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Rainbow Toastmasters

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Recently, I was invited to The SF Rainbow Toastmasters.  It was a fun-filled evening as members presented and critiqued three speeches.  In addition, there was a round of table topics where members stand up and have 1-2 minutes to offer their best to response to impromptu topics.

We sat down with Rainbow Toastmaster, Michael Platania to learn more.

Rainbow Toastmasters

How did the Rainbow Toastmasters begin?

Ken Stram was the founder. He started the club about six or seven years ago. He was the Economic Development Director at the SF LGBT Center and thought this would be a good program to have. He eventually left the center and Rainbow, but we are very excited that he has recently rejoined Rainbow!

Why an LGBT chapter?

To give us a safe space to speak and share our stories without fear or worry about what we say.

I’ve been to a lot of other toastmaster clubs, many are very good, but none quite like the group at Rainbow. We have had many guests visit us from other clubs, who also say Rainbow is unique in Toastmasters.

What does a member experience in Toastmasters?

You learn how to be a better communicator and how to be a better leader. It is a self-paced program, so everyone gets to learn and progress at their own pace. One of the unique parts of the toastmaster experience is the supportive, encouraging atmosphere. It’s all about building people up, focusing on their strengths.

Is Toastmaster a level like a black belt? Does one earn their Toastmaster status?

Yes, there are various levels. The first in “Competent Communicator” which is achieved after giving your first 10 speeches. There is also a “Competent Leader”, after filling a certain number of roles at meetings. (every meeting has a variety or roles – speakers, times, evaluators, etc) From there, you go on to a Bronze level, Silver Level, and ultimately DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) – the top level. Many people, once they achieve their DTM, then start all over and go through the process again. Some people are working on their 2nd or 3rd DTM.

Sounds like grad school

hehe – for some it can be. The people who are on their DTM are very motivated. Some people just do a few speeches.

What about the contests?

We have contests twice a year – one in the spring and one in the fall. The fall contest is a humorous speech contest, and an evaluation contest (evaluating a speech). When someone wins at the club level, they proceed to the Area Contest (an area is 4-5 clubs). From there is the Division Contest (a division is 4-5 areas) and from there to the district contest. We are in District D – from SF to Monterey.

In the spring is the International speech contest which involves winning speakers from around the world competing. This year, it will the International contest will be held in August, at the international convention in Orlando.

Have you had Rainbow members go onto upper-level contests and how have they done?

In 2010, I made it to the District Humorous Speech contest. There were eight competitors from the District – I did not make it into the final three. We’ve had others get to Area and Division levels, but I think I am the only one that made it to the District.

Rainbow Toastmaster Mike Barsul was the 2010-2011 (our calendar year is July 1 to June 30) District Governor. He is now running to be on the Toastmaster International Board of Directors, representing Region 2 – the Pacific Northwest). The election will take place at the International Convention in Orlando, in August.

If someone is interested but afraid of public speaking, what advice would you offer?

Come check us out. You can just sit and watch, have a fun night, maybe learn something, without any pressure or obligation.

If someone wants to learn more?

They should come check out a meeting. It’s free and all they have to do is show up – no prior registration is needed. They can observe how the club work and have some fun without any obligation or commitment or need to speak. If they have questions, they can email to us info@rainbowtoastmasters.org

Are there any other LGBT Toastmaster Chapters?

I know there is a LGBT chapter in New York Pride Toastmasters www.pridetoastmasters.com/– probably a few others but not sure. Also, people can check out our website rainbowtoastmaster.org, or for more general info – toastmasters.org website.

Rainbow Toastmasters San Francisco

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Day of Silence 2017

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Day of Silence – GLSEN’s Day of Silence is a student-led national event organized in thousands of schools, bringing awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying, and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBTQ behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBTQ students and those perceived to be LGBTQ. Apr 21, 2017

Day of Silence 2017

GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”) was founded in 1990 by a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who came together to improve an education system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks.

Over 25 years later, that small group has grown into the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.

We face a pervasive problem with a set of new challenges. 8 out of 10 LGBT students are still harassed at school each year because of who they are.

