What is "Hey Girl!"?
"Hey Girl!" is a collaborative* effort to build, unify, and strengthen the LGBTQ+ community in the South Bay, with a special focus on the full spectrum of queer and transgender women and nonbinary people.
In early 2018, the San Jose Women's Softball League sent a representative to a Silicon Valley Pride board meeting with the hope of creating a queer women's event around the Pride celebration in San Jose. A committee was formed, and during one of our brainstorming sessions, "Hey Girl!" was born.
We kicked off the brand with our first social in March 2018: Celebrating Women's History Month, at SoFA Market. Since then we have hosted happy hours, speed-dating events, lip-synch contests, Halloween costume contests, and education-activation workshops.
Our crowning success is "Hey Girl!" at Silicon Valley Pride. In 2018, for the first time, a specific area and stage at the festival were dedicated to celebrating the queer women's community. In 2019, we expanded into a larger area of the festival and presented more diverse entertainment on our stage!
"Hey Girl!" strives to be as inclusive as possible—so whoever your authentic self is, you are welcome!
And we are always looking for help on our planning committee, so if you're interested in being on the "Hey Girl!" team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Hey Girl!'s collaborators include Silicon Valley Pride, Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center, SJ Women's Softball League, DJ Danny G, PLAY featuring DJ Rockaway, Olivia Travel, Girlpages NorCal, and the Rainbow Women's Chorus.
Hey Girl, Happy New Year!
The Hey Girl team is planning a year's worth of activities for all queer and trans women and our nonbinary siblings!
We kick off 2020 with our Hey Girl contingency in the San Jose Women's March, THIS Saturday, 1/18. Meet us at the Chevron gas station on the corner of N. 4th St. and E. Santa Clara St. (147 E. Santa Clara St., kitty corner from SJ City Hall) by 10:45. (The march goes west on Santa Clara from City Hall to Arena Green near SAP Center, less than a mile.)
Keep the celebration going that night at PLAY @ Splash (45 Post St. in downtown SJ) from 6 to 10pm.
Finally, be sure to visit and bookmark our new website, https://www.svpride.com/hey-girl! We'll be uploading our entire 2020 Calendar of Events as soon as we have firm dates. (See below for our work-in-progress list.)
See you soon! —Liz, cochair, "Hey Girl!"
TENTATIVE "HEY GIRL!" 2020 EVENTS
Feb. 7: Pre-Valentine's Day Speed Dating
Mar: "Hey Girl!" 3rd Anniversary Party + Women's History Month; LGBTQIA+Allies Inclusive Language workshop
Apr: Trans Day of Visibility; Lip Synch contest; Day on the Green (Picnic in the Park w/Games; partner with Sporty Girls)
May: Igniting Change panel of elected female officals: How to work with elected officials for change.
June: Pride month activities; Pride season kickoff at PLAY
July: Pre-SV Pride pool party
Aug: SV PRIDE!
Sept: Giving back to the environment: tree planting or park or waterways cleanup; partner with Sporty Girls and/or Open Space Authority?
Oct: Halloween Costume Contest @ PLAY
Nov: Stand Up for Kids or other community service project
Dec: Holiday or NYE party?
Accessibility Notes: "Hey Girl!" welcomes people of all abilities. The Women's March is on pavement. Rally at Arena Green is on grass with paved walkways. PLAY is upstairs at Splash. Call (408) 292-2222 to inquire whether the elevator is working.