Free and Anonymous
Rapid HIV Antibody
There are currently fewer sites for HIV testing than there have been
in the past. Note listings beyond Sonoma County may charge a fee for testing.
Call the phone numbers listed to confirm hours and fees.
10 to 11 AM
Santa Rosa Free Clinic
465 "A" Street
12 TO 5:30 PM
Drug Abuse Alternatives Center
2403 Professional Drive, Suite 103
(Near the County Administration Center)
544-3295, Ext 342
TUESDAY - FRIDAY
9 AM - 5 PM
Face to Face, 873 Second Street, Santa Rosa
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
St. Vincent's Kitchen
610 Wilson Street,
5 TO 7:30 PM
Drug Abuse Alternatives Center
DAAC provides drop-in confidential or anonymous HIV and Hepatitis C testing
at low or no cost at 2403 Professional Drive in Santa Rosa
every Monday from 12:00 to 5:30 p.m., and Friday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
You do not have to be a treatment client to receive testing services at DAAC.
You can call (707) 544-3295 x342 for more information
and to find out about its mobile testing services.
Marin AIDS Project
Free, confidential rapid HIV testing is available at Marin AIDS Project.
The entire rapid testing process takes about twenty minutes
with the results provided at the end of the session.
The results will either be negative or "preliminary positive."
If someone tests "preliminary positive,"
they need to return a week later for a confirmatory test result.
Testing is done on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Appointments are recommended.
For more information about rapid HIV testing,
and/or to schedule an appointment, please call (415) 499-7515
Marin Health & Human Services
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Services
3260 Kerner Blvd
San Rafael, CA 94901
STD Reception Line: (415) 473-4400
STD Clinic Drop-In Start Times:
Mondays at 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Wednesday at 4:30 - 8:00 PM
Fridays at 8:00 - 11:00 AM Men & Women
Men & Women
As the medical component of the STD Prevention and Control Program,
the clinic provides confidential services to clients, including:
testing for STD's, diagnosis, treatment, examination,
counseling/case management, partner follow-up, and certain family planning services.
This is a drop-in clinic with no appointments.
Drop-in clinic services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis
with a limited number of spaces each day.
We encourage you to arrive before the start of the clinic
and cannot guarantee that everyone will be seen that day.
Please call 473-4400 for current cash pay prices on STD services and testing.
Testing includes: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, HIV,
and cultures of any present sores or lesions.
Services are free for ages 12-17.
Mendocino County Health Department
1120 South Dora Street, Ukiah, CA
HIV Testing and Counseling
Provides free anonymous and confidential HIV testing
and counseling services to individuals upon request.
The schedule may vary, so please call 472-2700,
800 734-7793 or 964-4713 for information and an appointment.
Services are provided at the Mendocino County Health Department
and at drop-in sites throughout the County.
For HIV testing and counseling in Ft. Bragg,
Laytonville and Covelo call 962-0350 for info
The HIV/AIDS Education, Prevention and Planning Project provides HIV/AIDS
education and prevention outreach to groups and individuals
in the community to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS. The Lake County HIV Prevention
Community Planning Group Coordinates and plans the HIV/AIDS education
and prevention efforts in the county and is open to all Lake County residents.
Monday 9:00-11:00 in Lakeport at 922 Bevins Court
Michele Paulet, RN, Coordinator
707-263-1090 or 707-994-9433
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
922 Bevins Court, Lakeport CA
Napa County Health & Human Services Agency
2344 Old Sonoma Rd. Bldg. G, Napa, Ca.
Drop-in anonymous HIV antibody testing is on
Thursdays - 1 pm to 3 pm.
Results are available two weeks later on Thursdays - 3 pm to 4 pm.
STD testing by appointment only is on Mondays and Wednesdays
$5.00 for visit and fee varies if medication needed.
Solano County Health Department
HIV Testing Clinics: For information on Solano County Health Department HIV test
sites and availability of Spanish speaking counselors call 707-553-5557.
2101 Courage Drive, Fairfield, Ca.
5 to 7PM on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.
355 Tuolumne, Vallejo, Ca.
5 to 7PM on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.
