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with population and multi-languages and in order to be efficient. i want to share with you that rmati. thank you. >> president serina: questions or comments from the public? in favor? opposed? motion carries. oh, item cc. you will recall was amended when we approved the agenda. h edgewood center for mento children and families to provide family caregiver support, kinship program, during the period of july 1, 2018, to june 30, 2021, in the amount, not to exceed $188,558, welcome back, monte, a motion to
discuss. thank you. monte. >> located at third and evans, provides supportive services to caregivers in san francisco.erc information on caregiving, community education on caregiving, and formal assistance support groups, respite, and caregiving emergency cash and material aid. additionally, edgewood has a program specific website dedicated to kinship caregivers. on the site, learn about available services, access and view activities calendars and explore other relevant inationelated to the kinship program. finally, the program has on staff spanish and chinese speaking individuals who can translate as needed for clients who come in. thank you. >> president serina: thank you, any comments or questions from the commission? comments or questions from the public? hearing none, all in favor?
oppose? thank you. item 8. announcements. i would just like to take a moment to welcome back commissioner loo and congratulate her on her being selected as vice president of ou comssion. i know she's going to serve -- >> vice president loo: thank you, i hope you keep healthy and strong. >> president serina: thank you. additional public comment? then i know you will be disappointed to hear that we request a motion to adjourn. >> so moved. >> president serina: all in favor? by rising vote.
>> good morning, i want to give a special welcome to mayor ferrell, and supervisor sheehy and san francisco general hospital and this incredibly special place ward 86. it is special for so many reason. it has played such a pivotal historic role in addressing the hiv-aids epidemic and now in ending the same epidemic and very excited to welcome mayor ferrell to this podium to
address the group on this very wonderful day. >> thank you dr. ehrlich. i want to thank everybody for joining us here today and i want to thank dr. ehrlich and all the staff here at san francisco general hospital and for hosting us here today. this hospital, our city in particular where we have been through the aids crisis dating back to the 1980s and it is fitting that we are hereth to and to highlight your continuing commitment to fighting the epidemic. our lawmakers community leaders, providers and advocates and many of whom are standing here with me today we are closer than ever to getting to our goal. zero new infections, zero deathst and zero stigma.
in 2016 we had a report low of 223 new hiv infections in san francisco. these accomplishments are the result of strategic investments in prevention, treatment and social services that we will continue here in the city of san francisco. this requires a sustained commitment to funng in our city, which is why since 2012 the city has backfilled more than $12 million in federal hiv cuts. today our spending approaches $60 million every single year, but we have a lot more to accomplish. we have to reduce december decer parties between the african-american and latino community. this discussion will highlight and help those in youth
communities, lgbftg community. includes 2.8 million to offset cuts made through the federal center for disease control. these support prevention programs and increased community access to testing an linkage across the community. also includes 1.4 million to support getting to zero. this will increase prep outreach and navigate outreach and employment for those with hiv. these are critical to ending hiv and aids here in fran. i am can feel that the people behind me and the working
working here in san francisco, researchers, providers and members of our community women puwillput the funds to use. i want to bring up someone that is a former colleague and also a friend but the first time i got to know this individual is because he was an advocate for getting to zero and a leader for that move. here in san francisco when i was budget chair, we had earnest and strong conversations about the topic, but i have not met a more convincing and a more proactive advocate getting the zero than that individual. i want to welcome supervisor jeff sheehy. [applause] > >> this is the first time i have
been back here since being appointed by mayor lee, sos a special moment. this was the first outpatient hiv clinic in the country and some of the people are still here and sill working 30 years plus into the epidemic. the very first patients who came in, none of them made it out. there are stories of people will tell of the doctors and nurses and caregivers sitting around the table and everybody crying because there was nothing they could do. this place has special meeting because it's the place where getting to zero is hatched. we made substantial progress and couldn't have done it without the support of the city, mayor lee and now mayor ferrell. i really want to thank mayor
