release, Out and Equal said it is looking for emerging leaders from nonprofits and non-governmental organizations worldwide.

Interested people can apply by visiting The deadline is May 1.


Applications open for Zamora scholarships

The Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from students interested in applying for the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 semesters.

The Zamora scholarships is a program of the National AIDS Memorial Grove and recognizes, supports, and encourages the educational efforts of young people committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The scholarships are named in honor of Zamora, an AIDS educator and television personality who died more than 20 years ago from an AIDS-related illness. The scholarship program is funded primarily through grants provided by Wells Fargo, Gilead, and UnitedHealthcare.

Scholarship applications are being accepted through May 1 and can be downloaded from the grove's website, Scholarships will be awarded in August and range from $2,500 to $5,000.

The program is open to all current high school seniors, and college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors (ages 27 and under) who demonstrate an active commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS and taking on roles of public service and leadership.

Questions can be directed to Matt Kennedy at (415) 765-0446 or



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