Strut Art Opening - “TRANSCEND” by Rae Senarighi1527908400000

The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of local and international gay or queer artists 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 June, we are exhibiting the work of Rae Senarighi in his show titled “TRANSCEND.”

Fine artist, designer, and muralist, Rae Senarighi (b. 1979) is best known for vivid colorful abstracts, intricate typography, and bold transfixing portraits of modern icons. After studying fine art at the University of Montana (2000, 2004), Rae finished his BFA degree at the Art Institute of Seattle in 2009. He received a Hall of Fame Award from the Art Institute of Seattle in 2011. Rae’s detailed, thoughtful works are influenced by nearly a decade of scientific illustration, studying the natural world in micro and macro. His illustrations have been internationally published in Cell, Nature, Gertrude Press, and Science Magazines among others. After facing cancer in 2015, Rae refocused energy into creating fine art. Rae is a transgender non-binary artist currently living and working in Portland, Oregon.

TRANSCEND is a portrait series celebrating transgender and non-binary artists, activists and leaders throughout the world. Transgender is not just about one experience, not linear and not simple. Each transgender person is unique with incredibly diverse experiences, yet we are united in a common struggle. Portraits in this series are of individuals living their lives out in the open, and choosing integrity over safety. To live openly as transgender requires personal courage to live authentically in oppressive environments.

This series is a direct response to the oppression experienced by transgender people as they reclaim space, both literally in larger than life portraits and figuratively under a vast blue sky. May joy, power, and blue skies be a reality for transgender and gender non-conforming community everywhere.

“The more we are willing to become authentic rather than conventional, and the more unique, unconventional, or creative a being we are… the more we need to eschew conditioning for aliveness.” ~Brené Brown

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.

Ready, Set, BIKE! AIDS/LifeCycle Day Zero1527969600000

AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC) 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 2018 will take place June 3-9, 2018. 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 2018 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 will be helping 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! ALC-branded volunteer T-shirts will be provided to all volunteers for the event.

Once you RSVP, you’ll be requested to provide your first and last name and email address, which will be entered into a separate ALC volunteer database. Every volunteer will also need to sign a waiver. ALC understands and respects your privacy; your info will not be shared outside of the organization.

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)1528336800000


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 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] .

Openhouse LGBTQ Senior Prom1528583400000

Founded in San Francisco in 1998, Openhouse assists San Francisco Bay Area LGBT seniors overcome the unique challenges of aging by providing housing, direct services and community programs. Openhouse works to reduce isolation and to empower LGBT seniors to improve their health, well-being and economic security.

For the third year running, Openhouse will be hosting a prom, this year in a new and expanded location: the SF War Memorial Green Room! LGBTQ Senior Prom is a celebration for seniors and allies of all ages to get another chance at prom with none of the tradition or rules: no dress code, no need for a date, no dancing required, no gender rules and no holding back! Acceptance is the only theme. The event features a DJ, live band, performances, food and drinks, prizes for prom royalty and an amazing time for all!

The Bridgemen will be assisting Openhouse staff put on the event in multiple capacities: set-up, greeting, check-in, serving, break-down, etc. Please wear a Bridgemen T-shirt if you have one. If you don’t yet have a Bridgemen T-shirt, please tell Alex your T-shirt size BEFORE 5 PM, 06/08/18, so that he knows 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].

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