Castro District News

Three Questions for Gerry Takano: Making GLBT Lives Visible in the Field of Historic Preservation

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Architect and preservation consultant Gerry Takano seated at the bar at the Twin Peaks Tavern, a historic Castro Street establishment open since 1972.
Architect Gerry Takano is groundbreaker in GLBT historic preservation. Born and reared in Hawaii, he graduated from Syracuse University's School of Architecture in New York. In the-mid 1990s, he moved to San Francisco to work for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. While at the trust, Takano organized the first national conference on the preservation of GLBT historic sites. Today, he works as a preservation, planning and design consultant. Takano will be among the panelists for a program at The GLBT History Museum on August 16 on preserving queer places. In the following interview, he discusses historic preservation as a means of bringing visibility to GLBT history.

What's does "historic preservation" mean -- and why should it matter to GLBT people?

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Castro Street Fair is "The Happiest Place in San Francisco"

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

The happiest place in San Francisco promises to be the 38th Annual Castro Street Fair, happening Sunday, October 2nd, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM in the heart of the Castro. This year's Fair remains true to form, and will feature multiple stages of live and interactive entertainment, along with two dance stages, hundreds of exhibitors, a large food court and plenty of refreshment.

"The Castro Street Fair has long been the unofficial end to the street fair season here in San Francisco", points out the Fair's Executive Director, George Ridgely. "It's one of your last chances to get outside and dance in the streets before next spring."

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Surrogacy for the Gay Man

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By Gail Sexton Anderson Ed.M.

Surrogacy has been in the news recently as a way for gay couples and singles to build their families.

In all cases when a surrogate is required, the surrogate is providing an essential piece of the complex puzzle of how a baby is created. Both straight and gay intended parents are thrilled and grateful for the surrogate. But most men have not had to give up their dream of carrying their child in their own uterus. The men involved in building this family now have the opportunity to become parents, a dream they may never had hoped to realize in decades past. There is rarely any underlying jealousy as there can be between an intended mother and a surrogate.

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Castro Swerve Summary

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SF Pride-goers rejoice! The free iPhone app Swerve contains a mobile Guide to Pride. The Guide includes the dozens of official Pride events - parades, stages, and parties – as well as many of the unofficial events held from today through the closing parties on Sunday.

Swerve displays Pride events on a live map so users can see where stages, clubs, restaurants and other parties are in relation to where they are standing. It also offers a list view with detailed descriptions of each event and stage. Pride events are shown by date for easy navigation through all of the Pride happenings around the city. No more wandering around with a paper guide trying to figure out what's going on where and how far away it is.

Swerve also makes it easy to share event information with others through Twitter and Facebook.

A sampling of the 40+ events in Swerve's Guide to Pride:

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Bank of America to Award $130,000 to San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Nonprofit Organizations

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Check presentation by entertainer Donna Sachet kicks off San Francisco Pride Celebration

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WHAT:
To kick off the 41st annual San Francisco Pride Celebration, Bank of America will award a total of $130,000 to nine local nonprofits that support the needs of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) communities. Local entertainer Donna Sachet will present checks to representatives from: Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC), Our Family Coalition, The National AIDS Memorial Grove, San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Community Center, Horizons Foundation, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Project Open Hand, San Francisco PRIDE Celebration and San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

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GLBT Historical Society Announces Summer Programs at Castro District Museum

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www.glbthistory.org

4127 18th Street (between Castro and Collingwood)
San Francisco CA, 94114
(415) 621-1107 info@glbthistory.org

SAN FRANCISCO - The GLBT Historical Society has announced a series of special programs for June and July 2011 featuring historians, curators, authors, elders and community organizers offering insights on a wide range of topics in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history. Participants also will discuss the ways that historical themes resonate for GLBT people and society as a whole today. All the events will take place at The GLBT History Museum at 4127 18th St. in San Francisco's Castro District. For more information, visit www.glbthistory.org.

JUNE 15
Cultural Confluences: The Art of Lenore Chinn To mark the 30th anniversary of the first reports of AIDS, the GLBT History Museum is currently exhibiting Son Cuates (1981), a painting by Chinese American lesbian artist and activist Lenore Chinn that represents the beginning of the epidemic in San Francisco.

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California League of Adult Scavenger Hunters (CLASH)

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The California League of Adult Scavenger Hunters (CLASH) hosts an extreme scavenger hunt every Saturday night in a different San Francisco neighborhood. What makes it extreme? Real life characters such as exotic fortune tellers, ninjas, bears, Waldo, and peruvian terrorists interact with teams but may also attack them at times with silly string, whipped cream or fireworks. Other clues and challenges have also been known to involve strippers, body shots, pearl necklaces and sex shops. Did we mention there are bears? It's a race around the neighborhood that has players interacting with the community and learning about some really hot stuff they probably didn't know existed. The great thing about CLASH is that anyone can join at anytime. It gives people an excuse to get wild and crazy every Saturday night! It's certainly not your grandma's scavenger hunt.

Show Pride in Your Neighborhood; Become a Castro Ambassador!

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Have you ever stopped and helped confused tourists? Helped someone find Harvey Milk's old camera shop? Shown a visitor the Pink Triangle and Memorial Park? Then you might want to become a Castro Ambassador! The Castro Volunteer Ambassador, serves as a good will ambassador and a guide for tourists and others visitors to the Castro. Ambassadors provide information to visitors on businesses, neighborhood events, and places of interest in the community.

If you are interested contact the Executive Director of the Castro CBD at:

execdirector@castrocbd.org
or visit us online at:
http://castrocbd.org/content/ambassador-program

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Tales of the City

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April 25, 2011

CELEBRITY GRAND MARSHAL OLYMPIA DUKAKIS TO HOST 2011 SF PRIDE EVENTS

San Francisco fans of Olympia Dukakis now have something to cheer about. Ms. Dukakis is coming to town the week of Gay Pride for several large events. During her visit, there will be some great opportunities to get up-close and personal with the Academy Award-winning actress.

Ms. Dukakis—the Celebrity Grand Marshal of the 2011 SF Pride Parade—will host several fundraisers on Friday, June 24. All events are available to the general public, with proceeds donated to A.C.T and the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation.

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GLBT Family Building Primer

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Part I: The Intro

My passion is helping people to form families when traditional methods are out of the question. I know what it's like to strongly desire a child and my heart goes out to anyone who faces an obstacle on their way to building a family. Having worked in "ART" Assisted Reproductive Technology since 1998 I have counseled hundreds of intended parents facing fertility issues. For the most part infertility often comes down to what is missing, be that gametes or a uterus and nothing brings me more joy than to help intended parent to find those missing pieces so they can reach their goal of parenthood.

California is the most supportive state in the country for building a family through non-traditional means. You may think that this is solely because California is so forward thinking. Although that's true that may also be because there are more fertility clinics in California than any other state in the union and clinics are a business like any other competing for business.

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