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Our 2016 New Speakers Training
Congratulations to our newest speakers!!

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Some time ago, Gabriela Traverso contacted me for people to interview for a short documentary. I sent her a list, and here is the result, featuring our own Connie Champagne (3:35) and Robert Bernardo (4:54).

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Our 2015 New Speakers Training
attracted an amazing group of new speakers!!

Left to right, Back row: Angela, Rich (Director),
Garry, Lom, Alena, Alexis, Joy, Ben (trainer).
Front row: Rachel, Karlyn, Leigh (former Director), Bonny, Prasant, Isabella, Leisa, June.

Special thanks to the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, Tobie Kaye, Nicolette Gullickson (taking the photo), Ben Carlson, Fresh! White, Carrie Marsh, Christopher Watson,
and Chris Brown.

More photos on our Photos page.

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Upcoming: New Speaker Training in September 2015!

Zander&MiaWe are looking for new queer volunteer speakers to speak out
and educate students in our schools and community about queer issues—and you can too! Fun, informative, and free! 

Queer youth, folks of color, genderqueer, transgender folks, and women strongly encouraged to apply. 

The two-day training will be held on consecutive Saturdays,
September 12th
and September 19th, 10am–5pm
in downtown San Francisco (easy public transportation access).

Note: Participation on both Saturdays is required.
Breakfast snacks will be provided.

Nearly all of our speaking is done in San Francisco in the public schools during school hours.
You will have the opportunity to speak about once or twice a month. 

Applicants will be interviewed prior to the training.
To apply, access the online application here: http://www.bit.ly/SF_LGBTQ_SB_App
For more information, contact Rich Russo at program@sfspeakersbureau.org.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity! Meet cool people, have fun, and make a difference.
Help stamp out homophobia, transphobia, and all oppressions!!!

Photo: Zander and Mia deliver our trans training in 2014.

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Ships in the Night is proud to benefit
the SF LGBTQ Speakers Bureau
November 1, 2014. "Dress As Your High School Self"
theme party with DJ Durt (and bake sale)! 9pm–2am
@ The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland, CA

Ships in the Night is a Radical Queer Dance Party
organization that facilitates fundraisers for local,
community-oriented Bay Area projects.

More photos on our Photos page

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September 30, 2014.
Director Leigh McLellan retires

After over 5 eventful years rebuilding the SF LGBTQ Speakers Bureau, Director Leigh McLellan retires and turns over the reins to Rich Russo, our fantastic new staff member.

Presenting Leigh with a Certificate of of Appreciation
at our September Advisory Board Meeting are board members Courtney Mummert of GSA Alliance; Leigh McLellan, outgoing Director; Rich Russo, incoming Director; and Rick Oculto of Our Family Coalition.

Leigh retires

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Our 2014 New Speakers Training
was fantabulous!!

Left to right, Back row: Rich (Director), Zander (Trans 201 trainer), Matt, Christina, Mia (Trans 201 trainer), Hytham. Second row: Chaim, Leigh (outgoing Director), Taylor, Jessika, Carolyn. Front row: Chris, Toby, Crystal.

Volunteer helpers: Dusty Araujo, HK, Peter Pinon, and John Hanig.

Special thanks to the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, Tobie Kaye, Jonathan Ocampo, Andronico's Community Market, Whole Foods Market, and Arizmendi Bakery.

More photos on our Photos page

2014 new speakers

Upcoming: New Speaker Training in September 2014!

YosenioWe are looking for new queer volunteer speakers to speak out and educate students in our schools and community about queer issues—and you can too! Fun, informative and free! 

Queer youth, folks of color, genderqueer, transgender folks, and women strongly encouraged to apply. 

The two-day training will be held on consecutive Saturdays,
September 13th
and September 20th, 10am–5pm
in downtown San Francisco (easy public transportation access).

Note: Participation on both Saturdays is required.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Nearly all of our speaking is done in San Francisco in the public schools during school hours. You will have the opportunity to speak about once or twice a month. 

Applicants will be interviewed before the training in September 2014.
To apply, access the online application here: http://www.bit.ly/SF_LGBTQ_SB_App
For more information, contact Rich Russo at program@sfspeakersbureau.org.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity! Meet cool people, have fun, and make a difference.
Help stamp out homophobia, transphobia, and all oppressions!!!

Photo: Yosenio Lewis instructs new speakers at our training in 2011.

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The SF LGBTQ Speakers Bureau's benefit extravaganza was a great success!

We cleared $800 net. The energy was contagious, the music hot, and the raffle joyous.

Organizers/producers: Mariza Pereira, Taylor Isaacson, and Ariana Tibi
Staff: Leigh McLellan and Rich Russo
Venue: Balançoire owner, Josh Skaggs
Emcee: BeBe Sweetbriar
Performers
Rachel Angel and Suya
Bones of a Feather
Drum circle
BeBe Sweetbriar
The Pull
Sound: Julie Indelicato
Event photographers: Melanie Choi, Mazin Jamal, Micky St. Paul Mejia, and Mariya Stangl
Massage and photography booth volunteers: Mazin Jamal
DJ: DJ Durt
Flyers: Pinnacle Vodka & Balançoire
And all the marvelous volunteers and raffle prize donors who participated!

