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News Briefs: SFAF joins panel on Trump-era policies

by compiled by Cynthia Laird

Ernest Hopkins. Photo: Courtesy SFAF
Ernest Hopkins. Photo: Courtesy SFAF  

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Project Inform will hold "What's at Stake, What We Can Do," a forum that will examine the impact of President Donald Trump's first 100-plus days in office and how policies will affect HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other health issues.

The free event takes place Monday, May 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street, in the Rainbow Room.

Members of the Project Inform staff will be joined by panelists Dan Bernal, chief of staff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco); Vignetta Charles, chief executive officer at Education, Training, and Research; Ernest Hopkins, director of legislative affairs for SFAF; and Monique Tula, executive director of the Harm Reduction Coalition. Scott Shafer, a gay man who's senior editor for California politics and government at KQED, will moderate.

Organizers said in an announcement that the goal of the forum is "to support the community to be active in advocating for humane policies to end the HIV and HCV epidemics."

For more information, visit


South Bay Youth Pride Festival

The LGBTQ Youth Space, a program of Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley, will hold its inaugural South Bay Youth Pride Festival Saturday, May 13 from noon to 4 p.m. at 950 West Julian Street in San Jose (not far from the Billy DeFrank Center and the SAP Center).

The event is free and has been organized by and for queer and trans youth in the South Bay.

The festival will feature music, entertainment, food, games and activities, a resource fair, guest speakers, and more.

While intended for LGBTQ youth from ages 13-25 living in Santa Clara County, families and adult supporters are welcome, organizers said.

For more information or to get involved, contact Adrienne Keel at or (408) 343-7942.


Pride dance in Hayward

There will be a Gay Pride Dance Friday, May 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Hayward Area Senior Center, 22325 North Third Street.

Organizers said that all are welcome to attend this LGBTQ dance party, which will include hors d'oeuvres, a mocktail bar, lots of dancing, and a photo booth. Castro Valley Pride's own Billy Bradford will serve as DJ.

Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. A happy hour with beer and wine will be available from 7 to 8 (must be 21 or older).

To purchase tickets, visit and use code 44165 (click on "register for classes" and enter the code).


Huckleberry benefit concert

Huckleberry Youth Programs will hold its Huckleberry Still Jams benefit concert Saturday, May 20 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell Street in San Francisco.

The organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The concert will feature performances by Big Brother and the Holding Company, Rozzi Crane, Krystle Warren, Call Me Ace, and more. The evening will include a musical tribute to the young people Huckleberry served during the Summer of Love and those it continues to support today.

Tickets start at $125 and can be purchased at


Boot camp for tenants' rights

The AIDS Legal Referral Panel will hold a tenant rights boot camp Thursday, May 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Strut, 470 Castro Street in San Francisco.

Attendees will be able to get information on how to get a security deposit back, what to do if their apartment needs repairs, what they can do if threatened with eviction by their landlord, and their rights if the building is sold. Additionally, there will be information on organizations that can help tenants and accommodations for those with disabilities.

The workshop is focused specifically on the needs and concerns of people living with HIV and residents of District 8. Refreshments will be provided. The San Francisco AIDS Foundation, which operates Strut, is a sponsor.

To RSVP, email


Inaugural Prism Awards

Prism Comics and the Queer Comics Expo have announced the inaugural Prism Awards, which will be presented to comic works by queer authors and works that promote the growing body of diverse representations of LGBTQAI-plus characters in fiction or nonfiction comics

People can submit nominations until June 1. Winners will be announced at the Queer Comics Expo in San Francisco July 8-9.

To submit a nomination, visit


Taja's Coalition holds trans art contest

Trans Advocates for Justice and Accountability, or Taja's Coalition, has announced it is seeking submissions for a trans art contest.

The coalition, formed after the February 2015 stabbing death of Taja Gabrielle de Jesus, 36, in the city's Bayview district, is looking for works with an anti-violence theme. They will later be used for a citywide media campaign to stop violence against trans people and displayed at an art show this summer.

So far this year, there have been reports of 10 trans people murdered in the U.S. Coalition members noted that most of the victims were trans women of color.

The contest is open to any trans women of color in the Bay Area. Interested people can read the rules and submission guidelines at


GAPA offers grants, scholarships

The Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Foundation has announced it is accepting applications for its scholarships and grants.

The 2017 scholarships award up to $5,000 to students who have demonstrated outstanding activism and leadership within the API LGBTQ community. The deadline to apply is June 30.

The grants award up to $5,000 to tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) community organizations that are making a positive impact in the API and/or LGBTQ community. The deadline to apply is July 15.

Last year, the GAPA Foundation awarded five scholarships and 14 grants totaling $34,800.

For more information regarding eligibility and application guidelines, visit



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