GRATITUDE: NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING DINNER WITH FRIENDS1542848400000

GRATITUDE: NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING DINNER WITH FRIENDS

In years past during the month of November in the spirit of Thanksgiving, The Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network usually explores the theme of GRATITUDE. This refers to the quality or feeling of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and or to return kindness. In GRATITUDE we affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received. We express this in many ways in the things we do or say and we close the month with a meal to give thanks and celebrate our community. This year 50-Plus gratefully welcomes our friends in the Bridgemen who will be join us for the first time.

GRATITUDE: DINNER WITH FRIENDS: We gather together to share each other's company, give thanks and kick-off the holiday season. Unlike 2017’s buffet dinner, this will be a seated affair in the venue’s main dining room so RSVPs are necessary. As this event is usually at capacity we will prioritize e those who have attended at least one 50-Plus or Bridgemen event or activity since July 1, 2018. Those not meeting that criteria will be placed on a Wait List. We will accommodate as much as we can but hope you understand the need to set limits. AS ALWAYS Alcohol is available at the bar but on your own. Please bring cash or credit cards to accommodate that.

AGAIN PLEASE NOTE SPACE IS LIMITED FOR THIS EVENT:
• THIS IS NOT AN OPEN INVITATION
• ACTIVE 50-PLUS & BRIDEMEN MEMBERS ARE PRIORITIZED
• AN RSVP IS REQUIRED
• PLEASE DO NOT RSVP WITH BOTH 50-PLUS & BRIDGEMEN
• PLEASE RSVP IF WAITLISTED WE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN SPACE CLEARS
• GUESTS ARE BY APPROVAL ONLY
• PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE AT THE EVENT BY 5:15 PM.
• WE PLAN TO BE SEATED STARTING AT 5:30PM
• PLEASE INFORM US OF ANY MOBILITY ISSUES SO THE RESTAURANT CAN PLAN ACCOORDINGLY

RSVP BEGIN NOW: We expect the response to be strong. We will establish a Wait List. Please note that there is limited space and priority is given to active 50-Plus & Bridgemen members. Priority will be given to those members who have attended or participated in a 50-Plus or Bridgemen activity since July 1, 2018. Guests must be approved and also note that there are some people who are not on Meetup and that not all RSVPs are listed here. In the past your organizers has done well accommodating those on the Wait List. If you have any questions please call or email [masked].

PLEASE READ
RSVP ONLY IF YOU KNOW YOU CAN MAKE IT. PLEASE DO NOT RSVP ON BOTH 50-PLUS & BRIDGEMEN. RSVP LIST CLOSES ON WEDNESDAY 11/14 AT 12 NOON. WE WILL CONTACT YOU FOR YOUR ENTRÉE SELECTION. LET US KNOW IMMEDIATELY IF KNOW IF YOUR PLANS CHANGE & YOU WILL NOT ATTEND:

TO RSVP FOR BRIDGEMEN:
• RSVP on the Meetup page https://www.meetup.com/Bridgemen/
• RSVP by email: [masked]
• RSVP by phone:[masked]

Craning Day: Decorating World Tree of Hope1543543200000

The World Tree of Hope is a 20-foot holiday tree in Grace Cathedral that is decorated with thousands of origami cranes, each inscribed with people’s wishes and hopes for the future of the world, alongside beautifully glittering holiday stars. The tree is created as a symbol of global unity and hope, and it is a gift from the LGBT community to the world. This year is the 12th-year anniversary of the tree.

The Bridgemen will assist with setting up and decorating the tree at Grace Cathedral. This huge project will take nearly five 12-hour volunteer shifts to complete. The Bridgemen will help on Thursday, November 29, 6–9 PM. Members are encouraged to volunteer individually on any of the other remaining decoration days. The official lighting ceremony for the tree will take place on Monday, December 3, 6:30–8:30 PM. You can view the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/747259702274651/

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].

World AIDS Day - Light in the Grove1543622400000

Please join us for Light in the Grove, the National AIDS Memorial Grove’s annual fundraising gala and World AIDS Day National Observance. This iconic event offers a nighttime journey through the darkness and into light, reflecting upon loss and inspiring hope. It’s a night you won't forget!

A sell-out every year, Light in the Grove brings together more than 600 people on the eve of World AIDS Day, and for one enchanting evening, the Grove is artistically illuminated to honor the sense of loss and to celebrate the spirit of hope. Guests experience an intimate candlelight reflection at the Circle of Friends, and wander reflectively through the spectacularly-illuminated Redwood Grove to a warmly-lit tent where the gala awaits.

The Bridgemen have been tasked with ushering and other event support roles. Our shift will start with a complimentary meal at 4 PM, after which we’ll work from 5-8 PM. From then we’re free to enjoy the remainder of the event, which goes until about 9 PM.

