Thank you to our wonderful donors!

The last two years have been very financially successful for The Spahr Center. As a result of significant increases in government, foundation, corporate and individual giving, the fiscal years ending June 30 2109 and 2020 saw balanced budgets - even after increasing our spending on new programmatic initiatives. That is great news, and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has stepped up to increase the health and well-being of Marin’s LGBTQ+ and HIV community.  

Here is a list of our donors from July 2019-June 2020. We are honored to have their support!
$1,000-$5,000
$10-$990 Donors
1st Prebyterian Church
Alma Flor
Amy Schroeder
Anders Winther
Andrea Caughlan
Andrea & Jeff Devoto
Andy Fyne
Ann Crymes Galione
Barbara Kaimowitz
Beth Reed & Lolma Olson
Bill Jones
Bob Guice & Rick Esparza
Bob Harmon
Bob Larsen
Bonnie and Scoot Holm
Brian Cassidy
Brian Richards
Calvin Townsell
Carly Daniels
Catherine Eliaser
Catherine Jimeniz
Charles & Kathy Baker
Christie Fraser
Dan Wohlfeiler
Dana Van Gorder
Dave Pike
Dawn Sylvester
Debbie Alcouloumre & Terry Caldwell
Denis Gleason
Derene Glickman
Dianna Grayer
Dom Pepicello
Donna Williams
Dvera Hadden
Ed & Diane Ryken
Elizabeth River
Ellen White
Evan Hirsch
Farrell Swain
First Congregational Church
Francine and Richard Falk-Allen
Frank Castelho
Frank Dill
Fred Silverman
Gabriel Gesmer
Gael Chandler
Gerald Mitchell
Gigi Kent
Helen Jewell
Henry Hopkins
Ilene Schwerin
Inka Von Sternenfels
Isabel Campoy
James Rinck Paullin
James Stapleton
Jamie Carey
Jane Spahr
Janet Furman
Janna & Gabriel Barkin
Jayne Schabel
Jerry Schmitz
Jill & Thomas Sampson
Joan Adams
Joan Price
Jody Timms
John Marino
Jon Edwards
Judith MacLean
Julia McCann
Karen Delaney
Katie Graham
Kelly Finley
Laura Bock
Lawrence & Jennifer Lauter
Lee Marshall
Lee Pullen
Les Legler
Linda Levey
Linda Sue Maisa
Lisa Patin
Lorenzo Ersland
Maria Camacho
Marie Eisen
Marilyn Lindauer
Mark Larsen
Mark Sponseller
Marshall Grimes & Terre Price
Martha Ehrenfeld
Martin Laird-Blanton
Mary & Stephen Mizroch
Mary Jane Burke
Matthew White
Megan Douglas
Melita Figueroa
Michael Frank & Dave Adams
Michael Smith
Michelle Miller
Mickey Anderson
Miguel Cervantes
Nancy Flaxman
Nancy Gilmour
Norio Miyagi
Pat & Kim Barr
Patricia Joanides
Paul Cohen
Paula Pilecki & Marian Weinreb
Phyllis & Richard Schlobohm
Rachel McClung
Richard Waibel
Rick & Cynthia Sapp
Rita Chu
Robert Cabrera
Robert Horvath
Robert Kustel
Ruth & Bob Dell
Ruth Nash
Shannon Willyoung
Sherry Green
Stephanie & Ezra Katz
Steve Larsen
Steven Podesta
Suzanne Ford
Suzanne Zimmerman
Tamar Raphael
Tamara Goldsmith
Ted & Vida Freeman
Thom Painchaud
Tom Faulk
Tootie Ogier
Unitarian Univeralist Congregation of Marin
Vicki Marti
Warren Simpson
Will Boemer
Worth Miller
Grab the popcorn!
Welcome to the Mill Valley Film Festival 43!
The Spahr Center is thrilled to partner once again with the Mill Valley Film Festival to support LGBTQ+ cinema! MVFF43 runs from October 8 to 18, and this year, we are sponsoring a film titled I Carry You With Me.  

In this double prizewinner at Sundance, a single, knowing glance between two men in Puebla City, Mexico sets off an epic romance that spans multiple decades and thousands of miles. Leading decidedly different lifestyles, Iván (Armando Espitia, Our Mothers), an aspiring chef balancing thankless jobs with spending time with his young son, and Gerardo (Christian Vazquez, Trade), a handsome, out-and-proud teacher, find themselves at a fateful crossroads when Iván decides to risk everything by relocating to New York City, imploring Gerardo to leave his comfortable life behind for a chance at a new beginning together. Oscar®-nominated director Heidi Ewing (Jesus CampOne of Us, MVFF41) makes her first venture into narrative cinema, while expertly weaving documentary footage of the real-life Iván and Gerardo who inspired the film. Chronicling the lives of these two remarkable men from childhood to the present day, this visually stunning mosaic is a heartfelt testament to the dreamers searching for acceptance in what was once the land of opportunity. See the movie trailer here!