It's not too late to donate! Use the Donate button above
or see the check instructions on our Donation page.

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See photos of the event
on our Photos page

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The San Francisco LGBTQ Speakers Bureau is very excited to add Rich Russo to our staff as incoming Program Director.

Rich has been a volunteer speaker with the San Francisco LGBTQ Speakers Bureau since 2012. He has over 15 years experience working in programs serving youth. With a background in Secondary Education, he has been a teacher, trainer, and professional speaker. His work with non-profit organizations has centered around program development and management. Most recently, Rich trained adults to facilitate programs for teens focusing on anti-bullying and anti-oppression principles. He is currently a volunteer chatroom counselor serving LGBTQ youth with the Trevor Project. He is also a Diversity Trainer and the founder of his own business: The Elephant In The Room Diversity Trainings. Rich may be reached at program@sfspeakersbureau.org

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March, 4, 2014

It's Everything with BeBe Sweetbriar

Kay Gordon and Leigh McLellan were
interviewed on BeBe's TV show
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See our Photos page.

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Thank you BAPHR for 3 years of funding support!!

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Our September 2013 training includes an amazing group of new speakers! A smashing success!


Back row:Peter, Tiara, Ariane, Val, John, Rick, Rich (lunch wrangler), Sofia, Yosenio (trainer and lunch helper), Bonnie.
Front row: Kyle, Felicia, Angel, Leigh (director), Maru.
(Not pictured: Tracy, Bebe Sweetbriar, Alex, Mia Tu Mutch (trainer), Connie Champagne (trainer),
Janelle (trainer), Dusty (lunch helper),
and Hajra Khan, photographer)

See more photos on our Photos and Videos page.
Special thanks to the LGBT Center, CREGS, Arizmendi Bakery, Trader Joe's, Starbucks, and Cheese Boutique

Robert & LeighUpcoming: New Speaker Training in September 2013!

We are looking for new volunteer speakers to speak out and educate students in our schools and community about queer issues—and you can too. Fun, informative and free! 

Queer youth, folks of color, genderqueer, transgender folks, and women strongly encouraged to apply. 

The two-day training will be held on consecutive
Saturdays, September 14th and 21st, 10am–5:30pm
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at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center,
1800 Market Street (at Laguna) in San Francisco
and the Center for Research and Education for Gender and Sexuality

835 Market (and Powel) in San Francisco

Note: Participation on both Saturdays is required. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Nearly all of our speaking is done in San Francisco in the public schools during school hours.
You will have the opportunity to speak about once or twice a month. 

Applicants will be interviewed before the training in August 2013.
To apply and schedule an interview, contact Leigh McLellan at leigh@sfspeakersbureau.org.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity! Meet cool people, have fun, and make a difference.
Help stamp out homophobia, transphobia, and all oppressions!!!

Photo: Robert Bernardo and Leigh McLellan speak at Lick-Wilnerding High School

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Interview with Tom Ammiano, 19 April 2013

Representatives from the Speakers Bureau met up with Assembly Member Tom Ammiano at his San Francisco office on Friday. Tom answered questions about the Bureau's history, discussed the importance of the work to combat discrimination in schools, and reaffirmed his support for the Bureau.

Tom was central in creating and developing the Speakers Bureau in the 1970s when the homophobic Briggs Initiative threatened to ban all LGBTQ teachers and allies from working in schools. The measure was defeated but the fight to rid the school district of bigotry continued. It is in this tradition that we continue to visit schools, answering student's questions and dispelling myths about our communities.

Look out for the full interview with Assembly Member Ammiano which will appear in a series of online videos next month.

Photos by our intern, Josh Hollands. Top left photo: left: Leigh McLellan, middle: Tom Ammiano, right: Connie Champagne.
The article is from Tom's early days as an elementary school teacher.

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San Francisco State University opens Queer Resource Center!

http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=68530

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Please welcome our new intern for spring 2013, Josh Hollands, courtesy of CREGS. Josh, a San Francisco State student, hails from the UK and will give us an international perspective as well as helping us out.

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Featuring our own Micah Rajunov and Nick Hartfield!

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Our September 2012 New Speaker Training was a great success!

Upcoming: New Speaker Training in September 2012!

YosenioWe are looking for new volunteer speakers to speak out and educate students in our schools and community about queer issues—and you can too. Fun, informative and free! 

Queer youth, folks of color, genderqueer, transgender folks, and women strongly encouraged to apply. 

The two-day training will be held on consecutive Saturdays,
September 22nd
and September 29th, 10am–5pm
at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center,
1800 Market Street (at Laguna) in San Francisco.

