Safe To Be: Dissolving Homophobia1524189600000

Join us for an evening with Josh Alexander where, using the tool of constellations, he will lead an exploration of homophobia from a systemic perspective. Constellation work is a tool that helps us understand and transform the intricacies of relationships between parts of a system. With constellations, we can test new configurations to determine when things are most aligned. It allows us to understand what’s missing, what needs to transform, and perceive when the system is healthy and whole.

From Josh Alexander: “Participants will gain embodied, experiential insight into the unconscious forces that help hold the pattern of homophobia remaining in our culture as well as in ourselves. Together we will discover a path for breakthrough healing and change. The goal of this workshop is that each participant will leave carrying the seeds of positive change for themselves and their communities.”

Josh Alexander completed constellation training at NLP Marin in 2013 and completed Master NLP Practitioner certification in 2014. Since then he has taken Advanced Facilitator training through Convivium Constellations and facilitated constellations for clients in California, New York, London and Paris. He has also facilitated community constellations on topics ranging from gun violence to colonization and genocide. He volunteered with the 2015 North American Systemic Constellations Conference, helped produce the 2017 West Coast Constellations Intensive, and is working on the 2018 Intensive next. Josh is also a massage therapist, practicing in San Francisco since 2005. His work can be found at www.NLPSanFrancisco.com and www.JoshuaAlexanderCMT.com

Loving Dolores for Earth Day1524344400000

Dolores Park is a cherished oasis providing an open green space for relaxation and socializing. The views from the Gay Beach section are magnificent – both of the SF skyline and of our fellow Speedo-clad San Franciscans!

But such popularity comes at a price, and the park endures quite a bit of wear and tear. That’s why the Bridgemen are teaming up once again with SF Rec & Park Dept and our endearing mascot, Mister Manners, on the weekend of Earth Day to help encourage and reward best practices among park visitors with the Dept’s Love Dolores campaign.

We’ll station ourselves at the Gay Beach at Church and 20th Sts with a foam board cut-out of Mister Manners for people to pose with for photos and the chance to win prizes. We’ll also work the crowd, reminding people of proper disposal of their trash and handing out Love Dolores campaign-branded swag. Come join the fun!

For more information about the Love Dolores campaign, please visit their website: http://www.lovedolores.com/

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 BEFORE 4 PM, 04/20/18, 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].

Serving Dinner at St. Vincent de Paul1524697200000

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco (SVDP-SF), established in 1860, helps over 1,000 people in San Francisco every day, including those suffering from poverty, homelessness, substance abuse and domestic violence. SVDP-SF’s Multi-Service Center (MSC) South is Northern California’s largest and most extensive homeless shelter. Bridgemen will once again be assisting at MSC serving dinner to the less-fortunate, performing various food service tasks as necessary.

NOTE: As SVDP-SF can only accommodate a certain number of volunteers in their dining room, space for this service event is limited. Please only RSVP for this event if you’re 100% certain you’ll be able to attend.

DRESS CODE: Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that covers your arms and legs. I’m happy to provide Bridgemen T-shirts to those who do not yet have one. Please tell me (Alex) your T-shirt size BEFORE 2PM, 04/25/18, so that I know to bring one for you.

Lastly, all volunteers will be required to complete a waiver form, which will be available the day of the 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].

Urban(e) Hike: Mt Sutro Open Space Reserve1524938400000

Wanna get out and get some exercise and enjoy the nice spring weather? Wanna have a picnic in the park with friends and play some games? The Bridgemen are doing another urban hike in San Francisco from the Castro up to Mt Sutro Open Space Reserve.

Mt Sutro Open Space Reserve is a 61-acre ecological oasis in the heart of San Francisco, just south of UCSF’s Parnassus Heights campus. It features more than 5 miles of public, multi-use trails, with a 900-foot elevation gain. Mt Sutro is named for its former owner, San Francisco Mayor Adolph Sutro, a successful engineer and real estate investor, who donated land on Parnassus Avenue to the UCSF Regents in 1895.

We’ll meet at Strut (470 Castro St) at 11 AM. For logistical reasons, this will be B.Y.O.L. (Bring Your Own Lunch), so please arrive with your food and beverage, ready to go. From there we’ll hike all the way up and back down to the western end of 17th St to the Stanyan Trailhead. A nice hike through the eucalyptus grove brings us to the Rotary Meadow, a garden of California native plants at the summit, where we can relax and eat lunch together.

Things to bring:

-- Food and drink for yourself. Remember to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated!
-- Sunscreen and/or a hat.
-- Blanket to sit on.
-- Games to play and/or toys to play with.

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 Meeting1525312800000

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] .

