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 AND TICKET DETAILS:
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 Spectrum is: lgbt
http://www.throckmortontheatre.org
THE PERFORMERS:
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. www.margagomez.com
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.” www.karindadobbins.com

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. www.miciamosely.com

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. www.pippilovestocking.com

June Pride Luncheon at Marin Yacht Club, 6/18

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!
No-host Bar

RSVP required by June 13 to (415) 472-1945, ext. 101 or email RSVP@spectrumLGBTcenter.org. Please leave your name and the name of all guests you are responding for.

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.

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

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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 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 www.spectrumLGBTcenter.org, and www.marinaidsproject.org.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Spectrum and Marin AIDS Project Merge

January 30, 2015

Dear Friends,

Over the past year, the boards of Spectrum and Marin AIDS Project (MAP) have been evaluating new ways to increase both the impact and results of our organizations through the concept of a shared organizational structure. As a result, this month both boards voted to merge our two pioneering organizations with the goal of supporting and strengthening their existing programs and services.

In our new structure, Spectrum, MAP, and Irwin Street Counseling, MAP’s expanded counseling program now serving the entire LGBTQ community, will maintain separate identities. Spectrum’s existing services and activities, including support programs for LGBTQ youth and older adults, will continue and hopefully expand as our organizations work in collaboration to support and enhance each other.

We want to extend our deepest appreciation to all of Spectrum’s and MAP’s donors and supporters. It is because of your very generous and devoted support that our organizations have been able to survive over the past 30 years and continue our vitally important work. Going forward, we want to assure you that gifts from Spectrum’s donors are being, and will be, restricted solely for Spectrum’s use. Gifts from MAP’s donors will also be restricted for the exclusive support of MAP’s programs.

With this announcement also comes a leadership change. Paula Pilecki has chosen this time to retire from her 16-year tenure as Spectrum’s executive director. She will continue to work with us to ensure a smooth transition and we anticipate hiring a program manager for Spectrum in the near future. We are looking forward to honoring Paula for her years of leadership and achievement at a retirement party in March.

As we move forward we want to engage our community of supporters in helping us build this new partnership. We value your input, so please feel free to reach out to any of us at any time with your thoughts, ideas and suggestions. We hope our restructured organization and its board will have your continued support.

With our thanks and warm regards,

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Marshall Grimes, President
Spectrum LGBT Center

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Dennis Elder, President
Marin AIDS Project

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Jennifer Malone, Executive Director
Marin AIDS Project and
Interim Executive Director
Spectrum LGBT Center

Spectrum Moves!

Spectrum’s new home is located at 912 Irwin Street, between Third and Fourth Street in San Rafael. Our website, email, and phone number will remain the same (with the exception of a few extension changes).

Though our new mailing address is 912 Irwin Street, entrance to the building is at 910 Irwin Street. The reception is open from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday. There is a small parking lot in back of the building, and there is 2 hour street parking on surrounding streets (unrestricted after 5 pm). Visitors should be aware that parking lots belonging to neighboring buildings are off limits and you will be ticketed and/or towed if you park there during normal business hours.

Spectrum LGBT Center
912 Irwin Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 472-1945
www.spectrumlgbtcenter.org

Our website, email and telephone number (with the exception of extensions) have not changed.

We hope to see you soon in our new location!

SCOTUS BLOG: Same-sex marriage petitions denied

October 6, 2014

This morning the Court issued additional orders from its September 29 Conference. Most notably, the Court denied review of all seven of the petitions arising from challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage. This means that the lower-court decisions striking down bans in Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah, Oklahoma, and Virginia should go into effect shortly, clearing the way for same-sex marriages in those states and any other state with similar bans in those circuits. Indeed, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (who had declined to defend his state’s ban on same-sex marriage) indicated this morning on Twitter that, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the mandate in the Virginia cases would issue at 1 p.m., at which point “marriages can then begin.”

Read more here.

YouthAware Educational Theater offers Diversity Education and Bullying Prevention Appropriate for Grades 6-12

OUTSPOKEN is an innovative play for middle and high school audiences. This original YouthAware script has been touring Northern and Central California schools since 2005, The play examines the many reasons teens are ostracized and bullied in school including race, religion, actual or perceived sexual orientation, and body type. OUTSPOKEN helps teens think and dialogue about oppression, stereotypes, labeling, and respect for differences within their own school and community.

OUTSPOKEN: By Prince Gomolvilas, Directed By Sara Staley

Touring Northern and Central California  

Middle and High Schools  October 14th – December 11th

To learn more about this program, click here.

USA TODAY: LGBT-friendly senior housing opening across U.S. cities

CHICAGO — In his younger days, Ed Lund struggled to live openly as a gay man.

But as Lund, 69, enters his golden years, he has found a place where he is certain he will be comfortable. He’s among the charter residents moving into the newly opened Town Hall development in Chicago, one of the first affordable, LGBT-friendly housing communities for the elderly in the country.

“This feel likes home,” says Lund, who came out as a gay man during the AIDS epidemic and lost his job of 15 years in the early 1980s after his boss learned his sexual orientation. “As you get older, it just feels more comfortable to be around people who understand and share your background. It’s also nice not to have worry about letting something slip out.”

As lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people age, cities and LGBT advocates are grappling with how to deal with the needs of a generation that came out of the closet in more complicated times.

Perhaps the most sensitive issue for older gays and lesbians, particularly the poor, is housing discrimination. LGBT advocates also lament that the country’s elderly-care services haven’t evolved as quickly as the general population, which national polls show is increasingly accepting of gays and lesbians.

Communities are addressing the issue.With the opening of Town Hall, which had more than 400 applicants for 79 studio and one-bedroom apartments, Chicago became the third city in the USA since last year to open housing catering to low-income LGBT people.

Read more here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/06/chicago-minneapolis-philadelphia-senior-lgbt-housing/16115641/