Note: Participation on both Saturdays is required.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Applicants will be interviewed before the training in September 2012.
To apply and schedule an interview, contact Leigh McLellan at leigh@sfspeakersbureau.org.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity! Meet cool people, have fun, and make a difference.
Help stamp out homophobia, transphobia, and all oppressions!!!

Photo: Yosenio Lewis instructs new speakers at our training in 2011.

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Mia and TrishCongratulations to our own Mia Macy and her partner Trish!

"Victory! The EEOC has ruled in a case brought by Transgender Law Center that transgender people are protected from workplace discrimination under Title VII, the federal sex discrimination law.The EEOC is the federal agency that enforces federal employment discrimination laws, and today's decision marks the first time in history they have held that transgender people are protected by the law." See article at: http://transgenderlawcenter.org/cms/blogs/552-24

 

 

 

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The SF LGBTQ Speakers Bureau heartily welcomes our first intern: Stephanie Fisher! Stephanie has been a speaker since September 2010 and is a second-year masters student in the sexuality studies program at SF State. She will be interning through their Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.

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Our New Speaker Training, September 10 and 17, 2011, was a great success!
We have an awesome group of new speakers. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Upcoming: New Speaker Training in September 2011!

Connie instructsWe are looking for new volunteer speakers to speak out and educate students in our schools and community about queer issues—and you can too. Fun, informative and free! 

Queer youth, folks of color, gender queer, transgender folks, women, and interns strongly encouraged to apply. 

The two-day training will be held on consecutive Saturdays,
September 10th, 10am–6pm,
and September 17th, 10am–5pm
at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center,
1800 Market Street (at Laguna) in San Francisco

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Note: Participation on both Saturdays is required.

Applicants will be interviewed before the training in August 2011.
To apply and schedule an interview, contact Leigh McLellan at leigh@sfspeakersbureau.org.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity! Meet cool people, have fun, and make a difference.
Help stamp out homophobia, transphobia, and all oppressions!!!

Photo: Connie Champagne instructs new speakers at our training in 2010.

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You & Me – a study of men in same-sex relationships. You & Me explores how culture, masculinity, and homophobia influence the way men approach relationships. Gay Male Couple? Participate and get $40 per person! CALL NOW. 1-855-837-4840. San Francisco State Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality (CRGS)

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Many thanks to John Weber, Donald Cooper, and SF LGBTQ Speake's Bureau's own Terry Dyer. Thanks also to our volunteers, Erin McCarthy, Yves-Olivier Mandereau, Demetria Huntsman and Jess, Suzanne Adams, and Erica Kay. We will be receiving $225. Below is a certificate of appreciation (minus the Q) presented to us by John Weber.

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Bring the New Year with a benefit for the SF LGBTQ Speaker's Bureau!

Time: Saturday, January 15, 2011, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Club Trigger, 2344 Market Street (near 17th), San Francisco, CA
Entertainment: performances, raffle prizes, local celebrities!
Here's a great chance to help the SF LGBTQ Speaker's Bureau raise funds!
Raffle prizes: Do you have a suitable raffle prize item or service that you would like to donate?
Volunteers: Here's a great chance to help out and have fun at the same time!
Volunteer categories are:
Distribute flyers before the event
Set-up at location
Local celebrity (elected officials) coordinators
Greeters at front door
Cash handler and sell raffle tickets
Floor manager

And invite all your friends!
Facebook pages:
Power of One: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Power-of-One/171880322834340
Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=154458204601594&index=1

Created and hosted by The Power of One
More info: In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Harvey Milk, this is a call to action. One person can make a difference through simply getting involved within their community. It is encouraged that each person give: $1 (or more), 1 day of community service, and/or 1 canned food.
Beneficiaries:
Our Love Program of STOP AIDS Project
SF Food Bank
HandsOn Bay Area
SF LGBTQ Speakers Bureau

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November 6, 2010: The Hard French Benefit, netted us $428! Many thanks to Pike Long and her volunteers.

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September 11 and 18, 2010: Our New Speakers Training was amazing!
We added a group of awesome new speakers with wonderful experiences to share with our students.
The training was held at the LGBT Community Center. Special thanks to our food donors:
Rainbow Grocery, Trader Joe's, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Happy Boy Farms.

Robert & LeighUpcoming: New Speaker Training in September 2010!

We are looking for new volunteer speakers to speak out and educate students in our schools and community about queer issues—and you can too. Fun, informative and free! 

Queer youth, folks of color, gender queer, transgender folks, women, and interns strongly encouraged to apply. 

The two-day training will be held on consecutive Saturdays, September 11th, 10am–6pm, and 18th, 10am–5pm, at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street (at Laguna) in San Francisco. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Note: Participation on both Saturdays is required.

Applicants will be interviewed before the training by our volunteer coordinator in August 2010.
To schedule an interview, contact Leigh McLellan at leigh@sfspeakersbureau.org.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity! Meet cool people, have fun, and make a difference. Help stamp out homophobia, transphobia, and all oppressions!!!

Photo: Robert Bernardo and Leigh McLellan speak at Lick-Wilnerding High School