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Location: Strut

BookClub reads “Afterparties” Anthony Veasna So

Calling All Queer Book Lovers!

For the winter we will be reading “Afterparties” by Anthony Veasna So. You Must RSVP on EventBrite to attend.

The Bookclub is reading this book for the winter, November and December and we are meeting on December 20th, IN PERSON! So if you want to come you must RSVP on Eventbrite.
Join us Monday December 20th at 7:30 PM, (PST) in person, second floor of Strut! 470 Castro Street, San Francisco CA 94114
Please make sure to read the entire book beforehand and come ready to discuss your thoughts. Spoiler Alert: We always discuss the ending of each book, so we highly recommend you finish it before attending. This queer book club has been around since 2003. We will be sharing the bookclub zoom link here the day of the show for those of you that want to participate virtually, we are trying to do a hybrid event.
This is an in-person event so we are limiting the number of folks that are allowed in the building, RSVP now before space runs out, only folks that RSVP on Eventbrite will be allowed to attend, wearing masks the entire time is mandatory, and proof of vaccination cards will be needed at the door.
RSVP using this LINK
ABOUT THE BOOK: Seamlessly transitioning between the absurd and the tenderhearted, balancing acerbic humor with sharp emotional depth, Afterparties offers an expansive portrait of the lives of Cambodian-Americans. As the children of refugees carve out radical new paths for themselves in California, they shoulder the inherited weight of the Khmer Rouge genocide and grapple with the complexities of race, sexuality, friendship, and family. With nuanced emotional precision, gritty humor, and compassionate insight into the intimacy of queer and immigrant communities, the stories in Afterparties deliver an explosive introduction to the work of Anthony Veasna So.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anthony Veasna So was a graduate of Stanford University and earned his MFA in fiction at Syracuse University. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, n+1, Granta, and ZYZZYVA.
If you have any questions about Strut/ San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s events and or the Strut Book Club please feel free to contact our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at baruch@sfaf.org To learn more about the San Francisco AIDS Foundation/Strut visit sfaf.org

Latinx Health Event in National AIDS Memorial Grove

 

 

El Programa de Salud Latino de la Fundación en Contra del SIDA en San Francisco, le invita a la celebración de las vidas de nuestras comunidades indígenas, personas Latinas y Latinos que han muerto de VIH y SIDA en el Mundo. El evento gratuito se llevará a cabo en el parque Golden Gate-AIDS Memorial Grove el día 3 de diciembre de las Doce del día a las 3 de la tarde. Tendremos una ofrenda en nuestro monumento dedicado a la comunidad indígena y comunidad Latina, Danza Azteca, Mariachis, tamales y atole.

Para más información, por favor contactarse con Rosa Mercado al 415-823-3499.


The SFAF-Latinx Health Program is hosting an event to celebrate the lives of Latinx and indigenous people who have died of HIV and AIDS.

The event will be hosted at the AIDS Memorial Grove on December 3, 12 pm – 3 pm. We will have, an art installation by the Latinx boulder, Aztec Dancers, Mariachis, Tamales, and Atole.

For more information, please contact Rosa Mercado, 415-823-3499.


T-time

T-time is a harm reduction group that centers the experiences of non-binary transmasculine people and transmen who use substances. This group provides an opportunity to talk about related topics such as sexuality, HIV prevention and STIs, reproductive health, and more in a non-judgmental, sex-positive, safer community space. The group gladly welcomes a spectrum of racial, ethnic, size, ability, and class backgrounds.

Located at 470 Castro Street, 3rd Floor (Strut) first Fridays, online via Zoom all other Fridays.

For Zoom info: Danni Lyons at dlyons@sfaf.org. For general info: (415) 487-3100


T-time

T-time is a harm reduction group that centers the experiences of non-binary transmasculine people and transmen who use substances. This group provides an opportunity to talk about related topics such as sexuality, HIV prevention and STIs, reproductive health, and more in a non-judgmental, sex-positive, safer community space. The group gladly welcomes a spectrum of racial, ethnic, size, ability, and class backgrounds.

Located at 470 Castro Street, 3rd Floor (Strut) first Fridays, online via Zoom all other Fridays.

