Per our by-laws, candidates that wish to be considered for placement on the ballot for the Annual Meeting of the Membership in September must formally express their interest by July 1.
- Qualifications and the nomination process is described in the PDF document found HERE.
- The current board roster can be found HERE.
Congratulations, Lindsay B.
June 2013 Volunteer of the Month (on left)
Lindsay on Volunteering at BDF:
I moved to Silicon Valley for a job and I knew no one in the area. Volunteering at the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center and, specifically, the BDF Library has given me something to look forward to every week. And I've met lots of wonderful people! I fell in love with the library as soon as I walked in. The arts are very important to me, especially having a space for LGBT voices to be heard. My favorite event at the Center was when I moderated the author signing and reading with Cheryl Dumesnil (pictured here on the right). It was a complete joy to hear Cheryl (author of Love Song for Baby X) read her poetry in this beautiful, safe library. I feel very lucky to be part of this Center and I hope to continue to bring more engaging events to the community through my involvement with the Library Committee.
Lindsay been volunteering at the Center since November 2012. Lindsay is currently a Volunteer Librarian, as well as a member of the Library Committee.
RITA MAE BROWN - Library Committee Featured Author
Rita Mae Brown does not compromise. She does things her way, and for more than 40 years she has succeeded on her own terms in a male-dominated industry. She writes in every genre imaginable and has published countless novels, essays, screenplays, volumes of poetry, cookbooks, a memoir, and most famously, mysteries.
Brown was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Florida. In the 1960s, Brown attended Broward Community College and the University of Florida but transferred. In New York, earned degrees in classics and English and cinematography. Brown also holds doctorate degrees in literature and political science.
Vintage Events, Spring OUT'ings and Update from Fred Salas
Chair Yoga for Seniors with Lori Wise, every Monday (for 8 weeks starting April 8), 2:00 PM at the Center; Free
Niles Canyon Railway Caboose Wildflower Excursion
Fremont departure: Sunday, May 19th 2:30 p.m.
$10.00 per person, $15.00 includes box lunch, Water and snacks provided free.
Deadline to register is Monday, May 13th.
A special thanks to Ben Bucknell for his recent contribution of 3 beautiful benches for the path leading up to the Center's main entrance. Ben recently proposed this to the Board of Directors for his Eagle Scout project. The benches are incredible, functional and add a special touch of warmth and welcoming. We are so proud of Ben for his accomplishment and thank him wholeheartedly for this great effort!
Loma Prieta GLS is an official activity section of the Sierra Club, founded in 1991. We offer the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered community and our allies a variety of outdoor activities, including day hikes, car camping weekends, and backpack trips, and encourage participation in the Sierra Club’s mission to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth.
Upcoming outings and events can be found below.
Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center Friends and Families Get Special Pricing at Broadway San Jose
1. Go to http://www.broadwaysanjose.com/corporate-memberships.html.
2. Click on Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center under the list of “Corporate Offers” on the right.
3. Use Ordering Code “defrank”.
Come see the hottest national touring Broadway shows and save 10-15% on tickets in Sections A, B, and C at all Broadway San Jose 2012-13 performances! No minimum ticket purchase required.
This offer will be valid for our two remaining shows, Billy Elliot the Musical and Green Day’s American Idiot.
4th Thursday of Each Month, 3:30PM
Bay Area Discovery Museum (yes, it's a trip from San Jose, but hopefully out LGBT families can take advantage of this wonderful program)
At the Bay Area Discovery Museum, we seek to ignite and advance creative thinking for all children through open-ended, child-directed play. When parents bring their children to the Museum for a day of fun, they become directly involved in their child’s creative discovery process.
We want to share with you our latest offering we have developed this season. During our regularly scheduled programs as part of our Once Upon a Time…Exploring the World of Fairy Tales exhibition, we have set aside the 4th Thursday every month at 3:30 p.m. for fairy tale fun. Museum educators pick the activity and lead children and parents on an imaginative adventure. We invite you and your community to attend these informal get-togethers to meet other LGBT families that are looking to spend time together or to meet new friends. This program is free with Museum admission, and as an added bonus you can mention this letter to receive $2 off admission for up to four people.
Learn how to make fairy tales come alive through our Creative Storytelling Workshop (www.baykidsmuseum.org/workshop). In this workshop, parents and caregivers will learn ways to read to children to help them develop their emotional intelligence, problem-solving skills and imagination. This wonderful hour-and-a-half workshop is brought to you in collaboration with Jumpstart, a nonprofit literacy group.
THREE Silicon Valley Gayme Nights Every Week!!!
There are THREE gayme nights (where board games and card games are played in an LGBT-friendly environment) in Silicon Valley EACH WEEK that you can go to. They are held every Thursday in Sunnyvale, every Friday in San Jose, and every Sunday in Los Altos. Hopefully one of those times and locations will work for you.
Please join http://www.meetup.com/The-Silicon-Valley-Gaymes-Group/ to get exact locations and times, and to get occasional updates.
James Baldwin Biography
James Baldwin wrote fiction and essays in the mid-Twentieth century, on racial and sexual issues, as well as family dynamics. He was a fierce advocate of equality before there was any mainstream societal acceptance. Baldwin wrote specifically of the nascent civil rights movement and of the deep and sick prejudices against minorities that prevailed in white America.
Come join the tradition of weekly BINGO on Wednesday nights. The regular game starts at 7PM. Early games start around 6:30PM. The BINGO committee is interested in your feedback.
If you have any comments, questions, or creative ideas, please email
We have immediate openings for the following volunteer positions:
- Groundskeeping / Outdoor Garden Maintenance
- Frontdesk / Information & Referrals
- Library / CyberCenter
If you are interested in devoting some of your time and effort to the future of your LGBT Community Center, please go to the Volunteer Center tab and fill out the Volunteer Application. We would love to have you!