Community rallies to save Lyon-Martin


Whoa, the effort to save the Lyon-Martin Health Services clinic is going gangbusters.

Here's the link to a Facebook page devoted to the cause.

Seemingly overnight, community members have cooked up a number of fundraisers, starting tonight (Wed./26), to scrape together enough dough to keep the clinic up and running. Lyon-Martin has been providing free and low-cost health care to low-income and uninsured people for more than three decades. It's a particularly important resource for the LGBT community, with specific emphasis on queer and transgender health care.

The voice mail for Lyon-Martin Board President Lauren Winter is full at the moment, but here's a note from the clinic's website: "Lyon-Martin needs to raise at least $250,000 to reduce immediate debts and be able to continue providing invaluable healthcare to its patients. Should that happen, Lyon- Martin may be able to reorganize rather than close." 

San Francisco is rallying for the cause, and there's still a chance that Lyon-Martin can be saved.

Below are some events we found on Facebook. And remember, you can always donate online.

*Stay Gold ♥ ♥ ♥

Wednesday, Jan. 26
The Makeout Room
22nd and Mission, SF
10:30 pm
DJ'S: 510's Finest!!!
Pink Lightning
Rapid Fire
"Stay Gold is accepting donations for Lyon-Martin tonight! Dance your hearts out and help us keep our doors open!"

*Be the Person Who Helps Save Lyon-Martin Health Services!

Saturday, Jan. 29
Meet at 1pm at 17th and Market, SF, and split up to hand out flyers and ask for donations.
1-4 pm
"Dress to impress - catch the eyes of our richer cousins in the Castro, Noe, Bernal and Pac heights in medical (fetish) outfits, glitter bikinis and stethoscopes, whatever will show the most excellent you and ask them to donate. For those in the LGBT community who don't access public health care - they must understand that the healthcare of the poorest folks in the community affects everyone within it."

*Hotties 4 Homo Health Care
Sunday, Jan. 30
El Rio
3158 Mission at Precita, SF
7-10 pm
$5-20 sliding scale!

"LYON-MARTIN NEEDS YOUR HELP TO KEEP THE CLINIC OPEN. The clinic WILL CLOSE if we can't raise over $250,000 to cover immediate debt."

*Heart: A Loving Community Fundraiser for Lyon-Martin Health Services

Sunday, Feb. 13
2509 Bryant, SF
6-9 pm

"This Lyon-Martin fundraising reception will be held at a Mission artist’s cooperative and will highlight the local businesses and organizations that sustain our communities. The evening will include delicious appetizers catered by Queer Food for Love, a volunteer non-profit that creates organic, vegan meals for the queer community. “Mildred’s Bridge Group,” a queer women quartet, will provide music for the evening, and art by the cooperative’s artists-in-residence will decorate the space. Dynamo Donuts will be providing dessert!

Raffle prizes include a $225 tattoo gift certificate by Micah Riot of Black and Blue Tattoo, $50 to local leather artisans Project TransAction, a piece of original art by local artist Danyol, $100 to Bourbon and Branch, $50 to Flax Art Supplies, and much more!

General Admission tickets are $25, tickets for low-income attendees are $15, and VIP tickets are $50 and include 5 free raffle tickets and a Lyon-Martin t-shirt. Tickets are available here."