For Zoom info: Danni Lyons at dlyons@sfaf.org. For general info: (415) 487-3100


T-time

T-time is a harm reduction group that centers the experiences of non-binary transmasculine people and transmen who use substances. This group provides an opportunity to talk about related topics such as sexuality, HIV prevention and STIs, reproductive health, and more in a non-judgmental, sex-positive, safer community space. The group gladly welcomes a spectrum of racial, ethnic, size, ability, and class backgrounds.

Located at 470 Castro Street, 3rd Floor (Strut) first Fridays, online via Zoom all other Fridays.

For Zoom info: Danni Lyons at dlyons@sfaf.org. For general info: (415) 487-3100


T-time

T-time is a harm reduction group that centers the experiences of non-binary transmasculine people and transmen who use substances. This group provides an opportunity to talk about related topics such as sexuality, HIV prevention and STIs, reproductive health, and more in a non-judgmental, sex-positive, safer community space. The group gladly welcomes a spectrum of racial, ethnic, size, ability, and class backgrounds.

Located at 470 Castro Street, 3rd Floor (Strut) first Fridays, online via Zoom all other Fridays.

For Zoom info: Danni Lyons at dlyons@sfaf.org. For general info: (415) 487-3100


T-time

T-time is a harm reduction group that centers the experiences of non-binary transmasculine people and transmen who use substances. This group provides an opportunity to talk about related topics such as sexuality, HIV prevention and STIs, reproductive health, and more in a non-judgmental, sex-positive, safer community space. The group gladly welcomes a spectrum of racial, ethnic, size, ability, and class backgrounds.

Located at 470 Castro Street, 3rd Floor (Strut) first Fridays, online via Zoom all other Fridays.

For Zoom info: Danni Lyons at dlyons@sfaf.org. For general info: (415) 487-3100


T-time

T-time is a harm reduction group that centers the experiences of non-binary transmasculine people and transmen who use substances. This group provides an opportunity to talk about related topics such as sexuality, HIV prevention and STIs, reproductive health, and more in a non-judgmental, sex-positive, safer community space. The group gladly welcomes a spectrum of racial, ethnic, size, ability, and class backgrounds.

Located at 470 Castro Street, 3rd Floor (Strut) first Fridays, online via Zoom all other Fridays.

For Zoom info: Danni Lyons at dlyons@sfaf.org. For general info: (415) 487-3100


T-time

T-time is a harm reduction group that centers the experiences of non-binary transmasculine people and transmen who use substances. This group provides an opportunity to talk about related topics such as sexuality, HIV prevention and STIs, reproductive health, and more in a non-judgmental, sex-positive, safer community space. The group gladly welcomes a spectrum of racial, ethnic, size, ability, and class backgrounds.

Located at 470 Castro Street, 3rd Floor (Strut) first Fridays, online via Zoom all other Fridays.

For Zoom info: Danni Lyons at dlyons@sfaf.org. For general info: (415) 487-3100


T-time

T-time is a harm reduction group that centers the experiences of non-binary transmasculine people and transmen who use substances. This group provides an opportunity to talk about related topics such as sexuality, HIV prevention and STIs, reproductive health, and more in a non-judgmental, sex-positive, safer community space. The group gladly welcomes a spectrum of racial, ethnic, size, ability, and class backgrounds.

Located at 470 Castro Street, 3rd Floor (Strut) first Fridays, online via Zoom all other Fridays.

For Zoom info: Danni Lyons at dlyons@sfaf.org. For general info: (415) 487-3100


“Night Time Is My Time” Art Opening for Orlando de la Garza

Join us for our first Art Opening since March of 2020!

Friday, November 5th we are inviting you to help us celebrate the work of Orlando de la Garza! The Art Opening starts at 8 PM, and will go till 10 PM.
This is an in-person event so we are limiting the number of folks that are allowed in the building, RSVP now before space runs out, only folks that RSVP on Eventbrite will be allowed to attend, wearing masks the entire time is mandatory, and proof of vaccination cards will be needed at the door. Register using this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/night-time-is-my-time-art…
The Art program at Strut was founded the same year Magnet began back in 2003 and we’ve been exhibiting the work of a different queer artist each month ever since!
If you would like to learn more about the artist visit his website here
If you have any questions about Strut’s art openings or this event, please feel free to contact our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at bporrashernandez@sfaf.org
Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair-accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.

