Pride Special: Ali Marrero-Calderon talks LGBTQ Liberation with Michelle Meow
In our final program before San Francisco Pride, come join us for a good conversation about the history and current practice of activism in the LGBTQ community.
We will be talking with Ali Marrero-Calderon, who will be honored at the SF Pride parade for her lifetime of commitment and involvement in the community. Born in Puerto Rico in 1948, Marrero-Calderon moved with her military family to Oakland when she was 15 years old. "I always knew I was a 'queer child from the age of seven," Marrero-Calderon tells us. "I came back to the Bay Area in 1969, when the gay revolution took off in this country. In the '70s I worked for gay rights, fighting against the Briggs Initiative. I was the only lesbian working with the Butterfly Brigade—a group of gay men—patrolling the Castro on the weekends making sure that the anti-gay violence was addressed by the DA's office. I was the only Puerto Rican dyke I knew in the Bay Area. In 1974 I was a member of GENTE, the first lesbian-of-color organization in the West. I was a member of the GALA—Gay Latino Alliance; I was one of two lesbians in the group when it started. I was also a member of Mujerio—a Latina Lesbian organization. I was involved with the Pride Parade as a safety supervisor and [working with the] main stage—back then it was the only stage—'til 1990. I worked with Shanti Project in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, providing services for men living and dying with the virus. I was with Dykes on Bikes since 1976 and became its first emeritus member. I was and continue to be a member of Michfest, the Womyn’s Music Festival."
Marrero-Calderon was recognized by Astrea for her work with OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) and says she is "a proud Boricua (Puerto Rican Dyke) and love representing my community."
Join us as Michelle Meow brings her long-running daily radio show to The Commonwealth Club one day each week. Meet fascinating—and often controversial—people discussing important issues of interest to the LGBTQ community, and have your questions ready.
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The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Max Thelen Boardroom
San Francisco, 94105
11:30 a.m. check-in