Strut Art Opening - “Hot Chachas” by Anand Vedawala1525489200000

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 May, we are exhibiting the work of Anand Vedawala in his show titled “Hot Chachas.”

ARTIST STATEMENT
“Chacha” is a Hindi word that translates to “uncle” in English. So “hot chachas,” obviously, means “hot uncles.” But then, are there really any other kind? Growing up in the U.S. since age 10, and looking up bear/daddy porn since age 16, I realized only last year that Indian websites refer to older men as uncles rather than daddies. It makes sense. I’ve been taught to call every unrelated adult male “chacha” since I can remember; not surprisingly, all of them were hot. Though, I wish I had appreciated their hotness when I was younger instead of roaming around like an idiot till I came to the realization at age 17 that I preferred dick.

As an immigrant now trying to undo years of assimilation, I seek out safe spaces for me and people like me. My art highlights South Asians, a group that isn't really talked about in any media whenever the topic of queerness is mentioned. I believe that absence makes people like me seem nonexistent or invisible. I want to see more work by people of color so that I can confirm there are others like me, so that others can take comfort in knowing they're not alone, and so they feel proud of being who they are. I want to show different types of chachas and how they're just like chachas of all cultures: they're hot, complex and sometimes a little depressed.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Anand Vedawala is an Indian-born queer person, now based in San Francisco, who has spent the last 23 years of his life trying to figure out the complexities of assimilation and expectations from Indian and American cultures. While he intentionally distanced himself from everything Indian when he first moved to the U.S. at age 10, he has since learned to embrace his origins. This back and forth has started to appear in his writing and art. A former civil engineer, Anand is currently an educator in the San Francisco Unified School District, the Executive Director of San Francisco Zine Fest, and he is currently working on a children’s book. His first book for children, the self-published “100 Years from Now Our Bones Will Be Different,” received a Publisher’s Weekly starred review. Anand primarily creates personal works which focus on his identity and experiences with discrimination, racism, queerphobia, sexism and classism. He tries to show what it's like to be an Indian immigrant and a queer person of color living in the U.S. For additional information, visit anandvedawala.com.

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.

TECA Fundraiser (Early Shift)1525633200000

This entry is for the EARLY SHIFT. For the LATE SHIFT, click here: https://www.meetup.com/Bridgemen/events/249912266/

The Thomas Edison Charter Academy (TECA) is a TK-8 public charter school in San Francisco’s Mission / Noe Valley neighborhood. TECA is a Title I elementary school, where 8O% of the students qualify for free lunch. The school’s limited resources make it a challenge to provide the high quality of education they strive for. They will be holding a fundraiser for the construction of an OUTDOOR CLASSROOM for the kids to use next year. Bridgemen are proud to be assisting them with their fundraiser as we did last year when they were raising funds for portable science labs.

The fundraiser will take place at the indoor/outdoor Alchemy by Alta Clubhouse in Hayes Valley. We will work in two shifts: the Early Shift (12:00 to 4:00 PM) and the Late Shift (3:30 to 7:30 PM). We will assist in all aspects of putting on the event: set-up, break-down, meeting & greeting, auction registration, auction operation, and other tasks as needed.

DRESS CODE: The theme this year is Flowers, Growth and Garden. They’ve requested therefore, that we wear flower-print or flower-themed shirts with khaki pants. If you don’t have such a shirt, that’s fine; a (white) polo shirt will suffice.

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].

TECA Fundraiser (Late Shift)1525645800000

This entry is for the LATE SHIFT. For the EARLY SHIFT, click here: https://www.meetup.com/Bridgemen/events/249912239/

The Thomas Edison Charter Academy (TECA) is a TK-8 public charter school in San Francisco’s Mission / Noe Valley neighborhood. TECA is a Title I elementary school, where 8O% of the students qualify for free lunch. The school’s limited resources make it a challenge to provide the high quality of education they strive for. They will be holding a fundraiser for the construction of an OUTDOOR CLASSROOM for the kids to use next year. Bridgemen are proud to be assisting them with their fundraiser as we did last year when they were raising funds for portable science labs.

The fundraiser will take place at the indoor/outdoor Alchemy by Alta Clubhouse in Hayes Valley. We will work in two shifts: the Early Shift (12:00 to 4:00 PM) and the Late Shift (3:30 to 7:30 PM). We will assist in all aspects of putting on the event: set-up, break-down, meeting & greeting, auction registration, auction operation, and other tasks as needed.

DRESS CODE: The theme this year is Flowers, Growth and Garden. They’ve requested therefore, that we wear flower-print or flower-themed shirts with khaki pants. If you don’t have such a shirt, that’s fine; a (white) polo shirt will suffice.

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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