Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Court dismisses Catholic groups’ suit over SF resolution condemning church’s anti-gay adoption stance

A federal court on Thursday, November 30 dismissed a suit filed by a Catholic group after San Francisco supervisors passed a resolution condemning the church’s anti-gay adoption stance.

United States District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel for the Northern District of California signed the order to dismiss the suit filed by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. The league had claimed that city lawmakers violated the establishment clause in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by treading on a religious institution’s policy-making decisions.

— Matthew S. Bajko, November 30, 2006 @ 5:12 pm PST
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AEF ‘Every Penny Counts’ event

The AIDS Emergency Fund will host its “Every Penny Counts” event Wednesday, November 29 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Wells Fargo History Museum, 420 Montgomery Street in downtown San Francisco. The annual event will feature school children and others dropping off penny jars in advance of World AIDS Day. Since the program began in 1987, more tham $2.5 million has been raised from penny jars in businesses throughout San Francisco and from annual penny drives by more than 60 Bay Area schools. The public is invited to attend. Coffee and pastries will be served.

— Cynthia Laird, November 22, 2006 @ 5:07 pm PST
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Comedian Cho joins Good Vibrations board

San Francisco native and comedian Margaret Cho – hailed by the New York Times as “murderously funny” – is joining the board of directors of Good Vibrations, the Bay Area’s retailer and distributor for sex toys, personal care products, and other items, the company said in a statement Monday, November 13.

“We are honored and thrilled to have Margaret on our board,” said Good Vibrations’ president and CEO Theresa Sparks. “She will give us a fresh perspective on contemporary trends in pop culture and her personal values fit perfectly with those of our staff, management, and shareholders.”

Cho, a professional entertainer and outspoken activist for LGBT rights, will be “intimately involved” with the future development and strategic growth plans of Good Vibrations, the company said.

At the board of director’s introduction party, Cho took the stage to say, “I am joining Good Vibrations just in time. My Hitachi (vibrator) has just fallen into two pieces after 15 years.”

Cho attended school on Haight Street during the 1970s. She starred in the ill-received sitcom “American Girl” in the 1990s and most recently has performed around the country on her “Assassin” tour as well as penned a second book, “I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight.”

As a member of the Good Vibrations board, Cho will be responsible for making decisions regarding company growth and overall navigation and to help enforce the company’s mission statement as well as the values of the shareholders.

“Margaret’s ‘Sensuous Woman’ stage show is the most diverse, high-energy show I’ve seen in ages – maybe ever,” said Good Vibrations staff sexologist and chief cultural officer Carol Queen. “She does burlesque as well as comedy, showing how much she’s been influenced by the sex-positive arts. It’s just further proof that Margaret Cho is a perfect addition for the Good Vibrations board.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, November 13, 2006 @ 1:49 pm PST
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Daly still leads in D6; Jew edges Dudum in D4

After five passes under the city’s instant voter runoff system Supervisor Chris Daly is still leading in his District 6 race. According to elections returns posted Friday, November 10 ( Daly had 7,484 votes or 50.22 percent of the 14,902 eligible ballots counted so far. After the first round of voting Tuesday, Daly had 48 percent of the vote, falling just shy of having the majority needed to win his re-election campaign outright. Second place finisher Rob Black had 6,248 votes as of Friday, up from the 6,080 he received on election day.

In the District 4 race to fill the seat being vacated by Assemblywoman-elect Fiona Ma, Ron Dudum dropped out of his first place finish from Tuesday after Ed Jew pulled ahead with a more than 600-vote lead after four passes under the IRV system. Jew had 7,670 votes or 52.12 percent of the 14,716 eligible ballots cast. Dudum trailed Jew with 7,046 votes. On Tuesday in unofficial returns Dudum had taken first place with 4,752 votes while Jew came in with 4,705 votes.

Linda Tulett, deputy director of the Elections Department, said the vote counts are still preliminary totals. The department will not release its next ranked choice voting results until Tuesday, November 14.

“There are still a couple thousand ballots that need to be tabulated,” Tulett told the Bay Area Reporter. “We plan to be done with as much as we can at that time.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, November 10, 2006 @ 5:54 pm PST
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Getty memorial Saturday

Just a reminder that the memorial service for AIDS activist Jeff Getty takes place Saturday, November 11 at 11 a.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street in San Francisco. The memorial will be preceded by reception at 10.

Mr. Getty, 49, died October 9 of heart failure following cancer chemotherapy and after a long struggle with AIDS.

— Cynthia Laird, @ 10:45 am PST
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Rosenthal eyes 2010 run in D8

She may have been defeated at the polls Tuesday, but don’t count out Alix Rosenthal. She will be one to watch to replace Supervisor Bevan Dufty when he is termed out of his District 8 seat in four years.