We are working to change that.

At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.

We accomplish our goals by working in hallways across the country — from Congress and the Department of Education to schools and district offices in your community — to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education.

  • We conduct extensive and original research to inform our evidence-based solutions for K-12 education.
  • We author developmentally appropriate resources for educators to use throughout their school community.
  • We partner with decision makers to ensure that comprehensive and inclusive safe schools policies are considered, passed and implemented.
  • We partner with dozens of national education organizations to leverage our shared expertise into creating great schools and better opportunities for every student.
  • We empower students to affect change by supporting student-led efforts to positively impact their own schools and local communities.

Every day GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together, we can transform our nation’s K-12 schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve.


Gay Pride or LGBT Pride is the celebration of who we are.  Pride allows us to take a stand against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and to promote self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increased visibility, build community while we celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.

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Stonewall Workplace Conference London 2017

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Stonewall Workplace Conference London 2017 – Conference is a unique chance to hear from inspiring people like Robert Hannigan, Director of GCHQ, and Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyd’s of London. Our speakers bring our work to life and empower our audiences to create change.  London, UK; Apr 7, 2017

Stonewall Workplace Conference London 2017

People perform better when they can be themselves.

Join over 800 delegates at our CPD-accredited conference in London on Friday 7 April, kindly supported by EY.

Why attend?

Learn best practice

View this year’s breakout sessions

  • We have 21 breakout sessions lead by inclusion specialists. New content this year includes sessions on working in Asia and supporting your bi staff.
  • For the first time, we will have streams on working globally and supporting your trans staff, as well as a stream of senior leaders.
  • Delegates leave with an action plan and access to the latest Stonewall research and resources.

Expand your network

  • Connect with professionals from all sectors committed to equality.
  • Share expertise with top organizations and leading LGBT networks.
  • Learn more about Stonewall’s resources and campaigns and how to use them in your organization.

Be inspired

The conference is a unique chance to hear from inspiring people like Robert Hannigan, Director of GCHQ, and Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyd’s of London. Our speakers bring our work to life and empower our audiences to create change.


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Northeast LGBT Conference 2017

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Northeast LGBT Conference – The University at Albany, State University of New York, is proud to host the 20th Annual Northeast Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender College Conference! Albany, NY; Apr 1-3, 2017

Northeast LGBT Conference 2017

The Northeast LGBT College Conference works through education, collaboration, and deliberate dialogue to fight all forms of Racism, Ableism, Classism, Sexism and Heterosexism in our society in order to provide a more supportive and better affirming environment for all Students, Faculty and Staff on college campuses across the Northeast. We believe in Campus Pride and share in the vision for campuses and a society free of anti-LGBTQ* prejudice, bigotry, and hate.

To these ends, the NELGBTC is a student founded, funded and run conference since 1995. To this end, the Northeast LGBT* College Conference serves to highlight and celebrate Colleges and Universities working to provide an affirming educational environment for all students. By connecting with local, regional and national activists and organizations to bring LGBT* and allied college students, advisors and administrators in the Northeast together to share best practices, programs, policies, and resources.

In order to stay true to our mission, and the groups we serve, the NELGBTC Oversight Board works with student leaders and administrators to bring this AMAZING conference to their campus as a host institution. The conference comes with the majority of funding from student registration and from some annual sponsors. Every campus host has its own unique opportunities, gifts, and challenges. We work with you every step of the way to make sure this is a great experience.

