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2017 Queer Comics Expo (QCE)

Celebrate queer culture and diverse queer representation in comics, animation and other great ways to tell stories with QCE! The fourth annual Queer Comics Expo (QCE) will take place on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 11am to 5pm at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th streets). Spend the weekend discovering new comics, going to thought provoking panels and meeting creators in this intimate small press style expo featuring special guest Irene Koh (The Legend of Korra, Secret Loves of Geek Girls) and many more!

Plus, Prism Comics and the Queer Comics Expo are proud to announce the first annual Prism Awards! These awards will be presented to comic works by queer authors and works that promote the growing body of diverse, powerful, innovative, positive or challenging representations of LGBTQAI+ characters in fiction or nonfiction comics. The goal of the awards is to recognize, promote and celebrate diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics. Winners to be announced 4pm Saturday, July 8th at Queer Comics Expo.

Queer Comics Expo is proud to be a fundraiser for the Cartoon Art Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to for over 30 years and part of the Queer Cultural Center’s annual National Queer Arts Festival for the fourth year in a row.

Find Queer Comics Expo updates at QCExpo.tumblr.com, facebook.com/QCExpo and now twitter.com/QCExpo!

Advance Online Tickets $4.50 and up, Tickets at the Door $10 and up

Tickets are available at: http://bit.ly/QCExpoTickets

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2017 Queer Comics Expo (QCE)

Celebrate queer culture and diverse queer representation in comics, animation and other great ways to tell stories with QCE! The fourth annual Queer Comics Expo (QCE) will take place on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 11am to 5pm at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th streets). Spend the weekend discovering new comics, going to thought provoking panels and meeting creators in this intimate small press style expo featuring special guest Irene Koh (The Legend of Korra, Secret Loves of Geek Girls) and many more!

Plus, Prism Comics and the Queer Comics Expo are proud to announce the first annual Prism Awards! These awards will be presented to comic works by queer authors and works that promote the growing body of diverse, powerful, innovative, positive or challenging representations of LGBTQAI+ characters in fiction or nonfiction comics. The goal of the awards is to recognize, promote and celebrate diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics. Winners to be announced 4pm Saturday, July 8th at Queer Comics Expo.

Queer Comics Expo is proud to be a fundraiser for the Cartoon Art Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to for over 30 years and part of the Queer Cultural Center’s annual National Queer Arts Festival for the fourth year in a row.

Find Queer Comics Expo updates at QCExpo.tumblr.com, facebook.com/QCExpo and now twitter.com/QCExpo!

Advance Online Tickets $4.50 and up, Tickets at the Door $10 and up

Tickets are available at: http://bit.ly/QCExpoTickets

/2017QueerComicsExpo
 
Allies: LGBTQ Rights and Reproductive Justice

It’s no surprise that many of those opposing LGBTQ equality also oppose reproductive freedom. How do these allied movements work together? How could they do so more effectively given the common threats they face? Come hear how these groups are working nationally and internationally to further justice on both fronts.

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Queer Youth Meal Night

Queer Youth Meal Night (QYMN) Join us for dinner every Tuesday. For LGBTQ youth ages 18-24. Connect with community service providers from LYRIC, Larkin Street, HRTC and Street Soccer USA. HIV Testing available every 2nd and 4th Tuesday by St. James Infirmary.

Drop-in mental health services available through Dimensions and HRTC. Enter our raffle for a chance to win a gift card! Tuesdays: 5:00-7:00pm

Contact us for more information at youth@sfcenter.org or check out our Facebook page.

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San Francisco Screening of CHERRY POP

A Special Offer for SF LGBT Center Members
Exclusive San Francisco Screening of CHERRY POP

Q&A with Bob the Drag Queen, Tempest DuJour, and Detox

15% off the ticket price use coupon code SFLGBT

CHERRY POP, the uproarious new comedy starring Caldwell Tidicue (Bob The Drag Queen), follows one night in the life of a failing drag bar and its colorful performers — from the backstage backstabbing to the onstage antics. When a newcomer (Lars Berge) arrives for his first night performing, he struggles to find his place amidst the raucous regulars, the vicious clique of performers, and one legendary queen coming to terms with life after her last night in drag.