DUE TO STATE BUDGET CUTS HIV TESTING AT THE FAIRFIELD AND VALLEJO CLINICS
MAY CHANGE AT ANY TIME. CALL PETER TURNER AT 707-553-5557
FOR THE CURRENT STATUS OF TESTING IN THESE CLINICS
AND ANY TESTING BEING DONE BY PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE COMMUNITY.
STD Testing Clinics: Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
Screening and Treatment is available through Family Health Services
at the Solano County Health Department clinics listed below.
The clinics are drop-in. $20 is requested for exam and medicine given that day.
2101 Courage Drive, Fairfield, Ca.
Thursdays 1:00 - 4:00 PM
355 Tuolumne, Vallejo, Ca.
Fridays 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Confidential testing for HIV and other STDs.
Planned Parenthood offers OraQuick® rapid HIV testing.
Results the same day!
OraQuick® is an FDA approved rapid point-of-care oral fluid test
used to aid in the diagnosis of HIV-1 and 2 infection.
For more information on rapid testing google "rapid HIV testing."
Call the clinic closest to you for times and fees (if any):
1325 Travis Blvd., #C, Fairfield, Ca.
Vacaville Health Center
600 Nut Tree Rd., Suite 340, Vacaville, Ca.
990 Broadway, Vallejo, Ca.
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
Community HIV Counseling & Testing Services
Appointments are not necessary.
Patients are seen on a first come, first served basis,
and clinic registration is held during the first hour of each clinic until it is full.
Schedules are subject to change.
To confirm days and locations, call 925-313-6771. (Updated April 2011)
STD Line: 1-800-479-9664
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Home Depot
11939 San Pablo Avenue
10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Todos Santos Plaza
Willow Pass Road
2 - 3:30 p.m. Near Amtrak Station
1st Street at "I" Street
1 - 3:30 p.m. Neighborhood House of North Richmond
820 23rd Street
6 - 8 p.m. Rainbow Community Center
3024 Willow Pass Road (Rear entrance)
The Black Cat Cafe on Montgomery street
became home in the 1950's to a Gay drag revue
starring Jose Sarria. Sarria was born in San
Francisco and performed each Sunday
afternoon for fifteen years to full houses of 250
or more, using his role as Madame Butterfly to
sermonize about homosexual rights and
leading a sing-along of “God Save the Nelly
When it finally closed in 1963, The Black Cat had
broken the barriers that prevented overtly Gay
bars from existing freely.
A 1951 California Supreme Court decision
banned the closing down of a bar simply
because homosexuals were the usual
Manuel Castells convincingly argues in The
Grassroots and the City that The Black Cat had
also established an important cultural precedent
for the Gay community: fun and humor.
As the community developed, feasts,
celebrations, street parties, public and private
bars, and bathhouses and sex clubs, became
the important forms of cultural expression and
sociability, which in turn strongly influenced
other communities in San Francisco and
beyond. - Chris Carlsson
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BEFORE & AFTER HARVEY
Sonoma Boys Night Out
The Information, Event & Community Site
For Gay, Bi & Questioning Men in the San Francisco North Bay Area
OCTOBER 30 IN GREENBRAE
Spectrum's Monthly Mixer
Jason's Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Rd
Greenbrae, CA is home for this monthly mixer,
Monday, October 30 from 5:30 - 8 PM.
Join up for an evening of socializing with
LGBTQ peers and advocates in the community
to support the The Spahr Center.
It’s just $20 for a drink and lots of great hors d’
Any questions should be directed to Andy
Fyne at 415-457-2487x102.
The next Pizza Happy Hour for the LGBT
community in Solano and neighboring
counties is Wednesday,
October 18 from
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at
Round Table Pizza,
2401 Waterman Blvd.,
Suite A, in Fairfield.
This is a great way
for you to meet, relax,
socialize, and have fun
with new and old friends.
This is a no-host event.
OCTOBER 18 IN FAIRFIELD
Pizza Happy Hour
OCTOBER 20 IN SONOMA / OCTOBER 24 IN SANTA ROSA
LGBTQ 55+er's Meet
Outbeat Radio is the LGBT presence on KRCB Radio 91 FM, the PBS TV and radio affiliate in
Sonoma County. Every Sunday at 8 PM a different team of local LGBT producers present
programming with specific perspectives and subjects.
