Layla Means Night

Rosanna Gamson/World Wide is bringing the immersive dance-theater performance Layla Means Night to the ODC Theater. The piece is an imaginative re-telling of Scheherezade, the cunning bride from 1001 Arabian Nights who escaped death by weaving around her husband’s paranoia. Gamson’s re-examination of the story is meant to bring to light the challenges we bear due to gender-specific perceptions and roles in a world where traditional and contemporary contexts collide.

Our theater will be completely transformed with art, aromatic epicurean bites, curtains, and live music by master Persian musicians Houman Pourmehdi and Pirayeh Pourafar. We invite you to be a part of this transformational journey, and we hope that Layla Means Night will encourage many new discussions.

Internship/Volunteer Opportunity with San Francisco Women Against Rape

Internship/Volunteer Opportunity with San Francisco Women Against Rape

San Francisco Women Against Rape (SF-WAR) is looking for a media-savvy intern to help with our 40th anniversary celebration and the 7th Annual Walk Against Rape in April of 2012.

The past presidential election shone a bright light on how attitudes about sexual assault and violence still exert a powerful pull on national politics and social change. SF WAR runs peer-to-peer counseling services, legal assistance, and sexual violence prevention education throughout the city, with an emphasis in San Francisco’s Mission, Bernal, Excelsior and Bay View/Hunters Point neighborhoods. All services are free and confidential.

The media intern will, in collaboration with others, brainstorm innovative press outreach strategies and pitch stories and alerts on gender justice, acquaintance rapes and assault, the meaning of consent, and changing gender roles across various cultural and demographic groupings in the city.

Flexible hours until May of 2013.

For more information: send a brief note with a cover letter to Course credit may be available but no stipend is available.

More information about SF-WAR at

National Coming Out Day

The Award-Winning Breast Health Show About True Women’s Issues

The Award-Winning Breast Health Show About True Women’s Issues

By Solo Performer, Anita Shontel Woodley

Award-winning Creator Of “Mama Juggs” To Launch New One-Woman Show

Oakland Native Confronts Breast Cancer And Black Male Struggle In Double Feature

For the last three years, Anita Shontel Woodley has used her play – Mama Juggs – to raise consciousness and money for the battle against breast cancer. After dozens of performances and honors, she’s set to debut a new production. Inspired by true stories from her life, The Men In Me is an intimate performance about the Black men in her family as they fight to overcome desperate circumstances. Woodley, an Oakland native, will bring both shows to The Fellowship of Humanity Hall in Oakland on August 24 at 8:00 p.m.

Mama Juggs and The Men In Me are complementary works that explore the trials and triumphs of black folk. The Men In Me tells the stories of Black males – young and old, straight and gay, liberated and incarcerated – who hunger to grow beyond bleak circumstances and dismal statistics. Their chosen roads – whether dead-ending or circling back or opening up – helped shape Woodley into the woman she is today. This show features live bass guitar and original social justice poetry.

Mama Juggs channels the voices of three generations of Black women within her family as they struggle with bra stuffing, breastfeeding and last stage breast cancer – all in the context of the social and economic adversity of the Oakland projects. Written as a promise to her mother – who died of breast cancer before 50 –  it seeks to challenge cultural taboos and stereotypes surrounding breast health and body image. Woodley wrestles with these issues through a diversity of theatrical styles, including a cappella negro spirituals, comedy, straight talk, improvisation, and audience interaction. Special guest Augusta Lee Collins – a West Coast Blues Hall Of Famer – will infuse Mama Juggs with live guitar.

Woodley, based in Chapel Hill, NC, is an award-winning journalist for The Story with Dick Gordon, which airs on KPCC-FM 89.3, and is the 2012 Durham Arts Council’s Emerging Artist in Drama. In 2010, after tracing her maternal roots to the Tikar people of central Africa, she brought Mama Juggs across the Atlantic and was the first in her family to reconnect with their ancestral tribe.

This project is made possible by an Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council, with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

To view the trailer and for more information, visit

Calendar Information

WHEN:   Friday, August 24 at 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Fellowship of Humanity Hall in Oakland
               390  27th  Street,  Oakland,  CA  94612-3104
               919-914-0104 |
PRICE:    $20-$50
BUY:       Online:
                   Phone: 24/7 Ticket Hotline 1-800-838-3006

re.act.feminism#2 – a performing archive on its way to Zagreb

Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance

Spoken Word and Visual Arts Competition

Thursday! Gender and Sexuality Event- Sex Worker Panel Discussion

Hello friends and supporters of the Cultural Centers!

I just wanted to let you all know about an event we have coming this week!

April 5th, 6 pm
Maier Room, Fromm Hall

Sex workers’ rights are human rights, yet sex workers are often
legally and socially discriminated against.
Let’s Talk about Sex Work features a panel of sex worker activists
from SWOP Bay Area- Sex Workers Outreach Project.

Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA is a national social justice network
dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their
communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education
and advocacy. Come and get informed about the social, legal, and
health issues that surround sex workers. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Gender and Sexuality Center. For questions please
contact the GSC (UC 413) at 415-422-4431 or

Thank you for continuing to support the Cultural Centers’ mission of encouraging exploration and discussion around issues of social justice and identity.

Suicide Prevention in the LGBTQ Community

Dear Friend of San Francisco Suicide Prevention,

SF Suicide Prevention is hosting a presentation and training on suicide prevention and crisis management in the LGBTQ community. Learn how to talk to a friend, family member, co-worker, son or daughter or client about suicide. Information will include current statistics in the LGBTQ community, warning signs and symptoms to watch for, how to bring up the topic of suicide in conversation, how to ask a person directly about suicide, how to assess for risk in the conversation, how to get help and create a safety plan, and referrals for help in the LGBTQ community. The discussion will also include stigma reduction, mental health and how it relates to suicide, and specific LGBTQ mental health concerns.

David Paisley, Deputy Director & Co-Director of the LGBT Program, has been working in mental health and suicide prevention for more than fifteen years and will be co-facilitating the workshop. Michelle Thomas, Outreach Director and Co-Director of the LGBT program will be co-facilitating the workshop. Both David and Michelle identify as LGBTQ.

This workshop is offered at no cost.

When: Saturday, March 24 — 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St.
Cost: Free — A light snack and beverages will be provided

Space is limited to 30 participants. For info or RSVP please email to reserve a spot.

And feel free to forward this invitation to anyone else who you think might benefit from attending. Thank you!

SF Suicide Prevention is accredited with the American Association of Suicidology as a crisis center and is part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network. This workshop program, administered by CalMHSA, is funded by the Voter Approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63).

What is it like to be a woman at USF in 2012?

What is it like to be a woman at USF in 2012?

Join the USF Women’s Connection

Building a connection with understanding, mutual support, and respect.

  • Explore your identity as a female college student
  • Builds relationships with other female students
  • Empower one another through conversation


What: The USF Women’s Connection weekly group
Who can join: USF undergraduate and graduate female students
When: Thursdays, CAPS Lower Level Gillson, 11:45-12:45pm, beginning March 8th
Facilitators: Nancy Glenn, PhD and Megan Gallagher, MFTi, M.Ed.
Interested?  Call CAPS at 415.422.6352 to sign-up

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