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This Week/End in the YaY! Area through May 19

This Week/End in the YaY! Area through May 19

Bay Area! You know what I love about you, you cheeky monkey?

I love that each weekend you tempt me with so many different things to do, that making up my mind about where to go and what to do, is nearly impossible.

This weekend is about conversation, collaboration and comedy. And it is also about dance, models and fundraisers.

In addition, there are a lot of different day and night time activities. I mean, how can I not love you?

You always surprise me. Isn't that what help keeps the romance alive? 

I certainly think so! This week I interviewed Danielle Castro, community mobilization specialist at the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, about the upcoming Transgender Health Summit.

Read on and then check out what to do this weekend!

Miz Chris [MC]: How long have you lived in the Bay Area?

Danielle Castro [DC]: I was born in San Jose and have lived in the Bay Area for over twenty years.

[MC]: What is the history of National Transgender Health Summit?

[DC]: The first National Transgender Health Summit was created in 2011 by the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at UCSF. When we first started discussing and planning for the summit, we were driven by the clear indication that there was an apparent need for this particular type of summit - focused on transgender healthcare skills sharing among clinical providers. The then recent report from the National Center for Transgender Equality and the Gay and Lesbian Task Force, reinforced that notion in our minds. A full 50 percent of the over 6000 respondents, reported having to teach their own providers about transgender care! Our hope was that the summit would help address some of those gaps and also lead to additional networking opportunities for those who are already experts in Trans care. The first summit was attended by over 400 professionals and proved to be a success!

[MC]: What prompted the community to put together the first summit?

[DC]: As previously stated, the medical community is largely unprepared to meet the health care needs of transgender and gender non-conforming people. The topic of Trans health is, for the most part, excluded from medical school curricula. This creates a huge disservice and lack of quality education and care for both providers and Trans people alike. The mission of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health is to increase access to comprehensive, effective, and affirming health care services for Trans and gender-variant communities.

The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (CoE) combines the unique strengths and resources of a nationally renowned training and capacity-building institution, the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC), and an internationally recognized leader in HIV prevention research, the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), both of which are housed at the University of California San Francisco.

The ultimate CoE goal is to improve the overall health and well-being of transgender individuals by developing and implementing programs in response to community-identified needs. We include community perspectives by actively engaging a national advisory body (NAB) of 14 transgender identified leaders from throughout the country. The collective experience of our diverse and talented NAB assures that our programs address issues that are timely and relevant to the community. We feel that we’re well positioned to produce a summit to further our mission.

[MC]: What do you feel is the number one health threat to the Transgender community?

[DC]: There are many health threats that exist for Trans people throughout the country. The most obvious seem to be the lack of gender affirming health care services for those that need them, and health insurance coverage for more than gender confirmation surgery. The barriers that exist lead people to black market hormone use and injection of unknown substances to enhance their bodies. Both have been well documented and have led to major health complications and death.

Another major public health concern is the impact that HIV/AIDS have had on Trans women. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 Trans women are HIV positive in the United States. These staggering rates of HIV infection reported by the CDC speak to a public health crisis that all health care systems need to be better prepared to address!

[MC]: What should folks look forward to at this year's summit?

[DC]: We’re really excited about our collaboration with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health to produce the summit! This year’s National Transgender Health Summit program is filled with cutting edge research in an abstract driven track - we include behavioral health in the mental health track - and also have a medical track for both beginning and advanced medical providers. This year we will also have the inaugural Trans Health Policy Institute which is designed to explore the role of providers, healthcare benefit administrators, researchers and advocates in creating stronger and healthier policies for transgender people and their families.

For more information regarding the 2013 National Transgender Health Summit and to learn more about the CoE, visit our website.

To learn more about WPATH please visit



Lakeside Theater
300 Lakeside, Oakland
7 p.m.

Celebrating its 27th year, the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition & Festival is the longest-running, most prestigious Urban Comedy Competition in the country. It has helped launch the careers of some of the biggest names in urban comedy, music, film and T.V.