The film also stars Detox, Latrice Royale and Tempest Dujour.

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WayOUT's Inaugural Gayla & Charity Auction

We are hosting an inaugural Gayla this year - a charity auction to benefit the Magic City Acceptance Center (MCAC) in Birmingham, Alabama. Alabama is one of the “No Promo Homo” states, with laws that “expressly forbid teachers from discussing gay and transgender issues” and the state’s sex education program has a mandate that “classes must emphasize, in a factual manner and from a public health perspective, that homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state." These laws foster an extremely unsafe environment and create an official channel for discrimination – think: bullying and heightened risk of suicide, think apprehension to report assault or abuse to an educator, think blocking accurate information regarding sexual education.

 

We want to do anything we can to affect change in such a highly rejecting environment. On July 13th, 7pm at Public Works in SF, we will bring together members of the Bay Area community for an open bar + apps, photo booth, live/silent auction, and some musical performances by local artists. We would love to chat more if you were interested in partnering and sharing some details about our event! 

About The Magic City Acceptance Center

The Magic City Acceptance Center provides a safe, supportive, and affirming space and services for LGBTQ+ youth in Birmingham, Alabama.  These programs include support groups, counseling, drop-in hours, HIV testing and education, Summer Queer Camp, QTPOC Talk for Queer and Trans People of Color. Proceeds will go directly to MCAC to help launch an LGBTQ+ homeless youth program in Fall 2017.

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Ain’t I A Woman March

On Saturday, July 15, 2017Black Women United will host our first event; the “Ain’t I A Woman” March. This is an all-inclusive event and Black women from ALL walks of life are encouraged to attend. Whether you're straight, LGBTQ, Christian, Muslim, disabled, and more; you are welcome.

The concept of 'Ain't I A Woman' (AIAW) is a challenge, but also an affirmation. It is not a question, but rather a powerful statement or declaration of our womanhood and demanding all of the respect and acceptance that should come with it. The purpose of this march is to give all Black women a platform to express themselves and fight for their civil rights. 

For more information about our organization, please visit our website at www.bwusac.com

 

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Queer Youth Meal Night

Queer Youth Meal Night (QYMN) Join us for dinner every Tuesday. For LGBTQ youth ages 18-24. Connect with community service providers from LYRIC, Larkin Street, HRTC and Street Soccer USA. HIV Testing available every 2nd and 4th Tuesday by St. James Infirmary.

Drop-in mental health services available through Dimensions and HRTC. Enter our raffle for a chance to win a gift card! Tuesdays: 5:00-7:00pm

Contact us for more information at youth@sfcenter.org or check out our Facebook page.

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The Basics of Budgeting and Saving

In this workshop, you will learn to use goals, budgets and technology to gain more control over spending habits, discover specific ways to save and utilize tools to help you manage your money.

This workshop can be used as a stand-alone tool for people interested in getting in front of their finances, and can also be used towards those who have their sights set on buying a home. There are many nuances to purchasing your first home in San Francisco, and it all starts with understanding your financial self in order to build a more suitable path to reach your financial goals. This class is one of a series of approved classes by the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and offers participants who complete them, and 1:1 counseling, a certificate in homebuyer education.

For more information about the Center and our First Time Homebuyer Program, please visit http://www.sfcenter.org/programs/financial-services/first-time-homebuyer...

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Queer Youth Meal Night

Queer Youth Meal Night (QYMN) Join us for dinner every Tuesday. For LGBTQ youth ages 18-24. Connect with community service providers from LYRIC, Larkin Street, HRTC and Street Soccer USA. HIV Testing available every 2nd and 4th Tuesday by St. James Infirmary.

Drop-in mental health services available through Dimensions and HRTC. Enter our raffle for a chance to win a gift card! Tuesdays: 5:00-7:00pm

Contact us for more information at youth@sfcenter.org or check out our Facebook page.

