LGBTQ family weekend retreat 10/24-10/26 in Los Gatos

Discover how to support your LGBTQ children & how your LGBTQ kids can support you!

This weekend retreat, to be held in the scenic foothills of Los Gatos at the Jikoji Zen Center, will include workshops, discovery groups, family fun, peer coaching, and one-on-one coaching by a certified Life and Coming Out Coach. LGBTQ people, and the parents, siblings, and close friends of LGBTQ people will all find this a helpful and supportive space.

While some camps for LGBTQ folks focus on the individual or on specific groups, this camp will be inclusive for everyone – family, friends, and people of all identities will intermingle and work on their shared dreams for positive, healthy lives.

Make new friends from across the state and find the way to a shared and fulfilling future.

Camp will take place Friday, October 24th to Sunday, October 26th

Contact Margaret Baker-Street, margaretstreetlifecoach@gmail, or phone, 831-801-1453

Cost: $375 for entire weekend (includes, lodging, food, & workshops)



Eden Youth Foundation Scholarship Welcomes LGBTQ Applicants

The Eden Youth Foundation Scholarship invites applications from entering and continuing undergraduate students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.

Applicants must be 24 years old or younger. The scholarship is open to students enrolled at or entering accredited 2- or 4-year institutions.

The application deadline is May 4, 2014. Click here for application info:

Coffee, Conversation, and Community: NEW Drop-In Discussion Group for LGBT Seniors

We all need the opportunity to gather with other LGBT people, to be who we are, and to share our lives. This new group for LGBT seniors meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month. You may come once or each time. You do not need to be a member or join anything, and there is no fee. We will gather informally for a brown bag lunch (optional) and then follow with a different topic for discussion each month. Whether you are in the closet or out, partnered or single, shy or outgoing, we hope you will join us for this opportunity to get to know each other and build community.

First Meeting: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Where: Novato Human Needs Center, 1907 Novato Blvd., Novato   •  (415) 897-4147

Facilitated by Nancy Flaxman, MSW

Brown Bag Lunch (optional) 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM – Coffee and Cookies Provided
Facilitated Discussion 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

TOPIC: Living History – LGBT social, political, and legal changes you thought you would never see in your lifetime

From a mental illness and crime to an endorsement of marriage equality by the President of the United States, the balance is tipping in support of LGBT human rights. Though it has been a long haul and we still have a long way to go, the apparent speed in the past 10 years has been remarkable. Join us as we share our own thoughts and feelings in living this history.

This group is made possible by the Novato Human Needs Center commitment to LGBT inclusion, by a grant from Marin Community Foundation, and by outreach assistance from Spectrum LGBT Center.

The Novato Human Needs Center values diversity. Whatever your ethnicity, religion, country of origin, language, abilities, sexual orientation, or gender, you are welcome here.

Workshop Series on Elder Care starts 4/23 in San Rafael

Are you caring for a family member or friend who is older or ill? Do you have concerns about your own care as you age? Join Seniors At Home for a four-part workshop series offering understanding, solutions, and support. Each session will be devoted to a different aspect of caring for someone while still caring for yourself. You are welcome to attend one or all sessions.

April 23 — Being an Effective Healthcare Advocate—for Yourself and Others
April 30 —Setting Boundaries and Dealing with Changing Roles
May 7 —Coping with Difficult Diseases
May 14—Care and Compassion at the End of Life

Workshops will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, at the Osher Marin JCC located at 200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael. Light snacks generously donated by Hospice by the Bay. Pre-registration is required. $25 suggested donation for the series.

For more information or to register, please call 415-449-3777 or email

Senior Luncheon 5/29 in Novato

Thursday, May 29, 2014  •  12:00pm – 2:00pm
Margaret Todd Senior Center  •  1560 Hill Road, Novato, CA

Spectrum is delighted to bring our popular luncheon event to Novato, where we are working in partnership with several agencies to create a caring community for LGBT older adults. Enjoy a fabulous lunch with friends, and learn about resources and services available to you from our community partners. 
Come alone or bring a friend: All are welcome!

With remarks from our special guests 
and collaborators:

  • Teresa Ehteshami, Director, 
Margaret Todd Senior Center
  • Deanna Euritt, Executive Director, 
Novato Human Needs Center
  • Carol Ann Moore, Director, Marin Senior Resources, Episcopal Senior Communities; 
Novato Independent Elders Program
  • Amy Schaible, Senior Center Without Walls, Episcopal Senior Communities

Reservations Required: Call by May 22nd – (415) 472-1945 ext. 202


Special thanks to Episcopal Senior Communities for hosting the lunch, and to Margaret Todd Senior Center for providing the space!

