Mountain View Voice

News - April 30, 2010

Community Brief

'Out' auction features Joan Baez memorabilia

An artifact from American folk music history was among several interesting items to be auctioned Thursday evening during "Out to Eat," a fundraising dinner benefiting Outlet, a local community group for gay and lesbian teens.

The item is a piece of notebook paper on which Joan Baez scribbled lyrics that she would eventually include in her 1977 song "The Altar Boy and the Thief." Baez's publicist donated the page to one of Outlet's volunteers, according to Outlet director Eileen Ross.

Another notable auction item is a "fun artwork that would be the gay marriage stamp when it is legalized by the United States," Ross said. The stamp design was painted by former Santa Clara County Superior Court judge LaDoris Cordell, who is also the master of ceremonies for the Thursday fundraiser.

The event took place Thursday at the Computer History Museum, after the Voice went to press. Proceeds will help fund Outlet's various services, which include outreach, counseling and social events for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning teens, Ross said. Outlet is a program under the auspices of Mountain View's Community Health Awareness Council, or CHAC. For more info visit www.projectoutlet.org.

— Martin Sanchez

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