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Managing Credit & Debt

Credit and debt are topics that tend to provoke anxiety because many people don't understand how credit works, the link between credit scoring and debt and how each impacts our opportunities to borrow money, buy a car or even have a cell phone. In this workshop we will help you understand the origins of credit, show you ways to establish or repair your credit history, demistify the way loans work and charge interest and teach you responsible ways to borrow money.

This workshop can be used as a stand-alone tool for people interested in getting in front of their finances, and can also be used towards those who have their sights set on buying a home. There are many nuances to purchasing your first home in San Francisco, and it all starts with understanding your financial self in order to build a more suitable path to reach your financial goals. This class is one of a series of approved classes by the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and offers participants who complete them, and 1:1 counseling, a certificate in homebuyer education.

For more information about the Center and our First Time Homebuyer Program, please visit http://www.sfcenter.org/programs/financial-services/first-time-homebuyer...

/events/managing-credit-debt-0
 
 
 
The Queer Ancestors Project
(On view in the Center's new first floor gallery July 22 - September 23, 2017)
 
The Queer Ancestors Project: Prints by Queer and Trans Emerging Artists, including a 5-Year Restrospective
Honoring Anarchists & Arsonists, Abolitionists & Border Crossers, Dissident Divas, Divine Intervention, & Hope.
 
The LGBTQI community has a limited visual record, or none at all, of significant Queer events before the 1970s, particularly in the histories of Queers of color and transgender people. This lack of imagery makes it harder for LGBTQI people to connect with, learn from, and be inspired by our history. Just as photographs from your early life help to anchor personal memories, a visual record – even an imagined one – can bring historical events to life, creating the kind of indelible connection that enables us to engage deeply with our ancestors. 
 
The Queer Ancestors Project is devoted to forging sturdy relationships between LGBTQI people and our ancestors. Using history as a linchpin, they build community by providing emerging Queer and Trans artists free interdisciplinary workshops in printmaking, writing, and Queer history. Exhibitions provide a window on the past through which we can glimpse our collective future. Visit Queerancestorsproject.org for upcoming workshops!
 
Artists:
onyinye alheri
Corey Brown
Joan Chen
daevron
Amman Desai
Alan Guttirez
Justin Justime
Amirah Mizrahi
Eva Ovale
Amari Robinson
madhvi trivedi
Weyam
 
Artistic director: Katie Gilmartin 
 
Image credit: madhvi trivedi, “Neither,” linocut
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The Nuts and Bolts of Buying a Home Credit and debt are topics that tend to provoke anxiety because many people don't understand how credit works, the link between credit scoring and debt and how each impacts our opportunities to borrow money, buy a car or even have a cell phone. In this workshop we will help you understand the origins of credit, show you ways to establish or repair your credit history, demistify the way loans work and charge interest and teach you responsible ways to borrow money. This workshop can be used as a stand-alone tool for people interested in getting in front of their finances, and can also be used towards those who have their sights set on buying a home. There are many nuances to purchasing your first home in San Francisco, and it all starts with understanding your financial self in order to build a more suitable path to reach your financial goals. This class is one of a series of approved classes by the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and offers participants who complete them, and 1:1 counseling, a certificate in homebuyer education. For more information about the Center and our First Time Homebuyer Program, please visit http://www.sfcenter.org/programs/financial-services/first-time-homebuyer-program /events/nuts-and-bolts-buying-home-8
 
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Queer Youth Meal Night

Queer Youth Meal Night (QYMN) Join us for dinner every Tuesday. For LGBTQ youth ages 18-24. Connect with community service providers from LYRIC, Larkin Street, HRTC and Street Soccer USA. HIV Testing available every 2nd and 4th Tuesday by St. James Infirmary.

Drop-in mental health services available through Dimensions and HRTC. Enter our raffle for a chance to win a gift card! Tuesdays: 5:00-7:00pm

Contact us for more information at youth@sfcenter.org or check out our Facebook page.

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Queer Youth Meal Night

Queer Youth Meal Night (QYMN) Join us for dinner every Tuesday. For LGBTQ youth ages 18-24. Connect with community service providers from LYRIC, Larkin Street, HRTC and Street Soccer USA. HIV Testing available every 2nd and 4th Tuesday by St. James Infirmary.