Host submissions are on a rolling basis. Submitting this form is not an agreement to host but shows interest, all host cities must be within the Northeast as defined by the US Census (Maine to Washington DC)

Host cities have reported the following benefits from their experience: Leadership experience for students, increased on-campus student involvement (year of and years after), increased on-campus awareness for LGBTQ inclusion (for students and administrators), $30-$60,000 economic impact to your campus and surrounding community, networking, jobs/internships, new student recruitment, alumni engagement, coalitions , national speakers and recognition. And MUCH MUCH MORE


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B’More Proud 2017 LGBTQIA Leadership Summit

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B’More Proud LGBTQIA Leadership – This year’s B’More Proud LGBTQIA Leadership Summit seeks to achieve the leadership, networking, and educational goals of the B’More Proud Collegiate Queer Coalition with a special focus on the development of stronger student leaders, organizations, campuses, and ultimately, the queer community of Metropolitan Baltimore. Baltimore, MD; Mar 25, 2017

B’More Proud 2017 LGBTQIA Leadership Summit

B’More Proud: The Collegiate Queer Coalition of Metropolitan Baltimore is the primary intercollegiate network and clearinghouse serving college & university students/faculty/staff in the Baltimore-Metro LGBTQIA community. We seek to promote personal and professional growth of this community through leadership development, academic scholarship, educational programming and social networking opportunities.


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Did we vote for the “queer” thing and I missed it?

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I am here, I am queer…

OK, you know the rest.  When I talk about our community, I tend to use the umbrella term “Queer.”  Using Gay seems too limiting and trying to figure out which part of the alphabet to use to be all inclusive gets tedious and I’m bound to leave someone out.  So for me, it’s Queer.

Did we vote for the "queer" thing and I missed it?

GLAAD recently moved from LGBT to LGBTQ. Better, but inevitably there are those who feel left out.     Not wanting to offend I decided to use queer feeling it was more inclusive.  What could go wrong? Wait for it….

Yup, I pissed a few people off.  On Facebook, naturally. I had made a list introducing our new Queer Business group on LinkedIn (yes, a not so subtle plug – join us). Most of my posts tend to go ignored (thanks for the love folks), but not this one.  The respondents were opposed to the business group concept, but they took exception to the use of the Queer identifier. Queer is offensive. Queer is derogatory.  Many had fought to overcome this schoolyard taunt. And here I was calling my group Queer. Apparently, I had sold out the brotherhood. Who knew?

Good on the LGBT, but why does it have to be “queer”? That word is very offensive to those of us over 45 and the ones that work hard in the 70s to get us where we are now (not to even start on the AIDS work). Just my feeling and my friends have been warned, call me that and they will have a black eye and I want to go running off crying like before. Did we vote for the “queer” thing and I missed it? 

I agree with you. Younger people claim they are “taking back” the word queer, but I have painful memories of a schoolyard game called “Smear the Queer.”

I get it, sort of. And I also realize that no matter what I do, I’m bound to piss someone off.

GLAAD recommends the use of LGBTQ. We have many followers who don’t identify as LGBor T, but something else. There can be a whole alphabet of trying to be inclusive LGBTQIAPK – you see where it’s going. Yes, based on a younger demographic who are more comfortable with an overreaching queer label as opposed to a gay business or lesbian business. No matter what we choose, we risk upsetting someone. So for those of you that haven’t embraced Queer as the solution – understand our intent was never to offend but simply to find an umbrella term that captures and embraces all those who wish to identify as LGBTQI or whatever suits you and know that we welcome regardless of which letter you choose.  http://time.com/4544704/why-lgbtq-will-replace-lgbt/

Over the years, I have been a fag, queer, gay, top, bottom, boy, Sir, bear and even have an official lesbian card. So I’m good no matter what you call me because it’s not your labels that matter but how I choose to self-identify to the world at any given moment. 

And it’s not just us – how about you don’t use the word queer to describe LGBT!!! it’s a fucking slur!

What do you think?

Did we vote for the “queer” thing and I missed it? 

