Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Help needed for anti-war exhibit

The American Friends Service Committee is seeking volunteers to help with the San Francisco portion of its “Eyes Wide Open” peace exhibit Tuesday, May 29 in San Francisco. The widely acclaimed exhibit features a pair of boots honoring each U.S. military casualty.

Organizers noted that 355 Californians, 3,438 Americans, and more than 600,000 Iraqis have died to date.

Interested people should meet at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Federal Building, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, to help build the display. Teams of four to six people are also needed to monitor the display and hold signs during the day. Clean-up crews also are needed to pack up the boots and get them back to the Quaker meetinghouse.

There will be a news conference at 10 a.m. with Ann Roesler of Military Families Speak Out and others. For more information, e-mail

— Cynthia Laird, May 25, 2007 @ 11:30 am PST
Filed under: News

Trans activist announces supes run

Cecilia Chung, a transgender activist, announced this week she will run for supervisor in 2008 to replace Gerardo Sandoval, who will be termed out of his District 11 seat.

Chung, 41, disclosed her decision during the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club’s annual dinner Thursday, May 24.

“Yes, I am going to run for supervisor next year,” Chung, the club’s outreach chair and board member, told the crowd of about 400 people.

An hour prior to taking the stage though, she had told the Bay Area Reporter she wouldn’t decide on entering the race until later this year.

“I am planning to run. I am in the process of talking to some colleagues and friends of mine,” said Chung. “I am looking at when I will officially announce.”

Chung, who is HIV-positive, also plans to leave the Transgender Law Center, where she serves as deputy director, later this year to focus on her campaign. She is staying on until a new executive director is hired to replace Chris Daley, who announced he would step down this summer.

“My commitment is to assist with the transition,” she said.

A District 11 resident for a total of 14 years – she spent several years living in the Tenderloin before moving back to the Excelsior in 1998 – Chung said she would be the first out LGBT candidate to run for supervisor in the southeast section of the city. The district includes the Excelsior, Crocker-Amazon, Oceanside, Merced Heights, and Ingleside neighborhoods.

“That is pretty symbolic. Dan White used to be District 11 supervisor,” said Chung, referring to the man who killed Mayor George Moscone and openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first out candidate to win office in the state, in their City Hall offices in November 1978. “This is our chance to turn a page in history and turn it into something positive.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 10:51 am PST
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Ammiano, D’Anne win awards

San Francisco Supervisor Tom Ammiano received special recognition from San Francisco Tomorrow, a 37-year-old urban environmental group, at its annual awards ceremony earlier this month.

Also receiving recognition as an “Unsung Hero” was longtime activist and transgender woman Denise D’Anne.

Ammiano was presented with a special award at the May 16 event for his success in creating a health care access program for San Francisco, and for his many other legislative accomplishments that improve the life of city residents, according to a news release.

D’Anne was honored for establishing the first source reduction and comprehensive recycling programs in a city department. Her conservation program helped save hundreds of thousands of tax dollars and she is credited with changing perceptions and habits in the use of material resources in the workplace and the overall community.

Other awardees included Ann Meyer and Dr. Edgar Wayburn, for leading the campaign to establish the 80,000-acre Golden Gate National recreation Area on former military, park, and private lands in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties; and Judy Irving, who was honored for her environmental films, including the “Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.”

— Cynthia Laird, May 24, 2007 @ 2:23 pm PST
Filed under: News

It’s a boy for Mary Cheney

Mary Cheney, the out lesbian daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, delivered a baby boy this morning at Washington’s Sibley Hospital, the Washington Post reported.

The baby, named Samuel David Cheney, weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and will be raised by Cheney and her longtime partner, Heather Poe. He is the sixth grandchild for Vice President Cheney and his wife, Lynne.

Cheney, 38, was a key aide to her father during the 2004 re-election campaign, and she is now vice president for consumer advocacy at AOL. Cheney and Poe live in Virginia, where voters passed a state constitutional amendment last year banning gay marriage and civil unions. According to the Post, state law is unclear on whether Poe could have full legal rights as a parent of Cheney’s child.

Cheney has not spoken to the LGBT press since her father became vice president seven years ago. She has been criticized by some gay rights advocates for largely remaining silent on the issue of same-sex marriage. She wrote a book earlier this year in which she revealed she opposes a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

— Cynthia Laird, May 23, 2007 @ 2:16 pm PST
Filed under: News

Migden causes minor car accident

State Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) caused a minor three-vehicle accident late this morning (Friday, May 18) in Fairfield that left one person injured, the California Highway Patrol reported.