LIVING PROOF airs the first Sunday of each month. Hosts Sheridan Gold and Dianna Grayer
explore the ups and downs of relationships and life. Guests share their stories about coming
out and other life experiences. Each guest is living proof that our community is diverse,
vibrant, and alive. You can contact the hosts at living firstname.lastname@example.org
OUTBEAT MUSIC – The Sunnyside, broadcasts the secondSunday of each
month. Host Sun Bell features LGBT recorded music, interviews, and live
performances. Tune in for giveaways through call-ins and contests.
Musicians are invited to send in their CDs or mp3s. Contact the host at
OUTBEAT COLLAGE – Out In the Arts, happens the third Sunday of each
month. Hosts Gary Carnivele and Mark Prell interview local LGBT artisits,
filmmakers, performers, musicians and writers about their work. The show also features
Outbeat’s Arts and Entertianment calendar. Contact the hosts at email@example.com.
OUTBEAT NOW! Airs on the fourth Sunday of each month. Hosts Jeff Basham, Joel Bellagio,
and Greg Miragalia present a contemporary public affairs program covering current issues and
events impacting the LGBT community. The show includes, Outbeat Youth featuring stories for
and about queer youth. Contact the hosts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have news to share or ideas for future shows, eMail Outbeat at email@example.com.
SUNDAYS ON KRCB
Outbeat Radio Brings LGBT News,
Entertainment to the North Bay
The Billys (nee, The Billy Club) are a growing family of
friends and neighbors, mostly gay men (but not all)
centered in Northern California. Many live in the country,
some Billys would like to, and others enjoy the
outdoors and a retreat in nature for just the weekend.
The Billys are NOT . . .
the Goat Herders
a radical splinter group
of police baton fetishists,
a sex club, a gaggle of Lady Holiday's enraptured fans,
or a lesbian tennis team.
The Billys include a diverse range of ages, body types, ethnic backgrounds, occupations and interests. Many
would claim to be spiritually oriented, and this spirit may manifest in different ways: Pagan, Episcopal, Jewish, Sufi,
Buddhist or nature worshiper, for starters. Mostly, they enjoy each others' company, and the things they cook up when
they bring their energy and talents together.
The group puts on several large gatherings throughout
the year, and smaller local social potlucks, with an abnormally large number of attractive and fascinating
men at each and every one! Gatherings are created and sustained by Billy energy. A gathering is set up and run
smoothly by the loving intention of a Billy volunteer staff. Every step of the way, participation is needed. That means that
helping in the kitchen and the dish sink are part of the gig for everyone - plus its a way to meet cute guys and be an
important part of Billy energy.
There is usually a bunch of organized activities.
Workshops, classes and self-discovery groups are offered by Billy teachers. Outrageously ridiculous No-Talent shows
are created. The realm of ritual and communal expression
is explored. Billys sit gently together in Heart Circle, revealing their fears and beauty, telling tales of horror
and wonder from the rich and colorful quilt that is woven out of everyone's individual lives. And there's also a LOT
of just hanging out.
Gatherings are times to slow down, relax, de-pressurize, make new friends, yack and gossip, hug a lot, run around naked
if you want, and enjoy being intimate with other men.
The Billy headquarters have moved from Ukiah
to metropolitan Santa Rosa where they are ensconced, camped out, and, um, maybe " billyted" at
1100 Coddingtown Center, Suite 3.
For more information call the office at 707.545.1044, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Billyclub.Org
WHO ARE THE BILLYS
. . . And Why Do They Have A Club?
OCTOBER 12 IN SAN RAFAEL
Men's Brown Bag Lunch
"It Gets Better" Campaign
On the Internet
An openly Gay Ft. Worth Texas city councilman's
address to the council on bullying in schools
now has over 3 million hits on You Tube reaching out
to teenagers. YouTube also carries a variety of videos
interviewing the councilman including NBC, MSNBC
and CNN. Burns can be contacted at
Ft. Worth councilman Joel Burns (left)
and his long time partner J.D. Angle
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October 12 - Mens Brown Bag Lunch - San Rafael
October 14 - "Chavela" Rancheras Star - Sebastopol
October 18 - LGBTQ Pizza Hour - Fairfield
October 19 - LGBTQ 50+ Breakfast - Novato
A lot of people, even today, speak of “Tales of the City”
as if it’s some kind of utopian fantasy - that people don’t
actually relate to each other in this way. The truth is that
even 20 years ago (ed. - Now 40 years ago) I had
relationships that paralleled those in “Tales of the City.”