The Bay Area Black Comedy Competition & Festival was established in 1986 to provide a Bay Area-based showcase for Black comedians and comedians of color, from all over the United States, and across the world. From day one the competition has been at the vanguard of the Black/urban comedy movement, greatly contributing to the career development of many of its stars, and many of its live and televised venues. Through the years, the BABCCF has emerged from its grassroots-based genesis to become the largest and longest-running, live-urban comedy showcase in the country.

The competition's ongoing mission is to support an environment that provides all comedians with equal access to opportunities to demonstrate their unique talents to the entertainment industry, and to raise worldwide conscientiousness of the validity and viability of the indigenous American art form known as Urban Comedy.

El Rio
3158 Mission St., San Francisco
7:30 to 9 p.m.

Come with your sense of humor, get ready to hoot and holler because Red Hots Burlesque brings you the "city's best" bump and grind at the "happiest hour!"

Please welcome the devilish delight of our May feature Mistress Marla Spanks as she sets a trend of hot broads and welcomes visiting talent from Dallas, Minneapolis and Berlin! These visiting performers will also be teaching this week. So snatch up this opportunity to learn from the best!

**Thursday, May 16 - Tassels and Assels with Foxy Tann**
**Friday, May 17 - Stop! Drop! and Roll! with Red Bone**
email to save your spot in this class

Read on. Get all the details!

Wednesday. ***All performers can attend for Free!**** Please come, bring your friends and get through your work week with a little more lovin'.

Host: Just back from performing at the Fierce Festival, Juicy D Light
Performances by:
Ava Lanche
Eva Rose
Juilietta La Doll, Berlin
Mistress Marla Spanks




Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
8 p.m.

R&B multi-platinum group Dru Hill is an American singing group, whose repertoire includes R&B, soul, and gospel music. Founded in Baltimore, Maryland, and active since 1992, Dru Hill recorded seven Top 40 hits, and is best known for the R&B #1 hits "In My Bed," "Never Make a Promise," and "How Deep Is Your Love." Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin was the group's founder; his bandmates included main lead singer Mark "Sisqó" Andrews, Larry "Jazz" Anthony, and James "Woody Rock" Green. Signing to Island Records through Haqq Islam's University Records imprint, Dru Hill released two successful LPs before separating for a period from late 1999 to 2002, during which time Sisqó and Woody released solo albums. Sisqó's Unleash the Dragon LP and its hit single "Thong Song" were major pop successes, and established Sisqó as a household name outside of Dru Hill.

After eight years, Dru Hill reunited and signed a new recording contract with Kedar Entertainment. Sisqo, Nokio, Jazz and new member Antwuan "Tao" Simpson (pronounced Tay-oh) are back, celebrating the release of their fourth CD offering, InDRUpendence Day.




Oakland Marriott City Center

1001 Broadway, Oakland

May 17-18

Co-sponsored by the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health

Combining the expertise of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, the National Transgender Health Summit will provide an exceptional educational forum for disseminating cutting edge research and increasing clinical skills among health care professionals of all backgrounds.

We invite health care providers, health and human service professionals, mental health professionals, health administrators, researchers, students and advocates to attend this groundbreaking summit. Programming will include plenary sessions by world-renowned experts in the field of transgender health care, training tracks for medical and mental health care providers interested in building their skills for working with transgender patients and clients, a research track for the dissemination of cutting edge developments in the field of transgender health, and a transgender health policy institute.


1919 Market St. @ 18th, Oakland
10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
$7 all night

*engaging your body, mind & soul*
hip hop || soul || house || dnb || funk || reggae

*Resident Sound Jedis:

Trinity (O'FaSho! II T.W.N II Living Room Project)
LP (Free Lunch Crew II Social Life II No Pants)

*Guest Selectors:
Sake One

*Flow Master:
Chaney (Social Life) 

*Drink Mixologist:

Mz. Amy

*Taste Maker:
Rincon de la Prima

Living Room 3rd Fridays brings you the unique experience of a grown & sexy house party with music and art from the best DJs, live performers, and artists you'll hear/see anywhere. We're takin' the party out of the club and back to the living room.
The Living Room Project is an accessible healing, practice, and community space for queer and Trans people of color (qtpoc) and our allies.

