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Oakland’s Historic White Horse Bar Hosts “Baseball Food & Beer Party

Rainbow Honor Walk

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Oakland’s Historic White Horse Bar Hosts “Baseball Food & Beer Party”
to Benefit Rainbow Honor Walk

Saturday, May 27: 3pm – 6pm


www.rainbowhonorwalk.org

Openly Gay Oakland Baseball Legend Glenn Burke is Among New “Walk” Honorees

2 May 2017 – San Francisco, CA:  Play Ball! and give a “High Five” to its inventor – openly gay baseball legend Glenn Burke of Oakland A’s fame – while raising funds for and paying tribute to the Rainbow Honor Walk. Grab a beer and join us as we honor LGBT heroes and heroines with a “baseball food & beer party” at America’s oldest continuously operating gay bar, The White Horse (6551 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland). There will be ballpark style food and fun, including hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn and a raffle (cash only) with fabulous prizes including tickets for a game at the Oakland A’s, Glenn Burke baseball cards, a Glenn Burke Biography and more.  DJ “Lifeline” will be playing all your favorite music. Admission is $10 and be purchased through an Eventbrite page accessible online at www.rainbowhonorwalk.org or purchased at the door.

“Our heroes and heroines can be found everywhere: in schools, in Congress and, like Glenn Burke, at home plate,” said Rainbow Honor Walk Co-Founder and Board President David Perry. “We are so grateful to the White Horse, an historically safe haven for our LGBTQ sisters and brothers, for giving us this opportunity.”

Glenn Burke played with both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A’s from 1976-1979. He was also the creator of the “high five”, in 1977. Faced with much adversity and bigotry due to being openly gay at a time when it was rare, especially in professional sports, Burke was nonetheless proud of his accomplishment, stating, “They can’t ever say now that a gay man can’t play in the majors, because I’m a gay man and I made it.” At 27 years old he left his career and later died of complications due to AIDS in 1995.

“Our hope as a board is that people from around the world will walk the Rainbow Honor Walk and take away inspiration and education,” said Perry, noting that installation of the next 24 plaques in memory of LGBT heroes and heroines will take place over the next year in staggered fashion. The first 20 plaques of the Rainbow Honor Walk were installed in September 2014 in San Francisco’s Castro District. “Some of these names are well-known. Some are barely known. All deserve to be known.”

The Rainbow Honor Walk Board is comprised of the following individuals: Kathy Amendola, Peter Goss, Madeline Hancock, Karen Helmuth, Ben Leong, Bill Lipsky, David Perry, Joe Robinson, Charlie Roddy, Charlotte Ruffner, Donna Sachet, Gustavo Serina, Kendall Stulce, Barbara Tannenbaum, Tarita Thomas, Colton Windsor.

Following are the next 24 honorees for inclusion on the Rainbow Honor Walk:

  • Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) Gay American ballet dancer and choreographer credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th-century concert dance.
  • W.H. Auden (1907-1973) Gay English poet known for love poems such as "Funeral Blues," poems on political and social themes such as "September 1, 1939,” and poems on cultural and psychological themes such as “The Age of Anxiety.”
  • Josephine Baker (1906-1975) American-born dancer, singer, actress, and world-famous entertainer, embraced by France as a national treasure, who refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States.
  • Gladys Bentley (1907-1960) Lesbian American pianist, singer, and performer during the Harlem Renaissance whose comical, sweet, and risqué performances included songs about her female lovers.
  • Glenn Burke (1952-1995) First openly gay major league baseball player who was discriminated against by Major League Baseball and whose raised hand, after a home run, led to the invention of the high five.
  • Quentin Crisp (1908-1999) Gay English writer and raconteur whose flamboyance attracted increasing public interest in his views about social manners and the cultivating of style.
  • Divine (1945-1988) Gay American singer and actor specializing in female roles made famous by director John Waters.
  • Marie Equi (1872-1952) Lesbian American physician and political activist devoted to providing care to working-class and poor patients, providing health care information to women, and fighting for civic and economic reforms, women’s right to vote and an eight-hour workday.
  • Fereydoun Farrokhzad (1938-1992) Gay Iranian singer, actor, poet, TV and radio host, writer, and iconic opposition political figure who advocated for an open society that accepted all people.
  • Barbara Jordan (1936-1996) Noted American politician and civil rights leader widely considered to be the first open lesbian elected to Congress, representing Texas in the House of Representatives.
  • Kiyoshi Kuromiya (1943-2000) Japanese-American civil rights activist, founder of the Critical Path Project, one of the earliest and most comprehensive sources of HIV treatment information.
  • Audre Lorde (1934-1992) Lesbian American writer, radical feminist, and political activist whose works whose works shined a light on civil and social injustices she observed throughout her life.
  • Leonard Matlovich (1943-1988) Decorated American soldier, widely recognized as the first to challenge the U.S. military’s ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces.
  • Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) Bisexual British singer, songwriter, record producer and lead performer with the rock group Queen.
  • Sally Ride (1951-2012) Lesbian, physicist and first American female astronaut in space.
  • Sylvia Rivera (1951-2002) American transgender activist and founder of the Gay Activist Alliance.
  • Vito Russo (1946-1990) Gay American film historian, activist and author of The Celluloid Closet that brought awareness to LGBT characterizations in film.
  • José Sarria (1922-2013) Columbian born political activist, the first openly gay candidate for public office in the United States and founder of the Imperial Court system.
  • Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) Gay American illustrator and author of children’s books, best known for Where the Wild Things Are.
  • Rikki Streicher (1926-1994) Lesbian American political activist and founder of the Gay Games Federation.
  • Gerry Studds (1937-2006) American politician and the first openly gay member of the U.S. Congress.
  • Lou Sullivan (1951-1991) American author, activist, and female to male transgender pioneer who is widely credited for the modern understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity as distinct, unrelated concepts.
  • Chavela Vargas (1919-2012) Lesbian Costa Rican-born singer known for her rendition of Mexican rancheras and for her contribution to other genres of popular Latin American music.
  • We’wha (1849-1896) Zuni Native American Two-Spirit/Mixed Gender Tribal Leader who was male-bodied but performed primarily “feminine” tasks as well as serving as a mediator.

When a volunteer committee of community members proposed the Rainbow Honor Walk, they received the unanimous support of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to create the sidewalk monument. Comprised of 3 foot x 3 foot bronze plaques embedded in the sidewalk, the Walk salutes the groundbreaking achievements of noted LGBT individuals throughout history. The first 20 honorees were announced in 2011. In 2012 the Rainbow Honor Walk board solicited design proposals from around the world. An independent jury of artists and cultural leaders selected the winning design by architect Carlos Casuso of Madrid, Spain. The plaques were manufactured by Mussi Artworks of Berkeley, California with creative oversight of the process spearheaded by Lawrence Noble, head of the sculpture department at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. The first 20 plaques were installed in September 2014.

The Rainbow Honor Walk will eventually extend from the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy on 19th Street at Diamond down to Castro Street—the LGBT community’s “Main Street”—and will continue up Market Street with additional extensions on 18th Street. On Market Street, San Francisco’s main thoroughfare, the Walk will continue to the LGBT Center at Octavia Boulevard.

All funds for manufacture of the Rainbow Honor Walk are raised privately, with each plaque costing approximately $ 7000. A major source of income comes from the San Francisco Human Rights Campaign Action Center and Store (575 Castro Street) through the sale of commemorative mugs, t-shirts and lapel pins, which has generated over $15,000 for the Rainbow Honor Walk.

“We would not be walking the walk today without the donations of hundreds of people from all over the world and the continuing efforts of our friends at HRC,” said Perry, noting that tax deductible donations can be made online at www.rainbowhonor.org. Donors are listed on the website.

The first 20 honorees, whose plaques were installed in September 2014, are:

