Program Blog Archive

Even experienced political commentator and television host Rachel Maddow is overwhelmed these days with the rapid fire news being reported every single day.

All around us, every day, we are hearing about human and environmental rights being threatened: groups of people being targeted, abused and used as political pawns; stories of sexual assaults; stories of trans members of our community being killed. The list goes on. Absorbing all of this news can be difficult. And, being an activist during these times can mean experiencing an even higher level of stress and anxiety.

On September 21, 2015, I stood in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House, and looked around. I was at the White House Bisexual Community Policy Briefing, and I was feeling a mixture of pride, acceptance, validation, and visibility.

How incredible and inspiring was it that the Obama administration was supporting and honoring my community with a day of discussion, information, and celebration?

Those days seem hopelessly gone, as the existence of LGBTQ community (including our rights) have been removed from the consciousness of this administration.

By Megan Millard, intern, SF LGBT Center

This August marks the 52nd anniversary of San Francisco’s Compton’s Cafeteria Riot in the Tenderloin District, when brave members of the queer community revolted against harassment by law enforcement.

"It was the first known instance of collective militant queer resistance to police harassment in United States history." - Susan Stryker, historian and director of Screaming Queens, to NPR

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the Department of Justice is creating a “religious liberty task force.”

We believe that this new task force is being formed as an official way for this administration to greenlight discrimination towards members of the LGBTQ community, by using religion as an excuse to deny goods and services.

“We have all known the long loneliness, and we have found that the answer is community.” – Activist Dorothy Day, 1897-1980

Some of the happiest people in the world are those who have a close-knit community. Caring about, and being connected to, others can translate to a happier, healthier life.