Celebrate this Pride season with us through the following programs, offered as part of Power Through Pride, a collaboration between the JCC East Bay, the PJCC, the JCC of San Francisco, the Oshman Family JCC, JCC Los Gatos, the Osher Marin JCC, and Keshet. Most programs are free!
EXperts: A Queer Comedy Shabbat
Presented by JCC East Bay in Partnership with OneTable
Friday, June 11 • 6:00 pm
Young adults, join us for a variety hour comedy/improv show hosted by the JCC East Bay and OneTable, featuring the “Bay Area Jewish Babes” Jess Lehrman and Emily Lubomirsky. While they’re not really experts in anything, they are exes and best friends and are here to answer your relationship questions, chat about gay stuff, play silly games, and generally celebrate queer community. Stay on after the show for breakout rooms to schmooze and discuss queer life and allyship! If you live in the Bay Area, the JCC East Bay is excited to offer rainbow challahs for pick up—register today to reserve one!
Gender Diversity in Jewish Text
Wednesday, June 16 • 7:00-8:30 pm
Let’s dive into Jewish text and see it in a new light. This text study will explore selections from the Torah and Rabbinic literature that push us to think differently about the presence and power of gender diversity in our communities and history.
Registration required. Takes place via Zoom.
Midrash & Mayhem — Well, June-hem: Queer Story Time with Maggid Elias Ramer
Thursday, June 17 • 1:00 pm
Queer folk were left out of the stories of our people for so long, and now, in this time, we are telling ourselves back again. For the last 20 years, Maggid Elias Ramer has been doing this as a writer of midrashim — interpretive stories that shift, change and retell concepts found in the Torah and Tanach. In an engaging virtual session, Elias Ramer will read some of his queer Jewish tales and lead a conversation on the power of midrash as a tool for transformation. He will open our eyes to the queer stories we still need to tell, which will enrich and enliven our tradition for queer Jews and queer folk in every community.
Registration required. Takes place via Zoom.
Pride Open Mic
Presented by Addison-Penzak JCC
Thursday, May 27 • 7:00 pm
Our virtual Pride Open Mic Night is your venue to sing, read, play, perform, or simply enjoy the show with our warm and welcoming community. Log on with your friends and/or your favorite bottle of wine. The event will be hosted by Dean Disaster and their fabulous drag show!
LGBTQ+ 101 – Language and Terms with Randi Reed from Keshet
Wednesday, June 2 • 7:00-8:30 pm
Sunday, June 13 • 5:00 pm
This virtual event is led by Sha’ar Zahav, with support from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Keshet, and Keshet Ga’avah: The World Congress of GLBT Jews. Pride Seder is a ritual that chronicles the liberation of LGBTQ people, much like the Passover Seder, which retells the story of the liberation of the Jewish people. Each year during Pride Month, members of Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco come together to commemorate our emancipation from oppression, to celebrate our freedom, and to re-commit to our activism, remembering that none of us are free until all of us are free. We read from a Pride Haggadah and discuss the items on a seder plate that represent our history. This year, we will celebrate Community Pride Seder online, together with community members, LGBTQ Jewish clergy, as well as civic and interfaith leaders.
Celebrate Pride in style with the PJCC, using our resources.
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Display your pride at home! Download our signs, color them, and display them in your window (or wherever you wish). We’d love to see your colorful work… share a photo on Instagram with #PJCCPride!
Bake rainbow challah.
Learn about the history of the Pride flag with this fun video!
Learn more about LGBTQ History: Check out some of the Keshet staff’s favorite books and podcasts!
Share and print Keshet’s Pride Signs and Stickers.
Pride Movie Night at Oracle Park
June 11 & 12
SF Pride is very excited to collaborate on two film screenings at Oracle Park in cooperation with Frameline and the San Francisco Giants. These ticketed, socially distanced events, subject to state-mandated capacity limits, grow out of SF Pride’s longstanding relationship with the nation’s longest-running LGBTQ+ film festival. For more information, visit the SF Pride 2021 Celebration page.
Black Liberation Event with AAACC
Friday, June 18
SF Pride will build upon its successful 2020 Marsha P. Johnson Rally with a similar event at the African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC) on Friday, June 18. That date, the eve of Juneteenth, demonstrates the connection between the fight for LGBTQ+ equality and the struggle for racial justice. They are honored to partner with AAACC and join them in their work of uplifting a marginalized community in the heart of the Western Addition.
Out Loud: Screening and Virtual Talk
Viewing period: Friday, June 11–Monday, June 14
Discussion: Tuesday, June 15 • 7:00 pm
A feel-good film, “Out Loud” chronicles the triumphant first season of the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles—the largest group of transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals anywhere who sing together. These extraordinary singers don’t just make music, they’re also making history and sharing what it means to be trans in America. After streaming the film, join us for a conversation and Q&A with filmmakers Gail Willumsen and Jill Shinefield, chorus founders Lindsey Deaton and Lisa Marchbanks, and film composer Alana Balagot. (Film: 2020, 63 min. No MPAA rating.)
Celebrate Pride Portal
See objects from the Smithsonian’s collections and attend virtual events throughout the month.
Illegal to Be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall
This website is based on an exhibition that opened at the National Museum of American History in June 2019.
Reading the Rainbow: The Origins of the Pride Symbol
Learn more about the history and meaning of the rainbow flag.
Living Out Loud and Making a Difference
Sylvia Rivera was a transgender woman and outspoken advocate living in New York City during the ’60s and ’70s. Learn more about her work to advance transgender rights in the aftermath of Stonewall in this video from the Latinas Talk Latinas web series by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Uncover a History Hiding in Plain Sight
Frequently suppressed or overlooked, LGBTQ+ individuals have nonetheless made significant contributions across American history and culture. Lost and Found: The Lesbian and Gay Presence at the Archives of American Art, shares the stories of gay American artists through their photographs, letters, and creative endeavors.
Check-In and Connect Across Cultures
Feel the words and everyday moments of 12 queer Asian and Pacific Islander diasporic poets as they offer glimpses of their life—okay, not okay, and in between. Queer Check-Ins from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center brings together video footage, shot by the poets themselves, to map out LGBTQ+ spaces across the U.S. and beyond.
Show Your True Colors with Pride-Themed Crafts
The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Pride Family Zone has creative craft projects and coloring pages that are fun for all ages! Tune into accompanying music by DJ Tezrah or DC’s Different Drummers while you work—and be sure to share your finished masterpiece by using #SAAMFamilyZone on social media.