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Bear and Leather Events

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Folsom Street, Mid-Atlantic Leather, Folsom Europe, IML, International Mr Leather, Amsterdam Fetish Weekend, Lazy Bear and so much more…

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April

  • Smokeout – SMOKEOUT is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar studs, bikers, leathermen, bears, and friends from all over the world.  A ‘free-flowing’ weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way you want to … in the company of fellow studs!  No rigid program to follow with lots of time for being a tourist, enjoying a show, attending events or just relaxing and having a great time! Come with a fun, uncomplicated, positive attitude and let Las Vegas do its magic! Las Vegas, NV; Apr 5-9 2017
  • Bears, Bikers and Mayhem – Now in its 6th YEAR, Bears, Bikers, and Mayhem is the ultimate crossover event for bears, that like leather, and bikers that like bears who like leather. Gettysburg, PA; Apr 6-9, 2017
  • Northwest Bears Spring Thaw – Seattle, WA; Apr 6-9 2017
  • Sugar Bear Weekend – Montreal, Canada; Apr 6-9, 2017
  • BIG BOY PRIDE – Big Boy Pride is a four-day event presented to foster the empowerment and togetherness of same gender loving larger men and those who support them. Orlando, FL; Apr 6-10 2017
  • Barcelona Bear Pride 2017 – Evento bear gay internacional en Barcelona en 2017. Internacional gay bear event in Barcelona in 2017. Barcelona, Spain; Apr 12-17, 2017
  • BLF | ECMC Leather & Fetish Week – In 1998 the BLF was established to organize this event and also to provide a framework for the Berlin Easter Meeting to once again become one of the great fetish fixtures in the calendar of the fetish world. This is the reason why in 2013, we celebrate 15 years BLF | Berlin Leather and Fetish e.V.. We are pleased that you are all here together celebrating this anniversary with us and the Berlin community. Apr 12-18, 2017
  • Torremolinos Leather & Fetish – Torremolinos will hold its Leather & Fetish event, now in its third year. Torremolinos, as an international gay resort, has a large resident and tourist population making it a reference on the Leather circuit. This year, many bars such as QUERELL, EXXXTREME, THE FACTORY, MEN’S, WANT and AQUA will organize Leather and Fetish theme parties. Other bars, restaurants, hotels and saunas will also join the party such as EDEN Chiringuito, GATO LOUNGE (beside the beach), IBIZA STYLE (in Pueblo Blanco). Hotels GUADALUPE and BEATRIZ and CANDISOL Apartments are participating as well as Sauna APOLO.  We will also have nightly club parties at clubs CENTURYON and AQUA with well-known Leather and Fetish sessions from ADUFF JUSTFFESTISH, BUNKK3R, BRUTUS, EXPLOSION and IN THE NAVY. Torremolinos, Spain; Apr 13-16, 2017
  • Easter BearDance – The hottest bear event in Berlin- with DJ Saeed, Luis Yanguas & LXG – live visuals by VJ Alkis. Berlin, Germany; Apr 14, 2017
  • Central Canada Drummer – Gear up for Central Canada Drummer Fetish Weekend 2017 — a testosterone-fuelled Easter long weekend of kink and play. Gay kinksters into rubber, leather, sports kit, skinhead, uniforms, punk, military and more will partake in seven events over four days. Toronto, Ontario; Apr 14-16, 2017
  • KinkFest – KinkFest is the west coast’s premiere sexually-diverse BDSM and kink conference, offering educational workshops, infamous play parties, leather and fetish vendors and community meeting space. Portland, OR; Apr 14-16, 2017
  • BLF | FAST – EASTER BASTARDS BERLINThe official party of the BLF – EASTER WEEK FETISH place in the gay again this year Schoeneberg neighborhood instead. Enjoy a 100% gay EASTER BASTARDS – PARTY in a unique atmosphere. With the TOP DJ`s Rafa Nunes, RedTomCat, TommyS is the party people fired up strong again. On 2 levels you can party, dancing, cruising, and messing around …….! STRICT DRESS CODE: Leather – Rubber – Army – Skin – Sportswear NO JEANS- only in combination with Chaps/ NO street clothing! Berlin, Germany; Apr 16, 2017
