The Mighty Men of Maitri1499529600000

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. We will likely split into groups and do a variety of different projects around the facility, which may include painting, cleaning, gardening and other tasks. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or paint-splattered.

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.

Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Maitri | 401 Duboce Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Real Talk: Include the Q1499736600000

San Francisco has historically been a bastion of inclusiveness. How are local notables in the Bay Area creating safe, inclusive spaces for queer culture?

In this free community forum, panelists will discuss how The Stud, Radar Productions, Swagger Like Us, Oasis and other community spaces protect, promote and celebrate queerness in the city through musical events, parties, storytelling series and more.

This community forum will explore what “queer space” means, why queer spaces are so vital to our community, and talk about what more we can do to “include the Q” moving forward.

Moderated by Heklina

Panelists:

Juliana Delgado Lopera

Kelly Dezart Smith

Honey Mahogany

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

Monday, July 10, 2017 | 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Strut | 470 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

Bridgemen Monthly Meetup!1499911200000

Interested in learning more about Bridgemen and what we do? Join us at the Lookout every 2nd Wednesday of the month for a bit of fun, FREE FOOD and camaraderie in the Castro!

This is your chance to meet new and returning members alike. So come get connected, whether it's your first time or fiftieth time! Surround yourself with an amazing group of guys that are here to have fun and make a difference!

RSVP now or just show up and come be part of something great.

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, July 12, 2017 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Lookout | 3600 16th Street (at Market & Noe Streets)

Strut Art Opening - "Yuh Lookin GOOD: Portraits from the Other Rainbow Nation"1500087600000

PLEASE NOTE:

The Art Opening for July is not the first Friday of the month as usual, but the SECOND FRIDAY of the month.

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 excited to announce that for the month of July we are exhibiting the work of Ajuan Mance! Her latest exhibition is titled “Yuh Lookin GOOD: Portraits from the Other Rainbow Nation.”

Artist Statement: This collection features portraits of queer and trans men of African descent. For the last 20 years, Ajuan Mance’s primary exploration has been on black masculinity, more recently, she has begun to explore gender non-conforming black men as well. Her art is inspired by the men of African descent she encounters every day. In this series of drawings, she pushes past stereotypes to create images of black men that reflect the wonderful complexity of African-American lives. The work adds to the discussion around the limited images of black maleness and masculinity offered up in far too many of the African-American community’s own representations of black boys and men. This work gives special attention to those identities within blackness–elders, geeks and nerds, gender non-conforming and queer folks, and others–on whose silence and invisibility white supremacy and heteronormativity depend.

About the Artist: Raised in the New York Metropolitan area on the East Coast, and now is a professor at Mills College.  Ajuan Mance’s work includes comics and zines like Gender Studies, The Little Book of Big, Black Bears, and A Blues for Black Santa. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions as well as comic and zine fests, from the Bay Area to Brooklyn, and she is the author of two books on the history of African-American writers, Inventing Black Women: African American Women’s Poetry and Self-Representation,[masked]; and Before Harlem: An Anthology of African-American Literature from the Long Nineteenth Century, both from the University of Tennessee Press.

The Art 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, July 14, 2017 | 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM 

Strut | 470 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

Urban(e) Hike: Glen Canyon Park1500141600000

Feel like doing a social event that’s NOT centered around alcohol? Wanna get out and get some exercise and enjoy the summer? Wanna have a picnic in the park with friends and play some games? You’re in luck! The Bridgemen are teaming up with Positive Force – another San Francisco AIDS Foundation program – to do an urban hike in San Francisco from the Castro up to Glen Canyon Park.

Like most things San Francisco, Glen Canyon Park has had a colorful history. Purchased by the infamous Adolph Sutro in the 1850s, it was the site of the first commercial dynamite manufacturing plant in the US, under exclusive license of its inventor, Alfred Nobel. The plant lasted a little over a year before it was destroyed by (can you guess?) a massive explosion. In 1889, the Crocker Real Estate Company turned it into an adult-centered amusement park, which saw a number of drunken brawls. Then in 1922, the City bought the property and turned it into the present lovely park. San Francisco’s largest remaining creek, Islais Creek, runs through it, and coyote sightings are not uncommon!

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 up to the Diamond Heights Safeway (5290 Diamond Heights Blvd). There’s a small park behind Safeway, and at the western tip of the park is the entrance to the canyon and a trail that leads south to more park area where we can have our picnic, relax, play some games, etc. We can either hike back or take BART back to the center from nearby Glen Park Station.

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]-4549.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 | 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Strut | 470 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

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