Jane Addams (1860-1935), Social worker, first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, 1931.
James Baldwin (1924-87), American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, civil rights activist.
George Choy (1960 — 93) : San Francisco activist for Asian and Pacific Islander youth and people with AIDS.
Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish poet, playwright, political activist.
Allen Ginsberg (1926-97), American poet. San Francisco Beat poet/ Free speech activist.
Keith Haring (1958-90), American artist and AIDS activist.
Harry Hay (1912-2002), English born writer, gay rights activist. Founder of The Mattachine Society, 1950.
Christine Jorgensen (1926-89), Pre-eminent American transgender pioneer and advocate.
Frida Kahlo (1907-54), Mexican artist whose work has been celebrated as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition.
Del Martin (1921-2008), American feminist, gay rights activist. Founder Daughters of Bilitis.
Yukio Mishima (nee Kimitake Hiraoka, 1925-70), Japanese playwright, poet, actor, film director.
Bayard Rustin (1912-87), American civil rights leader.
Randy Shilts (1951-94), San Francisco journalist, biographer.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), American novelist, essayist, playwright.
Sylvester (1947-88), American disco star, soul singer, San Francisco performer.
Alan Turing (1912-54), British scientist who broke the Nazi’s Enigma Code and father of the modern computer, cryptanalyst, logician, mathematician.
Tom Waddell (1937-87), American athlete, physician, founder of the Gay Games.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish playwright, poet, novelist, essayist.
Tennessee Williams (1911-83), American dramatist, poet, novelist.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), English novelist, essayist, publisher.

Individuals interested in contacting the Rainbow Honor Walk may do so by email at info@rainbowhonorwalk.org or by mail to Rainbow Honor Walk, 584 Castro Street, #113
San Francisco, California 94114. Contact can also be made via Facebook by searching “Rainbow Honor Walk”. Information can also be found online, and donations made, through the Rainbow Honor Walk website at www.rainbowhonorwalk.org.

BLUE WILLOW SYSTEMS CEO TO SPEAK AT ARGENTUM FAST and FURIOUS

Blue Willow Systems

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BLUE WILLOW SYSTEMS CEO TO SPEAK AT ARGENTUM FAST and FURIOUS

TECHNOLOGY PRESENTATIONS
May 3rd IN NASHVILLE, TN

REVOLUTIONARY AUTOMATIC FALL DETECTION, PERSONAL WANDER MANAGEMENT AND AUTOMATIC ALERTS 

24 April 2017 – Menlo Park, CA: When the nation’s top-tiered executives in senior living converge on Nashville, TN May 1st – 3rd, for the annual Argentum Conference, the San Mateo-based Blue Willow Systems (www.bluewillowsystems.com) will be there to bring High Tech solutions to High Touch values for an aging population and the organizations that serve their residential needs.

“Blue Willow Systems makes a major difference in helping respond to critical issues like Resident falls. With automatic fall detection and accurate indoor location , it means not having to push a button or pull a string on the wall, and that means getting help to the right place at the right time.,” said Richard Heaton, CEO of Blue Willow Systems.

“The Argentum Conference is the premier forum for top-tiered executives in senior living to connect and share strategies, best practices and innovative technologies. We are honored and pleased to be a featured technology partner in the Digital Health Technology Pavillion demonstrating our resident safety platform, as well as, a Fast & Furious technology presenter.

Find Blue Willow Systems in the Digital Health Technology Pavillion #1011
http://argentum17.mapyourshow.com/7_0/floorplan/?hallID=A&selectedBooth=booth~1011

CEO, Richard Heaton will present in Argentum’s Fast & Furious new technology presentations on Wednesday, May 3 at 11:15 am. Artificial Intelligence is now available to detect critical care needs, like falls, to more effectively respond and care for residents with Blue Willow Systems.
 
Blue Willow Systems is a revolutionary SaaS resident safety platform that automatically detects falls, manages wander with indoor location, analyzes real-time resident and staff activity and distributes event notifications, while providing sophisticated incident and trend reports allowing operators to deliver better care, reduce overhead and manage staff workflow, resulting in increased revenue, staff effectiveness, resident and family satisfaction which may decrease insurance and litigation expense.

CHAMPION HELPLINE ADOPTS BLUE WILLOW SYSTEMS

Blue Willow Systems

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CHAMPION HELPLINE ADOPTS BLUE WILLOW SYSTEMS

REVOLUTIONARY AUTOMATIC FALL DETECTION, PERSONAL WANDER MANAGEMENT AND AUTOMATIC ALERTS 

20 April 2017 – Menlo Park, CA: Champion Helpline, a new resident monitoring service division of All Care Health Solutions (www.allcarehealthsolutions.com) chooses Blue Willow Systems as their resident safety platform.

“We have searched for years to find a solution like Blue Willow Systems. It has a really innovative safety platform for automatic fall detection and wander management that also generates real-time alerts to staff and families.” says Angie Hilleshiem, Founder and CEO of Champion Helpline and All Care Health Solutions.