This year, most films in the Festival will be streaming online, although some will be shown at two Drive-In Theaters set up for this important event. I Carry You With Me will stream online on Friday, October 9 at 10:00 pm, and also on Saturday, October 10 at 6:00 pm. The run time is 111 minutes. Tickets and more information are available here!

Also of note in the Film Festival are these LGBTQ+ themed films.   

Uncle Frank 

When his surly father dies, Frank Bledsoe (Paul Bettany) leaves bohemian 1970s New York on a road trip to see his Christian family in the rural south. With his boyfriend and niece in tow, Frank is forced to reckon with the demons of his past in Oscar® winner Alan Ball’s semi-autobiographical dramedy.

Ruthless Souls 

Jackalope "Jackie" Cambell is a tough as nails Ojibwe artist in the strange land of Winnipeg, Manitoba. On the first anniversary of her partner's tragic death, she's back at work and spends her free time drinking and smoking up. Trying to cope with the guilt around her partner's death due to complications from gender reassignment surgery, she finds that her relationships are on the brink 

Win tickets to the Mill Valley Film Festival!

The first two people to donate $100 or more to The Spahr Center will win tickets either for one car full of movie lovers to attend the SOLD OUT Opening Night of MVFF43, or to attend on Closing Night!!!  

Blithe Spirit – World Premiere on Opening Night at MVFF DRIVE-IN @ LAGOON PARK – MARIN CENTER at7:30 PM 

Judi Dench ascends to the astral plane as the impeccably inept spiritualist Madame Arcati in this spectacular NoĂ«l Coward adaptation. Alongside a stellar cast including Dan Stevens, Leslie Mann, and Isla Fisher, Dame Judi truly breaks through to the other side as Arcati, whose attempts to follow The Art of the SĂ©ance (wink-wink nudge-nudge) spin an endlessly entertaining yarn. 

The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart - Closing Night at MVFF DRIVE-IN @ LAGOON PARK – MARIN CENTER at 7:30 PM 

It’s all about the harmony for the British-born, Australian-raised Gibb brothers—Robin, Barry, Maurice, and later on, Andy—who came to fame as the Bee Gees. Frank Marshall’s infectiously watchable film is a trip through their life and times, through their highs and lows. With harmonies as tight as their signature pants, the Bee Gees’ star ascended in the mid '60s, only to wane in the early '70s, their tours reduced to backwater bars. But then came Saturday Night Fever, that iconic, era-defining film—and their extraordinary soundtrack. The Bee Gees were back, and doing more than just Stayin' Alive. The eventual decline of disco found the multitalented brothers turn to producing and songwriting for the likes of Barbra Streisand and Dionne Warwick. What emerges in Marshall’s definitive Bee Gees story are their breathtaking talents, and a reminder of their amazing songbook.
Take a look at our refreshed website!
The Spahr Center has recently made what we think are some great updates to our website. We encourage you to take a look! The website contains thorough information about our current programs and services, as well as about agency finances and management. 
Check out the many events for Trans Empowerment Month at Stand With Trans!
Stand with Trans has a month-long event filled with virtual programming for trans people and their supporters that starts TOMORROW! We are starting off the month with a keynote from Michigan's Teacher of the Year, Owen Bondono, who is a trans man. The program is free for youth under 25, and $50 for adults to attend. There are many incredible programs -- a panel of trans people who work in entertainment, youth-only spaces, talks for trans allies, educational talks from surgeons, and more! 
Mark your calendars for Transgender Day of Remembrance: Friday November 20th at 5pm
The Spahr Center will once again hold an event to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20, 2020. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester's death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

TDOR founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith, TDOR founder, says "Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people -- sometimes in the most brutal ways possible -- it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice."

The Spahr Center held a moving event in 2019 to mark TDOR, and a committee of local activists is currently planning what will be a second important commemoration. Please mark your calendar to join us, and watch for additional information about the event.
Special thanks to our friends at Pond Farm Brewery
Thanks, as well, to Microsoft!
Upon closing its Corte Madera store, Microsoft donated $10,000 of merchandise to The Spahr Center. We were very honored to receive computers and gaming equipment – even a pair of WIFI and Bluetooth enabled rocking Star Wars gaming chairs - that we can definitely put to good use. It is our goal to create a youth friendly drop-in space in The Spahr Center’s offices, and when it is once again safe to do so, this great gear will enable us to provide computer access and gaming to fill it. Thank you, Microsoft!   
It's Time to Vote!
Voting guides should have already arrived at your home, and your ballots will be arriving next week! Remember that it is critically important for each and every one of us to cast a ballot in this election. Be sure to remember to sign your ballot and mark your choices clearly! We recommend sending your ballots back in as soon as possible once they arrive, but as long as you mail them in by November 3, they will be counted.