Rainbow Toastmasters

Rainbow Toastmasters

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Recently, I was invited to The SF Rainbow Toastmasters.  It  was a fun-filled evening as members presented and critiqued three speeches.  In addition, there was a round of table topics where members stand up and have 1-2 minutes to offer their best to response to impromptu topics. We sat down with Rainbow Toastmaster, Michael Platania to learn more. How did the Rainbow Toastmasters begin? Ken Stram was the founder. He started the club about six or seven years ago. He was the Economic Development Director at the SF LGBT Center, and thought this would be a good program to have. He eventually left the center, and Rainbow, but we are very excited that he has recently rejoined Rainbow! Why a LGBT chapter? To give us a safe space to speak…
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Up Your Alley 2015

Up Your Alley 2015

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Folsom Street's Dirty Little Brother Up Your Alley – Up Your Alley® is only for real players – and not for the faint of heart – where leather daddies rule the streets of San Francisco’s South of Market district. Of course, if rubber, sportswear, biker gear, skinheads, punks, or any variety of built, hairy men turns you on, then we’ve got it. You won’t find a filthier event in the States. If you’re into it, there’s a scene for you. So, don’t get left out. Located in front of the legendary Powerhouse bar, nearly 15,000 fellow leather men and fetish enthusiasts engage in BDSM play at over 50 adult vendor spaces! Spanking, punching, whips and floggers, bondage, domination and submission, creative watersports, toys and so much more are in full…
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San Francisco Pride 2015

San Francisco Pride 2015

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San Francisco Pride – With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than 20 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. Equality without Exception – The event theme for the 44th annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade (2015). San Francisco, CA. San Francisco Pride 2015   The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is one of the largest gatherings of LGBT people and allies in the nation. This is the official San Francisco Pride Parade Page. Use this page to invite your Facebook friends! The 45th annual parade kicks off on Sunday, June 28 at 10:30am at Market Street & Beale and ends at Market & 8th Street in downtown San Francisco. The theme for…
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Frameline 2015

Frameline 2015

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Frameline – San Francisco International LGBT Festival – Frameline39: the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival has announced several highlights for this year’s renowned showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer cinema. OPENING NIGHT FILM - I AM MICHAEL / DIR Justin Kelly / USA - Starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto, director Justin Kelly’s much-talked-about drama I AM MICHAEL tells the controversial true story of Michael Glatze, a former San Francisco-based gay rights activist who renounces homosexuality and becomes a Christian pastor. CENTERPIECE NARRATIVE - SUMMER OF SANGAILE / DIR Alanté Kavaïté / Lithuania, France, Netherlands - Sangaile is a brooding teen trapped in a cage of adolescent fear and self-doubt when she meets vivacious, outgoing Auste at an aeronautics show. This is a sumptuously shot, subtly told story of the transformative power…
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The Wired Network Bears in the 1990s

The Wired Network Bears in the 1990s

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The Wired Network: Bears in the 1990s (Part Two of a three-part essay) Les Wright © 2007 As a collective gay identity, bears emerged in the 1980s in many places, but most evidently in San Francisco. If the 1980s were the halcyon pioneering days for bears, and San Francisco once again the gold rush capital of this ursine Wild West, then the 1990s were the era of settlers, homesteading the new community, pushing the cyber frontiers, consolidating loose social groups into more formal ones, bringing order and stability to the new community. In a repeat of familiar history, the subsequent decade of the 2000s would see the meteoric rise of the bear community catapult to center stage, closing the bear frontier forever. The Wired Network Bears in the 1990s The…
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Trans Day of Visibility

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The International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual holiday dedicated to celebrating transgender/ gender non-conforming people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. We are celebrating TDoV for the month of March and hope you will join some of our events below. Events surrounding the day include social events, protests, actions, sit-ins, poetry events, and a variety of other activities that emphasize the importance of trans* visibility is in our communities locally and abroad. TDoV exists to build community, celebrate what we have accomplished, and inspire future change. Trans Day of Visibility Trans Day of Visibility (TDoV 2015) - Is an annual Bay Area event for Trans, GNC, and allied communities to celebrate our accomplishments, community, and inspire future change. The community celebration will be held…
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Elevation Tahoe 2015

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Elevation Tahoe – Welcome to Elevation Tahoe 2015, the first annual North Tahoe gay ski week! We have taken over a new area and stamped it with our signature blend of sporty days and sexy nights. As Elevation Mammoth enters its 12th year and Elevation Utah its 4th, we thought it just about time to add another destination to the lineup. Enter Elevation Tahoe. Tahoe, CA Feb 5-8, 2015 Elevation Tahoe 2015 Looking for topnotch slope action? You will love Lake Tahoe. It was home to the 1960 Winter Olympics and with 3,600 skiable acres across six peaks, 43 lifts and over 270 trails, Tahoe's Squaw Valley is one of the largest ski areas in the United States. The mountain also features the Gold-Coast Funitel: a beefed-out gondola system you…
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LGBTQ Tech Summit in San Francisco

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Help Launch the First-Ever LGBTQ Tech Summit We're planning the first-ever LGBTQ Tech Summit on Feb 26, 2015 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Bring the Magic of the White House LGBT Tech & Innovation Summit to San Francisco February 26. Last July Lesbians Who Tech co-produced the LGBT Tech & Innovation Summit at the White House. It was the first time the LGBTQ community came together in such a way and we'd love to replicate the magic this February 26 in San Francisco. And last year we hosted two Summit's for queer women in technology and allies. This year we want to expand our Summit to the LGBTQ Tech community. LGBTQ Tech Summit in San Francisco While tech leaders like Tim Cook and Martine Rothblatt are important to…
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New Year’s Eve Trip to San Francisco

New Year’s Eve Trip to San Francisco

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By Brennan Gamwell - Full Story at Queerty If you’ve ever dreamt of biking across the Golden Gate Bridge, dancing the night away in the Castro, and watching New Year’s Eve fireworks over the Bay Bridge, you’re probably hankering for a visit to San Francisco. Well it’s just your day, because GayCities is giving away a trip for two to the City by the Bay! All you have to do is enter this year’s San Francisco Travel Sweepstakes. Win a New Year's Eve Trip to San Francisco Enter here by 12/10. Here’s what’s in store for you, plus one, when you visit: Flight for 2 to San Francisco 2 nights at Hotel DIVA Dinner for two 2 tickets to The Dungeon 2 tickets for the NYE International Ball at the Palace Hotel Two nights at…
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Lesbians Who Tech Summit 2015

Lesbians Who Tech Summit 2015

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CASTRO STREET THEATER // SAN FRANCISCO The Summit brings together over 1,000 LGBTQ women (and allies) across all areas of technology. The Lesbians Who Tech Summit is the only event focused on increasing visibility and tech participation in two historically underrepresented communities: the women’s and queer communities. Join us for our second annual summit starting on February 26 and ending March 1, 2015 in San Francisco, the epicenter of the technology industry. Through this summit and future endeavors, we will bond together to demonstrate our shared commitment to these two critical groups in the tech world.The Lesbians Who Tech Summit will bring together hundreds of queer women in tech (and the people who love them), for the most unique technology conference ever. We will be highlighting incredible queer women who…
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