  • Beach Bear Weekend – BeachBear Weekend was founded to bring men to greater Fort Lauderdale to experience the best we have to offer. Our city is like a cruise that doesn’t leave port. Come enjoy our world-class beaches, the nearby Everglades, our wild nightlife, and beachfront restaurants, shopping, and other attractions. We’ll show the bears one hell of a time! Fort Lauderdale, FL; Apr 19 – May 3, 2017
  • International Ms Leather – Cruising, flirting, playing, watching, hot fun, education, connecting, shopping and much more! The weekend starts on Thursday with Seduction, our steamy show to get you going. Friday includes day-long intensive educational courses, vendor opening, play space opening, judging for the 2017 IMsL/IMsBB titleholders and the opening ceremonies. Saturday we are in full swing with workshops, vending, silent auction and the second half of the contest. Sunday continues with a brunch, our pool party, more workshops and Bawdy Storytelling and Slam. Throughout the weekend will be hospitality parties such as the queer mixer and hosted parties by clubs and organizations. San Jose CA; Apr 20-23 2017
  • Manchester Rubber Weekend 8 – Manchester, England; Apr 20-24, 2017
  • Sleazy Madrid – The main Spanish gathering of international fetish men which takes place in Madrid during MayDay weekend. Madrid, Spain; Apr 26 – May 2, 2017
  • Bear Hunt XVII – Cajun Bears and Creole Cubs, let’s get ready to party at Bear Hunt XVI: Bears on the Bayou. Myrtle Beach, SC;  Apr 27-30, 2017
  • CLAW 17 – Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend – CLAW 17 is 100% non-profit and has donated over $680,000 to community charities. Cleveland, OH; Apr 27-30, 2017
  • Beyond Leather and International Power Exchange – Imagine taking your vacation in Fort Lauderdale Florida enjoying four (4) days and three (3) nights sharing a unique experience with 400 like minded individuals! Now picture your days filling your mind and body with learning technique skills as well as how to create, maintain and keep pleasure in your relationships to help ignite that fire within! Close your eyes because now it’s night time and you’re immersed in the joy surrounding you. Feel that personal sexual freedom as you’re watching the exploration all around. Share in the journey as you see and feel the techniques learned. The vision is amazing and the energy is powerful. Welcome to Beyond Leather, an experience to never forget! Fort Lauderdale FL; Apr 27-30, 2017
  • International Bears Meeting – Sitges, Spain; Apr 27 – May 1, 2017
  • Phurfest 2017 – Join the Bears of the West for Phurfest 2017! Enjoy fun in the sun, a chance to meet new friends, and explore what Phoenix has to offer. Phoenix Phurfest has been around for 14 years. Over 2200 bears and buddies from 12+ countries have enjoyed the warmth and friendliness of our city at Phurfest. Phoenix, AZ; Apr 27 – May 1, 2017
  • Doggy Weekend 2017 – the Thüringer Lederclub e.V. is organizing an international meeting again for dogs and their owners. You can slip into your role for a whole weekend and you can join together with like-minded pet player. From 28th of April until 1th of May 2017 we are looking forward to offering you a comprehensive program. The whole things are designed by Pet player for Pet player. Experienced guys and newcomers are welcome. Efurt, Germany; Apr 28 – May 1, 2017
  • GREAT BRITISH BEAR BASH 20: OPERATION RESCUETeaming up with The Big Scrum Manchester, Bear Club UK, Eagle Bar Manchester & The Rem Bar just for starters. Manchester, UK; Apr 28 – May 2, 2017
  • Annual Laughlin River Run – Desert Brotherhood MC, 9 AM, Las Vegas NV; Apr 29, 2017
  • Mister Leather Italia – The Mr. Leather Italia 2017 weekend, organized by Leather Friends Italia and Leather Club Roma. Rome, Italy; Apr 29 – May 1, 2017
  • INTO THE TANK ROMA – The famous fetish night from Madrid, goes this winter to Rome again. Rome. Sports – Urban – Clubbers – Leather – Rubber – Army – Jockstraps – Underwear – Swimming Trunks – Speedos, etc.. are the main dress-codes for the party. Rome, Italy; Apr 30, 2017