ferrell for his commitment that f the finance committee theoard idea of no new hiv infectionst and no hiv deathst and no stigma, people thought we didn't know what we were talking about, but the great thing is we did get new tool. we did find out that if somebody who manages to control hiv in their blood undetectable, so there is no hiv detected that they cannot pass the virus on to someone else who is not hiv positive, that is an amazing thing. undetectable equals uninfectious. we had the tool that shows if you take this pill every day and you don't have hiv, you are greater than 95% protected against infection. in fact at kaiser since they
have implemented this and thousands of patients later, th have yet in san francisco to see an infection. if you do both at the statement, you test them, treat them successfully until they are undetectable and reach out to everybody and get them on pre prophylaxis, you can send the epidemic and that is the program that we have been doing. first of all, getting this funding to sustain this effort is huge because as people and many folks behind me are involved in this consortium, there are communities that we are still not reaching both in terms of testing, in terms of treating and getting on pre exposure prophylaxis. this is the hard work now. thank you to president obama and
th affordable care act which pays for these treatments but the hard slog is talking to people who historicallyve not had good access to the health care system and historically experienced disparities. we will be bring r. bringing people io the health care sim system who have not been served by it. hiv is the gate waisway. we will be able to treat a whole bunch of symptom. i want to give a salute to the department of public health, the finest in the country. i am so proud of the work that we do this tremendous institution. dr. ehrlich is here. i worked a here i couldn't get treated here because this hospital serves the under the
served and has historically done that, so if you didn't have insurance you were here, but they didn't take insurance. these are the best doctor. people don't realize we have the finest docks, they have ucf doc. they come with the best credentials in the country and they come here to serve those that suffer the greatest disparity. i want to thank the mayor for not only getting to zero but the bacbackfills because we have toe able to continue to test and link people to care. i want to thank everybody for being here. it's emotional being back here and it's the first time i have been back on this ward since i left and became supervisor.
i want to salute the people that work onward 86 and work at my hospital. they are my hero. thank you. [applause] i need to introduce the next speaker. wld like to introduce dr. thomas aragon. >> good morning, how is everyone? my name is dr. thomas aragon, i am the public health officer in the city of san francisco and i grow up in this neighborhood. in 1988 i started clinical training here so i am very proud to be here today as your health officer. in san francisco in the department of public dealtdeparr
approach is based on embodying and promoting universal dignity and equity for all. our new mission statement is protect health and well-being for all in san francisco. our vision, making san francisco the healthiest place on earth. mayor mark ferrell and my district supervisor jeff sheehy. what's up. sorry. embody and promote these values and the biggest champions of making san francisco the healthiet place on earth. we owe a huge gratitude to them. yoheard about the racial
disparities. in african-american men it is 2.5 higher and for latinos it is 2.1 higher and our campaigns we are goin doing. when you have a chance look at some of these amazing posters. this was done with a lot of work doing ethnographic research in the community and figuring out how to do this from a strength-based perspective. john melacar is leading this effort at the department of public health. first san francisco deemploys a world class syringe access and
disposal program because it is the best evident-based practice that reduces syringe sharing among persons and reducing hiv, hepatitis c and hepatitis b. second, for reducing risk of infection from syringes they are the most important group to reduce infections because they have the highest risk of getting multiple pathogen. i want to end by reminding us by keeping the prevalence of infection as low as possible by persons who inject are important to all of us and moves us toward
our vision of making fran the healthiest place on earth. thank you. [applause] >> my name is himen scott. i am a physician here and i moved to san francisco to train and work at ucsf to work at this clinic, so i am a proud provider here and i am proud of the staff -- here we take care of patients living with hiv and at risk for hiv offering prep. i started a young african-american on prep who moved to san francisco and heifehadnever heard of it. he heard about it from his friends and sex partner. this is the power of how networks and friends and
