Pink Triangle Park Makeover1495677600000

Located on a narrow parcel of land wedged in between Market St and 17th St just west of Castro St, the Pink Triangle Park and Memorial is the first permanent, free-standing memorial in the US dedicated to the LGBT victims of the Holocaust. The 15 granite pylons rise in remembrance of the estimated 15,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender victims who were persecuted, imprisoned and murdered during and after Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime.

Though it’s been there since 2001, many residents and frequent visitors to the neighborhood are unaware of this tranquil, somber memorial. Though it’s starting to receive a bit more attention by being on the walking-tour circuit, it’s also starting to show some wear and tear and is often used by the homeless to sleep overnight and by people who inject drugs.

There are plans in the works to renovate the park. Some of the changes will include replacing some of the granite pylons; changing the pathways to be more accessible; replanting the park with new shrubs/flowers; rotating the large pink triangle so that it points towards the rainbow flag at Harvey Milk Plaza; replacing the pink granite gravel in the large, pink triangle; and much more!

Bridgemen will be assisting with an early phase of the makeover on Wednesday evening, May 24, 2017, at 7 PM. Specifically, we will be moving 2 heavy granite pylons from Ixia at 2331 Market St to a private residence at[masked]th St. Additionally, we will be doing some light maintenance and park clean-up. Afterwards, we have been invited to have complimentary pizza and drinks in the gorgeous backyard of the homeowner who is storing the pylons until installation. Please wear sturdy shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked]-4549.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Pink Triangle Park, west side of Castro/Market/17th intersection, San Francisco, CA

"Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" at Theatre Rhino1496286000000

Theatre Rhinoceros, the world’s oldest, continuously-producing, professional queer theater, was founded in San Francisco in August 1977 by the late Allan B. Estes, Jr. True to its queer roots, its first play, “The West Street Gang” by Doric Wilson, was staged in a SoMa leather bar, The Black and Blue. We are so fortunate to have this amazing, historic venue in our city!

Bridgemen are very honored to have been offered complimentary tickets for the opening night of their stage production of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. What a great kick-off to Pride month!

Attendance will initially be capped to 25 tickets. More seats may be made available later, but that’s not guaranteed. So act now if you’d like a seat. Also, though the performance is not until 05/31/17, the organizer would like to have a headcount by 05/05/17 to ensure that he’s able to reserve enough tickets for us. Hence the early announcement.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup or by email at [masked]. See you there!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco

Strut Art Opening - "Artivism." Art by Daniel Arzola1496458800000

We are very excited to announce that for the month of June we are having a very special art opening for an artist coming all the way from Venezuela. For Pride month we are exhibiting the work of visual artist, activist, writer and international gay rights advocate, Daniel Arzola!

The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of a local gay or queer artist once a month for over 13 years. It has always been an important part of Magnet, and we are thrilled when we get to exhibit the work of an international artist and connect further with the global LGBT community.

Daniel  Arzola’s work has been reviewed by press from countries all over the world including Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, Out Magazine and The Advocate. Arzola participated in Madonna’s project Art for Freedom, and was the only artist to have five of his works selected for the project’s global release; two of those works were selected by Katy Perry. Madonna went on to endorse Arzola on Twitter.

Arzola won the Human Rights Award 2016 at the International Queer and Migrant Film Festival of Amsterdam for his theory of Artivism and the impact of his work. Arzola’s work can be found in the first LGBT metro station in Latin America, the Carlos Jáuregui station in Buenos Aires, which has a fourteen-meter mural as his first permanent exhibition. In May 2017 Daniel Arzola collaborated with The LGBT Center (New York) and created #BeTrueToYou, a campaign to promote their substance abuse treatment program. The artwork can be found in five different New York City subway cars. Daniel had to leave Venezuela in 2013 due to persecution and death threats for his work. He currently resides in Santiago de Chile.

Find Daniel Arzola:
--  Twitter and Instagram: Arzola_d
--  Tumblr:
--  Facebook: Daniel Arzola

The opening starts at 8 PM sharp, and will go till 10 PM. Free drinks and light snacks will be provided.

Please contact our Community Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at [masked] or Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray at [masked] if you have any questions. 

