Rainbow Toastmasters

Rainbow Toastmasters

Community
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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Mariela Castro Espín Meets with San Francisco LGBT Community

Mariela Castro Espín Meets with San Francisco LGBT Community

Advocacy
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Mariela Castro addressing the Latin America plenary of the International Conference on LGBT Human Rights in Montreal, 28 July 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)"][/caption] A Conversation with Mariela Castro: Same–Sex Marriage, HIV/AIDS, and LGBT Rights in Cuba SAN FRANCISCO, MAY 18, 2012 – LGBT human rights activist, Mariela Castro Espín, daughter of current President Raul Castro and the niece of former President Fidel Castro, will meet with activists, leaders and other members of the San Francisco LGBT community at the San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Ms. Castro will be interviewed on stage by Emmy award–winning host and a producer for CBS 5 TV’s Eye on The Bay, Liam Mayclem, with an opportunity for audience…
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Trans Job Fair, Health Fair, and Forum!

Trans Job Fair, Health Fair, and Forum!

Calendar
Save the Date: Trans Job Fair, Health Fair, and Forum on May 23 at the Center! Register for free at: http://transjobandhealthfair.eventbrite.com/ TEEI (Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative), SF LGBT Center, the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, and our community partners are proud to announce: Trans Job Fair, Health Fair, and Forum: Training Opportunities, Careers, Services for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals May 23, 2012 Doors open at noon! At the SF LGBT Center - 1800 Market Street Event Details: The free event will include a job fair, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and a resource fair that will assist trans and gender nonconforming job seekers in navigating career, services, training opportunities in the Bay Area. The event will be held at the SF LGBT Community Center on May 23, 2012 at 12pm. More information…
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SFUSD Board to Vote on Resolution Supporting LGBTQ Youth

News
from the SF LGBT Center On February 9th, the San Francisco Board of Education will vote on resolution #912-8A3 to strengthen San Francisco Unified School District’s commitment to promoting the mental and physical well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students. As a community organization that works to empower local LGBTQ youth in schools and on the streets, we can attest to the fact that this milestone resolution has the potential to address hostile and inequitable learning environments that negatively impact LGBTQ youth and the future of our community. Currently, harassment and hostile school environments continue to plague and harm our LGBTQ students. Research shows that LGBTQ students are much more likely to report higher rates of skipping school because they felt unsafe, more likely than their heterosexual peers…
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Legal Hurdles for Alternative Family Relationships

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Many LGBT people are estranged from their blood relatives, have no spouse, and rely on members of alternative families without the legal protections of blood relatives. Our laws that govern the rights and responsibilities of kinship are biased against alternative family relationships. The LGBT Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission invites the public to participate in a forum to discuss how to recognize alternative kinship structures among people who are not related by blood or legal adoption. Emancipated youth, seniors, those estranged from their legally recognized families, and others will discuss how their alternative families have been created from bonds of friendship, mentoring, and caregiving. Panelists: - Cathy Sakimura, Staff Attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights - Alice Kessler, Government Affairs Director for Equality California…
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