families and partners can influence individual's uptake of prep. i think campaigns are a great way to encourage this conversation and prep is more than taking a pill. it's a program and for this young man we were able to get him connected to primary care and get him his vaccinations and ensure he had other support he needed, access to housing and case math and some structural barriers that african-american and latino man are facing on a daily base. basis. the prep navigation was supported by the getting to z program and our navigators communicate with this patient almost daily when he initiated prep in an effort to keep him on help. we have seen several zero
conversions particularly among afric.we have seen this challenh uptake and pir cis tense and staying on prep and the getting to zero campaigns are in place to support these individuals staying in care, so i along with the navigator text with my patient frequently to help him stay engaged and meeting him where he is and i think that is the ethos for all the work that we do here and not just forcing people into a system that might not work for them but trying to change the system so it does work for them because we want to help people stay in care whether living with hiv or wanting to access prep. i want to turn the podium over to diane halvelier for remarks
and closeout. >> good morning. i am diane halvelier and i am a professor and physician and have been working in the aids response since the epidemic. people come from all over the world to see our beautiful city. people from the health world come from all around the world to see getting to zero. as you heard getting to zero is an imwish effort to get to zero new inftions zero deaths from hiv and zero stigma and we have set a target of 90% reductions by 2020 an 2020 about less than0 infections per year. this was launched by many of the people standing up here in 2013 when we met together at the lgbt
center and realized we could do more with strategy and coordination acrossecrs. when we launched getting to zero, we had a first few flagship programs and the first was expanding prep. we also have a program where we are trying to strengthen care, people who have fallen out of care and we need to welcome them and we sponsor add progra sponsm called rapid. between the time someone gets tested and they start care they fall out of the system. here right down the hall, ground zero for hiv care, we started a
rapid progr where we offer treatment on the same day that people are infected with hiv. this is good for the individual and keeps them healthier and reduces transmission. dr. coffee, the directors standing at the back of the room and i'm sure would love to answer any question. last week i was at the united nations at a meeting for for geneva and one of my colleagues who runs the program in ban rock. they startebangkok.they startedr results are better than os and it shows you the exten extent ad impact we are having. back to san francisco are we getting results from getting to zero? i think we do have.
we have 50% in reduction. contrast that to the united states where over 6 years we only had 16% reduction. it is going to get harder because we are going to need to address disparities in our city. everyone knows about these and that is where this funding is so important because this funding is going to be target as you heard on prevention and treatment for populations that are disproportionately affected by the epidemic inclng african-americans, transgender, hihispanicings and transgendered youth. just to step back and summarize and say this funding is crucial because of the status quo we are not going to make it and secondly this funding reflecting
the values of our city. finally, this funding is going to benefit the citizens of o city, but also the hiv community around the world and for that you are fulfilling your service to others and we ever deep gratitude, so thank you very much. [applause] >> that's it everyone. the press conference is over and i think all of us would be happy to answer any questions on the side. th you.
off san francisco's are judy -- lgbtq pride 2018. let's give a round of applause, everyone. [cheers and applause] >> mayor farrell: i want to thank, first of all, the incredible people that made this happen here today. not only outside of city hall, but thank you to the volunteers who are making this month exactly what it is for the city of san francisco. special thanks to our own san francisco pride team and i want to acknowledge teddy witherington who is scheduled to be here. teddy, if you are here, or he will be here soon enough. i want to acknowledge him as well for being here. i want to acknowledge, there are a number of people up here as well. acknowledge the elected officials, alice randolph from art city officials board, carmen two, our assessor recorder, the woman of the hour, for sure. [cheers and applause]
clair farley from our office of transgender services. [applause] london breed, our president of the board of supervisors. our treasured tax collector and our share of. [applause] so today, in san francisco, and throughout the month, we honour both individuals that have made a significant difference in the past that are doing it now in the present and will in the future, for our lgbtq community. we also acknowledge all the organizations that work with our community of san francisco on lgbtq issues that make san francisco who we are as a city. you know, as civil rights are under attack throughout our country, it is so important that san francisco stands tall above every other place in america.
