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Harvey Milk Day Celebration Saturday, May 20 | 2pm to 6pm Jane Warner Plaza

Harvey Milk Day Celebration
Harvey Milk Day Celebration
Saturday, May 20 | 2pm to 6pm
Jane Warner Plaza
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May PAC Meeting: A Discussion on Privacy

May PAC Meeting: A Discussion on Privacy | Tuesday, May 9, 2023 | MilkSF & Virtual Hybrid Meeting
This is a hybrid meeting. Vaccination and post-event self-reporting are encouraged for all in-person attendees. If you are unvaccinated, have any symptoms of Covid-19, or are uncomfortable meeting in person, we invite you to join us at Remote attendees are able to speak and vote on items just as in-person attendees can.

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Community Plan to Save the Castro Theatre!

As you’re likely aware, the last year has thrust the Castro Theatre into quite the controversy. Since Another Planet Entertainment (APE) took over management of the Theatre in early 2022, the Theatre has mostly sat dark, hosting just 2 events in the last 3 months. APE is seeking to demolish much of the Theatre’s interior to make it more viable for corporate rentals, and we’re not having it.

Faced with our concerns about how the Theatre will remain accessible to the queer community and allies of diverse backgrounds, incomes and abilities, APE has shunned good faith negotiations. 

Which is why we are thrilled to announce that the nonprofit Castro Theatre Conservancy and Friends of the Castro, a coalition including the Milk Club, have released an alternative, community-centered plan to:
  • Activate the Theatre 365 days per year, 
  • Invest $20 million in capital improvements to the Theatre, and
  • Honor the diverse communities that have long depended on the Castro Theatre as a hub for queer culture, film culture, and accessible entertainment.
Read the detailed Community Plan itself and about some of the politics here (“New plan offers another model for the future of the Castro Theatre.”). And read about why Tom Ammiano and Michela Alioto-Pier believe that the Castro Theatre belongs to the community.

How can you help? The most important thing you can do is send an email to the Board of Supervisors indicating your support for the Community Plan at their upcoming meeting on May 16, 2023. Specifically, they should: 
  • Approve the upcoming landmark amendment which includes the revised language protecting “the presence of fixed seating in theatrical, movie palace style,” and
  • Endorse the plan proposed by the Castro Theatre Conservancy as it continues the fight that Harvey started to keep this a community-centered cultural center.
With a viable and credible alternative for managing the Castro Theatre, there’s no excuse for bending to APE’s divisive tactics. Our queer community deserves better!


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April PAC Meeting: Geeting on Track with Transit

April PAC Meeting: Getting on Track with Transit

Join the Political Action Committee (PAC) of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club for our monthly PAC Meeting. This will be a hybrid meeting, at Milk-SF Cafe (302 Valencia) and

At this meeting, the PAC will discuss transit justice. We will be joined by BART Board President Janice Li, Chinese for Affirmative Action / Stop AAPI Hate Director of Advocacy Andy Wong, and San Francisco Transit Riders (SFTR). We will focus on all aspects of transit justice, including affordability, accessibility, safety, and dependability. We will use the discussion to inform a Transit Justice platform plank brainstorming discussion. If you have ideas for the plank you would like to share beforehand, you are invited to do so on this document: Please note that changes to this document are tracked and monitored.

After our transit justice conversation, District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman will speak with the PAC per PAC's request.

Don't miss it!

This is a hybrid meeting. Vaccination, masking, and post-event self-reporting are encouraged for all in-person attendees. If you are unvaccinated, have any symptoms of Covid-19, or are uncomfortable meeting in person, we invite you to join us at Remote attendees are able to speak and vote on items just as in-person attendees can.

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February PAC Meeting: Getting to 46k

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Membership Retreat

Join us to Chart the Future of our Milk Club! 

President’s Day
Monday, February 20, 2023
12:00 Noon to 4 PM

click here for the draft agenda

541 Castro Street, San Francisco

February 20, 2023 at 12:00pm - 4pm
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2023 New Board Announcement + At-Large Executive Board Member Application

Our results are in! Congratulations to the elected members of the 2023 Milk Club Executive Board:

President: Jeffrey Kwong
VP Membership: Akeylah Hernandez
VP PAC: Reid Coggins
VP E&F: Emil Tran
VP Communications: Gary McCoy
Treasurer: Jerry Fenske
Membership Officer 1: Ernesto Cuellar
Membership Officer 2: Sydney Simpson
Political Action Officer 1: Joshua Ochoa
Political Action Officer 2: Noah Viengxay
E&F Officer 1: Alondra Esquivel Garcia
E&F Officer 2: Raina Christeson
Comms Officer: Gabby Burgos Colón
Recorder: Paul Aguilar

Join the Executive Board of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club!

Up to five at-large board officers may be appointed by the President or Co-Presidents, pending the approval of a majority of the Club’s Membership.
Join us! Go to for more details and to apply.
Contact Jeffrey Kwong, President, Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club at [email protected] for more information.
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2023 Milk Club Board Elections Are Here!

