LOVE WINS! Celebrate at Jason's, 6/29

LOVE WINS! Come celebrate the historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that makes same-sex marriage the law of the land

Jason’s, 300 Drake’s Landing, Greenbrae
5:30 – 7:30 PM

Recommended donation: $20* includes one drink and an assortment of fabulous hors d’oeuvres as only Jason can create!

*Our monthly mixers are not fundraising events. Every dollar collected at the door goes to pay for the evening, so please be as generous as is comfortable for you.

Upcoming 2015 Schedule (more dates to be added)

JULY – Monday, 7/27
AUGUST – Monday, 8/24
SEPTEMBER – Monday, 9/28

No RSVP necessary. See you there!

Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry: MORE Service for SF Pride Weekend

Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry has added MORE service for SF Pride weekend, Saturday,
June 27 & Sunday, June 28, 2015.

On Saturday, in addition to our regular weekend service, we will run trips at
3:30PM, 6PM, and 9:15PM to SF and return trips at 5PM, 8:30PM, and 10PM from SF.

On Sunday, in addition to our regular weekend service, we will run trips at 7AM,
8:15AM, 12:40PM, 2:30PM, and 4:15PM to SF and return trips at 1:45PM, 3:15PM, and
5PM from SF. The parade starts at 10:30AM and runs along Market Street to the Civic

Please purchase tickets in advance! Also, due to heightened security alerts, all
bags will be inspected and beverages will NOT be permitted onboard Sunday morning
ferry trips.

The one-way fare is $10.00 for adults. Discounts for youth, senior, disabled, and
Clipper apply. Kids under 5 ride free (limit 2 per adult). Tickets are available
from ticket machines at the Larkspur Terminal.

For complete arrival and departure info, visit<>
or call 511 (say "Golden Gate Transit," then "operator" to bypass recorded
messages)/TDD 711. The Golden Gate Customer Service Center is open weekdays from 7am
to 6pm.

Help LGBTQ Youth Be Heard!

Please help GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) reach more LGBTQ youth by sharing the announcements and images below! GLSEN is currently collecting data for the 2015 National School Climate Survey (NSCS), the only national survey of LGBTQ youth in school, and we need your help to reach more LGBTQ middle and high school students! The NSCS is an opportunity for youth to inform education policymakers and the general public about what is really going on in our schools and help us to create safe and affirming schools for all youth. We hope you will share the announcements in English and Spanish below with the LGBTQ youth you reach. If you have any questions about the NSCS please contact Noreen at for more information. Thank you!


Noreen Giga, MPH // Research Associate
646-388-8051 //

P.S. Here are the announcements for you to share:


Help GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) inform education policymakers and the public about what’s really going on in our nation’s schools by completing the 2015 National School Climate Survey, GLSEN’s ninth national survey about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth in school.

If you attended high school or middle school sometime during the last school year (2014-2015) and are at least 13 years old, tell us about your experiences in school. (If you did not complete the entire school year you can still participate in the survey.) The survey is completely anonymous.

For more info and to complete the survey online, visit:


Ayude a que GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) informe a los creadores de políticas educacionales y al público en general qué sucede en nuestras escuelas completando Encuesta Nacional sobre el Ambiente Escolar 2015 de GLSEN, la novena encuesta sobre las experiencias de los jóvenes gays, lesbianas, bisexuales, transgénero y queer en la escuela.

Si asistió a la escuela secundaria o la escuela intermedia en algún momento durante el último año escolar (2014-2015) y tiene al menos de 13 años, cuéntanos tus experiencias en la escuela. (Si no completó todo el año escolar todavía puede participar en la encuesta.) La encuesta es completamente anónima.

Para obtener más información y completar la encuesta en línea, visite:

National Voices of Health 2015 Survey – Last Chance to Participate

Here’s your last chance to help Rainbow Health Initiative and the National LGBTQ Task Force spread the word about the National Voices of Health 2015 Survey!

We are excited to share the final findings of this survey to strengthen your statewide health equity and support LGBTQ community needs.

We encourage everyone to utilize this information to facilitate greater awareness in your state and nationwide!

National Voices of Health Survey (English):

“Make Queer Health Count by taking the National Voices of Health 2015 survey. Rainbow Health Initiative, in partnership with the National LGBTQ Task Force, is using this survey to create a national snapshot of LGBTQ health access, experiences, and disparities. Share your experience and help us fight for LGBTQ health equity in our communities.”

National Voices of Health Survey (Spanish):

“Tu salud cuenta!” Participa en el CENSO “National Voices Of Health 2015 Survey” y la Inciativa de Salud Arcoiris (Rainbow Health Iniciative) en con junto con la Mision Movimiento LGBTQ que estan usando este CENSO para investigar y conocer como es el acceso nacional a la salud de la Comunidad LGBTQ las differencias, desigualdades e inconsistencias, comparte tus experiencias y ayudanos a luchar por la salud LGBTQ y la igualdad en nuestras comunidades.”