that we, as a city, recommit ourselves to reject the ideologies of bigotry and hatred that come out of the trump administration and others throughout our country, throughout the world, at times. san francisco needs to remain a beacon of hope for everybody. i am proud to be the mayor at the city and county of san francisco that stands exactly for those principles. [cheers and applause] in san francisco, we stand up for our principles of diversity. we stand up for equality for every single person in our city, and we make sure that our city continues to be an example for the rest of our country to follow. you know, as mayor, and before then as member of the board of
supervisors, i've been able to witness the strength of our lgbtq community here in san francisco. we have fought many battles over the years. today, with what was a very narrow ruling out of the u.s. supreme court, but the rhetoric that comes with that, and what our lgbtq community must do to combat that and stand proud and stand tall. it is so important at the rest of us, as a city stand with our lgbtq community. that is who we are as san francisco. along those lines, i want to make sure i let everyone know today, and announce officially, san franisco is joining with the rca of california and banning all business practices with the state of oklahoma. [cheers and applause] we will not -- we will not, as a
city, continue to tolerate other jurisdictions that discriminate upon our civil rights, and certainly with her lgbtq commu.we will continue to standl as a city, and stoned -- stand tall for exactly who we are as people and residents in our city. you know, i want to acknowledge the contributions of our late mayor ed lee and the things he did for the lgbtq community as well. he founded the federal mayors against lgbtq discrimination organization. but he did so at thena onal level. he started the player. the first and its client in our entire country. and it has been a great source of pride as mayor to continue this legacy. last week, the supervisors and i announced that the city of san
francisco and i will be backfilling the four-point $2 million for hiv and aids funding that a federal government cut. [applause] together with claire farley, we have created a transgender advisory committee here in san francisco. and legislation that our board of supervisors was proud to pass through and i was proud to sign. creating all gender bathrooms in our sros across a city of san francisco. and also signing legislation naming terminal one for harvey milk at our san francisco airport. [applause] it is with great pride i stand here as your mayor to kick off this month. and to be part of some amazing celebrations yet to come. i would like to say a few comments about the next person who is going to be speaking. she is going to be the recipient
of the teddy witherington award, which recognizes individuals for their long-standing, and lasting contributions to our lgbtq community in san francisco. kate kendall has served the executive director of the national centre for lesbian rights for 22 years. [applause] she has placed the ncl are at the centre of the civil rights movement in our country. under her guidance, they want the landmark equality case in 2,008 and was later part of the team that secured national equality in 2015. [applause] they have done problematic work around asylum, immigration, around lgbtq people in prisons
and transgender rights, poverty, issues for those that are part of our lgbtq community, and issues that matter for lgbtq people of colour. just last year, and clr -- nclr joined court people to file lawsuit challenging trump's transgender military band. it secured a nationwide injunction. that is what we can do when we stand together for our principles. [applause] i've gone to meet kate a number of times to get to know her a little bit, but she is a symbol of standing for social justice in our city, and it is with great pride that i welcome up kate kendall to the microphone and pronounced today, kate kendall day in the city of san francisco. [cheers and applause]
the stage is yours. >> thank you. i was not prepared for that. i really thought i was just coming, just like all of you to a flag raising. i didn't realize that i was going to be acknowledged in this way. what i want to say is that when i came to san francisco, 24 years ago, to start as a legal director for the national centre for lesbian rights, i thought i was coming to be the legal director at the national centre for lesbian rights. i never thought i would be the executive director, and i never imagined that a city could so transform a person and make them feel so embraced and so loved, and so welcome to, so supported that they could, every day, and that is me i am speaking of, have my reach exceed my grasp in what i thought i was capable of.
