Saturday, March 15, 2014

Trans*/Pagan Events March 2014

A periodical events round-up focusing on that which may be of interest to people who identify as Trans* and Pagan, radiating from a central point in the San Francisco Bay Area and extending Worldwide. Maintained by Jaina Bee, a Priest/ess of CAYA Coven, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA, Earth.

I'm dedicating this first events post to Kate Bornstein, who celebrates her 66th birthday today! Blessings to Kate and her family, with sparkling heaps of gratitude for all love and light she has brought into the world.


Transmagic at Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center
Tuesday, March 18, 4-5pm (recurring weekly)
LYRIC, 127 Collingwood St, San Francisco, CA
Contact: Charles Stevens, 415.703.6150 x18

Transmagic is a LYRIC Community Building Group celebrating young trans* and gender-variant youth (24 and under) and their allies.

LYRIC’s programs are open to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth and allies (24 and younger). If you are a youth and would like to become involved in any of our programs, the first step is to schedule a New Participant Orientation. Call (415.703.6150 x10), or email ( LYRIC to schedule an orientation. Orientations are typically held Monday-Friday, 2:00-3:30pm.

LYRIC’s mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.

LYRIC’s vision is a diverse society where LGBTQQ youth are embraced for who they are and encouraged to be who they want to be. By working towards social justice and supporting young leaders, their families and allies, LYRIC is building a world that honors, respects and appreciates LGBTQQ youth and their contributions.

InsideStoryTime: Physician Heal Thyself
Tuesday, March 18, 7:30-9:30pm
La Movida Wine Bar & Community Kitchen, 3066 24th St., San Francisco
This "monthly reading series with a twist" features a different theme each time. This month's bill will feature practitioner of narrative medicine Louise Aronson (A History of the Present Illness), immortality-seeking volcano boarder Zoltan Istvan (The Transhumanist Wager), shattered poet Jen Siraganian (Fracture), transgendered iron worker and comedienne Morgan (Morgan's Funny), and seeker after truth Dorinda Vassigh (contributor to The Day My Nipple Fell Off anthology). MCd by James Warner (All Her Father's Guns).


Ain’t I A Woman? My Journey to Womanhood with Laverne Cox
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 7:00pm

Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA

$75 ticket price includes reception with the artist
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Laverne Cox explores how the intersections of race, class, and gender uniquely affect the lives of trans women of color. Laverne draws from her own personal story and how issues of race, class, and gender affect how she has been able to navigate the world. From growing up in Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother in a Christian family, to attending college in New York City to pursue a career as an actress, to finally finding the courage to step into the womanhood she always knew at heart was her destiny, Cox tells the story of the unique challenges along her journey to womanhood, professional achievement, self-acceptance, and love.

Cox is the first African-American trans woman to produce and star in her own television show, VH1′s critically acclaimed TRANSForm Me. TRANSform Me was nominated for a GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program in 2011 and was the first television show to star three transsexual women. Cox made television history when she became the first African-American trans woman to appear on a reality television program, VH1′s I Wanna Work for Diddy in 2008. She accepted the GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program for I Want to Work for Diddy in 2009.
Cox was named as one of the most influential trans people in America in the inaugural Trans 100 in 2013. She was named one of the top 50 trans icons by the Huffington Post in 2012. Laverne was named one of Out magazine’s “Out 100″ in 2010. Metro Source magazine named her one of the “55 People We Love” in 2008. 


Reclaiming Spring Equinox Ritual—San Francisco
Saturday, March 22, 1pm
Magic Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
Free; donations gratefully accepted

Intention: As we ply the Fool's craft, we work a spell for Justice
Join us as the Wheel of the Year turns toward the sunshine. Rain or shine, it will be a beautiful day in Golden Gate Park. 

This ritual especially involves young people, and includes an egg-hunt for kids afterwards. Please bring food or non-alcohol drinks to share at post-ritual feast. Flowers and musical instruments are also welcome.
Wheelchair access via paved path from parking lot. Field itself can be swampy after heavy rain. 

Transit: BART to Civic Center, transfer to Muni N-Judah train. Take train to Judah and 40th, walk two blocks to park, enter at 41st Ave. Walk two short blocks into park, enter parking lot on right, look for Pagans and/or signs. We're usually straight ahead in the big meadow. (Drivers - enter at 41st and Lincoln, park in lot.) 
find a Reclaiming community near you:

Equinox of Joyful Vows with CAYA Coven
Saturday, March 22, 7pm
The Home of Truth, 1300 Grand St, Alamenda, CA
$10-20 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Come As You Are Coven, is an open, eclectic, drop-in coven providing community rituals in the San Francisco Bay area. Perhaps you are a curious seeker, perhaps an experienced practitioner. If you wish to contribute your own unique, authentic, and benevolent beliefs to a community that is accepting, empowering, diplomatic, ethical and fair, then Come As You Are and be welcome.


Reclaiming Spring Equinox Ritual—North Bay
Sunday 23 March, doors at 3:30pm, ritual at 4pm
Ragle Ranch Regional Park, Lions Grove Picnic Area, 500 Ragle Road, Sebastopol, CA
Suggested donation is $30-$10 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Funds to help support North Bay Reclaiming events. 