I had a number of straight male friends and straight
female friends. I didn’t know as many lesbians as I do
today because in those days the Gay culture was very
rigidly split. Men and women had not come
together in the way that they have today,
But the world I was writing about in San Francisco
did exist and has existed in San Francisco
for a long time. And what’s thrilling about it is
that the world is finally catching up with the City.
What we wrote about 20 years ago, what I
wrote about 20 years ago, is coming true across
the country. And that’s why the stories are so
popular today. There is a certain nostalgia quality that they offer. But I think they are very
powerful because they are describing how people today are beginning to live and they
provide sort of a blue print for how that can be done.
- Armistead Maupin (1998), author, “Tales of the City”
"Tales of The City" As Documentary
THURSDAYS IN SANTA ROSA
Men's Sex Addicts
Support Group Meets
Sex Addicts Anonymous offers meetings
in the North Bay focusing on men and
If you are a sex addict, or think you may
be one, you are welcome to attend.
Meetings are open to men who have a
desire to stop addictive sexual behavior.
Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Speaker 1st & 3rd Thur. of Month.
Facility doors will be locked at
7:15pm and access cannot be guaranteed
after that time. Call 707-573-6064, or email
for more information.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation,
547 Mendocino Avenue,
|" "The people HAVE the power. All we have to do is remind them that they have the power." - John Lennon
The next Senior Men's Brown Bag Lunch
Discussion is Thursday, October 12, from
Noon to 1:30 PM at the Spahr Center, 910
Irwin Street, San Rafael.
The group meets the second
Thursday of each month.
For more info contact
415-472-1945 for more information
or visit http://www.spectrumlgbtcenter.org/
Spectrum LGBTQ Center, based in San Rafael, is hosting groups for
LGBTQ seniors in Sonoma County.
In Sonoma the group meets the third Friday of each month, the next
gathering is Friday, October 20, with social time from 10-10:30 AM
and facilitated discussion from 10:30 AM to Noon at the Vintage House
Senior Center, 264 1st Street East, in Sonoma. A free event.
On the fourth Tuesday of the month a group gathers in Santa Rosa,
social from 1-1:30 and facilitated discussion from 1:30 PM to 3 PM at the
Glaser Center at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 547 Mendocino
Avenue, Santa Rosa. The next gathering is October 24. There is no charge.
For more information call Coordinators: Gary “Buz” Hermes at (707) 227-6935 or email
It's 1957 in Hillton, a small, agricultural
town in Northern California where variety
store owner Stan Welch leads a quiet life
among vineyards and hop vines, farmers
One day, someone awakens something in him
that will change his life forever.
Marin LGBTQ 50+ Breakfast October 19
Novato Breakfast, for 50+ men and
women, meets the third Thursday of
each month, 9:30 – 11:00 AM
at Sam’s Place,
1545 South Novato Blvd., Novato
(Nave Shopping Center).
This is a self-faciltiated group;
just show up and say hello!
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October 14 In Sebastopol
"Chavela" to Screen
At Rialto Cinemas
OUTwatch LGBTQI Film Festival
and Rialto Cinemas co-present a
special showing of CHAVELA,
Saturday, Oct. 14th at 7pm.
A favorite at Frameline, the San
rancisco LGBTQ Film Festival, this
documentary about Chavela Vargas
is a story of an amazing lesbian
Latin American singer that very few
people in the US know about.
Chevala was a powerful, rebellious, free spirited outsider, a sexy
sexual outlaw who blazed her own unique trail until she died at 93.
With a presence that some described as masculine, Chavela’s life
vividly proved gender to be a mere social construct, decades before
that concept would even be recognized in public discourse.
She loved women as intensively as she could, and she was entirely
unapologetic of her homosexuality.
Admission is $11, $8.50 62+