this city, on the support of many people who are here, and many people who came before and who are no longer here launched me in so many ways, and i have often said, but it is so true, i get so much more than i gave and i am so grateful for this. grateful for the work i'm able to do. the fight will continue and someone else will lead nclr and they will be a bigger badass than me. that is what we know we need to. it is time to know when to lead and time to know when to step aside and let someone else lead and i'm excited for the next chapter for nclr and for this city, and for where we go as a country and taking our country back as a place where all of us can live fully and freely and feel supported for who we are and and hate and discrimination and white supremacy and racism. thank you so much for this and for your support. [cheers and applause]
>> mayor farrell: thank you kate. up next, i have the pleasure of introducing someone who is really a part of living history for lgbtq community in san francisco. someone who has been the forefront of this fight for civil rights, for decades in our city. someone who has had the opportunity to be a leader outside of city hall and inside of city hall. and at this point, it is the only person on the board of supervisors that is part of the lgbtq community. please join me in welcoming up the great lady -- leader for our city of san francisco supervisor jeff sheehy. >> thank you kate i have a certificate from the board of supervisors for you as well. [applause]
just a note, under her leadership, nclr has led on these national court battles, but one of the most moving things i experienced was i was with my husband in a small town in florida, a lesbian couple, the woman who had been previously married to a man was having trouble getting rights for her child and who was there? nclr. small town, big towns, big issues, little issues, they have been there across this country. i salute you, kate. i salute nclr. the greatest. [applause] so, this is an interesting pride to kick off with a supreme court decision against our community. i recognize our acclaim this
year and generations of pride and like kate, is passing down to new leadership and new activism in our community. the person who came up with that theme, larry nelson, the bonds that we need to create between those of us who are in the back of squad cars and lying down in streets, starting organizations in our community. those bonds need to be strengthened and renewed. we are at war. we are at war. when children are taken away from immigrant parents at the border and separated, when our community, i would transgender rights have been under assault from the beginning of this administration, and now we can't even bake a cake. we can't even get a wedding cake. what is this? 7-2. we have to recognize the threat to our community is immortal, it is not just asked. we have to stand with every other community in unison as we've done over the years to fight back these threats from this administration. [applause] [cheering]
>> and we all have to identify the congressional district in california that we are going to be marching and walking and fighting for with democrats this fall. we can take back the house and start to stop this, but we have to the work. [applause] remember we one the briggs amendment way back in the day with harvey milk. we went to places, small towns across califorand shd them who we were, who we are, and show them our love. so, just to close out, i could go on and on, because that brought out the activist in me to see the supreme court decision, not that i haven't been fired up since i came into office, i do want to give a special shout out to gilbert baker. i don't know how many of you know, this pride is the 40th anniversary of the creation of the rainbow flag.
the first rainbow flag. [applause] s ago, and now you can find it in ery country in the world world. that kind of creative, passionate activism is what we are here to celebrate and to continue. thank you all, and happy pride. [applause] >> mayor farrell: i would also like to introduce claire farley. thank you. the office of transgender initiative, lgbtq initiative, sorry. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. good morning everyone. i'm so happy to be here celebrate and kick off pride with you all today. [cheers and applause]
i'll give it a minute. as we know, 2018 has been a challenging year, as we fight for basic human rights and lgbtq rights across the country. san francisco continues to be a leader in advancing the rights for transgender and lgbtq peop as our federal administration has it under constant attack. furthermore, our diverse communities across san francisco bring us life and honour are under siege. with all of this, it can be difficult to remember what we are here to celebrate. although, when we look back at our history, we are reminded of the movement and the changemakers that never gave up. we have stood up and fought ba back. we have fought back with our communities through our
resiliency, our community power, working together across communities to develop comprehensive programs, policies and actions that make us stronger and celebrate our differences. i'm so proud to work for city where i can be out. aerewh i can be part of advancing the rights for trans and lgbtq people across our great city. whether it is spanning travel are contracting with states that past policies that allow discrimination, or assuring that we have benefits for everyone in our city, or making sure that we have all gender facilities, or developing districts that honour our san francisco culture. or that celebrate the legacy of our lgbtq leaders like renaming terminal one after harvey milk. we still have so much more work to do and i look forward to being part of this change. i am grateful for the late mayor lee for appointing me and seeing