Drop-in mental health services available through Dimensions and HRTC. Enter our raffle for a chance to win a gift card! Tuesdays: 5:00-7:00pm

Contact us for more information at youth@sfcenter.org or check out our Facebook page.

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The Queer Ancestors Project
(On view in the Center's new first floor gallery July 22 - September 23, 2017)
 
The Queer Ancestors Project: Prints by Queer and Trans Emerging Artists, including a 5-Year Restrospective
Honoring Anarchists & Arsonists, Abolitionists & Border Crossers, Dissident Divas, Divine Intervention, & Hope.
 
The LGBTQI community has a limited visual record, or none at all, of significant Queer events before the 1970s, particularly in the histories of Queers of color and transgender people. This lack of imagery makes it harder for LGBTQI people to connect with, learn from, and be inspired by our history. Just as photographs from your early life help to anchor personal memories, a visual record – even an imagined one – can bring historical events to life, creating the kind of indelible connection that enables us to engage deeply with our ancestors. 
 
The Queer Ancestors Project is devoted to forging sturdy relationships between LGBTQI people and our ancestors. Using history as a linchpin, they build community by providing emerging Queer and Trans artists free interdisciplinary workshops in printmaking, writing, and Queer history. Exhibitions provide a window on the past through which we can glimpse our collective future. Visit Queerancestorsproject.org for upcoming workshops!
 
Artists:
onyinye alheri
Corey Brown
Joan Chen
daevron
Amman Desai
Alan Guttirez
Justin Justime
Amirah Mizrahi
Eva Ovale
Amari Robinson
madhvi trivedi
Weyam
 
Artistic director: Katie Gilmartin 
 
Image credit: madhvi trivedi, “Neither,” linocut
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Queer Youth Meal Night

Queer Youth Meal Night (QYMN) Join us for dinner every Tuesday. For LGBTQ youth ages 18-24. Connect with community service providers from LYRIC, Larkin Street, HRTC and Street Soccer USA. HIV Testing available every 2nd and 4th Tuesday by St. James Infirmary.

Drop-in mental health services available through Dimensions and HRTC. Enter our raffle for a chance to win a gift card! Tuesdays: 5:00-7:00pm

Contact us for more information at youth@sfcenter.org or check out our Facebook page.

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Film Screening of Last Men Standing & Meet and Greet

Join us for a screening of Last Men Standing. “In this cathartic and intimate documentary, eight men look back on their experiences (living with AIDS) and then toward the future with the strength and resiliency they have cultivated over the past 30 years.”

Meet & Greet: Immediately after the film, join several of the men from the documentary and the filmmaker for a brief discussion.

http://projects.sfchronicle.com/2016/living-with-aids/

The event is free, but registration is required - space is limited to 150 people. Register here.

Contact: Jason Flatt; 415-841-3342 or gsarrg@gmail.com

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Discovering Mindful Caregiving: A Daylong Immersion

This daylong immersion introduces Zen Hospice Project’s model of care and provides tools for developing a more conscientious approach to caregiving.

Through expert instruction, group discussion, and engaging exercises, we explore inspiration, loss, compassion, and other elements of the caregiving experience. We also practice mindfulness meditation, a cornerstone of conscientious caregiving. 

Cultivating Mindfulness for Engaged Care: A foundational approach to using our role as caregiver as an opportunity to grow as human beings. This practice give us a framework and language to understand our experience of weaving mindfulness into our caregiving.

Imagining the Mindful Caregiver: We’ll identify key qualities we aspire to in our own roles as caregivers and consider ways to assimilate the qualities into our caregiving in a deeper, more meaningful way. This is a good way to identify those who have inspired us in our role as caregiver.

Loss and its Influence on the Caregiving Experience: Examining how we relate to loss – an inevitable part of life – allows us to recognize when our emotional response influences caregiving in unhealthy ways. We also learn how to attune to the experience of loss unfolding in those for whom we care.

Cultivating Compassion: We break down the process of experiencing compassion into its component steps to best understand how we are impacted by suffering when in the role of caregiver. And, we explore the typical barriers to expressing compassion toward self and others, focusing on how to overcome such barriers. 