The Strut Bookclub is VIRTUAL ONLY

Tonight’s Event is No Longer In Person

Tonight’s event will only be on zoom. Please join us if you read the book and would like to discuss “Gordo” by Jaime Cortez.

Jaime Cortez is still making a special appearance via zoom.

ZOOM LINK 

If you have any questions about Strut/ San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s events and or the Strut Book Club please feel free to contact our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at baruch@sfaf.org
To learn more about the San Francisco AIDS Foundation/Strut visit sfaf.org

Foglifter Press: Eyeing the Margins

Join us and Foglifter Press as they celebrate the new issue of their literary journal—a biannual compendium of the most dynamic, urgent queer writing today.

Based in San Francisco, Foglifter publishes queer and trans writers from around the world. It’s a space to celebrate, mourn, rage, and embrace. Featuring Tauheed Zaman, Sara Brody, Nefertiti Asanti, and Danny Thanh Nguyen. Emceed by Matthew DeCoster. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation (pre-registration required)
In order to attend this event you must register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/169360288181
Browse Litquake’s bookstore here – https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake
This program is indoors. Mask and proof of vaccination are required at the door. Please read the requirements at litquake.org/covid.
More on the Writers: 
Nefertiti Asanti (they/she) is a poet who has received fellowships and residencies from the Watering Hole, Lambda Literary, Anaphora Arts, Winter Tangerine, and the Hurston/Wright Foundation. Nefertiti’s work can be found at AfroPunk, Foglifter, Santa Clara Review, Split Lip Magazine, and elsewhere.
Sara Brody is a writer from San Francisco. She holds an MFA in Fiction and an MA in English from San Francisco State University, and her work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, The Normal School, The Masters Review, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. In her free time, she enjoys aimlessly roaming the city and fantasizing about a double life as a queer-coded villain. You can find her work at sara-brody.com or follow her on Twitter @sbbrody.
Matthew DeCoster: A graduate of SFSU’s Creative Writing program, Matthew DeCoster (he/him) served as an instructional aide and staffer on Fourteen Hills. He’s been published in sPARJKLE & bLINK, Full of Crow, Harlot’s Sauce and SFWIRE. Matthew served on the Litquake committee for several years where he produced, curated and hosted WRITE ON and Barely Published Authors. He was an original staffer and founding board member of Lit Camp. Matthew is a producer for Literary Death Match. He lives in the Castro with his partner of 25 years, Matthew Carhart.
Danny Thanh Nguyen (they/he/she equally) has published stories and personal essays in GQ, The Offing, The Journal, Gulf Coast, and more. They have been awarded fellowships and grants from Ragdale Foundation, Lambda Literary, San Francisco Arts Commission, and Djerassi Artist Program. Her column on BDSM/leather culture appears in the international social network platform Recon and is translated into five languages. Find him on social media @engrishlessons.
Tauheed Zaman (he/him) is an immigrant, physician, and queer writer. He grew up in Bangladesh, Nigeria, and various parts of the Middle East. He lives on a houseboat in the Bay Area and sings with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. IG: @agentmowgli
If you have any questions about Strut/ San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s events please feel free to contact our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at baruch@sfaf.org To learn more about the San Francisco AIDS Foundation/Strut visit sfaf.org
Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair-accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.

Book Release for Brocken Spectre by Jacques J. Rancourt

Reserve Your Free Tickets Before They Disappear, Space is Limited!

