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Join us for our Milk/Moscone Vigil

Milk / Moscone Vigil 

Flyer for Milk/Moscone vigil. Harvey Milk shakes George Moscone's hand inside the Mayor's Office. The flyer reads: Act now to stop anti-LGBTQ hate. Vigil commemorating the 44th anniversary of the assassinations of Harvey Milk & George Moscone. Sunday, 11.27.22, 7pm at Harvey Milk Plaza. Vigil for Victims of Club Q. Hope will never be silent. Demand Change.

Join the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club TONIGHT, Sunday, November 27th, 7pm, at Harvey Milk Plaza for our annual Milk/Moscone vigil. Harvey Milk and George Moscone were the brightest beacons of hope for San Francisco’s disenfranchised and displaced. But more than that, they represented the spirit of San Francisco, a city for anyone and everyone, welcoming to all, with justice for all. 44 years later, the time has come again for us to gather, one and all, to remember two icons of San Francisco and to make their vision of a city of hope come alive. This year, we will also dedicate a portion of our vigil to the victims of the Club Q mass shooting. 

Feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any questions. Facebook event and other details can be found here.

World AIDS Day Events

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On Tuesday, November 29, from 7pm to 9pm, join us at Strut (4780 Castro St.) for a World AIDS Day Art Build Workshop. Learn about elements of protest art with famous examples from the AIDS movement, and create your own protest art during a screen printing workshop with SF Poster Syndicate. RSVP and details are here.

Then, join us this World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1, at 4:30pm, as we join the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and community to remember those we've lost to the AIDS crisis and continue the fight for justice for our communities. We’ll meet in front of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (1035 Market St.) and march together to City Hall, where we’ll hear commemorations for those we’ve lost and reflections on how we must continue the fight for justice. RSVP and event details can be found here

Arriving early? Join the Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network, BBE, TransLife, and HAN for a light snack, camaraderie, and reflection before heading to the Candlelight March and Vigil. Pre-vigil refreshments will be available as early as 3:30pm inside the Foundation, in the Swing Space. To RSVP, email Paul Aguilar at [email protected].

Save the Date: Holi-Gays Party & Meeting!

Flyer for Holi-gays party & meeting. December 10th. Fun, friends, and leadership nominations. Location TBA at bit.ly/holi-gays. Questions? Reach out to events@milkclub.org.

Save the date, Saturday, December 10, for our Milk Club Holi-gays party! Stay tuned for details about the location of our Holi-gays party, which will be posted here

This party will also be considered our December membership meeting, which means that you'll have an opportunity to make nominations for the following leadership positions: 

  • President/Co-President
  • Vice President of Membership 
  • Vice President of Political Action
  • Vice President of Events & Fundraising
  • Vice President of Communications 
  • Treasurer 
  • Membership Officers (2 positions)
  • Political Action Officers (2 positions)
  • Events & Fundraising Officers (2 positions)
  • Communications Officer
  • Recorder 

Questions? Reach out to us at [email protected].

Don't forget to renew!

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Finally, don't forget that December means Milk Club dues will be expiring in just a couple of months. We've loved having you here with us this year-- let's make it official for one more! 

Cross one thing off your 2023 to-do list and renew today at milkclub.org/join

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Last GOTV of 2022!

November PAC is Canceled-- so let's Get Out the Vote! 

November PAC has been canceled so we can Get out the Vote! Join us on Election Day at 3042 16th Street to join a progressive coalition of volunteers to support some of our endorsed campaigns, including:

  • John Hamasaki for District Attorney
  • Alida Fisher, Karen Fleshman, & Gabriela Lopez for Board of Education 
  • Vick Chung, Anita Martinez, Susan Solomon, & Adolfo Velasquez for City College Board of Trustees
  • Mano Raju for Public Defender
  • Propositions E, G, H, L, M, and O!

Sign up here.

Progressive Election Night Watch Party!

Join the SF Berniecrats, Harvey Milk LGBTQ+ Dem Club, and SF Young Democrats for our Progressive Election Night Watch Party at El Rio (3158 Mission St), starting at 8:30pm!
We'll be enjoying drinks, food, and good company with progressive friends across the City. We'll also be joined by several campaigns up and down the local ballot, as we watch the results roll in! 

Thanks for Coming to Gayla! 

Thank you to everyone who made it out to the Milk Club's 2022 Gayla, presented by NUHW and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to celebrate 46 years of progress. We had a great time, and hope you did, too! Celebrating and recharging is even more important as we fight back the onslaught of anti-LGBTQ laws across this country.

Thank you for helping us inspire the next generation of leaders like Zander Moricz, Jupiter Peraza, Nicki Jizz, and members of SF Rising, and for celebrating Cleve Jones’ lifetime of achievement award. We hope you can join us as we keep fighting for yet another year (and the next, and the next)!

