Photos

Benefits
2014 Ships in the Night
2014 Supporting Speakers!
2011 The Power of One

Events
2014 SFUSD Family Night
2013 Chaperoning the Queer Youth Prom

Interviews
2014 It's Everything with BeBe Sweetbriar
2013 Tom Ammiano
New Speakers Trainings
2015
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Volunteer Recognition
20142013 Volunteer Speakers Parties
Presentations
2013 USDA • 2013 AERA
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2015 New Speakers Training, September 12th and 19th at the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality

Day 1

class begins
New trainees participate in a warm-up exercise. Partners interview each other.

Fresh!
In the afternoon, Fresh! White delivers our Transgender Training.

Leigh&rich Leigh Chris&Rich
Left: Leigh and Rich discuss speaking essentials. Center and right: Leigh and Chris (introduced by Rich) conduct a sample presentation.

Day 2

Carrie & Christopher
Carrie Marsh and Christopher Watson present their workshop, "Dismantling Oppression."

Christopher&Carrie

Isabella&Leisa Prasant&Bonny
In the afternoon, trainees practice speaking. Left: Isabella and Leisa. Right: Prasant and Bonny.

Rachel,June,Alena Karlyn&Angela
Left: Rachel, June, and Alena. Right: Karlyn and Angela.

Alexis&Garry Lom&Joy
Left: Alexis and Garry. Right: Lom and Joy.

Class of 2015 Class of 2015 funny
Class of 2015: 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, Ben Carlson, Fresh! White, Carrie Marsh, Christopher Watson, and Chris Brown. Photography by Leigh McLellan, Nicolette Gullickson, and Rich Russo.

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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.

Ships1

Ships2 Ships3
Left: Volunteer speakers, Hytham, Jessika, and Tiara. Right: Kay and Taylor.

Ships4 Ships5
Left: Jessika, Taylor, Kay, and Tobias

Ships6 Ships7

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2014 New Speakers Training,
September 13 and 20

Day 1 at the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality

Connie Samson
Connie Champagne breaks the ice. Right: Special guest, Samson

Chaim Matt Tobie Christina
Left to right: Trainees Chris, Chaim, Matt, Toby, Christina

Taylor Crystal Hytham Jessika Carolyn
Left to right: Trainees Taylor, Crystal, Hytham, Jessika, Carolyn.

Carrie Maia workshop
Left and center: Carrie and Maia teach our Dismantling Oppression workshop. Right: Workshop exercise.

Lacy & Fresh!
Veteran speakers Lacy and Fresh! demonstrate a speaking presentation.

group
Rapt audience.

Day 2 at the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality

Zander&Mia H&C
Left: Zander and Mia teach our Trans 201 Workshop. Right: Afternoon speaking practice: Hytham and Crystal.


Speaking practice: Left: Taylor and Christina. Right: Toby and Matt


Speaking practice: Left: Jessika and Carolyn. Right: Chaim and Chris


Group shots: 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.

Photographs: HK, Leigh McLellan, and Rich Russo. 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, and Jonathan Ocampo (CREGS), Andronico's Community Market, Whole Foods Market, and Arizmendi Bakery.

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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2014 Benefit: Supporting Speakers! May 31 at Balançoire!


Right: Dennis Isner is ready to sell raffle tickets.


Left: Boxes with prizes depicted ready to receive tickets. Right: Director Leigh McLellan greets Colleen Hoff, Executive Director of CREGS, and her husband.


Left: The lovely Shelli and Cara Conner ready for kisses. Center: Relaxing at the massage booth.


Left: Volunteers set up the photo booth. Center: Attendees were encourage to write their thoughts. Right: Leigh, Rick Oculto of Our Family Coalition, and friend pose.


Left: Speaker Dusty Araujo and benefit organizer Taylor Isaacson address the audience. Center: BeBe Sweetbriar emcees. Right: First band up: Tracy Angel and Suya


Bones of a Feather and lead singer Julie Indelicato rock.


Left: Julie runs the sound for the rest of the show. Right:Impromptu drum circle


Featuring benefit organizers Maru Pereira, far left, and Mazin Jamal to her right.


Left and center: BeBe sings tunes from the 80s, as well as serving as emcee and auctioneer. Right: Closing band The Pull delights the dancing crowd. Lead singer Ariana Tibi (in hat) also helped organize the event. Mazin Jamal on bongos.


At the bar at Balançoire. Right: Owner (and bartender) Josh Skaggs.