the value in transgender leadership in our city. [applause] thank you to mayor farrell, city administrators, my team and everyone on the mayor's staff in the community for supporting me over my first six months. from constant to s.f. pride, san francisco is a beacon of hope and will continue for generations to come. today, we celebrated the raising of the pride flag over san francisco city hall, and it is a reminder of the generations of strengths that came berus. ey mil, julius truman, marcia p. johnson, and many more. and honouring the leaders of today, kate kendall, missed major, teddy witherington, cecelia chong, and many more. [applause] today i have the honour to
recognize the changemaker of our future. with ten years of service for our community, he is a writer, a cultural icon, a policy strategist, she is currently the lgbtq policy advisor for the san francisco human rights commission. she was instrumental in the name and dignity act for incarcerated transgendered people. she is a policy of fellow alums the women's foundation policy institute and lead advocate on prioritizing safety for sex workers. she cofounded the constant cultural district, -- district the first transgender cultural district in the country. please join me in welcomi aria saiid. [applause]
>> good afternoon everyone. i don't want to feel alone up here. i don't want to feel alone. [laughter] happy pride. my name is aria and i am so grateful for the acknowledgement y thisth. i've been doing this work for ten years and i'm definitely having a full circle moments. i moved to san francisco in 2010 with $60 in my bag and got off the greyhound bus and i slaps on the san francisco bar and i used to walk maiden lane, and dream about being more than i was at that time. so i am so grateful for this acknowledgement. i also want to say that my work and in particular is about the promotion of the resiliency of black trans women. i fe like... [applause]
it's because --it's cause of e rk of black trans women that i feel like we are free. forty-eight years ago at stonewall, it was a black trans women who was a sex worker and he was homeless. marcia p. johnson who threw the brick at the police officers that started the riot. it is because a black trans women that we are able to celebrate pride, and i am so grateful to be soaking in this moment. thank you so much. [cheers and applause] >> aria, the supervisor has a certificate to give you as well. >> mayor farrell: i also have thrvisors.ate from the board of kyo so much for your years of work. thank you. [applause] >> we also want to thank tom horn for making this event
possible. thank you tom. [applause] we would not be able to celebrate this annual event without your support. next, it is my honour to welcome the leader behind pride and helps make pride happen every year. please join me in welcoming the executive director, jordan -- george ridley to help me kick off pride. [applause] >> thank you. thank you mayor farrell and thank you supervisors. i've aske the board president to join me up here today. [applause] honestly, i couldn't do my job without the support of someone like michelle. this is her third year as our president. it's my fifth year at pride. it is quite a prilege to do this. we are quite the team. again, i need her by my side.
i am glad she is here today as well. so, we are pleased to be here at the beginning applied month and ured to be part of this flag raising ceremony. san francisco is looking very proud. i don't know if you notice, but this past week we installed the rainbow flag along market street and the energy in the city is clearly building to what i expect to be an enormous expression of resistance and hope and solidarity on june 23rd and 24th. i am lucky to work, yes. [applause] i am lucky to work with some dedicated and tireless individuals. we are a small team we are a mighty team. not everyone in the office or working on the event could be here today, they've got some work to do, however, there are some people who could join us. i would love it if you would raise your hand if you are on the team, or on the staff, and volunteering. everyone give them a round of
applause. [applause] >> i think, at this point wo to recognize our board of directors who has been incrediblysuortive of me and of the organization and the vision that we have. as i mentioned, michelle is our board preside i a lot of our board members are here today and i'm super grateful for that. our vice president is here. [applause] our secretary is here. [applause] i'm not sure if our secretary, when -- secretary was able to make its. all right. we have more members here with us today. [applause]
dj grey. william walker. and other board members that were not able to make it, elizabeth, yeah, --lan n, manuel perez, justin taylor, please give them a round of applause as well. [cheers and applause] pride is a perfect portrait of all the things that we love about san francisco. this year, we are expecting 270 contingents in the parade. that is on par it was last year market street is going to be so filled with community groups, activists, elders, children, companies, international and local, performers, celebrities and elected officials marching side-by-side down market street. is a massive organic expression of a million voices simultaneously erupting as we
march down market street and gather at civic centre. for all of those voices building to a crescendo that calls out in the name of strengths, solidarity, and unrelenting demand for equality. [cheers and applause] our theme this year is generations of strengths. as a supervisor pointed out earlier. i think you would agree that this years grand marshals and honourees are wonderful examples of the strength that is found throughout our communities. this is where i will ask for michelle's help. first, i want to acknowledge that kate kendall has been an incredible inspiration for me. [cheers and applause] i also want to thank you for starting out by crying, because i normally do as well. this is perfect. thank you. [laughter] with that, i will give michelle some airtime. [laughter] >> oh,, i don't know anything
