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
www.spectrumlgbtcenter.org

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! ******

SEE YOU NEXT TIME!

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.
View on Google Maps

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

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

Happy: the movie and humorist Michael Pritchard, 8/6 in Larkspur

The Rotary Club of Central Marin presents:
Happy: The movie. The movement.

A special evening with humorist Michael Pritchard
and Master of Ceremonies Noah Griffin

Wednesday, August 6th, 7:30pm
The Lark Theater
549 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA

Happy is a feature film that leads viewers across five continents to find the keys to happiness. An entertaining show for the entire family. Questions and answers with Michael Pritchard following the film.

Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door. For advance tickets call (415) 924-5111 or visit the Lark Theater.

A benefit for Rotary service projects in the local community and all over the world.

Download event flyer here (PDF)

Art for Life AIDS Benefit, 9/6 in Sebastopol

Save the date 2-1Art for Life – Sonoma County’s Premier Art Auction
Benefitting Face to Face
Saturday, September 6th, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m
Sebastopol Center for the Arts [map]

For 27 years, Sonoma County’s art and philanthropic communities come together each year to ensure care services to the more than 200 men, women and children living in HIV/AIDS and to aid in the effort to end HIV in the county.  The public is invited to preview the art from Noon – 3:00 p.m., on Friday, September 5 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.  The auction will take place on Saturday, September 6 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $75 per person. Sponsorships are available.  For more information and to view the online catalogue, please visit www.f2f.org.

LGBTQ and Friends Dance, Aug. 9th in Sebastopol

Eat, meet, drink and dance!

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
6:30pm to 10:30pm

Sebastopol Senior Center
167 North High Street, Sebastopol, CA

DJ Dave Brown spinning Motown, 70s, and disco

$10 at the door – benefits the Sebastopol Senior Center
RSVP to 707-829-2440

Download a flyer for this event here (PDF)

 

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

There are several social drop-in discussion groups available in the counties of Marin, Sonoma, and Napa that are special places for LGBT older adults. What constitutes an ‘older adult’ you ask? We leave that up to you, but attendance is typically people whose age is anywhere between 50 and 100.

Following is a general description of each group. All are free of charge to attend, and all occur on a monthly basis. You are welcome to visit any group that appeals to you, regardless of where you live. Since these are drop-in groups, you may come once or each time. You do not need to be a member or join anything. These are NOT therapy groups.

Descriptions have been provided by the facilitators of each group. Unless specified otherwise, Spectrum is not responsible for the content or management of any group.

MARIN COUNTY: Novato

When: Second Wednesday of each month, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Where: Novato Human Needs Center, 1907 Novato Blvd., Novato   •  (415) 897-4147
Brown Bag Lunch (optional) 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM – Coffee and Cookies Provided
Facilitated Discussion 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Facilitated by Nancy Flaxman, MSW

View/Download August 2014 Flyer

Description: We 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.

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.

NAPA COUNTY: Napa

When: First Tuesday of each month, 10:15 am – 12:00 PM
Where: Queen of the Valley Community Center, 3448 Villa Lane, Napa
10:15 AM to 10:30 AM: Arrival, coffee and pastries provided

Facilitated Discussion 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Facilitated by Paula Pilecki, Executive Director, Spectrum LGBT Center

Description: Napa’s first discussion group for LGBT older adults is now in its third year! Join us for a very casual, fun, and relaxed group discussion with different topics each month. There is often a film featured, followed by relevant discussion. Plenty of street & lot parking, wheelchair access, and located on major transportation routes. Whether in the closet or not, we’re discreet and confidential. For more information, call 707-583-2330 (24 hour confidential voice message line, checked regularly).

This group is made possible with funding from Napa County Health and Human Services, and hosted in partnership with LGBTQ Connection Napa and Spectrum LGBT Center.

SONOMA COUNTY: Santa Rosa

When: Fourth Tuesday of the month, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
>Where: Glaser Center at UUCM, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
Social time 1:00 – 1:30 PM; facilitated discussion 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Facilitator: Rotates on a volunteer basis
The group is not affiliated with any religious denomination.

Description: Join us for lively discussions, mutual support, sharing information, and all the while celebrating who we are. Everyone is welcome; there is no charge. Whether you’re in the closet or out, you are welcome!

SONOMA COUNTY: City of Sonoma

When: Third Friday of the month, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Where: Vintage House Senior Center, 264 1st Street East, Sonoma

Social time 10:00 – 10:30 AM; facilitated discussion 10:30 – 12:00 Noon

Coordinators: Gary “Buz” Hermes (707) 227-6935 and Janice Farrell (415) 608-5792

Description: All ages and abilities welcome! Come join us and feel free to bring a friend or neighbor. After the group, some of us go to lunch at a local restaurant.