Credits
Organizers/producers: Mariza Pereira, Taylor Isaacson, and Ariana Tibi
Massage booth volunteers: Devin Keeler and Rachel Newsome from Earthtones with Mazin Jamal
Event photographers: Mariya Stangl, Melanie Choi, Mazin Jamal, and Micky St. Paul Mejia
Staff: Leigh McLellan (volunteers) and Rich Russo (raffle and silent auction donations)
Emcee: BeBe Sweetbriar
Sound: Julie Indelicato
Performers

Rachel Angel and Suya
Bones of a Feather

Julie Indelicato - Vocals, Vox, Guitar
Emma Hyatt - Drums
Suyá Nascimento - Vox
Sarah Mobarekeh - Keys, Horns
Jay-Marie Hill - Bass, Sax

Impromptu drum circle
BeBe Sweetbriar
The Pull

Ariana Tibi - Vocals
Christian McCardle - MC
Davis Tomano - Drum
Austin Hunter - Guitar
Mazin Mahgoub - Bongos
Matthew Bland - Bass
DJ: DJ Durt
Venue: Balançoire owner, Josh Skaggs
Flyers: Pinnacle Vodka & Balançoire

And many volunteers

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Kay and Leigh

March 26, 2014. Kay Gordon and Leigh McLellan
at the SF Unified School District Family Night
held at Aptos Middle School.

The Speakers Bureau had a table and
a chance to meet families and school officials.

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It's Everything with BeBe Sweetbriar March, 4, 2014.

bebe Sister roma
Left: Leigh McLellan and Kay Gordon are on TV! Right: Sister Roma and Leigh.

makeup on the air
Left: Kay gets makeup from BeBe's eldest daughter. Right: We're on the air with BeBe Sweetbriar!

posing
Left: Posing with BeBe after the show. Right: Photo op with fellow guest Billy King and BeBe.

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January 25, 2014. Volunteer Speakers Meet-and-Greet Party at the SF LGBT Center

leigh Dusty Lisa&Missy
Left: Leigh, presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to our sponsor, the SF LGBT Center. Center: Dusty. Right: +1 Lisa and Missy.

Lin
Right left: Bonnie and +1 Lin.

Sofia Ari
Left: Sofia. Right: Maru's +2s: Taylor and Ari.

Present, but not pictured: Kay, Maru and +1, Hajra and +1, Micah and +1, Demetria and +1, and Angel (the photographer).

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2013 New Speakers Training, September 14 and 21

Day 1 at the LGBT Community Center.

Yosenio Melissa&Rick
Left: Yosenio (volunteer and trainer) prepares breakfast. Right: Rick and Melissa.

John&Ariane Ariane Angel
Right: Ariane and John. Center: Ariane. Roght: Angel.

Bonnie Kyle&Kevin
Left: Bonnie. Right: Kevin (BeBe Sweetbriar) and Kyle.

Peter Tiara
Left: Peter. Right: Tiara.

Val Felicia Rich
Left: Val. Center: Felicia was with us on the first day. Right: Rich (volunteer lunch wrangler).


Connie&Leigh Connie&Dusty
Left: Connie Champagne (trainer) and Leigh (director). Center : Connie and Dusty (volunteer).

lunch Mia
Left: lunch is served. Right: Mia Tu Mutch (Trans 2.0 trainer).

Yo@Janelle Janelle
Left: Yosenio and Janelle (trainers). Right: Janelle.

Rainbow
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: Bebe Sweetbriar, Alex, Tracy, Mia Tu Mutch (trainer), Connie Champagne (trainer), Janelle (trainer), Dusty (lunch volunteer), and Hajra Khan, photographer)

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

Day 2 at the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS). Photos by Nicole (visitor) and Alex.

HiFY1 HIFY2 Angel&Tracy
Left: Christopher (trainer). Center: Christopher and Carrie (oppression awareness trainers). Right: Tracy and Angel.

Maru&Sofia Ben
Left: Sofia and Maru. Right: Ben (public speaking trainer).

Melissa&Alex Val
Left: Melissa and Alex. Right: Sofia and Val finish the day with a cookie and text.

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
,

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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Our speakers chaperone the Queer Youth Prom (for 17- to 20-year-old youth) at the LGBT Community Center, 1 June 2013

Mark and Leigh Cara and date
Left: door greeter Mark and chaperone Leigh, and turtle. Center: Dazzlng chaperones Cara and date. Right: Date and Rich.


Left: Leigh trying to be taller. Right: Rich trying to be shorter.


