Bevan Dufty generously gave me his time today (16 Feb 2015) as a key contributor to NEVER BLEND IN.

The book now has a sense of completion now that Bevan has spoken with me. I can’t emphasise quite how important his voice is in this project.

Many thanks for your time, your patience and your invaluable contribution Bevan!

Best wishes

David E Watters



Bevan Dufty was appointed to serve as the Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE) on January 27, 2012 by Mayor Edwin M. Lee. HOPE is dedicated to addressing homeless services and better outcomes for individuals who are homeless or live in supportive housing.

Bevan Dufty has more than 18 years of public service to the City and County of San Francisco, including five years as the City’s Director of Neighborhood Services and eight years on the Board of Supervisors. As Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services for Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., Dufty helped neighborhood residents and merchants connect with City employees from every department to address issues of homelessness, public safety, housing, employment, traffic, pedestrian safety, and youth issues.

Dufty was twice elected to represent District Eight on the Board of Supervisors beginning in 2002. The same seat was once held by Harvey Milk. As Supervisor, Dufty demonstrated how local government can change lives tangibly by honoring the public trust, responding to community concerns and respecting differing viewpoints.

Dufty has worked hard to address homelessness, strongly supporting Care Not Cash and Mayor Newsom’s Housing First approach that dramatically expanded supportive housing. He helped to establish the Castro Young Adult Housing Collaborative for 22 homeless youth, funding neighborhood-based homeless outreach/case management teams, establishing case managers at the Main Library, and secured Board approval for the highly successful Community Justice Center. He has been focused on prevention for our transitional youth, chronically homeless and restructuring the courts approach to habitual offenders.

Dufty holds a degree in Political Science and Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, he served as Senior Legislative Assistant for Education to U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm of New York and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Julian Dixon of Los Angeles. Dufty has also served as Chief-of-Staff to former Supervisor Susan Leal.

LGBTQ Connect

On October 7, 2013, HOPE in partnership with Project Homeless Connect and AIDS Housing Alliance organized San Francisco’s first ever LGBTQ Connect. This event provided over 600 participants with onsite services in an environment that is accessible and welcoming to the LGBTQ community. These services included vision care, housing applications and workshops, employment counseling/job placement, self-defense, medical care and much more.

For the first time ever, Project Homeless Connect had 2 mobile dental vans providing on-site procedures. There were several dentist from the LGBTQ community volunteering.

LGBTQ Connect was an opportunity to identify ways to improve our ongoing system of care for the LGBTQ homeless population. With the help of Human Services Agency and the Department of Public Health, HOPE is forming a task force of City policy leaders to identify ways to decrease LGBT homelessness by 50% in 5 years.

News Articles:


What key events and which key people have shaped you?

Did you ever lack self-belief? If so, how was this overcome?

Where did you learn the skills to engage others in actively achieving your vision, throughout your career but particularly with HOPE?

Why is it particularly important that services are available to homeless LGBT?

With reference to this, what have been your proudest achievements!

What have been the benefits, personally and professionally, of living with personal authenticity?

As a parent, what is your approach to nurturing confidence and self- belief in your child?

Are you hopeful that we are moving forward positively toward a more equality society?

Why did you want to participate in this project and what is it’s value?



About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (, personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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