We are honored to be hosting the book release for Brocken Spectre a new book of poetry by Jacques J. Rancourt!(author of Love in the Time of PrEP) With readings from Dan Lau, and Trey Keeve!
Join us on October 3rd at 7 PM for this hybrid IN PERSON and VIRTUAL event on the third floor of Strut! Like all of our events, this reading and book release celebration event is free! In order to enter the building, you must bring and wear a mask the entire time and be ready to show proof of vaccination. We have a limited amount of people we can allow to enter the space and only folks that have RSVPd on EventBrite will be allowed into the event, so make sure to reserve your free tickets before they are sold out! Here is the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/book-release-for-brocken…
Set in San Francisco, the poems of Brocken Spectre examine the way the past presses up against the present. The speaker—raised in the wake of the AIDS crisis—engages with ideas of belatedness, of looking back to a past that cannot be inhabited, of the ethics of memory, and of the dangers in memorializing and romanticizing tragedy.
More about the writers:
Jacques J. Rancourt is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Brocken Spectre (Alice James Books, 2021) and Novena (Pleiades Press, 2017), as well as a chapbook, In the Time of PrEP (Beloit Poetry Journal, 2018). He has held poetry fellowships, residencies, and scholarships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. Born and raised in rural Maine, he lives now in San Francisco.
Trey Keeve (also known as Vernon Keeve III) is a Virginia born, queer writer. They currently live and teach in Oakland. They hold a MFA from CCA, and a MA in Teaching Literature from Bard College. Trey’s full-length collection of poetry, Southern Migrant Mixtape, was published by Nomadic Press in 2018 and is the recipient of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award.
Dan Lau is a Chinese American poet, a nonprofit arts administrator at Kundiman and an editor at Foglifter, a queer literary journal and press. He resides on the unceded territory of the Ramaytush Ohlone, also known as San Francisco.
If you have any questions about Strut/ San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s events and or Trans Voices please feel free to contact our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at baruch@sfaf.org To learn more about the San Francisco AIDS Foundation/Strut visit sfaf.org
Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair-accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.

It’s Time to Give A F*ck: Teach-In exploring Drug Overdose in SF

Join us for a virtual & in-person learning event where we will explore the issue of drug overdose from a harm reduction perspective.

San Francisco lost over 700 lives last year to drug overdose – over two times the number of lives lost to COVID-19. This month for Overdose Awareness Month, we’re sounding the alarm about this crisis and rallying to demand action to implement evidence-based solutions to end the overdose crisis in San Francisco.

RSVP to reserve your spot for our virtual and in-person interactive learning event where we will explore the issue of drug overdose from a harm reduction perspective. Advocates, program experts and people who use drugs will share their perspectives on the roots of the overdose crisis and how we can advocate to save lives in SF.

EVENT SCHEDULE

  • 6 – 7 pm – Sign-Making for Rally (dinner provided)
  • 7 – 8:30 pm – Teach In

***COVID GUIDANCE***

With the increase in COVID-19 transmission locally and the transmissibility of the Delta variant, we want to provide a few reminders to keep you, other attendees, and the community safe.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for all in-person attendees.

Regardless of vaccine status, please get a COVID-19 test prior to coming to the event if you have developed any of the symptoms listed below in the last 7 days. Although uncommon, we are seeing breakthrough infections locally.

  • Fever (≥100.4F/38C)
  • Chills, or shivering/shakes
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or congested nose
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Feeling unusually weak or fatigued
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Vomiting or diarrhea (defined as ≥3 stools in 24 hrs)
  • Nausea
  • Headache

We require all in-person attendees to wear a mask while indoors and not consuming food or drink.

Please reach out to Ande Stone (astone@sfaf.org) if you have any questions or concerns about attending.


The Stairs Film Screening

Join us for a screening of The Stairs, a moving documentary film about the lives of people who use drugs and the challenges they face.

San Francisco lost over 700 lives last year to drug overdose – over two times the number of lives lost to COVID-19. This month for Overdose Awareness Month – we’re sounding the alarm about this crisis and rallying to demand action to implement evidence-based solutions to end the overdose crisis in San Francisco.

Get your tickets today to join us virtually or in-person to view The Stairs, a moving and poignant documentary film about the lives of people who use drugs and the challenges they face.

EVENT SCHEDULE

  • 6 pm – 6:30 pm Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – 8 pm Film Screening
  • 8 – 8:30 pm Short Discussion

MORE ABOUT THE FILM

The Stairs tells the story of Marty, Greg and Roxanne, who each survived decades of street-involvement. Using their experiences to ease the paths of others, they perform social work in their old neighbourhood, while struggling to maintain their newly-found stability. Told over five years, The Stairs examines life on society’s margins. Defying stereotypes through intimate portraits, its remarkable subjects are surprising, funny, shocking and moving.

CONTENT WARNING

This film discusses difficult subjects including fatal overdose, police violence, violence against women and sexual assault.