Friday, June 2, 2017 | 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM 

Strut | 470 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

Ready, Set, BIKE! AIDS/LifeCycle Day Zero1496520000000">AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully-supported, 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It is the largest annual fundraiser for San Francisco AIDS Foundation. AIDS/LifeCycle 2017 will take place June 4-10, 2017. Every year, this landmark ride through beautiful California delivers a life-changing experience for thousands of participants from all backgrounds and fitness levels united by a common desire to do something heroic.

Day Zero is Orientation Day, when thousands of cyclists and roadies will pour into the Cow Palace to begin their 2017 AIDS/LifeCycle experience. It takes over 400 volunteers to ensure that the day runs smoothly and efficiently. Volunteers help all over Day Zero doing various tasks.

The Bridgemen have been called upon to help out with event check-in on Day Zero. So if you weren't able to join the ride this year as a cyclist or roadie, help do your part to end HIV/AIDS by volunteering your time at this event! 

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked]-4549.

Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 1:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Cow Palace | 2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City, CA

Kings of the Jungle: Gardening at Richard M. Cohen1497110400000

The Richard M. Cohen Residence is a 10-unit residential care facility on Dolores Street for formerly homeless men and women with disabling HIV/AIDS. It provides an array of services, including nursing and social work case management, 24-hour attendant care, meal services, and social activities designed to stabilize the health and enhance the well-being of the residents. The Bridgemen have volunteered at the facility a number of times, and it’s always been a very rewarding experience.

With all the rain we had this past winter, their lovely garden has turned into a jungle! The Bridgemen will be doing various garden maintenance projects to bring the garden back under control. Not only do the residents appreciate the work Bridgemen will be doing, but they also appreciate the company, so please also take a few spare moments to interact with the residents.

Please wear sturdy shoes and comfy clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Afterwards, if there’s sufficient interest and the weather’s nice, we could grab some sandwiches and drinks and stroll on over to nearby Dolores Park to hang out.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked]-4549.

Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Richard M. Cohen Residence | 220 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA

"On Your Knees!" National AIDS Memorial Grove1497713400000

First conceived in 1988, the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is a dedicated space where those touched by AIDS can gather to heal, hope and remember. Its mission is to provide, in perpetuity, a place of remembrance so that the lives of all those who have died from AIDS are not forgotten, and that their story is known by future generations.

Join the Bridgemen for a day of community service as we once again work alongside the Grove’s staff to beautify this beloved area. Duties may include: clearing weeds and debris, mulching and hauling topsoil, planting new trees and shrubs, and other related activities.

A breakfast of coffee, juice, bagels and fruit will be provided prior to the event. Afterwards, a sandwich buffet luncheon will be provided that we can enjoy together in this beautiful setting.

Gloves and tools will be provided. It’s suggested that you wear sturdy shoes and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat or cap. No open toe shoes will be permitted. Please wear sturdy clothing (jeans and long-sleeve shirts are suggested) as they have discovered a few areas where poison oak is growing. All volunteers will be briefed on how to avoid coming into contact with the plant. All volunteers will be required to complete a Workday Release Form, available here or on-site on the morning of the work day.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked]-4549.

Saturday, June 17, 2017 | 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

National AIDS Memorial Grove | Golden Gate Park, Nancy Pelosi Drive & Bowling Green Drive

Frameline Feature: "Handsome Devil"1498014900000

Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBTQ film exhibition event in the world and the most prominent and well-attended LGBTQ arts program in the Bay Area. Frameline Distribution is the only nonprofit distributor that solely caters to LGBTQ film. Frameline's mission is to change the world through the power of queer cinema.

Come be part of the movie magic by volunteering for the screening of Handsome Devil (click here to watch trailers), Irish novelist and filmmaker John Butler’s coming-of-age tale about the unlikely friendship between a music-mad 16-year-old outcast at a rugby-mad boarding school and his dashing new roommate, showing at the historic Victoria Theatre in the Mission.

Duties may include seating people, keeping track of guests entering the theater, taking tickets, working will-call, line control, and encouraging people to vote by text for their favorite entries in the festival. Best of all, in addition to helping before and after the film, we get to sit and watch the film together!

Due to the nature of this event, we ask that you arrive on time. Frameline will also order T-Shirts for all participants, so make sure to let us know what size T-shirt you wear.

To learn how to volunteer for other Frameline screenings, click here.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked]-4549.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | 8:15 PM to 11:15 PM

Victoria Theatre |[masked]th Street, San Francisco, CA

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