According to a report on Sacramento station KCRA’s Web site, the crash occurred at 10:45 a.m. along Highway 12 close to Beck Avenue. The NBC affiliate reported that the vehicle Migden was driving rear-ended another vehicle, which in turn rear-ended another car.

Migden walked away from the accident unscathed, though authorities said a passenger in the first vehicle that was struck complained of pain and was taken to a local hospital.


— Matthew S. Bajko, May 18, 2007 @ 3:17 pm PST
Filed under: News,Politics

Falwell ‘anti-memorial’ tonight

LGBT activists will meet at 18th and Castro streets at 5 p.m. today (Tuesday, May 15) to hold an “anti-memorial” following the death earlier today of anti-gay preacher the Reverend Jerry Falwell. Bring your Tinky Winky dolls.

— Cynthia Laird, May 15, 2007 @ 2:03 pm PST
Filed under: News

Mayor meets with Sparks

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom met with newly elected Police Commission President Theresa Sparks Friday afternoon, according to spokesman Nathan Ballard.

Ballard, who said he was not in the meeting, nonetheless characterized it as “a good meeting.” Sparks is an appointee of the Board of Supervisors, and was elected commission president Wednesday after her two fellow board appointees and mayoral appointee Joe Alioto Veronese voted for her in the 4-3 vote.

Newsom and Commissioner Louise Renne had wanted Commissioner Joe Marshall to be elected president. Renne quit the panel Thursday, saying she could not serve on a commission under Sparks. Marshall is the commission’s vice president.

Ballard also told the Bay Area Reporter Friday that Newsom is close to announcing Renne’s successor to the panel. He also said that the mayor has no plans to ask Veronese to step down “at this point.”

— Cynthia Laird, May 11, 2007 @ 4:08 pm PST
Filed under: News

Renne quits police panel

One day after the San Francisco Police Commission elected transgender business executive Theresa Sparks as its president, current President Louise Renne quit, telling the San Francisco Examiner Thursday, May 10 that she “would not serve on a commission under Theresa Sparks.”

Renne told the San Francisco Chronicle that some commissioners who voted for Sparks put their own political aspirations ahead of the panel.


— Cynthia Laird, @ 2:17 pm PST
Filed under: News

Adams guilty on one count in beating death

A San Francisco jury on Thursday, May 10 found Kyle Brandon Adams guilty of felony assault in the beating death of gay man Chad Ferreira. Adams, 25, who is also gay, showed no emotion when the verdict was read, according to Bay Area Reporter reporter Ed Walsh, who was in the courtroom when the verdict was announced.

The 11-man, one-woman jury is still deliberating on other charges Adams faces, including manslaughter in connection with Ferreira’s death and assault on Ferreira’s friend, Angel Zepeda. The jury will reconvene Friday.

[Updated 5/12/07: The jury adjourned Friday without reaching verdicts on the remaining charges. The jury will resume deliberations Monday.]

Ferreira, 27, was beaten in an incident that took place on January 30, 2006 at about 2 a.m. in front of the Rolo store on Market Street near Castro.

This week’s B.A.R. has an article about Adams’s court testimony that was presented Monday.

— Cynthia Laird, May 10, 2007 @ 4:52 pm PST
Filed under: News

Sparks elected Police Commission president

In a 4-3 vote, Theresa Sparks was elected president of the San Francisco Police Commission Wednesday, May 9, making her the first transgender president of the panel. Sparks, 58, takes over the seven-member commission June 6.

In an interview with the Bay Area Reporter Thursday, Sparks said she believes she is the first transgender president of any city commission. More significantly, however, Sparks said that this is the first time that the commission will be led by someone who was not appointed by the mayor. Sparks – along with fellow Commissioners David Campos, who is gay, and Petra deJesus – was appointed by the Board of Supervisors. They voted for Sparks.

Mayoral appointees Louise Renne, the current president; Yvonne Lee; and Joe Marshall voted for Marshall to become president. He is now the vice president of the commission.

It was mayoral appointee Joe Alioto Veronese who cast the deciding vote for Sparks.

According to the San Francisco Sentinel Web site, Veronese read a lengthy statement at the meeting explaining his vote, and concluded, “More importantly, however, Commissioner Sparks is known to me to ask the right questions and challenging stale mentalities, which is the essence of our mandate. She has done so while maintaining the dignity this department is worthy of.”

Sparks has contemplated being commission president for some time; she started to run last year for the post but removed herself from consideration.

Before voters approved Proposition H several years ago, all the Police Commission appointments were made by the mayor.

— Cynthia Laird, @ 3:54 pm PST
Filed under: News,Politics

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