Take 101 to the DeLong Avenue exit. Turn west on to DeLong, and continue on DeLong until it turns into Diablo Road. At the end of Diablo, turn left on to Hill Avenue. Senior Center will be on your left.

Co-Sponsored by Episcopal Senior Communities, Margaret Todd Senior Center, Senior Center Without Walls, 
Novato Human Needs Center, and Spectrum LGBT Center.

Download the event flyer here (PDF)

Public Input Sought on Plan for Serving Marin Seniors

Want to have a say on how the County serves Marin’s older adults? Attend the public hearing for public comment on this year’s update to the Marin County Area Plan for Aging:

Thursday, April 10, 2014  •  10am-11am
San Rafael Community Center – Club Rooms
618 B Street, San Rafael

The Area Plan guides the of of the Area Agency on Aging in Marin County and its advisory council, the Commission on Aging.  Strategies will be presented to address and respond to the needs of Marin’s older adults.  The Commission seeks community input. Please come.

Download the event flyer here (PDF).

A draft of the Area Plan for 2012-2015 Update is posted on the Marin County Health & Human Services, Aging and Adult Services’ website.

For more information about the Marin County Commission on Aging call: 415-473-7118 or visit:

Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir 4/5 in San Rafael

Don’t miss Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir on April 5th at the The Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael. This Grammy nominated, percussion driven, vocal ensemble‘s mission is to help preserve and share the rich musical traditions of African-American roots music. Rooted in the deep south and strongly connected to their West African and Caribbean origins, this is toe tappin’, joyous music with beautiful vocal harmonies for the whole family. Show starts at 8:00pm.

Purchase Tickets here

Advance sale: $22 public* (special Spectrum rate available!)
Day of: $25
Children: $10

*Spectrum supporters use code CHC for 50% off public price

Spectrum Business and Professional Network Kickoff Event: 4/24 at La Loggia


Join us for the new Spectrum Business and Professional Network kickoff event at La Loggia!

Thursday, April 24th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
500 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, CA • 415-234-8698

To RSVP and receive future event notices, 
call (415) 472-1945 ext. 202.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook and receive updates on the event.

Download the event postcard here.

Owners Vincent Knobel and Colm Glass welcome the LGBT and allied business community to their warm and inviting vinoteca for Spectrum’s first Business and Professional Network gathering. Complimentary small plates and no-host wine bar.

Co-Sponsored by Spectrum LGBT Center and 
La Loggia Vinoteca + Café

Kickoff Event Host Committee:
Sean Callaway  •  David Wain Coon  •  Colm Glass  •  Mike Kadel  •  Vincent Knobel  •  Carlos Mock
Barbara Monty  •  Paula Pilecki  •  Sharon Segal  •  
Scott Stanley  •  David Styers  •  Wanden Treanor

The National Park Service is Seeking LGBT Stories of WWII


Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park has been tasked with preserving the stories and artifacts associated with the civilian American World War II Home Front. Since 2000, when the park was established, many stories and artifacts relating to life in the 1940’s have been donated to the park. However, there are still many aspects of the civilian WWII home front that the park would like to discover and preserve, including the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Likely due to the prejudice and severe legal, economic and social consequences of revealing sexual orientation in the 1940s, the park’s museum collection does not yet have any information about LGBT civilians.

Submitting at story, photo, or artifact to the park’s museum collection is a way to honor the hidden history and contributions of LGBT Americans during the war. Please call this confidential phone number if you have any information about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender civilian life in the 1940s, on the American WWII Home Front: (510) 232-5050 ext. 6631

On March 24th at 3 PM, the National Park Service and the Rosie the Riveter Trust are partnering with the Lesbian Social Club in Rossmoor to host an event at this large retirement community in Walnut Creek, CA to gather LGBT stories. The author of “Wax,” a fictional account of two lesbian shipyards workers in the Richmond Kaiser Shipyards, will be the keynote speaker. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to (510) 232-5050 ext. 6631.

Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historic Park is open seven days a week and located at 1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000
Richmond, CA

Webcast on 3/18 to explain same-sex Social Security benefits post DOMA

Learn how you may be able to secure more monthly social security benefits since the landmark supreme court decision striking down most of DOMA.

If you are in a same-sex marriage or thinking about getting married, and you are 62 or older, you may be able to collect more spousal benefits!

You and other family members may be able to qualify for more Social Security benefits. To find out more, listen to the experts share the latest news with you on a web cast on Tuesday, March 18th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm from the LA Gay and Lesbian Center.

Register to view at:

Space is limited. Register today so you don’t miss out on this valuable resource.

Download the event flyer here

Sponsored by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation
in conjunction with the LA Gay and Lesbian Center
Funded by the Archstone Foundation