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    Largest SF LGBTQ Resource Fair to Take Place on October 20

    By Paul Margolis–

    On Saturday, October 20, OurTownSF along with the Eureka Valley Recreation Center and TurnOut will host the 3rd annual OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo. This free event will feature over 100 service providers to the San Francisco LGBTQ community and over $1,000 in door prizes.  

    From 2016 to 2018 the Expo grew from 56 to 105 groups participating, and attendance grew from a few hundred to over 1,000. This will be the largest ever San Francisco LGBTQ resource fair, with arts, community, fundraiser, health, legal, political, recovery, service and spiritual groups serving our community attending. Warning: This event is gonna be super gay!  

    Food from over a dozen local eateries will be served by the sexy men of the 2019 Bare Chest Calendar. There will also be fabulous entertainment. Note that resources will be available in English & Spanish. And don’t miss the silent auction items in the toddler room, where you can sign up for a free chair massage. 

    This event is brought to you by OurTownSF ( ), a resource guide to over 300 SF LGBTQ nonprofit service agencies, arts and athletic groups, in partnership with the Eureka Valley Recreation Center ( ) and TurnOut  ( ).

    The Eureka Valley Recreation Center has a fenced-in dog park and is wheelchair accessible.


    The sponsors this year are Alto Pharmacy, Dermatology Center of San Francisco, Dignity San Francisco, Elizabeth Taylor 50+ Network, Gilead, Granite Solutions Groupe, Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry of Vanguard Properties, Maitri Compassionate Care, Mark D. McHale of Vanguard Properties, Positive Being, Reproductive Science Center, Attorney Roger Gross, St. James Infirmary, UCSF AHHA Study & Anchor Study, Until There’s A Cure, Walgreens, Wallbeds “N” More and Wicked Grounds.

    The media sponsors are this paper, the San Francisco Bay Times, along with Left Magazine, MXD Magazine and Pride Radio.


    Donna Sachet – first lady of the Castro, singer, emcee, fundraiser, San Francisco Bay Times columnist, producer, & hostess at “Sunday’s a Drag” at the Starlight Room;
    Toni Newman – executive director at St. James Infirmary;
    Race Bannon – leather columnist in the BAR, blogger at Race’s Bar;
    Natalie Summers – mission engagement manager at Openhouse.

    New This Year

    • Kids & Family Area in the fully equipped children’s playground located at the entrance; made possible via collaborating partner Our Family Coalition;
    • Face Painting courtesy of the San Francisco Department of Recreation & Parks;
    • HIV & Aging Resource Area with collaborating partners Vince Crisostomo of Elizabeth Taylor 50+ Network & Derrick Mapp of Shanti;
    • Women’s Resource Area with collaborating partner Cameron Stiehl, board member at the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation;
    • Latino Resource Area with collaborating partner Erick Arguello, program coordinator at Aguilas;
    • Transgender Resource Area with collaborating partner Tita Aida, associate director of HIV Prevention at San Francisco Community Health Center;
    • Youth Resource Area with collaborating partner Jack Beck, executive director at TurnOut;
    • Legal/Political Resource Area with collaborating partner Okan Sengun of The LGBT Asylum Project;
    • Deaf Interpreters provided by Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency (DCARA)
    • Book Signing by Cleve Jones, author of When We Rise: My Life in the Movement, a 2017 Lambda Literary Award Winner.

    We also thank:

    Sound: Sound Productions;
    Videography: Archive Productions;
    Photography: Jouke Lanning, Linda Lee;
    Blessing: Rose Mary Chicken of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence;
    Pet Adoptions: Family Dog Rescue;
    Chair Massages: Positive Being;
    HIV Testing: UCSF Alliance Health Project;
    Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance: SF Community Health Center (formerly API Wellness);
    Voter Registration: Alice B Toklas LGBT Democratic Club;
    Drag Makeup & Makeup Tutorial: Queens of the Castro.

    Look for these additional services:

    Dermatology Center of San Francisco;
    SF Spine Pain Relief Center – spine exams and injury consultations;
    Skin On Market – face mapping;
    Spunk Salon;
    Awakening Stillness – introduction to craniosacral therapy;
    Gender & Sexual Diversity in Dentistry at the UCSF School of Dentistry – will perform free oral health screening, checking people’s mouth to see if they have any cavities, decay or cancer. They will also be providing fluoride varnish to teeth in order to prevent cavities;
    Castro Community on Patrol – self-defense training upstairs from 3 pm–4:30 pm (space is limited);
    Castro Podiatry – Wayne Rash, DPM, will be conducting foot exams.

    Food & Beverages

    Food and drinks will be provided by: The Castro Fountain, Five Star Truffles, Flore, Hot Cookie, 
    Kasa Indian Eatery, La Mediterranee -Noe, Oz Pizza, Project Juice, Starbuck’s, Super Duper Burger and Trader Joe’s.