Join us for the North Bay Reclaiming Ostara/Spring Equinox Ritual. As the wheel turns, we come as the children of Spring to dance with the Fae.

Intention: The Rabbits say rejoice with the Spring and tend to the Earth.
Celebrate with us welcoming Rabbit and Springtime with songs, spirals and an Egg Hunt. So much fun for children of all ages! Please bring a basket to collect eggs in.

For more information, email or call 707-484-7786.
find a Reclaiming community near you: 

Erotic Reading Circle
Wednesday, March 26, 7:30pm – 9:30pm (recurring every 4th Wednesday)
Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street (at Grace Street between 9th and 10th streets) in San Francisco (map)
$5 suggested donation
Come share new or old work with us! We listen non-judgmentally and share our responses with any writer/reader who feels s/he/ze can benefit from peers' feedback. And it's great practice if you've been thinking about doing any public readings. We welcome writers of any experience level and every orientation. A Best of the Bay award-winning event!
Facilitated by Jen Cross (of Writing Ourselves Whole) and Carol Queen 

Every Direction LIVE!
Thursday, March 27, doors at 9pm
El Rio, 3158 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Cover $5-20 sliding scale, to benefit Lyon-Martin Health Services

Every Direction is an Oakland-based queer boi band/drag group covering One Direction. Featured with the Rebel Kings and making their San Francisco debut, these bois will surely steal your heart, bringing something upbeat, silly, somewhat wholesome, and just ridiculously cute to the queer community.
Check out their most recent video!!

>>> DANCING with DJ DasGigler!
>>> One Direction TRIVIA
>>> Raffle PRIZES
>>> FREE CHAIR MESSAGES by dana schnittman! (
>>> and more to come!

Bring your friends! Bring your mom!

Lyon-Martin Health Services provides excellent health care to women, lesbians and transgender people in a safe and compassionate environment, with sensitivity to sexual orientation and gender identity; all services are regardless of ability to pay. Find out more at!!


Writers With Drinks
Saturday, March 29, 7-9pm, doors open at 6pm
At the Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA
Cost: $10 to $20, no-one turned away
All proceeds benefit the Transgender Law Center and the Center for Sex and Culture
Writers With Drinks combines erotica with literature, stand-up comedy with science fiction and poetry with essays. Plus mystery, romance, memoir, rants and "other."
Janet Mock (Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More)
Ayelet Waldman (Love and Treasure)
Annalee Newitz (Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How to Survive a Mass Extinction)
Marga Gomez (Love Birds)
Marie Brennan (A Natural History of Dragons)


Lake Merritt Pagans
Sunday, March 30, 5:30pm
The Sacred Well,  536 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

A group for Pagans of all stripes who live near Lake Merritt to socialize and touch base about life on the lake in all its aspects, practical and spiritual. Activities may include: full moon lake walks, altar building, and other ideas you bring!

Transgender Day of Visibility: A Celebration of Trans* Lives
Monday, March 31, 5-8pm
SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St, Rainbow Room, San Francisco, CA

The Bay Area TDoV 2014 is a trans* community event to celebrate our accomplishments and inspire future change.  The evening will include empowering and uplifting presentations from community leaders, LYRIC, Larkin Street Youth, the Center’s Trans Employment Program (TEEI), and the Transgender Law Center.
We deserve to throw ourselves a party!* Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres and Beverages will be offered, and our special guest DJ Alexndr will spin a set to transform the Rainbow Room into our own private dance hall!

* TDoV is a substance-free and family friendly event.

History of TDoV:
The International TDoV is an annual holiday dedicated to celebrating transgender/ gender non-conforming people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. The holiday was founded by Rachel Crandall in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT holidays celebrating transgender people, citing the frustration that the only well-known transgender-centered holiday is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which mourns the loss of trans* people to hate crimes, but does not acknowledge and celebrate living members of the transgender community.

Events surrounding the day include protests, actions, sit-ins, poetry events, social events and a variety of other activities that emphasize the importance of trans* visibility is in our communities locally and abroad. TDoV exists to build community, celebrate what we have accomplished, and inspire future change. 

Thank you for supporting your local TDoV celebration! #TDoV

UPCOMING EVENTS: Pencil it in, register, get ready!!!

Sex Magick 169: Transcending the Boundaries of Intimacy
A Faerie Sex Magick Workshop for gay cis- and transmen
May 31-June 7
Dos Rios, CA (more details upon registration)
$550-850 (€500-750) for the entire 7 days.

Price includes meals and accommodation — tent camping. There may be some indoor spaces for those with special needs or for colder weather workshops.

Consider these questions…
How can I extend the limits of my intimacy with my Faerie/Billy brothers?
Does sex constrain or expand my relationships with men?
How can I integrate sexual play into my intimate relationships?
Does recreational sex diminish my capacity for intimacy in a committed relationship?
How does the prevailing society’s prudishness dampen and undermine the intimacy in my relationships?
How does my sexuality and my spirituality inter-relate?
Are my sexual and my spiritual aspects one in the same?

We welcome your questions and discussion of any possible concerns you might have. In order to participate we ask you to contact one of the facilitators.

More info and registration: