Sep
25
Tue
The Velvet Rage Book Club @ Strut at Group Room 2
Sep 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Velvet Rage Book Club @ Strut at Group Room 2 | San Francisco | California | United States

Part of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Stonewall Project, this book club explores the complexity of gay identity and culture, HIV, substance use, healing relationship trauma, shame, internalized homophobia and much more. Facilitators Wade Smith and Christopher Zepeda.

The Book: The Velvet Rage

Despite the progress made in recent years, many gay men still wonder, “Are we better off?” The byproduct of growing up gay in a straight world continues to be the internalization of shame, rejection, and anger―a toxic cocktail that can lead to drug abuse, promiscuity, alcoholism, depression, and suicide. Drawing on contemporary psychological research, the author’s own journey, and the stories of many of his friends and clients, Velvet Rage addresses the myth of gay pride and outlines three stages to emotional well-being for gay men.

The Author: Alan Downs

Alan Downs is a clinical psychologist in private practice located in Beverly Hills, California. He is the author of seven previous books and continues to write and hold workshops across the United States. He is actively involved in dialectical behavior therapy and is a member of the Beverly Hills DBT Team.

Castro Smart Drinking Group @ Strut Group Room 2
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Castro Smart Drinking Group @ Strut Group Room 2 | San Francisco | California | United States

Want to change your drinking habits? Find your way to safer drinking, controlled drinking, reduced drinking or quitting with us at the Castro Smart Drinking Group.

With Facilitators: Rich Lugo and Ed Diaz.

Queer Sex U: Kinks, Fetishes and Paraphilias @ Strut
Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Queer Sex U: Kinks, Fetishes and Paraphilias @ Strut | San Francisco | California | United States

Curious about the most unusual fetishes, and how you might add kink to your repertoire?

Join us for another Queer Sex U, with Joshua O’Neal
Want to learn all about queer lust and love? Wonder what “queer” is about and why we’re born this way? Now you can come learn all about queer sexuality with us. If you’ve ever felt there’s been a gap in your queer sexuality and education, we’ve got you covered wit this new lecture series at Strut. All are welcome!

September 25th’s Topic: Kinks, Fetishes and Paraphilias

This the second part of an ongoing series of classes taught by Joshua O’Neal. Joshua not only works with us he is also an educator who regularly teaches at San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco.

This series is free and is from 6:30PM to 8:30PM

If you have any questions about Queer Sex U Ality series please reach out to joneal@sfaf.org

Sep
27
Thu
Free 2 B @ Strut, 3rd Floor, Group Room 2
Sep 27 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Free 2 B @ Strut, 3rd Floor, Group Room 2 | San Francisco | California | United States

We are a drop-in group for gay, bi, queer and trans men of color. We support the lived experiences of Black, Asian, Latinx, African American and other queer men of color—and provide a safe, welcoming space free from judgement.

Join us on Thursdays if you’re thinking about making changes to your drug or alcohol use, want to explore ways to reduce the harms from using drugs and drinking, or want to connect to a community of queer men of color interested in changing their substance use.

FREE 2 B is a group provided by The Stonewall Project. Our counseling, treatment and support services are based on the principles of harm reduction. We welcome you wherever you are at in your journey to reaching your substance use goals, and will help you reach the goals that are right for you. We do not require you to be abstinent in order to access services.

For more information or with questions, contact Stonewall counselor Alex Locust at 415-487-3112 or Aníbal Mejía at 415-487-3125.

QTPOC at Strut presents WOOF! @ Strut Third Floor
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
QTPOC at Strut presents WOOF! @ Strut Third Floor  | San Francisco | California | United States

QTPOC at Strut Presents WOOF! SeroBlind Speed Dating
Finding a date on the apps is ruff. Come sniff out your next pup or handler just in time for Folsom!

WOOF! Is a puppy speed dating event, focused on Queer, and Trans Pups of Color and other Kinksters of Color. This event is seroblind which means it is radically inclusive of all people regardless of HIV status. Open to pups of all genders and other kinksters!

• Come learn about pup play!
• Meet other Black and Brown Pups and Handlers!
• Get tested for STI’s!
• Schedule a PrEP appointment or connect to HIV+ services

Sep
28
Fri
DREAAM Drop-In Fridays @ Strut
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
DREAAM Drop-In Fridays @ Strut | San Francisco | California | United States

DREAAM Drop-In Fridays, our weekly space from 5 PM – 8 PM at Strut in the Castro. Eat some food, chat, get information about our community and make new friends. DREAAM Drop-In Fridays is open to all LGBTQQI young people of color and their allies, ages 30 and under.

Come out and join in the fun!

Castro Harm Reduction Night @ Strut Group Room 2
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Castro Harm Reduction Night @ Strut Group Room 2 | San Francisco | California | United States

A fun, friendly, welcoming place for gay/bi/trans/MSM men interested in exploring their relationship to drugs, alcohol, sex, dating and other topics. Come as you are, high, low or in between.

With facilitator Rich Lugo.

Oct
2
Tue
The Velvet Rage Book Club @ Strut at Group Room 2
Oct 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Velvet Rage Book Club @ Strut at Group Room 2 | San Francisco | California | United States

Part of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Stonewall Project, this book club explores the complexity of gay identity and culture, HIV, substance use, healing relationship trauma, shame, internalized homophobia and much more. Facilitators Wade Smith and Christopher Zepeda.

The Book: The Velvet Rage

Despite the progress made in recent years, many gay men still wonder, “Are we better off?” The byproduct of growing up gay in a straight world continues to be the internalization of shame, rejection, and anger―a toxic cocktail that can lead to drug abuse, promiscuity, alcoholism, depression, and suicide. Drawing on contemporary psychological research, the author’s own journey, and the stories of many of his friends and clients, Velvet Rage addresses the myth of gay pride and outlines three stages to emotional well-being for gay men.

The Author: Alan Downs

Alan Downs is a clinical psychologist in private practice located in Beverly Hills, California. He is the author of seven previous books and continues to write and hold workshops across the United States. He is actively involved in dialectical behavior therapy and is a member of the Beverly Hills DBT Team.

Castro Smart Drinking Group @ Strut Group Room 2
Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Castro Smart Drinking Group @ Strut Group Room 2 | San Francisco | California | United States

Want to change your drinking habits? Find your way to safer drinking, controlled drinking, reduced drinking or quitting with us at the Castro Smart Drinking Group.

With Facilitators: Rich Lugo and Ed Diaz.

The Doctor Is In: HIV cure research @ Strut Third Floor
Oct 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Doctor Is In: HIV cure research @ Strut Third Floor  | San Francisco | California | United States

Dr. Neal Sheran, from Mission Neighborhood Health Center will host this evening of discussion and learning. Find out about new research on HIV cure research presented at the International AIDS Conference 2018. Dr. Sheran will be talking and answering questions about HIV latency and eliminating the HIV reservoir.

Dinner will be held from 6:30 pm – 7 pm. The presentation will begin at 7 pm. For more information and to RSVP please email pforce@sfaf.org