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    Black LGBTQ Bay Area Women Leaders to Be Honored for Black History Month

    For Black History Month, Black LGBTQ Bay Area women who are leaders within their respective fields will be honored at Divas & Drinks @ The Academy on February 9. The event, co-presented by the San Francisco Bay Times and The Academy SF at 2166 Market Street, will take place from 6–10 pm and will include performances by Beach Blanket Babylon legendary star Renée Lubin and renowned musician Dr. Dee Spencer, who is featured in this issue. The event will be emceed by Donna Sachet, and DJ Rockaway presented by Olivia travel will also be in the house.

    In addition to Lubin and Spencer, honorees who have confirmed as of this writing include:

    Nettie Bonds
    Youth Drop-In Coordinator, SF LGBT Center
    Former Operations Manager, East Oakland Boxing Association

    Susan Christian, J.D.
    San Francisco Assistant District Attorney
    Commissioner, San Francisco Human Rights Commission
    Board Member and Former Co-Chair, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club

    Pamela Connie, LCSW
    Program Manager, Human Service Agency of the City and County of San Francisco
    Former Child Welfare Supervisor, City and County of San Francisco

    Dawn Edwards
    Vice President, Oakland LGBTQ Community Center Board
    Director of Programs, Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center

    Jewelle Gomez
    Award-winning Author and Playwright
    Former Commissioner, San Francisco Library Commission
    San Francisco Bay Times Columnist
    Former Director of Grants & Community Initiatives, Horizons Foundation

    Sandy Holmes
    America Civil Liberties Union Former Senior Development Associate
    Adasina Social Capital Former Chief Compliance Officer
    Frameline Screening Committee Member

    Janelle Luster
    Vice President, San Francisco Pride Board of Directors
    Transgender Activist and Program Supervisor, Trans Vision
    Board Member, Oakland Pridefest

    Di’ara Reid
    Board Member, San Francisco Pride
    Transgender Activist
    Former Owner, Reid’s Records (which, until its closing in 2019, was one of the oldest Black owned and operated businesses in the Bay Area)

    Karen Roye
    Executive Director, City and County of San Francisco Department of Child Support Services
    Former Senior Budget Analyst, City and County of San Francisco

    Andrea Shorter
    Former Commissioner and President, Commission on the Status of Women
    San Francisco Bay Times Columnist
    Former Senior Consultant, Young Women’s Freedom Center
    Former Director of Community Relations, Out & Equal

    Natalie ThompsonDirector of Programs, SF LGBT Center
    Director of Programs and Equity, Northwest Housing Alternatives

    Darlene Underwood
    Broker, Corcoran Realty
    Manager, Noble Fields School of Real Estate
    Former City of Oakland Firefighter and EMT

    Lisa Williams
    Executive Director, Soul of Pride
    Former President, San Francisco Pride Board of Directors
    Active Member: Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition, Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club, Black Women Organized for Political Action, Homeless Children’s Network, Rafiki Coalition for Health and Wellness, and the SF Mental Health Education Board.

    Carolyn Wysinger
    Councilmember, El Cerrito City Counci
    Vice President of Programs, El Cerrito Democratic Club
    Former President, San Francisco Pride Board of Directors
    San Francisco Bay Times Columnist

    Judy Young, M.P.H.
    Executive Director, UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Healt
    Co-Chair, UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences’ Diversity Committee

    Cover Story
    Published on January 9, 2023