News Briefs: Interactive queer health exhibit launches in South Bay

  • by Cynthia Laird, News Editor
  • Wednesday July 12, 2023
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A new interactive exhibit about queer health will launch this weekend in San Jose. Photo: Courtesy PRIDEnet
A new interactive exhibit about queer health will launch this weekend in San Jose. Photo: Courtesy PRIDEnet

A new interactive exhibit about queer health is launching this weekend in San Jose, with two more viewings coming up in other South Bay cities.

PRIDEnet, based out of Stanford University, has created the "Take PRIDE in Our Health Stories" exhibit. It shares more about what community-engaged health research is and why LGBTQIA+ representation is important, a news release stated. The inspiration for the exhibit came from queer community feedback about a lack of accessible education around the topic, the release noted.

In July and August, there will be pop-up experiences to launch the exhibit that are free and open to the public in San Jose, Palo Alto, and Morgan Hill. According to the release, the community events will also include opportunities to get involved and win prizes, a resource fair featuring local community organizations, and a lineup of queer-inclusive entertainment such as dance performances, music, fitness demos, and more.

The pop-ups will take place Friday, July 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Qmunity District, 72 Post Street, in San Jose; Saturday, July 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant Street, in Palo Alto; and Saturday, August 19, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center Amphitheater, 17000 Monterey Road.

The exhibit is a collaboration between PRIDEnet, the PRIDE study, All of Us LGBTQIA+, Project MORE, the Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Avenidas, and Silicon Valley Pride. The release stated that the exhibit and events are made possible through a seed award from Stanford University's Office of Community Engagement.

For more information and to register for any of the events, go to

East Palo Alto to hold 1st Pride event

The city of East Palo Alto will hold its inaugural Pride event Sunday, July 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the East Palo Alto Boys and Girls Club, 2031 Pulgas Avenue.

According to a flyer, the event is being co-hosted by the city's LGBTQ+ community members, the newly formed Mariposa Outreach Center, Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse, and the Boys and Girls Club. All ages and allies are welcome.

The afternoon will feature information booths, a drag show, open mic, ballroom performances, music, snacks, and more.

For updates, follow @mariposaoutreach on Instagram.

Precita Eyes youth arts festival

Precita Eyes Muralists will hold its 27th annual urban youth arts festival Saturday, July 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Precita Park, 3200 Folsom Street.

According to an email sent to supporters, "Frisco Fresh" is the theme for this year's festival. There will be three 8 x 24 foot walls for spray painting, a community wall for traditional brush painting, and a black book area to share sketches. There will be Aztec dancers and rapper DJ Beast, a photo booth, and arts and crafts.

For more information, go to

SF gears up for World Cup

San Francisco is gearing up for the Women's World Cup with the "Summer of Soccer." The city will partner with Street Soccer USA to host free public screenings of games, according to a news release from Mayor London Breed's office.

A similar program during last year's men's World Cup drew more than 12,000 spectators. Street Soccer USA will bring livestreamed women's matches to large pop-up screens across the city, transforming spaces into an exciting, family-friendly World Cup Village, the release stated.

Alongside the Team USA women's soccer watch parties, the city will also welcome the return of the Street Soccer USA Cup Series to San Francisco for the first time since 2019 on August 19, the release stated.

The World Cup Village kicks off at the Crossing at East Cut, 200 Folsom Street, Friday, July 21, when Team USA faces off against Vietnam. There will be an opening celebration, live music, food trucks, and family-friendly activities beginning at 4 p.m. Other watch parties will take place Wednesday, July 26, at Embarcadero Plaza at Market and Steuart streets (USA vs. Netherlands); Saturday, August 5, at Golden Gate Park at the JFK Promenade (Round of 16); and Thursday, August 10, at the Crossing at East Cut (Quarterfinals).

The free soccer public viewings are made possible through the support of various sponsors, including San Francisco's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, Yours in Soccer Foundation, SF Parks Alliance, and BART.

The events will also be supported by Bay FC, the Bay Area's new National Women's Soccer League franchise preparing for its inaugural season in 2024, the release stated.

For more information about the local events, visit and follow @worldcupsf on Instagram.

Job opportunities at the postal service

The U.S. Postal Service is hosting job fairs in San Francisco this month.

People can attend weekly job fairs to fill immediate openings for the summer season and beyond, a news release started. Upcoming job fairs will be held July 13, 20, and 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the main post office, 1300 Evans Street; Bryant Station, 1600 Bryant Street; Geary Station, 5654 Geary Boulevard; Marina Station, 2055 Lombard Street; Pine Street Station, 1400 Pine Street; Townsend Station, 550 Townsend Street; Excelsior Station, 15 Onondaga Avenue; Lakeshore Station, 1543 Sloat Boulevard; North Beach Station, 1640 Stockton Street; Rincon Station, 180 Steuart Street; and Steiner Station, 1849 Geary Boulevard.

The release noted that the postal service has openings for mail processing, delivery, transportation, and maintenance.

At the job fairs, applicants will be guided through the online application process by USPS staff, hear from employees, and submit their application for positions posted on

People who can't make it in person can also submit applications through the website. Applicants must be 18 or older with a high school diploma or GED. All applicants must be able to pass drug screening and a criminal background investigation, the release stated. Some positions require an exam. For positions that require driving, a valid driver's license and clean DMV two-year driving history is required. Citizenship or permanent resident status of five years is required.

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