Upcoming Events: LGBT

Tue 6/20

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LGBT Activist Cleve Jones: When We Rise

Date: Tue, June 20, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
AIDS Memorial Quilt founder

Cleve Jones, American Human Rights Activist; Lecturer; Organizer, UNITE HERE; Author, When We RiseStitching a Revolution 
Mark Leno, Former California State Senator—Moderator

In an emotional roller coaster of real experiences, Cleve Jones will take you through the gay liberation movement and AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. Jones will share how Harvey Milk became the first largely outspoken gay elected official—as well as Jones' mentor. Jones keeps Milk’s legacy and the gay liberation movement alive, aspiring to have a similar impact on young adults as Milk had on Jones. Come hear Jones’ inspiring words on the political movement.

Jones joined the gay liberation movement in the early 1970s. He was mentored by pioneer LGBT activist Harvey Milk and worked in Milk’s City Hall office as a student intern until Milk’s assassination in 1978. Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983. In 1987, he founded the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, one of the world’s largest community arts projects.

Jones was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in Milk, Gus Van Sant’s Oscar-winning film, and served as the historical consultant for the production. In 2009, Jones led the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. He served on the advisory board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which challenged California’s Proposition 8 in the U.S. Supreme Court. In November 2016, ABC aired a miniseries partially inspired by Jones’ 2016 memoir, When We Rise.

Thu 6/22

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The Gay Bar in American History

Date: Thu, June 22, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
The history of the gay bar

Nancy Unger, Professor of History, Santa Clara University

For more than 100 years, gay clubs and bars have served as havens and sanctuaries as well as party spots and hookup sites. They've been the centers of solidarity, community and education. They've also been the sites of violence and persecution that ultimately led to great advancements in pride, rights and freedoms. Unger's richly illustrated talk highlights the history of a long and colorful American tradition central to the LGBTQ community: the gay bar—from jook joints to the Stonewall Inn to Orlando's Pulse and beyond.

Thu 7/27

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Refugees Without Refuge: Stories of LGBTQ Refugees Stranded in the Middle East

Date: Thu, July 27, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Advocating for LGBTQ refugees

Subhi Nahas, Human Rights Activist; Founder/Board Chair, Spectra Project
Arthur Slepian, Executive Director, A Wider Bridge—Moderator

Subhi Nahas, founder and board chair of Spectra Project and a Syrian refugee who gained asylum in the U.S. in 2015, will describe his experiences as a refugee as well as his efforts to help others and advocate for minorities of different sexual orientations and genders in the Middle East and North Africa. While many organizations assist refugees worldwide, only one organization supports the extremely vulnerable group of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa regions who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and who remain in countries of transit, unsure of when and if they will be resettled. Nahas has been recognized by the California State Assembly, testified at the first United Nations assembly on LGBTQ rights and has received numerous prestigious awards.