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    Largest LGBTQ+ Nonprofit Expo to Be Held in San Francisco on October 14

    At least 125 local nonprofits serving the LGBTQ+ community will come together for a day of fun and community-building in the Castro on Saturday, October 14. The free afternoon event, to take place at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center, will be the largest LGBTQ+ nonprofit expo ever to be held in San Francisco. Categories of participating organizations include: arts, athletic, community, fundraiser, legal, political, recovery, well-being and spiritual.

    OurTownSF will present the expo, along with the help of the Eureka Valley Recreation Center and the organization TurnOut. is a useful and extensive online reference guide to San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ nonprofit service agencies, arts and athletic organizations. It features over 300 local LGBTQ+ groups. In addition to serving as a valuable resource for net surfers, the site helps organizations to gain new volunteers, clients and donors.

    The October 14 event will be the second annual OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo. This one promises to be even bigger and better than the first, which itself proved to be a great success. Paul Margolis and his team have really gone above and beyond the call of duty in putting the event for this year together.

    Co-Emcees will be Mia Satya, 2016 SF Pride Grand Marshall; Khmera Rouge, Absolute Empress 50 of the Imperial Council of San Francisco; Gregg Cassin, a facilitator of the Shanti Life Program and Honoring Our Experience; and Patrick B. Smith, who is the Board Secretary of the Castro Country Club.

    The event’s lineup of entertainment includes: award-winning drag kings Madd-Dogg 20/20 and Donny Mirassou, reigning San Francisco Faux Queen Miss Shugana, X-Factor finalist Jason Brock, violinist Kippy Marks, flamenco dancer Damien Alvarez, the Barbary Coast Cloggers, and the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Marching Band.

    The expo will also include crowd interactive performances by CHEER San Francisco, a queer video game exposition by GaymerX, a drag makeup tutorial by Queens of the Castro, a queer zine library and workshop by Bay Area Queer Zine Fest, readings by queer comic book artists from the Queer Comics Expo, pick-up kickball games by Varsity Gay League, and

    Pétanque lessons by Team SF and Manuel Picaud, who is a Co-chair of the Gay Games in Paris.

    Food and beverages will be served from over a dozen Castro eateries. Do not, for example, miss the giant cake blessed by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence!

    Participants can adopt a pet from Family Dog Rescue, register to vote with the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, register for health insurance with API Wellness Center, receive a chair massage from Positive Being, and/or get tested for HIV with the AIDS Health Project. For the weekend athlete, there will be a climbing wall, skateboarding and BMX biking in the tennis courts.

    We hope to see you there!

    OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo 2017

    Time: Saturday, October 14, 12:30–4:30 pm

    Location: Eureka Valley Recreation Center, 100 Collingwood at 18th Street

    Facebook event page:

    A sister site, OurTownLA, is having a similar event on the same day: OurTownLA Nonprofit Expo

    To learn more about that event in southern California, please visit:


    Organizations Scheduled to Be at the OurTown SF Nonprofit Expo 2017

    The following organizations and other participants will be at OurTown SF’s LGBTQ Nonprofit Expo on October 14:

    Academy of Friends, Aguilas, AIDS Emergency Fund, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, AIDS LifeCycle, National AIDS Memorial Grove, Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, UCSF Alliance Health Project, API Wellness, Archive Productions, Art for AIDS, AtmosQueer

    Barbary Coast Cloggers, Bare Chest Calendar, Bay Area Bisexual Network, Bay Area Open Minds, Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition, Black Brothers Esteem, Bridgemen

    Castro Ambassadors, Castro Cares, Castro Community on Patrol, Castro Merchants, Castro Organ Devotees Association, Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District, Center for Sex & Culture, CHEER San Francisco, Comedy Returns to El Rio, Community of Christ SF, Community United Against Violence, Companions of Dorothy the Worker, Creative Labor

    Dignity, Discovery Community, Diversity Foundation of SF, Donna Sachet-Songs of the Season, Donor Network West, DREAAM

    Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network, Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association

    Family Builders by Adoption, Family Dog Rescue, Federation of Gay Games, Flesh and Spirit Community

    Gaylesta, Gay Men’s Sketch, Golden Gate Business Association, Golden Gate Men’s Chorus, Golden Gate Wrestling Club, Grand Ducal Council

    Happy Hour with Cameron Stiehl, Horizons Foundation, House of Pride Radio, Human Rights Campaign Action Center Store

    Imperial Council, Inscribe World AIDS Day

    Jeff Sheehy District 8 Supervisor

    Kung Pao Kosher Comedy

    Leather Walk, Left Coast Theatre, Lesbian/Gay Chorus, LGBT Asylum Project, LGBTQ Cultural Heritage Strategy, Liberation Institute

    Magnet, Maitri Compassionate Care, Man Dance Company, Marty’s Place, Metropolitan Community Church, Momma’s Boyz, Mr. Friendly SF, Mr. SF Leather, Ms. SF Leather, National Queer Arts Festival

    New Conservatory Theatre

    Ohlhoff Recovery Programs, Openhouse, Organized Chaos Event Management, Our Family Coalition, OurTownSF

    Parents, Familes and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Pets are Wonderful Support (PAWS), Pink Triangle Park & Memorial, Positive Being, Positive Force, Positive Pedalers, Positive Resource Center, Project Inform, Project Open Hand

    Queens of the Castro, Queer Comics Expo, Queer Cultural Center, Queer LifeSpace, Queer Rebels Productions

    Rainbow Honor Walk, Rainbow Toastmasters, Rainbow World Fund, Recycled AIDS Medicine Program, The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF)

    Sacred Space, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance, San Francisco Bay Blades, SF Gay Flag Football Team, SF Gay Men’s Chorus, SF LGBT Center, SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, SF Night Ministry, Sarah Bush Dance Project, Shanti Project, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Society of Janus, SQREAM, Strut

    Team San Francisco, Temenos Catholic Worker, Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners, Theatre Rhinoceros, Trans Lifeline, Trans Thrive, Transgender Employment Services-TEEI, TransLife, TurnOut

    Varsity Gay League

    Wagz Pack’s Service Pups, Western Star Dancers, Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Disease, Wrestlers Without Borders