By Brittany Doohan
Happy Harvey Milk Day!
Harvey Milk Day (May 22) is a special day that’s celebrated globally each year to honor Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist who was assassinated in 1978.
By Brittany Doohan
We’ve got your afternoon planned: Lace up those sneaks and get ready to soak up some sun as we take you on a walking tour through the heart of San Francisco’s LGBTQ community. With this step-by-step guide, you can learn about the history of Castro, San Francisco while getting an afternoon of leisurely exploration. (Plus, you’ll burn a bunch of calories so you can feast at all the famous Castro District restaurants!)
Born in France, raised in Cameroon, and educated in the Midwestern United States, Jazz singer Landry recently moved to the San Francisco bay area to live an authentic life after 30+ years of living in the closet both as a gay man and as a singer. Inspired by his inner struggles to constantly deny/fix/repair the gay in him, Landry created an album made up of songs that were his refuge and his sanctuary when the rest of the world would seem unfriendly. “As a gay man, I have a very vivid imagination. I constantly need to create in my mind a place where I can be myself. I call that place The Bayou, thus the title of my first album. It’s a world where I can live all my dreams, where the folks are fine, and the world is mine at last.” - Landry
Landry went on to dedicate his first album, The Bayou, to the LGBT community with the intention to provide healing and empowerment to the millions of gay people throughout the world that are still in the trenches. The album artwork was designed accordingly to provide a powerful symbol of gay love: a love that is childish, pure, authentic, uncontrollable, and international.
“Those of us who live in the West and now enjoy the freedom of being gay have the responsibility to demonstrate and spread that freedom to the rest of the world. That’s exactly my mission with this album. I want to turn this first project into a commercial success that will take me places in the world where I can be an ambassador for gay love through my music and my authenticity.” - Landry
Tree planting organization helps residents beautify
The Castro and surrounding blocks will soon be leafier. Friends of the Urban Forest, a non-profit organization that helps individuals and neighborhood groups plant and care for street trees and sidewalk gardens throughout San Francisco, has planned a summer tree planting in the Castro.
FUF plants trees in neighborhoods in which property owners have requested trees for at least 25 properties. A "Tree Package" includes a tree, permit processing, site preparation including concrete removal, and two post-planting tree care visits. Most of the costs are covered by grants, government funding and donations; tree recipients pay a fee of only $135 per Tree Package, which includes a one-year FUF membership.
By Brittany Doohan
[Photo by: Anand Wilder]
Dolores Park (originally known as Mission Park) is one of the most popular and loved parks in San Francisco — especially by gay San Francisco!
Dolores Park Amenities, Facilities and Tranquilities
Located on 18th St. between Dolores and Church Streets, Dolores Park spreads it’s grassy roots across nearly 14 acres, holding six tennis courts, one basketball court, two soccer fields, a playground and a clubhouse with public restrooms. And, if you find the right spot, you can enjoy one of the best views in the city.
Thursday, March 14th
$10 at Door
Stand-up comic, Valerie Branch hosts a night of amazing comedic talent featuring six of the Bay Areas top LGBT comics at the iconic Lookout bar and nightclub. Also appearing in this line up is San Francisco’s Omnipresent Drag Chanteuse, Bebe Sweetbriar, who will be singing a wildly hilarious number live!
Host / Producer, Valerie Branch
Valerie Branch started stand up comedy in Portland, Oregon, then moved to San Francisco where her cheeky wit and her bawdy drag character, Pia Messing, have earned her a strong following in the LGBT community. She has opened for Tommy Davidson at Tommy T's Showroom, featured for Justin Martindale at SF Comedy Cellar and performed regularly at the legendary Purple Onion. Valerie co-produces the Jokers and Queens Comedy and Drag Showcase, and was one of the rotating emcees at what SF Weekly 2012 vote voted “Best Open Mic”.
Remember The Party's annual Disco event for 2012 will be Remember The Party--We Are Family! With DJ Jerry Bonham, at City Nights 715 Harrison St. San Francisco formerly known as Dreamland. On Sunday October 7th from 6:00pm to 3:00am.
Remember The Party is a truly authentic Disco party. A salute to San Francisco's famous dance spaces like the Trocadero Transfer, Dreamland, the I-Beam etc., it's a fabulous celebration of how a Disco party was presented during the 70s and early 80s with manually operated lighting used as an enhancement to the music, shimmering mirror balls and glorious music with soaring strings, soulful vocals and dangerous rhythm. RTP gives a feel of how a night at the Disco really was during the Disco era, a gorgeous peek at SF's gay Disco musical heritage.
What's does "historic preservation" mean -- and why should it matter to GLBT people?
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."