Register here

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Queer Youth Meal Night

Queer Youth Meal Night (QYMN) Join us for dinner every Tuesday. For LGBTQ youth ages 18-24. Connect with community service providers from LYRIC, Larkin Street, HRTC and Street Soccer USA. HIV Testing available every 2nd and 4th Tuesday by St. James Infirmary.

Drop-in mental health services available through Dimensions and HRTC. Enter our raffle for a chance to win a gift card! Tuesdays: 5:00-7:00pm

Contact us for more information at youth@sfcenter.org or check out our Facebook page.

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Queer Youth Meal Night

Queer Youth Meal Night (QYMN) Join us for dinner every Tuesday. For LGBTQ youth ages 18-24. Connect with community service providers from LYRIC, Larkin Street, HRTC and Street Soccer USA. HIV Testing available every 2nd and 4th Tuesday by St. James Infirmary.

Drop-in mental health services available through Dimensions and HRTC. Enter our raffle for a chance to win a gift card! Tuesdays: 5:00-7:00pm

Contact us for more information at youth@sfcenter.org or check out our Facebook page.

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Queer Youth Meal Night

Queer Youth Meal Night (QYMN) Join us for dinner every Tuesday. For LGBTQ youth ages 18-24. Connect with community service providers from LYRIC, Larkin Street, HRTC and Street Soccer USA. HIV Testing available every 2nd and 4th Tuesday by St. James Infirmary.

Drop-in mental health services available through Dimensions and HRTC. Enter our raffle for a chance to win a gift card! Tuesdays: 5:00-7:00pm

Contact us for more information at youth@sfcenter.org or check out our Facebook page.

/events/queer-youth-meal-night-19
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The Queer Ancestors Project
(On view in the Center's new first floor gallery July 22 - September 23, 2017)
 
The Queer Ancestors Project: Prints by Queer and Trans Emerging Artists, including a 5-Year Restrospective
Honoring Anarchists & Arsonists, Abolitionists & Border Crossers, Dissident Divas, Divine Intervention, & Hope.
 
The LGBTQI community has a limited visual record, or none at all, of significant Queer events before the 1970s, particularly in the histories of Queers of color and transgender people. This lack of imagery makes it harder for LGBTQI people to connect with, learn from, and be inspired by our history. Just as photographs from your early life help to anchor personal memories, a visual record – even an imagined one – can bring historical events to life, creating the kind of indelible connection that enables us to engage deeply with our ancestors. 
 
The Queer Ancestors Project is devoted to forging sturdy relationships between LGBTQI people and our ancestors. Using history as a linchpin, they build community by providing emerging Queer and Trans artists free interdisciplinary workshops in printmaking, writing, and Queer history. Exhibitions provide a window on the past through which we can glimpse our collective future. Visit Queerancestorsproject.org for upcoming workshops!
 
Artists:
onyinye alheri
Corey Brown
Joan Chen
daevron
Amman Desai
Alan Guttirez
Justin Justime
Amirah Mizrahi
Eva Ovale
Amari Robinson
madhvi trivedi
Weyam
 
Artistic director: Katie Gilmartin 
 
Image credit: madhvi trivedi, “Neither,” linocut
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Up Your Alley

Up Your Alley® is only for real players – and not for the faint of heart – where leather daddies rule the streets of San Francisco’s South of Market district. We’ve got men in all varieties of gear, playing in the streets – there’s rubber, sportswear, biker gear, skinhead, punk, and much more. You won’t find a crazier event in the States. If you’re into it, there’s a scene for you. So, don’t get left out.

Located in front of the legendary Powerhouse bar, Up Your Alley brings nearly 15,000 players from all over the world. Also, be sure to check out vendor booths from Mr. S Leather, Steamworks and many more.

Folsom Street between 9th and Juniper, 10th between Howard and Sheridan, and Dore from Howard to the dead end past Powerhouse

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This is a smoke-free event, per SF Health Code Article 19L. Please respect your fellow fairgoers and refrain from smoking.

 

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