    Academy of Friends, Aguilas, African Human Rights Coalition, AIDS HIV Nightline-SF Suicide Prevention, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, AIDS Lifecycle, Alexander Hamilton Post 448, Alice B Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Archive Productions, Awakening Stillness, Bare Chest Calendar, Bay Area Open Minds, Bay Area Queer Zine Fest, Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition, The Billys, Black Brothers Esteem, Bridgemen, Castro Ambassadors, Castro Animal Hospital, Castro Cares, Castro Community on Patrol, Castro Country Club, Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, Castro Merchants, Castro Street Fair, Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District, Center for Immigrant Protection-LGBT Asylum Project, Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, Cheer SF, Companions of Dorothy the Worker, Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency, Dignity, Dining Out for Life, Discovery Community, District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, Dog Eared Books, Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network, El/La Para Translatinas, Emperor Norton’s Fantastic SF Time Machine, Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association, Eureka Valley Recreation Center, Family Dog Rescue, Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza, GAPA – Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, Gay and Lesbian Sierrans, Gay for Good, Gaylesta, The GLBT History Museum & Historical Society, GLBT National Help Center, Golden Gate Business Association – GGBA & Foundation, The Grand Ducal Council, Harvey Milk Photo Center, Horizons Foundation, HRC Action Center & Store, Imperial Council of SF, Inscribe World AIDS Day, Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project, Jewish Community Center of SF – The Q, Larkin Street Youth Services, Lavender Seniors of the East Bay, Left Coast Theatre, Lesbian/Gay Chorus of SF, LGBTQ Credit Union Coalition, LGBTQ Cultural Heritage Strategy, Liberation Institute, Lyon-Martin Health Services, LYRIC, Maitri Compassionate Care, Man Dance Company, The ManKind Project, Marty’s Place, MAX SF, Mental Health Association of SF, Metropolitan Community Church, Mr. Friendly 2016-Kippy Marks, National AIDS Memorial Grove, New Conservatory Theatre, Ohlhoff Recovery Programs, ONYX Northwest, Openhouse, Our Family Coalition, OurTownSF, Outlook Video, Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG), Peninsula Family Service, Pink Triangle Park & Memorial , Positive Being, PRC, AIDS Emergency Fund, Baker Places, Project Open Hand, Put Ur Play On Productions, Queens of the Castro, Queer Land Trust, Queer Tattoo Alliance, Rainbow Honor Walk, Rainbow Street, Rainbow World Fund, Recycled AIDS Medicine Program (RAMP), Rice Rockettes, The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation – REAF, Sacred Space, St. Francis Lutheran Church, St. James Infirmary, San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance, San Francisco Bay Times, San Francisco Community Health Center, San Francisco Drag King Contest, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, San Francisco Impact Partners, San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, San Francisco Night Ministry, San Francisco Spine Pain Relief Center, San Francisco State Univ. Together Study, Seniors Tell All, The Shanti Project, Pets Are Wonderful Support – PAWS, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Skin On Market, Spunk Salon, Strut, Sundance Saloon, Sunday’s a Drag, Sweetleaf Collective, Temenos Catholic Worker, Tenderloin Tessie, Theatre Rhinoceros, TransLife, Trans Thrive, TurnOut, UCSF AHHA & Anchor Study, UCSF Alliance Health Project – AHP, UCSF DuoPACT Study, UCSF School of Dentistry – Gender & Sexual Diversity in Dentistry (GSDDA), United in Spirit, Until There’s A Cure, Wayne Rash DPM of Castro Podiatry and Western Star Dancers.

    OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo 2018

    Admission: Free!

    Saturday, October 20, 12;30 pm–4:30 pm

    Eureka Valley Recreation Center

    100 Collingwood at 18th Street

    San Francisco

    Paul Margolis is the founder of OurTownSF and now volunteers as director and photographer. He moved to San Francisco in 1979 and has an extensive history with local nonprofits. He was among the founding members of both Positive Force and Rainbow Toastmasters. He also served on the SF HIV Planning Council, fundraised as Mr. March on the 2012 Bare Chest Calendar, and has volunteered for several nonprofits including Academy of Friends, Pride, Leather Alliance, Art for AIDS, Shanti, Folsom Street Events, Frameline and Under One Roof.

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    Entertainment at OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo 2018

    This year’s OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo has an incredible lineup of entertainment, and you can enjoy all for free! Here’s the schedule:

    12:30 pm: Blessing by Sister Rose Mary Chicken of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence followed by the Sisters and San Francisco titleholders leading us in song;

    1 pm: Cheer SF – official cheer-leading team of SF;

    1:15 pm: Sundance – our community’s premiere country-western dance club; join in, no partner needed;

    2 pm: San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band “Official Band of San Francisco” & the first openly gay musical organization in the world;

    2:30 pm Emjay Mercury – one of the reigning SF Drag Kings winners;

    3 pm: BeBe Sweetbriar – Billboard recording artist, Dance Radio top 10, 2017 most notable drag;

    3:30 pm: Leanne Borghesi – solo-performer specializing in the creation and performance of comedic theatrical cabarets; earlier this month she performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC;

    4 pm: Rice Rockettes – SF Bay Area drag troupe since 2009.

    We hope to see you at the Expo!