Although she only garnered 30 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, her actual vote count of 5,747 in unofficial returns Wednesday was more than District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly received. Daly, who pulled in 5,471 votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting, was waiting to learn if he indeed had won re-election. Daly had 49.7 percent of the vote, just shy of the majority he needed to win outright and the final count will be determined through the city’s instant runoff voting system.

The title of the Bay Guardian’s blog post about Rosenthal’s election night party pretty much sums up her future election plans: “Three years 364 days and counting.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, November 8, 2006 @ 4:23 pm PST
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Victory for Arizona’s progressive political strategy

Looks like some of the key players behind the controversial “Beyond Marriage” manifesto released earlier this year were onto something: as they predicted, Arizona became the first state in the country to defeat a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, thanks to an effort that concentrated on fighting against marital status discrimination and in favor of protections for all unmarried couples and families.

The successful strategy adopted by Arizona Together – to argue that marriage should *not* be the line by which people are afforded benefits and protections – not only preserved domestic partnerships but kept the door open for advocates to make a case for gay marriage down the road.

Congratulations to

— , @ 3:40 pm PST
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Book event cancellation called homophobic

A newly released book about gay men and their dogs has become embroiled in the country’s culture wars after a bookstore in New Jersey disinvited the book’s authors because of what the manager said was “too many sexual references.”

Alyson Books published the new anthology “Paws and Reflect” November 1 and is promoting the book at events across the country. Editor Sharon Saskin, a Princeton, New Jersey resident, had expected to plug the book at her local Barnes & Noble last week with several of the male contributors, who include playwright Edward Albee; Ron Nyswaner who was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay “Philadelphia”; actor, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, director, and drag legend Charles Busch; and four-time Emmy Award-winning stylist Jack Morton.

But the event was canceled by the store’s events manager who claimed that “the book is too full of sexual references for the Barnes & Noble customer,” wrote Saskin in an e-mail to the book’s contributors. Saskin added that the female employee also told her that “there aren’t many gays in Princeton,” “no one will come because they won’t want to be identified as gay,” and “we cannot recommend this book to our customers.” (more…)

— Matthew S. Bajko, November 7, 2006 @ 4:10 pm PST
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Election problems crop up in District 6

Supervisor Chris Daly’s campaign sent out an e-mail Tuesday afternoon alerting voters to problems in San Francisco’s District 6 early on Election Day. According to Patrick Doyle with the Daly campaign, at least 10 out of 52 precincts have experienced problems. In one case, Doyle said, a polling place did not open until almost 90 minutes after the official 7 a.m. opening time. In another instance, a witness reported that a voting machine was not turned on. A spokeswoman at the Department of Elections, Rachel Gosiengfiao, said that she was aware of one polling place that was not open on time, due to a mix-up, but that voting still occurred curbside.

The Daly campaign reminded voters that the polls are open until 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 7.

— Cynthia Laird, @ 2:14 pm PST
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Last-minute push in Arizona for ballot measure

On Tuesday, November 7, Arizona may become the first state in the country to successfully defeat a gay marriage ban, thanks to the efforts of Arizona Together, a group of LGBT and heterosexual individuals who all have a stake in defeating Arizona’s Proposition 107 — the initiative that would not only outlaw same-sex marriage but also take away protections and rights for all unmarried couples.

“We’re making good progress. A lot of people don’t know as much as they should about the ballot initiatives and when they find out what Proposition 107 does, they are really surprised,” said Arizona Together representative Les Pierce. With 19 initiatives on the state ballot and the potential for voter confusion, the group is educating the public about the potential loss of healthcare and domestic violence protections for seniors and unmarried adults of all sexualities.

Building a movement around marital status discrimination has been paying off: poll numbers cited by the group last month showed that more than 50 percent of Arizona voters planned to vote no on Proposition 107.

But it remains a close fight, and right-wing leaders have been using the New Jersey Supreme Court decision granting equal protections for gay couples to warn Arizona voters that marriage is under attack.

To ensure a victory for family equality, Arizona Together put out a call last week for community donations: the group plans to run broadcast advertisements as often as possible in all regions of the state in the days before the election.

“We have less than one week to go and need your help today! Please make your most generous donation to help us pay for the last weekend of TV,” the group states on its Web site, noting that one primetime television spot costs $512. “We need to raise just over $65,000 as quickly as possible. This last weekend is very important because a majority of Arizona voters will be deciding how they vote.”

Pierce said all three Arizona Together offices have stepped up their fundraising and campaigning efforts in the final stretch.

“This is so within our grasp,” said Pierce.

Contributions are being accepted online at and

— Cynthia Laird, November 3, 2006 @ 12:23 pm PST
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