Champion Helpline was created to bring Blue Willow Systems to both home care and community based care clients and residents. In addition, Hilleshiem’s affiliate partner, Edgewood Senior Living (http://www.edgewoodseniorliving.com/edgewood-management-group ) provides community based residential Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care in more than 55 communities to more than 2500 residents in eight states. With many of the Edgewood Senior Living communities in remote locations, such as, North Dakota, Wyoming, or Montana “the residents and families need to know they can count on a resident monitoring solution to alert for a fall or their wandering in the harsh weather.”

Hilleshiem brings more than two decades of comprehensive clinical management to her global vision of caregiving, “I’ve never seen anything like Blue Willow Systems to help individuals feel the freedom and peace of mind to know if they fall or wander an automatic alert will inform their caregiver immediately. Blue Willow Systems is a technology partner to help create priceless value to my team’s ability to care for those in need. We can more effectively reach and care for the most remote town, village, community, and individual with Blue Willow Systems. This is a tool to revolutionize how we think of telehealth.” she says.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with Angie and her team. They have a tremendous vision for using technology to help them deliver the amazing care they provide. ” says Richard Heaton, CEO of Blue Willow Systems.

Blue Willow Systems is a revolutionary SaaS resident safety platform that automatically detects falls, manages wander with indoor location, analyzes real-time resident and staff activity and distributes event notifications, while providing sophisticated incident and trend reports allowing operators to deliver better care, reduce overhead and manage staff workflow, resulting in increased revenue, staff effectiveness, resident and family satisfaction which may decrease insurance and litigation expense.

Blue Willow Systems (http://www.bluewillowsystems.com) brings High Tech solutions to High Touch values for our aging clients and staff.

HIGHGATE SENIOR LIVING COO ENDORSES BLUE WILLOW SYSTEMS

Blue Willow Systems

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HIGHGATE SENIOR LIVING COO ENDORSES BLUE WILLOW SYSTEMS

REVOLUTIONARY AUTOMATIC FALL DETECTION, PERSONAL WANDER MANAGEMENT AND AUTOMATIC ALERTS 

21April 2017 – Menlo Park, CA: Highgate Senior Living, Chief Operating Officer, Marjorie Todd’s top priority is the safety of her residents and staff. In the business of caring for people, Highgate brings a “Holistic approach” to caring for their residents. http://www.highgateseniorliving.com/

Marjorie Todd, COO of Highgate Senior Living, says : “No matter how our residents choose to live, the care they receive is uniquely Highgate. We place a high value on the relationships that form between our care partners and residents, as this close bond greatly enhances each resident’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.”

Todd continues: “We are delighted and surprised by how quickly our residents and staff adopted Blue Willow Systems. Our ability to receive an immediate alert about a resident’s fall or wandering can be the difference in life and death. We can now effectively track and trend our resident’s patterns of behavior to try and predict when they may be vulnerable to a fall or wandering. Today, with Blue Willow Systems we can respond more quickly and provide the greatest peace of mind to our resident’s families.”

“Blue Willow Systems is tremendously pleased to be working with Highgate. They have a very strong focus on high quality care and are using best of breed technologies to help them deliver that care.” said Richard Heaton, CEO of Blue Willow Systems. “Advanced technologies like Neural Network based Artificial Intelligence is now available to detect critical care needs, like falls, to more effectively respond and care for residents with Blue Willow Systems. “ he continued.
 
Blue Willow Systems is a revolutionary SaaS resident safety platform that automatically detects falls, manages wander with indoor location, analyzes real-time resident and staff activity and distributes event notifications, while providing sophisticated incident and trend reports allowing operators to deliver better care, reduce overhead and manage staff workflow, resulting in increased revenue, staff effectiveness, resident and family satisfaction which may decrease insurance and litigation expense. http://www.bluewillowsystems.com/

Ten Percent. TV Listing – April/May 2017

Ten Percent

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Ten Percent. TV Listing – April/May 2017

Ten Percent — LGBT-TV for Northern California

Wednesdays, 7pm
Rebroadcast: Thursdays – Tuesday, 11:30am & 10:30pm
Saturdays & Sundays at 10:30pm
On Comcast Hometown Network Channel 104 in Northern California and in High Def on Channel 819

Episode # 347
Wednesday, April 19, 7pm
Rebroadcast: Thursday – Tuesday, April 20-25, 11:30am & 10:30pm
Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23, 10:30pm
David Perry of 10 Percent TV speaks with Prince Manvendra of India. Known as “Oprah’s Favorite Royal”, His Highness is the only openly-gay member of a royal family in the world. He is building a first-of-its-kind LGBTA center in India.