Join the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club on Tuesday, January 17th at 7pm for our January General Membership Meeting, in person at 302 Valencia or online at! We'll be voting for our 2023 Milk Club Executive Board, so don't miss it! Here's the latest list of candidates:

President or Co-Presidents:

  • Melissa Hernandez (they/she) and Michael Rouppet (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidates
  • Jeffrey Kwong (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidate

Vice President of Membership: 

  • Akeylah Hernandez (them/them/elle) *LGBTQ Candidate

Vice President of Political Action:

  • Reid Coggins (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidate

Vice President of Events and Fundraising: 

  • None

Vice President of Communications: 

  • Gary McCoy (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidate
  • William Walker (they/she/he)


  • Jerry Fenske (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidate

Membership Officer, Seat #1: 

  • Ernesto Cuellar (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidate

Membership Officer, Seat #2: 

  • Sydney Simpson (they/them) *LGBTQ Candidate

Political Action Officer, Seat #1: 

  • Joshua Ochoa (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidate

Political Action Officer, Seat #2: 

  • Noah Viengxay (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidate

Events and Fundraising Officer, Seat #1: 

  • Alondra Esquivel Garcia (she/her) *LGBTQ Candidate

Events and Fundraising Officer, Seat #2: 

  • Raina Christeson (they/she) *LGBTQ Candidate

Communications Officer: 

  • Gabby Burgos-Colon (they/them) *LGBTQ Candidate


  • Paul Aguilar (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidate
You can also check for new candidates who have accepted their nominations at
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🚨 Vote in person TODAY for your CADEM delegates, + coming up this week...

It's not too late to vote for your CADEM delegates in person!

Flyer for CADEM In-Person voting. Reads: "Vote in person this weekend! Register now at" Two calendar icons appear. The first one is dated Saturday, January 7 and its entry is crossed out as the date has passed. The second calendar entry is dated Sunday, January 8. The entry reads: "AD 19: 12pm-4pm @ Westlake Park Doelger Cafe, 145 Lake Merced Blvd, Daly City CA 94105"

Did you know that you can cast your vote for California Assembly District Election Meeting (CADEM) TODAY, Sunday, January 8 even if you live in Assembly District 17? Register here today to make voting even easier! 

Sunday, January 8 from 12pm-4pm
Westlake Park Doelger Café
145 Lake Merced Blvd,
Daly City, CA 94015

Every other year, the California Democratic Party elects delegates in each Assembly District to vote on the Democratic Party's platform and endorse state and federal legislation and candidates. This election is an opportunity for California Democrats to influence the future of their party.

The 2024 elections will be critical for working people and will be our chance to ensure we have strong progressive leadership for the California Democratic Party.

Register before you line up at to make voting even smoother!

And coming up this week... 

Tuesday, January 10: Milk Club PAC

Flyer for PAC meeting. "2023 Political Action Kickoff." "A planning session ft. Shamann Walton, Board of Supervisors President." "Anita Martinez, City College Trustee-Elect." "+Housing Justice Platform Plank revisit." "Tuesday, January 10 @ 7pm." "In person at 302 Valencia & on Zoom,"

Join the Political Action Committee (PAC) of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club on Tuesday, January 10, at 7pm, for our January PAC Meeting. This will be a hybrid meeting, in person at Milk-SF Cafe (302 Valencia St) and on Zoom at

At this meeting, the PAC will conduct a 2023 planning session, featuring Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton and City College Trustee-Elect Anita Martinez. We will discuss the following:
  • Focus areas for 2023 and ideas for ways we can engage in these areas politically
  • Related platform planks we want to develop
  • Summary of learnings from the December PAC meeting’s 2022 electoral program retrospective and ideas for ways to begin organizing for 2024
Our agenda will also include finalizing our draft housing justice platform plank. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, January 11: Let's End Racially Biased Stops!

Flyer reading "End Racist Traffic Stops! - January 11, 2023. RSVP: Press Conference: 10am. City Hall, Polk Steps. Police Commission: 5:30pm. City Hall, room 400."

Calling all Milk Club members! San Francisco has an opportunity to end racially biased stops by the San Francisco Police Department. The Police Commission will be voting to end racially based traffic stops this upcoming week on Wednesday, January 11. San Francisco has a rare opportunity to advance a meaningful anti-racist reform and we need all hands on deck to make sure it passes!

Milk Club members can support in any or all of the following ways:
  1. Complete this ACLU action alert to automatically send an email to the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, SFMTA, and Police Commission that you support ending pretext stops.
  2. Join us for a rally/press conference at City Hall on Wednesday, January 11, at 10:00am to rally for the vote and hear from supporting community leaders. We would love to stand in solidarity with our members and community for this important moment! 
  3. Give Public Comment sometime after 5:30pm on Wednesday, January 11— sign up for reminders here. To help with your public comment, here is an action guide with talking points, call-in information, and a social media toolkit. 
  4. Share this email with your allies, organizations, and coalition partners. To ensure we are able to get an effective policy passed by the Police Commission, we need as much broad community support as possible!
Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] if you have any questions. See you Wednesday! 


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