• 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].

  • MagneKink 2019


    The Bridgemen and 50-Plus are invited to MagneKink 2019, an annual social event for San Francisco’s queer leather/fetish/kink community! This will be our 6th annual event, and is being held in honor of Up Your Alley weekend. Before you dive into that busy weekend of events, we hope you can join us to socialize with your fellow leather/fetish/kink enthusiasts. This is a great chance to catch up with old friends, meet some new ones and to square up your plans for the weekend festivities. So whether you’re new to kink or a seasoned pro, slap on some gear and come out to socialize with your fellow kinksters! This year’s event will feature a live DJ, raffle prizes and complimentary refreshments and clothes check. We look forward to seeing you there! 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]

  • TFTATFW: Lunch + “Queer California” @ Oakland Museum

    >> PLEASE READ THIS EVENT DESCRIPTION COMPLETELY! << >> PLEASE DO *NOT* RSVP FOR THIS EVENT UNDER *BOTH* BRIDGEMEN AND 50-PLUS! << For the TFTATFW (The First Thursday After The First Wednesday) event for August, the Bridgemen and 50-Plus will be returning to Oakland for lunch and a visit to the Oakland Museum, all compliments of Bridgemen/50-Plus! NOTE: This event is limited to 20 members of either group. Members who already attended in June will not be allowed to attend a second time. OUR ITINERARY: -- We will meet in front of the Wells Fargo (12th St & Broadway) at the 12th Street / Oakland City Center BART station. Members are responsible for their own transportation expense to the meeting point. After assembling, we will walk 4-5 blocks to Buffet Fortuna (800 Broadway) to enjoy lunch together, compliments of Bridgemen/50-Plus. This is an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant offering Chinese, Japanese and American food. -- After lunch, we’ll walk 8-9 more blocks to the Oakland Museum of California to view the “Queer California: Untold Stories” exhibition. Bridgemen/50-Plus will cover the cost of admission to the museum. You can read more about the exhibition here: http://museumca.org/exhibit/queer-california-untold-stories -- After the museum visit, we’ll walk 2 blocks to the Lake Merritt BART station for those who are taking BART to return to San Francisco or other destinations. 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: Sierra Work Party Weekend


    DISCLOSURE: THIS IS A VOLUNTEER EVENT, NOT AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT. >> THIS IS A UNIQUE VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE FOR 12 PEOPLE ONLY! >> PLEASE READ THIS EVENT DESCRIPTION COMPLETELY BEFORE YOU RSVP. >> RSVPs WILL NOT BE TAKEN ON MEETUP. YOU MUST CONTACT ALEX RAY EITHER HERE ON MEETUP OR BY EMAIL AT [masked] . >> ALEX WILL CALL YOU AND ASK YOU A BRIEF SERIES OF QUESTIONS BEFORE ADDING YOU TO THE LIST. Operated by the Earth Abides Catholic Worker Farm, Catherine House is a retreat center in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Calaveras County (16777 Armstrong Road, Calaveras County, CA 95246). It got its start in 1991 when a Franciscan priest brought up people with AIDS to enjoy the country air. From that, they decided to turn their main house into a respite/retreat space for people with AIDS or other illnesses, and those involved in their care. The 1,975-square-foot, handicapped-accessible house sits on 80 acres of wilderness/farm and now hosts monthly HIV/AIDS-related retreats open to all, regardless of their spirituality. You can read more about them at this link: https://earthabidesfarm.wordpress.com/ The Bridgemen are extremely honored and thrilled for the opportunity to spend 3 nights and 2+ days at Catherine House! Below is our itinerary: Thursday, September 19: A Catherine House van will pick us up at 1 PM at the Safeway at 2020 Market St (at Church St) in San Francisco and drive to Catherine House, arriving by 5 PM, in time for dinner. Friday, September 20: We will do two 3-hour shifts of hearty labor on the premises to help beautify the space, which has been ravaged by recent storms, the pine bark beetle scourge, and lack of sufficient staff to keep up with the horticulture. A meal will be served between the work shifts. Saturday, September 21: We will be free to explore the bioregion between Earth Abides’ 80-acre Land Trust and the Stanislaus National Forest. Sunday, September 22: the Catherine House van will return us back to Safeway in San Francisco right after breakfast. Catherine House staffers will provide dinner on Thursday, three hot meals on Friday and Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. The meals will accommodate various types of diets (e.g., vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free). Re sleeping arrangements, we will be split into two groups: there are 9 beds in Catherine House and 3 more in nearby Peace House. Be prepared to share your room.