Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is supporting DreamCatcher Youth Services, signing on as honorary host and speaker at “OUT for DreamCatcher,” a fundraising reception on Saturday, Sept. 12th, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Center21 Building, (also known as The Pandora Building) 2101 Webster St. in downtown Oakland.
“Despite the significant gains our nation has seen in recent months towards acceptance of LGBTQ individuals, we still have a long way to go,” said Mayor Schaaf.
”Even here in Oakland, there continue to be young people who are shunned because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” she said. “DreamCatcher has been and continues to be a vital resource for these vulnerable youth to save them from falling through the cracks of our society.”
Schaaf joins out comedian Marga Gomez, who will serve as the emcee for the event and perform along with Drag Queen Extraordinaire BeBe Sweetbriar and others.
Marga Gomez is the winner of a GLAAD Media Award and named “2015 Best LGBT Female Comedian” by The Bay Area Reporter in San Francisco.
With 40 percent of homeless youth in America identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer, Oaklanders have stepped forward to rally behind the only shelter for homeless youth ages 13-18 in Alameda County.
Mayor Schaaf dedicated $500,000 in one-time funds for DreamCatcher to renovate a building that will allow them to add six new beds.
“I ‘m an Oakland native and a real estate attorney, and I want to ensure that all our kids, especially our LGBTQIA youth, have a place that enables them to bounce back from being on the street,” said DreamCatcher Advisory Committee member and event Co-Chair Erica Zepko.