May

  • MR. LEATHER BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG 2017/18 – The most important fetish-event in LC Stuttgart´s annual agenda is coming up soon. We are convinced that the May Meeting with the election of MR. LEATHER BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG and the following club party Rough Men Night is going to be a great event. Everyone can come on his costs or rather to his kind, as hot leather and fetish guys from many parts of Europe are supposed to come and enjoy themselves until the early morning. Starting the long weekend we welcome our guests at the Gaydelight Party on Stuttgart´s spring fair. On Friday Night, we are going to crowd the Boots and the Eagle where the candidates for MR. LEATHER BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG 2017/18 will be introduced. Saturday night is reserved for the election at Kings Club and the subsequent leather-fetish-party at an exceptional location. There, the LC Stuttgart organizes a great fetish-event again that does not leave any wishes. It is going without saying that there is an agenda around all the fetish-events as well: we would like to go motor-biking together, to enjoy sights of Stuttgart, and in the end, to celebrate at the spring fair of Stuttgart once more. Stuttgart, Germany; May 4-7, 2017
  • Northwest Leather Celebration – Northwest Leather Celebration is a gathering place for all the leather tribes and offers a full weekend of education, fellowship, fun, and the Northwest Regional Master-slave Contest. Sacramento, CA; May 4-7 2017
  • Paris Fetish 3 – Paris is hosting its first European fetish weekend – 16 parties and new events have been planned in order to gather many people in Paris for a great time of conviviality, sharing, pleasure and sex of course. May 11-14, 2017
  • DomCon: LA We are proud to announce that the DomCon LA 2017 Mistresses of Ceremonies are Mistress Porcelain Midnight of San Diego, California, Mistress Gabrielle of Adelaide, Australia, and Mistress Molly from Manchester, New Hampshire. Los Angeles CA; May 17-21, 2017
  • Urban Bear – Join thousands of the world’s hottest Bears, Cubs and friends at this annual block party in the heart of the Meatpacking District featuring NYC, NY; May 18-21, 2017
  • Texas Bear Round UP – Annual Bear Weekend with the Dallas Bears. Dallas, TX; May 18-21, 2017
  • Twilight Guard 2017 Run – Excelsior MC Presents Lust for Life 2016 The Island of Misfit Boys (The Lord of the Flies meets The Boys in The Band!) Fire Island, NY; May 19-21, 2017
  • Amsterdam Fetish Pride – Amsterdam will celebrate it’s fourth Fetish Pride. The city of cheese, tulips and tolerance welcomes all the fetish fella’s and their friends for a weekend filled with fun. Amsterdam, Netherlands; May 25-29, 2017
  • FIERTE OURS PARIS (Paris Bear Pride) – This will be the year of the 10th edition of this event which has found its place in the bear community, both in France and abroad. For this anniversary edition, The Bear Paris invite an adventure companion of many talents and facets, as partner artist Nicolas Maalouly, who will present his works in two exhibitions at home and Bears’den IEM. It is the photographer Mathias Casado Castro will highlight the 10 candidates in 2017. DJ RV (Follivores / Crazyvores) will moderate the inevitable Paris Bear Cruise, 25 May. Major Evening Pride Bear Paris, the Election of Mr. Bear 2017 will be held Saturday, May 27 at Depot with DJ Amina and Dj Quentin Vedelly, Paris, France; May 24-28, 2017
  • Nuremberg Leather Club Campus 2017 – an outdoor meeting not only for bikers – takes place in the Bavarian Rhön. Nuremberg, Germany; May 24-28, 2017
  • Bear Pride – Whether it’s your first trip to Chicago, you visit all the time, or you are a local Bear Pride 22 will give you a chance to enjoy the city and all that it offers.  BP22 delivers the best dances, the most interactive events, and endless opportunities for connecting with friends, both old and new.  You won’t want to miss out on this great weekend of Bears in the City! Chicago, IL; May 25-29, 2017
  • IML – International Mr Leather – International Mr. Leather (IML) is an international conference and contest of leathermen held annually in May since 1979 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago, IL; May 25-19, 2017
  • Empire City, M.C.’s Annual Biker Weekend – EMPIRE CITY MOTORCYCLE CLUB: 52 YEARS OF RIDING & BROTHERHOOD! New York, NY; May 26-29, 2017
  • Lisbon Bear PrideAn international encounter for bears and friends in the spectacular city of Lisbon. Parties and fun with optional gastronomic and cultural experiences. Lisbon, Portugal; May 31 – June 5, 2017