We do encourage you to take the survey before you send it out so you know what you’re sharing. Please feel free to use this link on social media as well. We will be posting the links on our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages. #QUEERHEALTHCOUNTS

Data sets will be enhanced by increased number of survey participants; the more folks who participate, the stronger the data sets. Let’s work together to contribute to a better understanding of LGBTQ health in our communities.

If you have any questions, suggestions or need additional information, please feel free to contact us.

In health and wellness,

John Azbill-Salisbury, MPH
Preferred Pronouns – He/Him
Director of Programs
Rainbow Health Initiative

Ply the Bay Aboard Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry to the 45th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade

Ply the Bay Aboard Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry to the 45th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade – Sunday, June 28, 2015


Read more about the Pride Ferry and ticket information here

Customers should arrive AT LEAST 30 MINUTES prior to departure time to ensure a timely departure. Thank you!

Due to heightened security alerts, security measures will be enforced on Sunday, June 28. Bags will be inspected and beverages will NOT be permitted aboard GGF vessels. Please help us spread the word.


The 45th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade will be held over the weekend of June 27 and 28, 2015. This year’s Pride theme is “Equality Without Exception.”

On Saturday, June 27, the Pride Celebration takes place at the San Francsico Civic Center Plaza from noon to 6pm.

On Sunday, June 28, the Pride Parade starts at the foot of Market Street at 10:30am and ends up at the Civic Center Plaza. The Celebration continues until 6pm and is packed with a wide variety of exhibitors, artists, music of all kinds, performers, dance stages and venues, and fun. There is something for everyone. Admission is free.


One trip will be added, departing the Larkspur Ferry Terminal at 8:15am and arriving at the San Francisco Ferry Terminal, behind the Ferry Building at 8:45am.

The Larkspur Terminal is located at 101 East Sir Francis Drake Blvd in Larkspur.

NOTE: For security purposes, NO beverages may be brought onboard and NO beverages will be sold on the 8:15am and 9:30am departures. In addition, security screening will be enforced.

Throckmorton Theater's PRIDE COMEDY SPECTACULAR, 6/26

Starring: Marga Gomez, Karinda Dobbins, Micia Mosely, Pippi Lovestocking

For one night only funny, fabulous, and super gay stand-up comedians Marga Gomez, Karinda Dobbins, Micia Mosely and Pippi Lovestocking will sprinkle rainbow laughs on the good people of Mill Valley. As acclaimed social satirists the gang will ridicule universal targets like pop culture, romance and politics and as gays they will mention their cats.
No need to drive across the bridge to San Francisco for Pride Weekend because it won’t get gayer or funnier than Throckmorton’s Pride Comedy Spectacular!


Show starts 8:00PM Friday June 26th, 2015
Tickets start at $20 general advance $25 general day of show $35 special reserved
Special online only discount $3 off code for friends of The Spahr Center/Spectrum/MAP is: lgbt

OR CALL THE BOX OFFICE: (415) 383-9600 or stop by our box office at 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley


Marga Gomez has been hailed as “Astonishing” by Armistead Maupin and “A lesbian Lenny Bruce” by Robin Williams. Readers of The SF Bay Guardian, SF Weekly and Bay Area Reporter voted Marga Gomez “Best Comedian. ” Gomez has been featured on HBO, LOGO, Comedy Central and PBS, and has appeared at numerous comedy festivals including San Francisco Sketchfest, Montreal’s “Just For Laughs” and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Karinda Dobbins Hailing from the Motor City and now living in the Bay Area, Karinda’s humor is sharp, distinctive and infused with hilarious social commentary. She appeared at The Bridgetown Comedy Festival. She has opened for Greg Proops, Trevor Noah and toured with W. Kamau Bell. Bitch Magazine said she is one of “Six Hilarious Female Comedians You Don’t Know Yet – But Should.”

Micia Mosely This bi-coastal socio-political comic performer earned her Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and has kept audiences laughing in clubs and colleges all over the United States including U.C.Berkeley, Boston University, Comix Comedy Club (NYC); Laugh Factory (Chicago). In 2014, Micia participated in the National Queer Arts Festival as host and mentor to “Brouhaha,” a night of QTPOC activist comedy.

Pippi Lovestocking San Francisco’s premiere stand-up drag diva has insulted audiences from down under to over there with performances in England, Ireland and Japan. Pippi’s television appearances include HBO’s Looking, Nash Bridges, and Jerry Springer.

June Pride Luncheon at Marin Yacht Club, 6/18

Join us for our annual Pride Luncheon for the entire community!