Special thanks to all of our incredible sponsors, volunteers, and Garaje Gooch for taking incredible photos (which you can peek here)!

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46th Annual Gayla — October 22, 2022

Join us for the event of the year!

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November PAC Recommendations & Future of the Castro Theatre

November 2022 Milk PAC Recommendations Are Here!

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Thank you to everyone who showed up to our August PAC meeting! At the meeting, we finished up our candidate interviews, discussed candidates and measures, and cast our ballots for Milk PAC endorsement recommendations, which will be voted on by our general membership at our next meeting. The Milk PAC's recommendations are:  

Local Races & Measures

  • Board of Supervisors
    • District 2:  PAC has no recommendation  
    • District 4:  PAC recommends Gordon Mar
    • District 6:  PAC recommends Honey Mahogany 
    • District 8:  PAC recommends Rafael Mandelman
    • District 10:  PAC recommends Shamann Walton
  • District Attorney:  PAC has no recommendation 
  • Public Defender:  PAC recommends Mano Raju 
  • School Board:  PAC recommends Alida Fisher & Karen Fleshman
  • City College Board:  PAC recommends Vick Chung, Anita Martinez, Susan Solomon
  • Assessor-Recorder:  PAC recommends Joaquin Torres
  • Ballot Measures
    • PAC has no position on: 
      • City Approval of Affordable Housing
      • Homelessness Oversight Commission 
    • PAC recommends yes on: 
      • Affordable Housing Production Act
      • Library Preservation Fund
      • Public Works Department and Commission, Sanitation and Streets Department Commission
      • City Elections in Even-Numbered Years
      • Retiree Supplemental Cost of Living Adjustment; Retirement Board Contract with Executive Director
      • Student Success Fund 
      • Tax on Keeping Residential Units Vacant
      • Gross Receipts Taxes for Guaranteed Income Programs & Small Business Assistance 
      • Additional Parcel Tax for City College 
      • Ordinance: Golden Gate Park Underground Parking Facility; Golden Gate Park Concourse Authority
      • Ordinance: Golden Gate Park Access and Safety Program 
      • Sales Tax for Transportation Authority
    • PAC recommends no on: 
      • Uses of the Great Highway and JFK Drive

State Races & Measures 

  • Assembly District 17:  PAC recommends Matt Haney 
  • Board of Equalization Member, District 2 PAC recommends Sally J. Leiber
  • BART Director, District 8 PAC recommends Janice Li
  • Lieutenant Governor PAC recommends Eleni Kounalakis
  • Treasurer:  PAC has no recommendation 
  • Ballot Measures: 
    • PAC recommends yes on:
      • Proposition 1, which would codify reproductive freedom under the California Constitution 
      • Proposition 26, which would allow federally recognized Native American tribes to operate roulette, dice games, wagering on tribal lands
      • Proposition 28, which would provide additional arts and music education funding to public schools
      • Proposition 29, which would require kidney dialysis centers to have licensed medical professionals on-site and other regulations
      • Proposition 30, which would increase tax on personal income above $2 million to fund programs to reduce green gas emissions
    • PAC recommends no on:
      • Proposition 27, which would legalize online and mobile sports betting over the internet and mobile devices 
      • Proposition 31, which is a referendum challenging a 2020 law prohibiting the retail sale of certain flavored tobacco (see Club statement on this measure)

East Bay Races 

  • Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 3:  PAC recommends Rebecca Kaplan
  • AC Transit Board of Directors At-Large:  PAC recommends Alfred Twu

Check out all of our endorsement interviews and questionnaires here.

The Future of the Castro Theatre

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Join members of the Milk Club and other community members on Thursday, August 11, at 6pm in the Castro Theatre (429 Castro St), for a Castro Theatre Town Hall Meeting. What will become of San Francisco’s iconic Castro Theatre, which just celebrated its 100th anniversary? After the theater’s new management team announced in January vaguely-worded plans for significant renovations and upgrades set to begin in 2023, many feared that concerts and conferences would become the norm and the 1,400 seat venue’s days as primarily a movie palace and as a host of LGBTQ+ events were numbered. Theater reps are hosting a free event on Thursday night to share their future plans in detail and have a Q&A to listen to the public’s concerns.  

The Castro Theatre Community Coalition and the Castro Theatre Conservancy put together some talking points and proposed questions for members, which you can access here.      

August General Membership Meeting

August General Meeting graphic - November Endorsements plus Milk Board nominations. In person at 302 Valencia and on Zoom at bit.ly/milkmeeting

Join the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club on August 16, from 7pm to 9pm, for our August General Membership Meeting in person at Milk-SF (302 Valencia) and online at bit.ly/milkmeeting!