***COVID GUIDANCE***

With the increase in COVID-19 transmission locally and the transmissibility of the Delta variant, we want to provide a few reminders to keep you, other attendees, and the community safe.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for all in-person attendees.

Regardless of vaccine status, please get a COVID-19 test prior to coming to the event if you have developed any of the symptoms listed below in the last 7 days. Although uncommon, we are seeing breakthrough infections locally.

  • Fever (≥100.4F/38C)
  • Chills, or shivering/shakes
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or congested nose
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Feeling unusually weak or fatigued
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Vomiting or diarrhea (defined as ≥3 stools in 24 hrs)
  • Nausea
  • Headache

We require all in-person attendees to wear a mask while indoors and not consuming food or drink.

Please reach out to Ande Stone (astone@sfaf.org) if you have any questions or concerns about attending.


Trans Voices Hosts a Virtual Screening of TransNational Cabaret!

Join us for a virtual screening of the TRANSNATIONAL CABARET! Followed by an interview and discussion with director Richard Mosqueda lead by Trans Voices host Pearl Teese!

August 31st at 6 PM, all on ZOOM! 

To watch the show with us and experience the discussion you must Register on Evenbrite HERE

Last June New Conservatory Theatre Center presented the TransNational Cabaret! Directed by Richard Mosqueda! Trans artists from across the country united to unearth the joy, power and magic of being Trans in this effervescent celebration. Featuring a variety of innovative performances that highlight the vibrant kaleidoscope of the Trans experience including voguing, music, poetry, animation and more!

The show was a hit and now we are bringing it to Strut! We are doing a special screening of NCTC’s TransNational Cabaret at Strut on the third floor! We will also be screening it via zoom for those who cannot join us in the Castro.

The special virtual screening will also include a discussion and interview with the director Richard Mosqueda let by our very own Pearl Teese! With special virtual guests StormMiguel Flores, and Kimiyah Prescott! The Transnational Cabaret was Conceived by Ed Decker, Directed by Richard A Mosqueda, Curated by Richard A Mosqueda and Chris Steele.

The film includes Original performances from: Chris Steele AKA Polly Amber Ross, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, StormMiguel Florez, Zad Gravebone, Kimiyah Prescott, and Ezra Reaves!

Questions about Strut or the San Francisco AIDS Foundation go to sfaf.org

Questions about community events at Strut write to our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at baruch@sfaf.org


Strut Bookclub dicusses “Bath Haus” by P. J. Venon, will be Virtual Only!

Greetings Queer Book Lovers!

For the month of July, we are reading “Bath Haus” by P.J. VernonThe Strut Book Club will be meeting ONLINE ONLY

Monday, July 26th at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM we will be meeting virtually and NOT IN PERSON. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the recent rise in Covid cases, we have decided that tonight’s book club will be meeting virtually and not in person. See you all 7 PM tonight on zoom.

This queer book club has been around since 2003, we met virtually during the pandemic, and now will be having hybrid meetings, In – Person with the option of having people still show up virtually in case you have moved away or are not comfortable coming into Strut yet.

If you have any questions about Strut’s events and or this Queer/Gay Book Club please feel free to contact our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at baruch@sfaf.org. Questions about Strut /SF AIDS Foundation visit sfaf.org

More about the book: Oliver Park, a recovering addict from Indiana, finally has everything he ever wanted: sobriety and a loving, wealthy partner in Nathan, a prominent DC trauma surgeon. Despite their difference in age and disparate backgrounds, they’ve made a perfect life together. With everything to lose, Oliver shouldn’t be visiting Haus, a gay bathhouse. But through the entrance he goes, and it’s a line crossed. Inside, he follows a man into a private room, and it’s the final line. Whatever happens next, Nathan can never know. But then, everything goes wrong, terribly wrong, and Oliver barely escapes with his life. What follows is a classic runaway-train narrative, full of the exquisite escalations, edge-of-your-seat thrills, and oh-my-god twists. P. J. Vernon’s Bath Haus is a scintillating thriller with an emotional punch, perfect for readers curious for their next must-read novel.

About the Author: P. J. VERNON was born in South Carolina. His first book, When You Find Me, was published in 2018. He lives in Calgary with his partner and two wily dogs.