June

  • Tidal Wave Weekend – We are excited to welcome you to the Wave of the Future! Come “Get Lucky“ at this year’s Tidal Wave Weekend at the Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area, from Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, June 4! We have once again secured the entire 325-room property for our annual weekend blow-out party, this year featuring not only our amazing line up of DJ’s and pool parties, but a live Vegas-style knock-down, drag-out battle royale between three of our favorite contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bob the Drag Queen, Alaska Thunderfuck and Ginger Minj! Also new this year, immediately following the show on Friday, will be Double or Nothing, an after-hours party spectacular featuring Fort Lauderdale DJ Doug Jackson! Come beat the spread at our Charity Casino and compete for great prizes, with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Saturday night poolside, don’t miss a special performance by Martha Wash, the Original Weather Girl! Orlando, FL; Jun 1-4, 2017
  • Cologne Fetish Pride – In addition to our activities distributed over the year, we host of Rheinfetisch always at Pentecost, the Cologne Fetish Pride. From Thursday to Monday there are many events and is certainly one of the highlights of the choice of Mr.Fetish NRW, who represents the Cologne, and the scene of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany and beyond its borders. We are pleased to announce that Georg Kroneis of viol voice, known from fetish baroque, accompanied the election of mr.fetish nrw 2017.Cologne, Germany; June 1-5, 2017
  • Southern Hi Bearnation – Victoria’s premier bear event. Melbourne, Australia; June 11-18, 2017
  • Boot Camp – The 15 Association – The longest-standing gay male BDSM Association in the western USA. Active in the San Francisco BDSM community with play parties, an annual run (Boot Camp), social events and charitable fundraising. Saratoga Springs, Lake County CA; June 14-18, 2017
  • Vienna Fetish Spring – Hosted by LMC Vienna. Vienna, spring and a hot fetish event: each one is a good reason for a city trip. Put them all together and you have a must-go event! Fetish Spring began four years ago when the Austrian fetish club LMC Vienna decided to add another highlight to the international gay fetish calendar. The event is in addition to LMC Vienna’s main fetish event which takes place in October. Since it was launched, Vienna Fetish Spring has taken place around the weekend of the Corpus Christi holiday – typically in late May or early June. What makes this event special is the vibe that comes from the combination of a wonderful city, the early summer sun (hopefully), and an amazing set of parties. If you are looking for a commercialized mass rally, other places might satisfy you more. But if you want the perfect mix of hot parties and a personal touch, Vienna Fetish Spring is a perfect choice. The program covers a wide variety of fetishes. It starts with a rubber and sportswear party and includes both a BLUF hour and a naked party. The main events are two full fetish parties on Friday and Saturday nights. The first includes the Mr. Fetish Austria contest while the second features a live DJ. The nightly events are enriched by supporting activities such as a ride through the city in a chartered tram or a fetish brunch. Vienna, Austria; Jun 14-18, 2017
  • FIST FEST MICHIGAN – This is a weekend specifically for and by men who are into BUTTS, HOLES and HANDS (and other related stuff). So leave your friends who faint at the thought of sticking a hand up someone’s butt at home! If you’re into ASSPLAY, this is the weekend for YOU. Saugatuk, Michigan; June 15-17, 2017
  • Folsom Street East Weekend – the largest outdoor LGBTQ and Allied Kink-Fetish Festival on the East Coast.New York, NY; TBA
  • Leather Odyssey – Election of Mister Leather Hessen Hosted by FLC Frankfurt – Frankfurt, Germany; TBA

Jan – Mar | Apr – Jun | Jul – Sept | Oct – Dec

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Red State Freedom Tour

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Red State Freedom TourSan Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus responds to the election results by announcing a tour to support the LGBTQ community in RED states.

Like many of you, the 300+ members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus family – singers, staff and volunteers – have, along with the entire LGBTQ community, spent the last few days navigating our collective way through feelings of shock and despair. Rather than succumbing to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, we’ve asked, “what can we do to make a difference?”