We'll be making our final endorsements for the November election, including all San Francisco races where we haven't already made an endorsement, plus AC Transit Board At-Large and Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 3. We'll also vote on nominations to the Milk Executive Board for Recorder and two At-Large Officer positions! Don't miss it!

As always, this is a hybrid meeting and will take place both in-person and on Zoom. All in-person attendees must show proof of vaccination to enter and wear a mask throughout the event. If you are unvaccinated, have any symptoms of Covid-19, or are uncomfortable meeting in person, we invite you to register and join us on Zoom at bit.ly/milkmeeting.

August Milk Happy Hour

Milk Club Happy Hour - August 16 at 9PM. Martuni's (4 Valencia St). Image of a drink with a dome top and a straw sticking out. Milk Club megaphone logo is in the middle of the cup.

It's time for another Milk Club Happy Hour on Tuesday, August 16 at 9pm, right after our General Membership Meeting. Mozy over to Martuni's (4 Valencia St) and let your hair down with us! You can RSVP on Facebook at bit.ly/milkhh. Questions? Reach out to [email protected].

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Psst... it's endorsement time again!

Flyer for D6 Candidate Debate

Please join us and all candidates running for District 6 Supervisor for a debate cohosted by the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, Alice B. Tolkas LGBTQ Democratic Club, Rose Pak Democratic Club, SF Young Democrats, and San Francisco Women's Political Committee. This is your opportunity to hear from all four candidates about their vision for the future of District 6: Honey Mahogany, Matt Dorsey, Cherelle Jackson, and Billie Cooper. 

We'll see you on Saturday, August 6th, 4pm at Koret Auditorium in the San Francisco Main Library (100 Larkin St). RSVP on Facebook

 

Save the Date for Milk PAC Meeting

Please save the date for our August PAC Meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, August 9 at 7pm. Attend in person at Milk-SF at 302 Valencia or via Zoom by signing up at bit.ly/milkpac. Following on the heels of the District 6 Candidate Debate, we expect to discuss a potential endorsement during this meeting. 

Keep an eye out for a full agenda, which will be released next week! 

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Join us for Pride 2022!

SF Trans March Milk Club Contingent. Friday 6pm Dolores Park Bell.

Join the Milk Club on Friday, June 24 as we participate and join the San Francisco Trans March — San Francisco’s largest transgender Pride event and one of the largest trans events in the entire world. It’s always the Friday of Pride weekend and thousands of people attend. We will meet at the Mexican Liberty Bell (19th and Dolores) at 6pm to gather under the Milk Club banner. RSVP here!

Questions? Need help? Text 4152905595 Jeffrey Kwong, Vice President, Events and Fundraising 

SF Pride Milk Booth @ Civic Center: Saturday & Sunday Volunteer Sign-Up

The Pride festivities continue! Join the Milk Club as a volunteer at the Milk Club booth for the San Francisco Pride Celebration scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at Civic Center Plaza and the surrounding neighborhood. Please reach out to Jeffrey Kwong at [email protected] with any questions!

Questions? Need help? Text 4152905595 Jeffrey Kwong, Vice President, Events and Fundraising 


RSVP here to sign up for a shift on Saturday. 
RSVP here to sign up for a shift on Sunday.

People's March Pride Sunday: Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club

Pride is a time for solidarity. This year, the Milk Club is joining MORE! for the People's March on Sunday, June 26th at 11 a.m. Following the Pride parade's original route, the People's March will begin on Polk Street, led by Brown and Black and people of color. Meet the Milk Club contingent at The Cinch (1723 Polk Street). RSVP here

Questions? Need help? Text 4152905595 Jeffrey Kwong, Vice President, Events and Fundraising 

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Celebrating Pride With Solidarity & Reflection

Brown background with a Milk PAC logo on the lefthand side. Title/Subtitle: "The Future of Public Safety Policy + Criminal Justice Platform Plank." Tuesday, June 14 at 7pm in person at 302 Valencia or on Zoom at bit.ly/milkpac

Join the Political Action Committee (PAC) of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club on Tuesday, June 14, at 7pm. This will be a hybrid meeting, in person at Milk-SF (302 Valencia St) and online via Zoom. Register to attend online @ bit.ly/milkpac.

At this meeting, the PAC will discuss the future of public safety policy in the wake of the June election. We will also be discussing our Criminal Justice Platform Plank. Attend in person at Milk-SF or virtually at bit.ly/milkpac

Black background with red lettering: "Marty's Place, Donate: Legal Defense Fund! Housing is Healthcare! www.mpahc.org/donate"

Join Marty's Place residents on Saturday, June 18 at Marty's Place Garden Party, a fundraiser to support our Legal Defense Fund while they fight a constructive eviction attempt. Marty's Place is a member-based, democratic, social housing model for independent living with shared community spaces for people living with HIV/AIDS. The party will be held on location at 1165 Treat Avenue.

