Craning Day: Decorating World Tree of Hope1511719200000

The World Tree of Hope is a twenty-foot holiday tree in San Francisco City Hall 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 is a gift from the LGBT community to the world. This year is the 11th year anniversary of the tree.

This year, the Bridgemen will assist with setting up and decorating the tree at City Hall. This huge project will take nearly five 12-hour volunteer shifts to complete. The Bridgemen will help on the first day of the project on Sunday, November 26, 10 AM–2 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 4, 6:00–8:00 PM. You can view the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/384997745249384/

Please wear a Bridgemen T-shirt. I’m happy to provide T-shirts to those who do not yet have one. PLEASE TELL ME YOUR T-SHIRT SIZE IN ADVANCE SO THAT I KNOW TO BRING ONE FOR YOU.

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], or Point Man John David here on Meetup or by cell phone at[masked]-9775.

World AIDS Day - Light in the Grove1512086400000

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. This year’s theme is “Bending the Arc Toward Justice.”

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.

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.

Strut Art Opening - “Physique and Fantasy” by Oscar Gallegos Zamora1512187200000

The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of a local gay or queer artist once a month for over 14 years. It has always been an important part of Magnet. We are excited to announce that for the month of November we are exhibiting the work of Oscar Gallegos Zamora in his show titled “Physique and Fantasy.”

Artist Statement: Physique & Fantasy is a series of collage shadow boxes that depict muscular men from vintage bodybuilding magazines, modern-day gay magazines and the Internet, placed in their own dreamworlds. The series was originally inspired by the many vintage bodybuilding magazines that were coded gay media which carefully avoided breaking the obscenity laws of the time. My collages are an homage to the complicated history of gay media and the great artwork that can be created when the male gaze is combined with a love for kitsch, camp, and queer aesthetics.

About the Artist: Oscar Gallegos Zamora is a gay collage and assemblage artist whose interests include magical girls anime, Americana kitsch, and vintage gay porn. He spent his childhood in the suburbs of LA and Orange County after immigrating to the US from Mexico. He moved to San Francisco in 2010 to study fine art at City College and then SFSU. His artwork plays with the concepts of masculinity and femininity while exploring his complicated love/hate relationship with both, and looks at sexuality as something that can and should be fun, silly and fabulous.

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

Please contact our Community Events Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at [masked] if you have any questions.

The Mighty Men of Maitri1512237600000

Opened in 1987, Maitri is the only AIDS-specific residential care facility in California focusing on those dying of, or severely debilitated by, AIDS. With 15 beds, its skilled professionals and dedicated volunteers provide its residents compassionate residential hospice, respite and 24-hour nursing care, especially to those who might otherwise be without adequate resources. Maitri has been the final home for more than 900 people who lived with AIDS.

Maitri is one of the Bridgemen’s favorite community service partners and we have done several service events there. This time, we will helping them with some clean-up and organizing projects around the facility. If there’s sufficient interest, we could all go to brunch together afterwards.

Please wear a Bridgemen T-shirt. I’m happy to provide T-shirts to those who do not yet have one. Please tell me your T-shirt size in advance so that I know to bring one for you.

If you have questions about this event, please contact either Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked] or event Point Man John David here on Meetup or by cell phone at[masked]-9775.

Keeping It Simple1512424800000

Simply the Basics is a nonprofit organization that was begun in 2015 as a donation drive of feminine hygiene products for homeless women in San Francisco. The drive was so successful that they decided to continue and expand their efforts of providing homeless people basic essential items.

Bridgemen are excited to partner once again with this new organization and assist them in their mission. We will be assembling hygiene kits of essential everyday items (soap, toothpaste, deodorant and such). This time, they’re preparing for the event Project Homeless Connect and have a goal of making 1,500 kits!

Please wear a Bridgemen T-shirt if you have one. If you don’t yet have a Bridgemen T-shirt, please tell me your T-shirt size in advance so that I know to bring one for you.

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.

Bridgemen Planning Group Monthly Meeting1512615600000

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 an evening at Strut, enjoy some free food and share your ideas for projects we can get involved with.

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] .

Bridgemen Holiday Party & Toy Drive1512874800000

You're invited to join the Bridgemen and celebrate all our accomplishments in 2017 at our 7th Annual Bridgemen Holiday Party & Toy Drive to benefit disadvantaged children in the Bay Area. We'll provide the snacks and beverages; you bring your friends, family and LOTS OF TOYS to contribute to the cause!

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. TOY BARRELS WILL BE ACCEPTING TOYS AT STRUT FROM MID-NOVEMBER TO DECEMBER 11.

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