Through resource sharing, and collaborative efforts, the space provides opportunities for creative expression, collective healing, and community building. Ultimately the Living Room Project hopes to inspire deeper relationship, interdependence, and care amongst qtpoc communities.

The Living Room Project Offers *:
- practice space for healers/practitioners/coaches
- community event and workshop/class space
- healing/wellness days
- community events classes and workshops 


Bissap Baobab Village
3372-3386, 19th St., San Francisco
10 p.m.

¡Q2! is ... A queer dance party!!!!

We are a collective of community based organizers aiming to create a queer identified space that is open to chav@s, cumbier@s, and allies who support the struggle for justice in our hoods. We are Festive. We are Fierce.

We are the Qumbia Qrew!!!

Spinning the best of musica tropical, cumbia, merengue, y mas!

About our co-host

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) promotes the creation, exhibition and distribution of new films/videos that address the vital social justice issues that concern queer women of color and our communities, authentically reflect our life stories, and build community through art and activism.

We actively invest in, develop and nurture the creativity of emerging media artists who are Asian/Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Chicana/Latina, Native American and Mixed-Race lesbians, bisexual, queer and questioning women in the Bay Area.

QWOCMAP provides training, screening opportunities and resources free of charge to guarantee full access to our traditionally underserved community, particularly low-income and immigrant queer women of color.

QWOCMAP began in 2000, and has been training filmmakers and presenting films by queer women of color since then!



Show and Tell Concept Shop
1300 Clay St. #160, Oakland
Noon to 3 p.m.

Are you a fashionista? Are you ready to strut down the runway? If you are, then we want YOU! EDEN Pride Weekends is looking for our very own Next Top Models.

EDEN is hosting an Open Model Casting Call for models to be part of the EDEN SF Pride Fashion Event. For all the details about the EDEN Fashion Event click the link below.

We are looking for MODELS:
+ALL Shapes, sizes, masculine/feminine/androgynous, varied identities & colors
+No modeling experience necessary
+Bring a head shot, full body shot & resume if applicable

You will be modeling some of the most cutting edge designs by Androgyny, Chamchi Chamcha, Haute Butch, Immigreat Designs, JFE Creative, Sea Pony Couture, Show and Tell Concept Shop and Tomboy Tailors.

The EDEN Fashion Event is being hosted by AzMarie of America's Next Top Model Fame.

This will be the only date that we are casting models so mark your calendars now!

If you are interested in doing hair, makeup, being a volunteer, need any more info or have questions please contact EDEN's Fashion Director Alyah Baker at showandtell2011[at]gmail[dot]com


San Antonia Park


Eastside Arts Alliance presents...

"Return to the Source: African Liberation"

*Food Court
*Kids' Court
*Graffiti Court
*Mike Dream Court
*VENDORS selling homemade crafts
*3 stages of Music: Javad Jahi Soapbox Stage, Katherine Dunham Dance Stage, MXJF Main Stage (nonStop Performances)

The BEST outdoor Festival in Oakland is FREE!!!

More info:
(510)533-6629 or


El Rio
3158 Mission St., San Francisco
3 to 8 p.m.

$7-$500 Sliding Scale

Super Big Gay Dance Party to benefit the 2013 Dyke March

And this year we're going to make you move and groove like never before!!!

Brought to you by: HARD FRENCH + MANGO + STAY GOLD

Cafe Cum & Glitter - A Yummy booth full of kinky delights.

PHOTO BOOTH: Backdrop designed by Lindsey Dodge
Fly Photos taken by Iris Lena Triska

Three of SF’s hottest Queer Clubs come together to help raise funds to support the Dyke March and bring you an unforgettable dance party! DJ’s on the Patio, Amazing Raffle, Photo Booth and Dancers.