Left: Erik and companion representing LYRIC's summer jobs program. Right: door registration volunteers Andrew, Ericka, and Stefan

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Presentation to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) 19 June 2013

Kara and Robert
Kara Flynn and Robert Bernardo

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Presentation to the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, 29 April 2013

AERA
From left to right: Robert Bernardo, Fresh! White, Kara Flynn, Terry Dyer, Dusty Araujo, Leigh McLellan. Photo by Josh Hollands

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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.

The full interview with Assembly Member Ammiano appears on our Videos page.

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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Volunteer Appreciation Party, 10 March 2013


Rich and Chris, Tom in the background.

Hosted at her home by our volunteer coordinator, Connie Champagne,
the volunteer appreciation party was a great success. Seventeen volunteers, both new and old, attended. Connie signed people to upcoming gigs,
while Josh convinced them to take part in his video project.

Speakers shared experiences, encouraged each other, and asked
questions about how they should handle particular situations. This was very useful for newer speakers who are just getting involved with the Bureau.
Speakers who not have been involved for a while showed up too.

Photos by Josh, our wonderful intern from CREGS.
Special thanks also to intern Mariana.


Left photo: Left to right, Michelle, Connie, Leigh, Dusty, and Kay. Right photo: Sofia, Michelle, Connie, Leigh, Kay


Left photo: Terry and Michelle. Right photo: Terry and Connie

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Our September 2012 New Speaker Training was a great success!

Lacy and Rich

Brand-new speakers Lacy and Rich at Galileo High School, November 2, 2012, for their first presentation.
Thank you Aaron for the photo.

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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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!

connieYoseniosandra
Left: Our head trainer, Connie Champagne. Center: Yosenio Lewis conducts our transgender training. Right: Sandra Sandoval from SFWAR conducts our anti-oppression training.

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Heather, Sarah, and Matt doing their mock speaker presentations.

miamichkatie
Mia, Mich, and Katie

janellechasekent
Janelle, Chase, and Kent

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Iris, Mari, and Mollie

all serious
Connie, Pike, Katie, Mia, Iris, Sarah, Matt (back), Mari (front), Kent (behind Mari), Leigh, Chase (back), Mich (front), Mollie, Janelle, Heather

all funny
Not pictured but essential: volunteers Steph and Fresh! (who took these last two photos).

Special thanks to chief trainer Connie Champagne; chef extraordinaire, Pike Long; intake, training, and manual organizer, Leigh McLellan; room coordinator Cat Stevans, and the LGBT Community Center. Guest trainers: Yosenio Lewis and Sandra Sandoval, SFWAR. Contributions: Rainbow Grocery, Trader Joe's, and Bluebottle Coffee.

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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January 15, 2011: The Power of One Benefit was exciting and entertaining!


John Weber, San Francisco Imperial Court Emperor XXXVI and organizer of the event, second from left in both photos.

Left Photo: Sylvester Awards recipients. Left, drag performer BeBe Sweetbriar. Second from right, Kyriell Noon, executive director, Stop AIDS Project. Right, mayoral candidate Bevan Dufty. Center, Senator Mark Leno, who presented certificates.
Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland. Bay Area Reporter, Jan. 20, 2011.

Right photo: Entertainers Jason Brock, Saybeline, and Frankie performed at the Power of One benefit.
Photo by Rink. San Francisco Bay Times, January 20, 2011

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.

certificate

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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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.

lunchVinh, Steph
Left: Pike's delicious lunch of savory lentil stew, garlic bread, and salad. Jenna, Steph, and Demi.
Right: Vinh and Steph during their mock presentation on the second Saturday of the training.

Yves and Lee present Yves bio
Left: Yves writes on the board while Lee practices the introduction. Right: Yves continues the intro.

Vinh and JennaYosenio
Left: Vinh and Jenna listen intently. Right: Yosenio Lewis, our trainer for transgender issues.

Connie Pike
Left: Connie Champagne led the two-day training. Right: Pike Long, our amazing vegan chef, takes a picture of herself.

whole group
Vinh, Leigh, Jenna, Yosenio, Steph, Demi, Pike, Lee, Yves, and Connie. Donald was the photographer.

all
Vinh, Leigh, Jenna, Yosenio, Steph, Demi, Pike, Lee, Yves, and Connie.

all again
And a great time was had by all.

Thanks to the following for their help on this training: Amal Kouttab of SFWAR,
Richard Carrazza, Nicole Hsiang, Monika Weiss, and the LGBT Community Center.

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

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