Episode # 348
Wednesday, April 26, 7pm
Rebroadcast: Thursday – Tuesday, April 27 – May 2, 11:30am & 10:30pm
Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, 10:30pm
David Perry of 10 Percent TV interviews Dani Sheehan-Meyer, owner of Cliché Noe Gifts + Home in a conversation about the power of “shopping local” and marketing to the gay community. Perry also speaks with filmmaker Dan Goldes and Karen Topakian about the new documentary Arrested (Again), chronicling Topakin’s work with Greenpeace and other political actions including the recent “RESIST” banner over the Trump White House.

Episode # 349
Wednesday, May 3, 7pm
Rebroadcast: Thursday – Tuesday, May 4 – 9, 11:30am & 10:30pm
Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7, 10:30pm
David Perry of 10 Percent TV interviews Ruth McFarlane of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, discussing economic disparities within the LGBT communities and the ongoing impact of the Trump Administration. Perry sits down with Joe D’Alessandro, President & CEO of San Francisco Travel, talking about this year’s “Summer of Love” 50th Anniversary and the “Trump Effect” on inbound tourism.

Episode # 350
Wednesday, May 10, 7pm
Rebroadcast: Thursday – Tuesday, May 11 – 16, 11:30am & 10:30pm
Saturday & Sunday, May 13 & 14, 10:30pm
David Perry of 10 Percent TV discusses the growing significance of the “Gay Dollar” with Dawn Ackerman, President of San Francisco’s historic “Gay Chamber”, the Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA). Perry “scores” an interview with Brian Andrés Helmick, CEO/founder of San Francisco’s first professional soccer team, the SF Deltas, joined by one of the team’s stars, goalkeeper Romuald Peiser.

Episode # 351
Wednesday, May 17, 7pm
Rebroadcast: Thursday – Tuesday, May 18-23, 11:30am & 10:30pm
Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21 10:30pm
David Perry of 10 Percent TV sits down with the legendary Carole Migden: former California State Senator, Assemblywoman and noted political activist, discussing the documentary about Migden and her lesbian colleagues, Political Animals. Perry sits down with historian and Rainbow Honor Walk board member Kathy Amendola, owner of Cruisin’ the Castro Tours, one of San Francisco’s most popular walking tours, delving into the history of the historic LGBT neighborhood.

Ten Percent is also available 24/7 through the “On Demand” Feature through your Comcast Cable Network. Choose “Get Local” and “Comcast Hometown” to access Ten Percent. Past shows may also be viewed online at www.comcasthometown.com.

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About Ten Percent:

Comcast Hometown Network (CHN), Comcast’s regional cable network covering Northern and Central California, continues its commitment to quality original programming with Ten Percent, a weekly interview series that focuses on lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LGBT) issues. The half-hour show, created and hosted by long-time San Francisco media professional David Perry, airs on Channel 104 and is available to all Comcast digital cable customers throughout Northern and Central California. Each episode will then be available online at www.comcasthometown.com as well as on Comcast’s popular ON DEMAND platform, which is free to Comcast digital customers.  To view Ten Percent ON DEMAND, Comcast Digital Cable customers can tune to Channel 1 on their Digital Cable lineup or press the ON DEMAND button on their remote control, then click on the “Get Local” section, then click on “Comcast Hometown.”

“I jokingly call the show ‘Charlie Rose for the LGBT world,” said David Perry, Producer/Host of Ten Percent. “We may be only ten percent of the general population, in round numbers, but our issues are one hundred percent front-and-center in today’s world. Whether it’s the fight for marriage equality or debates about gay clergy or the right to serve openly in uniform, our issues are reflective of the world at large.”

“David has a well-known and unique voice that bridges many communities,” said Jason Holmes, Executive Producer at Comcast Hometown Network. “David’s talents and the launch of Ten Percent further enhance Comcast’s commitment to our communities and Comcast Hometown Network’s compelling, community-based regional programming,”