Thursday, June 18
11:30 – 1:30 PM
24 Summit Avenue, San Rafael$25 recommended donation at the door includes full lunch; no-host bar available

RSVP required by June 12 to (415) 472-1945, ext. 101 or email with guest names.
Join us for our annual Pride Luncheon for the entire community on Thursday, June 18th at Marin Yacht Club, 24 Summit Avenue, San Rafael. $25 at the door includes a full lunch in a lovely place next to the water in one of Marin’s best kept secrets! Come on your own, or bring your friends, partner, spouse, neighbors, or anyone you like spending time with.

Roll out the barrel with BUDWING’S Piggy Bank Challenge! Your donation in one or more of the vintage piggy banks will be doubled or tripled for a donation to Spectrum.

Special thanks to BUDWING for this generous support, which helps keep the cost of the luncheon reasonable for all guests.




A World Premiere Mixer at Jason's, 6/1 - Promoting REEL IN THE CLOSET

A World Premiere Mixer
Monday, June 1st, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Jason’s Restaurant
300 Drake’s Landing, Greenbrae

$20 recommended donation at the door includes one drink, hors d’oeuvres and one ticket to the premiere opening of REEL IN THE CLOSET at Castro Theater, Sunday, June 21, 2015, 11 am

Tickets are limited to first come first served, so come early!

The newly inaugurated Spahr Center, home of Marin AIDS Project and Spectrum LGBT Center, is thrilled to kick off Gay Pride Month in honor of the world premiere of REEL IN THE CLOSET, directed and produced by our very own Stu Maddux.

This mixer is open to everyone.

Join us as we celebrate the success of Stu, Bill Jones and lovers of all things old and queer for the start of a new movement to help save our stories. REEL IN THE CLOSET is a documentary about the struggle to save LGBTQ home movies dating back to the 1930s and is presented this year at Frameline39, The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival.

Many thanks to our friends at Frameline39, San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival and their generous donation of tickets to the premiere. To learn more about REEL IN THE CLOSET and purchase additional tickets, go to the Frameline39 event page.

Save the Date: Introducing the Spahr Center! 5/21 at 4pm


Join us on May 21 at 4:00 pm for a ribbon cutting to introduce The Spahr Center: home of Spectrum LGBT Center and Marin AIDS Project. A reception will follow.

The event will take place at our offices at 910 Irwin Street in San Rafael.

More details to follow.

PRESS RELEASE: Spectrum LGBT Center and Marin AIDS Project to Merge


 February 2, 2015

Contact: Jennifer Malone, (415) 457-2487, ext. 104

 Spectrum LGBT Center (Spectrum) and Marin AIDS Project (MAP) to Merge Under a Single Umbrella Organization,
While Retaining Separate Programs and Services

The Boards of Directors of Spectrum LGBT Center (Spectrum) and Marin AIDS Project (MAP) have announced that the two longstanding Marin County human services agencies will merge under a common non-profit umbrella organization, while maintaining their separate programs and services. “Spectrum will remain Spectrum, and MAP will remain MAP,” said MAP’s Executive Director Jennifer Malone, “but by combining at the organizational level we will streamline administrative costs, enhance the services of both agencies and leverage our programmatic impact in the community”. Malone further notes that community input is being sought as the new organization proceeds with the merger process.

Malone explains that the merger is the culmination of leadership discussions held during the second half of 2014 that focused on ways the organizations could increase their impact and results through a shared organizational structure. In the new structure, Spectrum, MAP, and Irwin Street Counseling, MAP’s counseling program that serves the entire LGBTQ community, will maintain separate programs, services and networks of supporters. Spectrum’s programs for LGBTQ youth and older adults will continue and MAP will also continue its full array of programs and services as the organizations work in collaboration to support and enhance each other.

In addition to the merger, Spectrum is announcing a leadership change. Paula Pilecki has retired from her 16-year tenure as Spectrum’s Executive Director. She will continue to offer consultation and support through the transition and a Spectrum program manager will be hired in the near future. Ms. Pilecki will be honored for her years of leadership and achievement at a retirement party in March.

Jennifer Malone, Executive Director of Marin AIDS Project since 2004, will serve as Executive Director of the merged organization. The members of the boards of Spectrum and MAP will come together to form the board of the new organization which has yet to be named.

According to Malone, the merger can be seen as a reunion. Spectrum and MAP were each born from the vision of their shared founder, the Rev. Janie Spahr. In 1982 Rev. Spahr launched Ministry of Light, the first non-judgmental support services for LGBT people in Marin County which was later renamed Spectrum LGBT Center. In 1984, in response to the emerging AIDS epidemic in Marin County, she spearheaded the creation of the Marin AIDS Support Network which grew to become Marin AIDS Project.

At MAP’s 30th Anniversary Celebration in October, Rev. Spahr spoke, saying while much has changed since the early 1980s, much remains the same and “the work is not done”! Malone says it is with this knowledge that the merged organization dedicates itself to serving the Marin community.

 For more information about the work of both organizations, visit, and