Get there early! Everyone Welcome!

Why The Dyke March Needs Your Help!
We are proud to represent the diversity of our dyke community. Supporting Dyke March allows our event to continue and to ensure a voice, a safe space, and a sense a community for dykes in San Francisco and across the world.




Grand Lake Coffee House
440 Grand Ave., Oakland
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
$5 admission - Special $3 admission for ALL SF State students (With a valid ID)

We're back. No for real "WE'RE BACK." D'Dra, Jaz and the tall dude with the ratchet music and numerous names is back to give you what you need a place to have fun and listen to great poetry. Our feature for the evening will be a bitter/sweet one. Imani Cezanne is not only a dynamic poet but also our little sister. She came up to the bay from 'Diego' with the blessings of her Elevated family to get her education but little did anyone know that she's set the slam world on fire make our first GS Slam team, co-found S.P.E.A.K. at SF State and be featured on TVOne's "Verses & Flow Season 3." This is a special show and we really want everyone to come out and say goodbye to our family member.

Of course the open Mic will be hosted by our very own D'Dra White
Door held down by Jaz
and back on the "Pause & Play" will be DJ E-1-FO!

All ages welcome.
Singers, Poets, Storytellers, comics and just play dope poets.


Social Kitchen and Brewery
1326 Ninth Ave., San Francisco
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Social Kitchen and Brewery is offering a new series of live music on every 3rd Sunday of the month. Come join us as we invite amazing musicians to compliment our delicious brunch offerings! For May 19th, we are happy to welcome back two soulful and energetic artists...

Charito Soriano (soulful-singer), born and raised in the Bay Area, joined forces with Rowena ‘FunkCH3N’ Conlu (guitarist) circa 2010. Since then, they have been creating and evolving into the acoustic-electronic duo that you hear today.

Their music combines natural organic sounds of the classical guitar, a sultry voice, and the musical technologies of the 21st century; bringing you a unique blend of frequencies. With these vibrations, they have worked very hard in their craft to share a musical experience that reflects ideas of intentional freedom, inspiration, courage, strength, light, and LOVE.

Featuring Musical Articulations of:
-Christina Pinggol

-Jason Cristosomo

-Eni Loicy

-Vince Gyrefunk Czekus



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Miz Chris




About Miz Chris

Miz Chris is the founder of EDEN Pride Events and co-founder of fiveTEN Oakland Events. She works in the technology industry consulting for large state and corporate business throughout the United States. She has a BFA from the University of North Texas and an MA from the University of Texas. She produces events for LGBTQIA community, locally, regionally and nationally. Miz Chris is known for producing quality events throughout the United States. Owner of the oldest genderqueer site on the internet, she began her event production career in 2003 with the Butch-Femme Bash in Las Vegas. She then traveled that event to New Orleans, Baltimore, Dallas, Vegas (again) and Oakland. She moved to the Bay Area in the summer of 2008 and has been enjoying her time here in the gayest place on earth. She was the manager of the only lesbian club in the East Bay, co- produced the Women’s Stage at San Francisco Pride, co-created Movement Productions and launched BLISS all in 2009. By 2010, she had created EDEN Weekend which hosted close to 2500 women during its inaugural weekend. She co-managed the Women’s Stage at 2010 Oakland Pride while co- producing two Oakland Pride afterparties with Good Times at the Den and Temptations at the Bench and Bar which serviced close to 1000 women and their friends that evening. In 2011, fiveTEN was born, a weekend of Pride events during Oakland Pride. In 2012 fiveTEN expanded beyond Pride Weekend to include promotions, PR, Film Festivals and Theater events. Outside of queer club spaces, Miz Chris was one of the co-founders of the Femme Collective in 2005 and helped produce three major conferences for this organization in 2006 (San Francisco), 2008 (Chicago), 2010 (Oakland). She now sits on the advising board of the Femme Collective. She is also the owner of one the largest and oldest genderqueer dating sites on the internet