Suggested donation at the door is $10.00 for all you can eat! And don't worry if you are unable to attend you can donate at: http://www.mpahc.org/donate

Pink background, rainbow motif - Milk Club and Alice B Toklas logos on the top right. The text reads "Pride Month Happy Hour: Twin Peaks Tavern, Monday June 20, 2022, 7PM."

Kick off Pride with Milk Club and the Alice B. Toklas for our joint LGBTQIA+ Dems Pride Happy Hour! Meet us on Monday, June 20 at 7pm @ Twin Peaks Tavern (401 Castro Street). 
RSVP here.

SF Trans March Milk Club Contingent. Friday 6pm Dolores Park Bell.

Join the Milk Club on Friday, June 24 as we participate and join the San Francisco Trans March — San Francisco’s largest transgender Pride event and one of the largest trans events in the entire world. It’s always the Friday of Pride weekend and thousands of people attend. We will meet at the Mexican Liberty Bell (19th and Dolores) at 6pm to gather under the Milk Club banner. RSVP here!

SF Pride Milk Booth @ Civic Center: Saturday & Sunday Volunteer Sign-Up

The Pride festivities continue! Join the Milk Club as a volunteer at the Milk Club booth for the San Francisco Pride Celebration scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at Civic Center Plaza and the surrounding neighborhood. Please reach out to Jeffrey Kwong at [email protected] with any questions!

RSVP here to sign up for a shift on Saturday. 
RSVP here to sign up for a shift on Sunday.

People's March Pride Sunday: Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club

Pride is a time for solidarity. This year, the Milk Club is joining MORE! for the People's March on Sunday, June 26th at 11:30 a.m. Following the Pride parade's original route, the People's March will begin on Polk Street, led by Brown and Black and people of color. Meet the Milk Club contingent at The Cinch (1723 Polk Street). RSVP here

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Harvey Milk Day 2022

2022 Harvey Milk Day 

12 NOON KICKOFF
1PM BLOCK PARTY
12 onwards Showings of “Times of Harvey Milk”

CONTACT: Jeffrey Kwong [email protected]

San Francisco, CA - On Harvey Milk’s 92nd birthday, Sunday, May 22, 2022, the life and legacy of the “Mayor of Castro Street” lives on, as the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, the Castro Community Benefit District, and the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza kicks off a day of celebration, education, activism, and community.

Programming starts at noon and will be kicked off by those who knew Harvey best – his friends and colleagues, including Kent Denning and Medora Payne Sobottka. They will be joined by queer community and elected officials, who in large part due to trailblazers like Milk, can continue the fight to make the LGBTQ community heard and seen in City Hall and beyond. Following the kickoff, our community block party powered by BAAAHS will bring the beats and festivities back to the streets of Castro – Harvey’s home.

But the day will also be a time for reflection. With the skyrocketing number of anti-LGBTQ bills filed over the past several years, from 41 in 2018 to 238 in just the first three months of 2022, this Harvey Milk Day is a crucial moment to live out the words of Harvey Milk as we face the onslaught of homophobia and transphobia across the country.

As part of Harvey Milk Day, the Castro Theatre will also host a special screening of The Times of Harvey Milk. The restored 35mm film will return to the same screen which premiered the Oscar­-winning documentary in 1984.

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Milk PAC Update: June 2022 Primary Endorsements Are Here!

Stylized list of endorsements-- all information in the text below!

Thank you to everyone who attended our PAC meeting last week! Our PAC has made the following recommendations to our general membership — we will vote on our 
club endorsements for the June election during our General Meeting on Tuesday, April 26th. Here's what the Milk PAC is recommending: 

Elected Office:

Governor: No recommendation
Lt. Governor: No recommendation
Secretary of State: Shirley Weber 
State Controller: No recommendation
State Treasurer: No recommendation 
Attorney General: No recommendation
Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara
Superintendent of Public Instruction: No recommendation
Board of Equalization: No recommendation
US Senate: Alex Padilla 
US House of Rep D11: Nancy Pelosi 
US House of Rep D15: David Canepa 
State Assembly D-17: David Campos 
State Assembly D-19: Phil Ting 
City Attorney: David Chiu

Ballot measures:

Prop A - Muni Reliability & Street Safety Bond: YES
Prop B - Building Inspection Commission: YES
Prop C - Recall Timelines & Vacancy Process: YES
Prop D - Victims & Witness Rights: NO
Prop E - Behested Payments: YES
Prop F - Refuse Collection & Disposal: YES
Prop G - Public Health Emergency Leave: YES

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