News Briefs: Lesbians unite
for Maud's reunion party
compiled by Cynthia Laird
A new Pride tradition continues with the Maud's reunion party on Saturday, June 23 from noon to 6 p.m. at Finnegan's Wake, 937 Cole Street (at Carl) in San Francisco.
Finnegan's Wake is the site of the former lesbian bar, which was open from 1966 to 1989. In recent years, lesbians who frequented the old bar have held a reunion party on Pride weekend. Finnegan's Wake owner Tom Frenkel and the bar's staff and customers have welcomed the women back, organizers said.
As in previous years, there is a cash bar, pool and a "Memories of Maud's" clip that will play in the bar's TVs. The event is for those 21 and older.
Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition to host Pride kick-off party
The Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition will host its sixth annual 2012 Pride kick-off celebration Friday, June 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rasselas Jazz Club, 1534 Fillmore Street in San Francisco.
At the event, the coalition will honor former Mayor Willie Brown, who is this year's Pride Parade lifetime achievement grand marshal, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The group will also honor Bishop Christopher Senyonjo of Uganda with its Champion of Global Equality Award and Pride Parade grand marshal Edaj.
The party, co-sponsored by Soul of Pride, will also present its first Legislator of the Year Award to out Berkeley City Councilman Darryl Moore.
"With respect to President Obama and the NAACP's recent endorsements of same-sex marriage equality, we are especially proud to celebrate the historically significant leadership that people of African descent have and continue to provide to advance LGBT civil and human rights here and around the world," said Bayard Rustin Coalition co-founder and Co-Chair Andrea Shorter.
Entertainment will feature a special Pride Month reading by nationally recognized literary figure Marvin K. White, performance by Jelousy Jiggetts, and DJ Lamont, founder of Fingersnaps DJ and Art Collective.
Sliding scale contributions of $20-$60 are requested to benefit the Soul of Pride African Diaspora stage at Pride and the Bayard Rustin Coalition. For more information, visit http://bayardrustincoalition.com/.
Regional LGBT papers from association
A new National Gay Media Association was formally announced Wednesday, June 20, bringing together the top regional LGBT newspapers.
The LGBT market controls more than $600 billion in annual spending, according to a news release from the association, and will coordinate advertising spending in effective LGBT media markets.
"The regional LGBT media continue to serve their communities with strong newspapers and online content," said Tracy Baim, spokeswoman for NGMA and publisher of the Windy City Times in Chicago. "The LGBT movement is driven by a very local model. Many of our issues are different from city to city, and state to state, so our strongest media are the ones attuned to issues in their communities."
The Bay Area Reporter founded 41 years ago and the Washington Blade , founded about 40 years ago, are part of the alliance.
"The NGMA is the natural evolution of the National Gay Newspaper Guild of which Bob Ross and the Bay Area Reporter were founders," B.A.R. publisher Thomas E. Horn said, referring to the paper's founding publisher. "We intend that this loose association of the nation's premier LGBT media will be of benefit to and of service for our individual readers as well as the larger LGBT community nationwide."
The new association is largely aimed at national advertisers rather than editorial content.
Rivendell Media, the oldest and most experienced media firm representing LGBT media to advertising and marketing companies, founded NGMA in 2011.
"NGMA is the premiere vehicle for national advertisers to reach the gay and lesbian marketplace," Todd Evans, president of Rivendell, said in the statement. The firm also represents more than 100 other LGBT media.
Other LGBT papers that are part of the association include Bay Windows (Boston), Between the Lines (Detroit), the Dallas Voice, Gay City News (New York City), and GA Voice (Atlanta). These papers and their online platforms, along with the three previously mentioned publications, represent an estimated 500,000 weekly newspaper readers.
There are more than 150 regional LGBT media outlets that reach more than 3 million readers combined through weekly, biweekly, and monthly newspapers and magazines. The annual Gay Press Report notes that the combined advertising spending in LGBT media was $307 million in 2011, with 95 percent spent in local markets.
Haight Pride party Friday
Jon Sugar and his Gay Artist and Writers Kollective will have a Pride party in the Haight on Friday, June 22 beginning at 7 p.m. at Tikka Masala Restaurant, 1668 Haight Street in San Francisco. There is no cost to attend and the public is invited.
Volunteers are needed for the event, which will feature five rock and roll bands, Sugar said. Additionally, GAWK will be passing out food to other parade volunteers on Sunday, at 10:30 a.m. and help is needed for that as well. To sign up, email email@example.com.
Reminder for pink triangle volunteers
Patrick Carney of Friends of the Pink Triangle wants to remind folks that volunteers are still needed for Saturday's installation atop Twin Peaks.
The pink triangle, once used by Nazis in concentration camps to identify and shame homosexuals, has since been reclaimed by the gay community and is now a symbol of pride. The Friends of the Pink Triangle have done a Pride weekend installation for 16 years now, and it is always an icon to look for as the parade marches along Market Street. On clear days, it can be seen from the East Bay.
Carney noted that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will be one of the speakers at the dedication ceremony, slated for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23.
But in order to install the large pink canvasses, help is needed. The installation will take place from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Volunteers are asked to bring a hammer and gloves and wear closed-toe shoes. People should bring sunscreen. Carney said "fashionable pink triangle T-shirts will be provided to all who help."
To sign up, visit www.thepinktriangle.org or call Carney at (415) 726-4914. The website has detailed driving directions. Additionally, volunteers are needed the evening of June 24 to help take down the installation, for one hour or more from 5 to 8 p.m.
Imperial Court photo exhibit
Photographers Karen Massing and Eric Felder have documented the pomp and pageantry of the Imperial Court System, one of the largest LGBT fundraisers in the world, and some of their photos are now on exhibit at the Harvey Milk-Eureka Street branch of the San Francisco Public Library, 1 Jose Sarria Court in the Castro.
The photographs represent four years of work by Massing and Felder, and include 30 portraits that are part of a larger body of pictures taken at various coronations. The exhibit includes portraits of court members from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
The exhibit runs through September 15.
Gay, bi men over 50 group starting
The UCSF Alliance Health Project: Services for the LGBT and HIV Communities is starting a group for gay and bi men over 50. The group will meet for 14 weeks beginning Monday, June 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and is open to men regardless of their HIV status. Participants will talk about the joys and challenges of growing older in the gay community.
For the location or more information, call (415) 476-3902 and ask for the triage staff person or visit www.ucsf-ahp.org.