Changes to SF’s pink triangle display

The annual Pink Triangle installation on San Francisco’s Twin Peaks will be a little different this year and is looking for volunteers to help.

While the pink triangle is slated to be on display throughout June for Pride Month and, like last year, will be illuminated at night, its presence will change during the day, Patrick Carney, the project’s co-founder, explained in an email.

In place of the pink tarps traditionally used, Carney indicated that this year there will be more than a mile of brightly shining pink streamers hung in rows beneath each of the 43 rows of LED light strands and hung on the three sides of the triangle. “The pink streamers will not lie flat on the ground, they will be in the air,” Carney explained. “The layers of hanging 10-inch streamers can appear as fringes, like the Roaring 20s Art Deco-inspired fringed flapper dress.” As the streamers blow in the wind, the lustrous finish will faintly reflect and sparkle over the city.

“It was meant to be draconian,” Carney remarked.

He added that this year is an experiment and he hopes it will be dramatic and highly visible during the day. The pink tarps were visible during the day when it was fairly clear, but the streamer plan would take that to a new level.

The lights take over when darkness falls over San Francisco, ensuring the icon remains visible day and night.

Burning Man’s Velvet Cabal, a collective of LGBTQ camps at the event, will help install the LED lights, Carney explained.

The canvas edges will be placed on Saturday 28 May from 9:00 am and the streamers will be placed on Sunday 29 May. Dismantling begins on July 1st. Volunteers can register here.

This year’s lighting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 1st at 8pm. She is preceded by the pink torch procession, beginning at Oakland City Hall with Mayor Libby Schaaf and escorted by members of Dykes on Bikes to San Francisco Mayor London Breed for the lighting. Cheer-San Francisco, the city’s official cheerleading team, will assist in the procession.

Carney noted that the pink triangle is a reminder and a warning. It was originally used to brand suspected homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps. It was revived in the 1970s as a symbol of anti-homophobia protest and has been used as a symbol for LGBTQ+ Pride ever since.

Anyone interested in making a donation to support the installation can do so here.

Transgender activist Dee Dee Chamblee. Photo: Courtesy of Dee Dee Chamblee

Trans activist speaks virtually at Marin City church
Transgender activist Dee Dee Chamblee will be the guest speaker on Sunday, May 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 101 Donahue Street in Marin City in the North Bay via Zoom from Atlanta.

Chamblee is an advocate and educator within the trans community and has more than 25 years’ experience organizing grassroots movements, according to a press release. She is the founder and director of La Gender Inc., which empowers the trans community on issues such as HIV/AIDS, homelessness, police profiling and systemic discrimination in employment, according to a press release. In 2011, then-President Barack Obama honored Chamblee as a “Champion of Change,” and her blog, Trans Equality, was posted to the White House website, the publication said.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church is a multicultural community that welcomes everyone. It has a long history of civil rights and social justice activism. More information and access to the upcoming service can be found here.

Author Gomez honored by NBJC
Lesbian author and San Francisco resident Jewele Gomez will be one of several Black LGBTQ and same-sex women and female elders recognized by the National Black Justice Coalition during their Virtual Wisdom Awards on Monday, May 16 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time To be honored.

The event is held in recognition of National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day and honors women for their contributions to America’s literary and communications arts traditions.

Gomez, who was involved in the fight for marriage equality in California, is best known for her 1991 classic The Gilda Stories, which won two Lambda Literary Awards for fiction and science fiction. She was also previously a member of the San Francisco Library Commission.

In addition to Gomez, other honorees include: Sheila Alexander-Reid, former Director of Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs; Ann Allen Shockley, author of Loving Her (1974), the first novel with a black lesbian protagonist; Cheryl Clarke, a poet and co-owner of Blenheim Hill Books in Hobart, New York; and Anita Cornwell, one of the first lesbians to be published in The Ladder and The Negro Digest in the 1950s.

Also honored are Andrea Jenkins, a trans woman who is President of the Minneapolis City Council; Rayceen Pendarvis, host and presenter of many events in the black LGBTQ and same-sex communities; Barbara Smith, an architect of black lesbian feminism; and Linda Villarosa, an African-American journalist, author, and educator.

The program will be available on NBJC’s YouTube channel. To reply click here. For further information, click here.

Acknowledging older LGBTQ adults
The Center for LGBTQ Health Justice will also host a May 16 National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day program.

The holiday will be held virtually with videos, stories and retrospectives on the National Honor Our LGBT Elders Facebook page.

Videos can be submitted here.

Jack London State Park Programs
Family fun and classical music are coming to Jack London Historic State Park in Sonoma County this month.

First up is the Call of the Wild weekend of May 14-15. The two-day, family-friendly community open house will include activities celebrating London’s love of nature, storytelling and music, according to a press release.

All visitors this weekend will get free admission to the park, typically $10 per vehicle with up to nine passengers, according to the press release.

Visitors can visit the popular Pflugerspieltag on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features plowing and hitching demonstrations and free horse-drawn carriage rides. Meet Clydesdales, Percheron, Shire and Belgian draft horses and mules, and see blacksmiths, spinning demonstrations and early gas engines.

Sunday is also Family Adventure Day, which includes a guided walk through Beauty Ranch with a naturalist; and a visit to “bubble researcher” Ron Schultz, who gives children the opportunity to create giant bubbles of their own.

For more information and to register for free tickets, click here.

The following weekend, May 21-22, at Beauty Ranch Meadow, visitors can wander the park grounds to a classical music soundtrack performed live by pianist Hunter Noack.

Established in 2016, In A Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild is an open-air concert series with stunning scenery that replaces the traditional concert hall. A 9-foot Steinway grand piano travels on a flatbed truck to state and national parks and other concert venues to connect people with every landscape, according to a press release.

The concerts take place on both evenings from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and bring a picnic lunch and a favorite drink, as well as beach chairs or blankets to sit on.
Tickets for this event cost $35. Park admission of $10 is not included.

For concert tickets click here.

Jack London Historic State Park is operated and funded by Jack London Park Partners, a non-profit organization. More information about the park can be found here.

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