NOTE: This is a semi-formal event; white shirts and black trousers are requested. Also, it may be quite chilly, so please dress accordingly in layers.

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].

Bridgemen Planning Group Meeting (@ 1035 MARKET, RM 2-C)1544065200000

Would you like to get more involved with Bridgemen on a deeper level? Would you like to help decide what community service projects we do? Is there a nonprofit that’s near and dear to your heart that you’d like to see us work with? If so, we would love to have you join us and hear your input!

The Bridgemen Planning Group is always looking for new ideas and fresh perspectives in helping us select our projects. Come join us for the evening, enjoy some food and share your ideas for projects we can get involved with.

Here are the general guidelines we follow for selecting service projects:

1. Events will be chosen at planning meetings through consensus, and any major concerns or objections from a Planning Group member will prevent a project from moving forward.
2. Every service project must have a designated Project Lead before it can be approved.
3. Bridgemen must always work in teams.
4. All events must allow for a minimum of 15 participants, and events with larger capacities will be prioritized over smaller ones.
5. Bridgemen must not be required to attend training on a different day than the actual event.
6. Bridgemen are not responsible for supplies and will not seek donation of supplies for events. The organization will be responsible for getting supplies.
7. Bridgemen will not register participants into a database for partnering organizations. Individuals are allowed to register with partnering organizations on their own.

Please RSVP so that we can get an accurate head count.

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

Strut Art Opening - “Fotohoto: Latinx and Beyond” by Fabian Echevarria1544241600000

The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of local and international gay or queer artists once a month for over 15 years. It has always been an important part of Magnet. We are excited to announce that for the month of December, we are exhibiting the work of Fabian Echevarria in his show titled “Fotohoto: Latinx and Beyond.”

ARTIST STATEMENT:
Fotohoto is a photo series that gets its title from the Spanish words “foto” and “joto,” which translate to “photo” and “faggot” respectively. I want to get the first thing out of the way and address the spelling of the word JOTO that some of you may have noticed. Growing up knowing, forgetting, and relearning Spanish has given me a unique experience as a gay Latinx man. There were instances in my life that I was shamed by others for not speaking Spanish fluently, not being straight enough, not Mexican enough, and being too gay. There is a constant pressure in society to chase the projection of an ideal. The intention of HOTO with an “H” is an acknowledgement of the off-center, nonstandard, “un-label-able” aspects of queer black and brown men, living in America, while also embracing our intercultural differences, shortcomings, and our journey of learning. I want FOTOHOTO to be a reminder of the beauty of ourselves and the perfect “imperfections” that make us who we are.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
My name is Fabian Echevarria, and Fotohoto is an idea that grew into something I believe could be more impactful. I started with photographing my friends, who to me are beautiful. My friend would joke that I was putting the “hoto” in “photo,” which in part inspired the name. I love photographing the nude male, and turning that male gaze so prevalent in art and society, in on itself. When seeing the male nude, what vulnerability is seen, and what does it make the viewer feel about their own body? Our society has engrained in our minds the ideal male form, but I want to expand that. I speak to my QPOC friends, and often the partners they envision finding are not QPOC. This project is meant to embrace the QPOC form, in all the forms we come in. To combat the standard of the idealistic and unrealistic male form. It’s just the beginning. There’s more work to be done, and I hope this work will inspire other QPOC artists to embark on their own journeys to self discovery and self love. Each HOTO in this project is special, we walk our own paths but share a life experience.

The Art Opening starts at 8 PM sharp, and will go until 10 PM. Free drinks and light snacks will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact our Community Events Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at [masked].

Bridgemen Holiday Party & Toy Drive1544324400000

You're invited to join the Bridgemen and celebrate all our accomplishments in 2018 at our 8th Annual Bridgemen Holiday Party & Toy Drive to benefit disadvantaged children in the Bay Area. We'll provide food and drinks; you bring your friends, family and LOTS OF TOYS to contribute to the cause! Please note, however, that it is NOT mandatory to bring a toy. You may also come and simply enjoy the festive, holiday camaraderie!

The San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program started over 50 years ago when a few local firefighters wanted to help some families who lost their homes and possessions in a fire. Today they collect and give away toys to tens of thousands of area children every year. Your donation of a NEW, UNWRAPPED gift could include art supplies, crafts, games, toys, dolls, sports equipment or books (they have a particular need for sports equipment and dolls of color). It’s a small gesture with an enormous impact in the life of a child. Please join us and share in the giving!

You can either bring a toy to the party or you can bring it to Strut in advance. A BARREL FOR DEPOSITING TOYS WILL BE PLACED AT STRUT FROM MID-NOVEMBER TO MID-DECEMBER.

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

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