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.

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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,


Marshall Grimes, President
Spectrum LGBT Center


Dennis Elder, President
Marin AIDS Project

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


CONNECTION POINTS: From Composite to Component

Jeanette Monterio, encaustic mixed media and Debra Reabock, artistic photography

SHOW DATES: February 14, 2015 – April 3, 2015

ARTIST RECEPTION: February 21, 2015 from 7 pm – 9 pm

Presented by Mary’s Futons

We are Connections Points – a Universe of diverse points of intersections through shared visions, values and spirit. The common thread of humanity binds us together in a network of connections. Art is an experience that transcends boundaries, connects with spirit, and invites an expansion of perspective.

Jeanette Monterio captures points of connection through the unique application of varied materials juxtaposed and complementary. She is inspired by found objects exposed to natural and alchemical conditions and enjoys being witness to the influences of the artistic process in her studio in Novato, CA. She currently shows her work at Artist of the Valley in Napa, CA.

Debra Reabock creates connection points through her photographs by revealing what’s hidden from initial observation. She is an artistic photographer and photo philanthropist. Her photographs invite the viewer to explore different perspectives in nature, architecture and the world-at-large. Her photographs are in private collections in New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Virginia, Minneapolis, Utah and California. She resides in San Francisco, CA.

Discover your Connection Points and enjoy some wine and light bites:

CONNECTION POINTS: From Composite to Component

SHOW DATES:    Saturday, February 14, 2015 – April 3, 2015

VALENTINE’S DAY WOMEN’S DANCE:  Saturday, February 14, 7-11 PM; pre-show opening with no-host beer, wine, cosmos; $10 admission

ARTIST RECEPTION: February 21, 2015, from 7 – 9 pm

PLACE: ​Mary’s Futons & Home Furnishings, 4100 Redwood Hwy, San Rafael, CA.  415-472-2919

 A percentage of profits will be donated to Spectrum LGBT Center of Marin.

More Info at:


Plan Ahead for the Friendship Luncheon, February 12, 2015


Spectrum Moves!

On November 1st, 2014, Spectrum will be moving to 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).

The move has been in the works since late last year, when we began conversations with Marin AIDS Project about a closer programmatic collaboration. MAP occupies a large, two story building which has been their home for the past six years.

Motivated by the need and desire to cut occupancy costs, the relocation also will provide Spectrum with access to shared resources such as a large community room for group meetings, and a more central location that provides greater accessibility to our program participants.

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

Our website, email and telephone number (with the exception of extensions) have not changed. Our new telephone service is provided by Ooma, which provides a digital voice mail system.

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.

Celebrate at Spectrum's Thanksgiving Luncheon, 11/19 in San Rafael

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014  •  11:30am – 2:00pm
Marin Yacht Club  •  24 Summit Avenue, San Rafael

****** THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! ******


holiday menu • great company • no-host bar

$25 per person* (collected at the door)
Everyone welcome regardless of ability to pay.

Cheryl Jones welcomes us back to the Marin Yacht Club for our annual tradition of celebrating together.
Join us for a traditional holiday menu – turkey with all the fixings, dessert, and great company!  A vegetarian option will be available.
Featuring BUDWING’S Loose Change Challenge: bring your pocket change for the ‘piggy’ banks, and it will be doubled or tripled for a donation to Spectrum.  Come alone, or bring a friend – all are welcome!

Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 10.05.09 AMSpecial Thanks to our Luncheon Sponsor: BUDWING

Download a printable flyer for the event here (PDF).

Directions to the restaurant:
Take 101 from either direction to Central San Rafael exit. Turn (one-way) east onto 2nd St., and continue until becomes 3rd St., then Point San Pedro Rd.  About 1 mile after Montecito Shopping Center, turn right on Summit Ave., (big white anchor at corner) and follow the signs.
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*The door charge, and support from our sponsor, covers a portion of event costs; it is not a fundraiser. Spectrum is a nonprofit organization, and we welcome your donations to support our work with LGBT youth and seniors in Marin County.

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:

Join us for our Fall Luncheon & BBQ, 9/17 in San Rafael

music • great food and company • beautiful bayside location • plenty of parking • no-host bar

Wednesday, Sept. 17th,  11:30am – 2:30pm
Marin Yacht Club, 24 Summit Avenue, San Rafael

$25 per person (collected at the door)
Everyone welcome regardless of ability to pay.

RSVP Required, call (415) 472-1945 ext. 202Come One, Come All as we say goodbye to summer and welcome the fall equinox. Marin Yacht Club is a beautiful location along the Richardson Bay. Cheryl Jones, proprietor of The Pleasure is Mine catering company, will prepare a family-style barbeque lunch to enjoy in the clubhouse or out on the patio. Take an extra-long lunch break and join us for a laid-back afternoon, celebrating friendships and our LGBT community. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome, too!

Hosted by Spectrum LGBT Center
Thanks to BUDWING for underwriting a portion of the luncheon expenses

*The door charge, and support from our sponsor, covers a portion of event costs; it is not a fundraiser. Spectrum is a nonprofit organization, and we welcome your donations to support our work with LGBT youth and seniors in Marin County.

Download a printable flier for this event (PDF)

Save the Date!
Our Thanksgiving Luncheon will be on Wednesday, Nov. 19th at the Marin Yacht Club