In response to the recent presidential election and the voices of the so-called “silent majority,” SFGMC will pursue a “Red State Freedom Tour” in the summer of 2018.

While the exact itinerary has not been determined, it is our plan to go on a whistle-stop tour through those states where the LGBTQ community is struggling, and likely feeling even further marginalized after the election results. We hope our presence and our music will encourage our brothers and sisters, educate others and challenge those communities to think differently.

The tour will cap off our monumental 40th Season and commemorate how SFGMC launched the global LGBTQ choral movement in 1978. We can think of no better way to use our time, talent, resources and energy than to take our message through music to those who need it most. We, as a country, have a long road to travel, and we believe this tour is a step in the right direction that will build bridges of understanding, compassion, and empathy.

SFGMC – THERE WILL BE LIGHT (VIDEO)
To launch this 2018 Outreach tour, we’re sharing with you a live video, featuring “Light” from Next to Normal.
You’ve heard us perform this song many times over the last few years, and we hope it will bring you some solace in this turbulent week. “Light” is a song that has brought us comfort in dark times. It is our hope it will do that again, for you.
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Red State Freedom Tour

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Red State Freedom TourSan Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus responds to the election results by announcing a tour to support the LGBTQ community in RED states.

Like many of you, the 300+ members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus family – singers, staff and volunteers – have, along with the entire LGBTQ community, spent the last few days navigating our collective way through feelings of shock and despair. Rather than succumbing to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, we’ve asked, “what can we do to make a difference?”

In response to the recent presidential election and the voices of the so-called “silent majority,” SFGMC will pursue a “Red State Freedom Tour” in the summer of 2018.

While the exact itinerary has not been determined, it is our plan to go on a whistle-stop tour through those states where the LGBTQ community is struggling, and likely feeling even further marginalized after the election results. We hope our presence and our music will encourage our brothers and sisters, educate others and challenge those communities to think differently.

The tour will cap off our monumental 40th Season and commemorate how SFGMC launched the global LGBTQ choral movement in 1978. We can think of no better way to use our time, talent, resources and energy than to take our message through music to those who need it most. We, as a country, have a long road to travel, and we believe this tour is a step in the right direction that will build bridges of understanding, compassion, and empathy.

SFGMC – THERE WILL BE LIGHT (VIDEO)

To launch this 2018 Outreach tour, we’re sharing with you a live video, featuring “Light” from Next to Normal.
You’ve heard us perform this song many times over the last few years, and we hope it will bring you some solace in this turbulent week. “Light” is a song that has brought us comfort in dark times. It is our hope it will do that again, for you.

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Trans Awareness Week

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SF’s LGBT Center offers a host of workshops and programs supporting Trans Awareness Week


Trans Awareness Week
Join us for Trans Awareness Week (November 14-20) when individuals and organizations across the country will participate to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) people, and address the issues these communities face. If you can’t make the events, follow us on social media using #transwk and #TDoR @TEEISF. Please post and share how you are taking action next week and beyond. Share your support by getting a I Lv Trans People T-shirt! Also, join us at Out at Work this Monday with PG&E and Wednesday at Twitter for a talk with Susan Stryker. The final day of Trans Awareness Week is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-trans violence. This year we are changing the event up with a dynamic TPOC lead panel about ending the violence against trans people. Instead of reading of the names, we will be sharing a moving film tribute. The event will be live streaming and if you want to be in community please join us Trans: Thrive at 3pm. (Details below!)
Finally, if your missed CeCe McDonald and Joshua Allen at the Black Excellence Tour check out the full video

The mission of the SF LGBT Center is to connect our diverse community to opportunities, resources and each other to achieve our vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBT people and our allies. When visitors arrive at the Center, they find free services like career counseling, job fairs, computer lab, social activities, mentorships, youth meals, daycare, various workshops and much more. Here they can connect with other LGBT people and organize to secure our equal rights. The Center is truly the heart, home and hands of the San Francisco LGBT community.

Trans Awareness Week

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