about airtime, but i love it. thank you so much. i'm very honoured to be here again and thank you to tom horn. thank you to everybody. the leaders of san francisco for making this happen and to kick off pride month for a world destination city like san francisco. in three weeks we will see a lot of people come to san francisco to celebrate pride and to support the lgbtqmunity. i want to piggyback off of what the supervisor was talking about as far as a community being under attack. in some ways, we are at war with the supreme court voting against us as a community. it is not just one person. it is not just one organization that is going to make the equal rights movement happen. it takes all of us, and visibility as a backbone. i'm very proud to be part of a board that has made it their mission and their commitment to make sure we recognize the work of the leaders of our community who are working at the very
grassroots level and changing hearts and minds. to introduce this year's grand marshals and honourees, and those being selected, keep that in mind. there are many of us who, just by attending the local churches, by being educators, by being out, that that is part of our due diligence and social responsibility, and making sure we do fight for equal rights. these are the people who are making and paving the way for us. that was from my heart. now i will go on script. [laughter] from the little -- muiler grassroots advocacy work that is being done in the bay area by the incredibly talented kinfol kinfolks, they are our community selected grand marshal. [cheers and applause] to the generations of? or artists that have been
fostered by? or cultural centre and just honoured, steered with a loving hand by pam tennyson, from aria, founder of the queer culture initiative that is promoting cultural equity for trans women of colour, through social empowerment and cultural enrichment, to the work that community grand marshal really criticized on to develop safe spaces for lgbtq students, faculty, employees -- and employees at ucb berkeley, i could go on and on and on about the grand marshals and awardees. they have contributed over 30 years to the lgbtq community. theyhave litigated and continue to fight for our community through the court system. putting out lgbtq queer and nonconforming images, and visibility, voices out there. john haines, who many of you
know at city hall, he works tirelessly and volunteers and advocates for everyone here in the city of san francisco. they paved the way for freedom and liberation. the fair education act implementation coalition with our family coalition, of course, a lesbian gate freedom been, we would not sound so amazing if not for the lesbian gate freedom band. we thank each and every one of you for your service to our communities and i know many of you are here today and that was my script. thank you. i look forward to san francisco pride. [cheers and applause] >> thank you michelle. 2018 is a special year in san francisco for a number of reasons. as the supervisors pointed out, he was 40 years ago the rainbow
flag was first unfurled and flown at the gate freedom day festivities. today it is an internationally recognized symbol of unity, love and acceptance. for two years ago, in 1978, we saw the first performance of the gay man's chorus, who duria dark and painful moment in this history, brought to the community comfort right here on the steps of city hall. forty years ago, in 1978, harvey milk sat triumphantly atop a car and rode down market street as a first openly gay elected official in california. [applause] if you look at the film and look at the photos, it was clearly a victory lap and he wore a huge smile. he wore a lay around his neck and he were a t-shirt that read, i will never go back. we must never go back. while we have been enjoyed great civil rights and victories, there are those who will take those victories away, as was
proven today. we must never stop fighting to defend what we have one, and simultaneously ensure that no one is left behind. we will never go back in the name of the community ancestors like sonny wolf who led the pride parade for over 40 years with dykes on bikes. we must keep moving forward. [applause] we will never go back. while we face great challenges, we must also seize on great opportunities. the young people in our communities need support and they need mentorship and they need love. they keep us moving forward. we will never go back. the only way we can progress is together as one. take a chance at this june to celebrate alongside thellimi people we've invited to the city and other human beings, and unite your voices in a call for justice and equality. i want to share some words i saw this morning from a colleague
and a friend on social media. sam singer. some of you in the room -- room may know sam singer. he was reflecting on the assassination of bobby kennedy, 50 years ago, this week. i think it is quite poignant for what we are talking about today. it is our political, social and moral imperative to survive, and honour those who gave their lives to protest. [applause] with that, i will say, once again, we will never go back. we are generations of strengths happy lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender pride. thank you for being here today. [cheers and applause] >> mayor farrell: thank you. george, stay here for a second. two quick things. first of all, i would like to recognize our district attorney he was here today as well, with us.
>> june 7, 2018. i will remind members that the commission does not tolerate any outburst of any kind. please silence your mobile devices that may sound off during the meetings. when speaking before the commission, if you care to, do state your name for the record. i would like to take roll at this time. [roll call] commissioners, first on your agenda is consideration for items for continuance. item 1, 2018-004612cnd, 228-230 clayton street, condominium conversion proposed to continue to june 21. item 2, 2016-009062drp, 50