What we're about

BRIDGEMEN is for gay, bi and trans men who want to give back to our community. We organize fun and relevant social events and community-service projects that provide leadership opportunities and create friendships. Our goal is to make San Francisco a safe and happy place for everyone—by building bridges between our many social networks.


Upcoming events (5+)

VOLUNTEER: “Queens” - Supporting SFGMC Concert

Sydney Goldstein Theater

DISCLOSURE: THIS IS A VOLUNTEER EVENT, NOT AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT. Since their solemn performance on the steps of San Francisco City Hall on November 27, 1978, on the occasion of an impromptu memorial for Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) has been a community organization rooted in San Francisco. They perform over 50 concerts each year, including many that directly benefit local social justice and healthcare-related nonprofit organizations. Community involvement is an active part of their mission. On June 21, 2019, come celebrate Pride Weekend with the Bridgemen and SFGMC! Marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which began on June 28, 1969, and commemorating San Francisco’s own Compton Cafeteria Riot which occurred in 1966, SFGMC will honor those who helped catapult the gay rights movement into the public forum coast to coast. The concert will feature beloved gay anthems, as well as songs that pay tribute to the themes of strength, perseverance, and acceptance. It will also feature special guest appearances from many of San Francisco’s celebrity drag queens! The Bridgemen will be assisting SFGMC at their concert with the following: lobby ambassadors / floaters, merchandise, ushering and patron services. After volunteering, we will be able to enjoy the show together! Details about dress code and other matters to follow. 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]

VOLUNTEER: Frameline Feature “Tehran: City of Love”

Victoria Theatre

DISCLOSURE: THIS IS A VOLUNTEER EVENT, NOT AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT. Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBTQ film festival in the world and the most prominent and well-attended LGBTQ arts program in the Bay Area. Frameline Distribution is the only nonprofit distributor that solely caters to LGBTQ film. Frameline's mission is to change the world through the power of queer cinema. Come be part of the movie magic by volunteering for the screening of “Tehran: City of Love,” an Iranian film about three misfits disappointed in love and life and yearning to connect. This film is showing at the historic Victoria Theatre in the Mission. Read more about the film here: https://www.frameline.org/festival/film-guide/tehran-city-of-love Duties may include seating people, keeping track of guests entering the theater, taking tickets, working will-call, line control, and after the film helping people to vote by text or paper ballot for the movie and cleaning the theatre. Best of all, in addition to helping before and after the film, we get to sit and watch the film together! Due to the nature of this event, we ask that you arrive on time. Frameline will also order T-Shirts for all participants, SO MAKE SURE TO LET US KNOW WHAT SIZE T-SHIRT YOU WEAR. To learn how to volunteer for other Frameline screenings, visit their website: https://www.frameline.org/support/volunteer If you have questions about this event, please contact either Point Man Shawn Matloob here on Meetup, or Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked]

Bridgemen Planning Committee Meeting

San Francisco AIDS Foundation

PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE ORDERING FOOD FOR THE GROUP AND NEED AN ACCURATE HEADCOUNT. PLEASE ONLY RSVP FOR THIS EVENT IF YOU'RE 100% COMMITTED TO ATTENDING. 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 the evening, enjoy some complimentary food and share your ideas for projects we can get involved with. Here are the general guidelines we follow for selecting service projects: 1. Events will be chosen at planning meetings through consensus, and any major concerns or objections from a Planning Group member will prevent a project from moving forward. 2. Every service project must have a designated Project Lead before it can be approved. 3. Bridgemen must always work in teams. 4. All events must allow for a minimum of 15 participants, and events with larger capacities will be prioritized over smaller ones. 5. Bridgemen must not be required to attend training on a different day than the actual event. 6. Bridgemen are not responsible for supplies and will not seek donation of supplies for events. The organization will be responsible for getting supplies. 7. Bridgemen will not register participants into a database for partnering organizations. Individuals are allowed to register with partnering organizations on their own. 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 - “Black And White Nostalgia” by Jim James

The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of local and international gay or queer artists every month since Magnet was founded in 2003, and has always been an important part of Magnet. We are excited to announce that for the month of July 2019 we are exhibiting the work of Jim James in his show titled “Black And White Nostalgia.” ARTIST’S STATEMENT: This group of black and white photography work is from the late seventies to late nineties. It was a time of transition from the good old days, or the golden era of gay, to the challenging, difficult AIDS Years. Having fled the persecution of Anita Bryant's Florida, I found an unbelievable community in San Francisco, not just surviving, but thriving against incredible odds. When just the thought or rumor of being gay was dangerous, and the hysteria of AIDS gripped the nation, here was a generation of men living openly, proudly, defiantly, flamboyantly, and flawlessly! The Castro, South of Market, and Polk Street felt like movie sets, a constant costume party twenty-four seven. Elaborate festivals, fundraisers and parades were staged every weekend. Not to mention all the intense, heavy cruising everywhere, and always some kind of sex behind the next half closed door or corner. It was against this backdrop that my photography blossomed. A delicious buffet of gorgeous, beautiful, outrageous people I either knew, got to know, or wanted to know. I've tried to capture the flavor and feel of those times, these images are the result. ABOUT THE ARTIST: I joined the great migration of gays to the safety of San Francisco in 1979. My photography started as a way to break through shyness and feel connected. It soon became a front row ticket to the exciting, glamorous gay community in San Francisco and later around the world. I've amassed five decades of analog and digital photography of gay San Franciscana, parades, festivals, art happenings, nightlife, exotic travel, and male erotica. I learned and perfected my skills at the Harvey Milk Photography Center, the San Francisco Art Institute, and on the streets of San Francisco. My work is influenced by Diane Arbus' sensational counter-culture portraits, the Infamous Weegee's gritty street and nightclub photography, Bob Mizer's sexy beefcake, and Robert Mapplethorpe's elegant nudes. I'm currently working on an e book of my travels to Thailand's famous gay hot spot, Dongtan Beach. For more visit: http://photojimsf.com The Art Opening runs 8–10 PM. Free drinks and light snacks will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact our Community Events Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at [masked].

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