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

Safety monitors needed for Halloween

Officer Jane Warner, who coordinates private security services in the Castro, has issued a call for volunteer safety officers for Halloween, Wednesday, October 31. Warner said that there are several positions available, for eight-hour shifts from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Safety monitors will be issued radios and vests, and will help spot incidents so that San Francisco Police officers can be summoned.

Interested people should wear comfortable, closed shoes and dark, warm clothing. They should meet with Warner on Halloween at Gold’s Gym, 2301 Market Street. Warner said that stipends may be available for some of the positions.

— Cynthia Laird, October 24, 2007 @ 2:06 pm PST
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Rally Mon. in response to marriage veto

Marriage Equality USA will hold rallies throughout California Monday, October 15 in response to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s veto of the same-sex marriage bill.

In San Francisco, people should meet at 5:30 p.m. at Harvey Milk Plaza, Market and Castro streets, said Pamela Brown, policy director for MEUSA.

Schwarzenegger issued his veto of AB43 at 5:30p.m. Friday, October 12. In a brief statement, the governor cited the passage of Proposition 22, the voter-approved measure that defines marriage between a man and a woman. It was similar to the veto message he issued in 2005, when he nixed a similar bill; both were authored by Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).

For a complete list of MEUSA rallies, go to The Bay Area Reporter will have full coverage in its next issue.

— Cynthia Laird, October 13, 2007 @ 2:26 pm PST
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ENDA panel at Alice meeting

The Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club and the LGBT Community Center will sponsor a panel on the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act Monday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ceremonial Room at the center, 1800 Market Street. The event takes place during the regular meeting of the Alice Club, but is free and open to the public.

Determination of whether ENDA should prohibit discrimination based upon gender identity has been described as a “defining and morally transformative moment for the LGBT community.” At Monday night’s meeting, hear from some of those working on the campaign to enact ENDA, and be a part of this important discussion.

Confirmed participants on the panel include: Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center; Scott Wiener, Human Rights Campaign board member; Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco); and Cecilia Chung, vice chair of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

— Cynthia Laird, October 5, 2007 @ 4:11 pm PST
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HRC trans board member quits

Donna Rose, the only openly transgender board member of the Human Rights Campaign, announced Wednesday, October 3 that she was resigning due to differences with the organization over its position on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

The news came after the print edition of the Bay Area Reporter went to press.

HRC stated earlier this week that while it supports a fully inclusive ENDA, it would not lobby members of Congress to vote against a revised ENDA that only covers sexual orientation. As reported in the Bay Area Reporter, the controversy has left many critical of HRC and openly gay Representative Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts), who is advocating for a two-bill approach for ENDA.

In a lengthy statement posted at, Rose said that she could no longer support HRC. She called on other board members, corporate donors, and HRC members to “think long and hard about whether this organization still stands for your values and to take decisive action as well.”

— Cynthia Laird, October 4, 2007 @ 11:41 am PST
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Craig can’t withdraw guilty plea

A Minnesota judge on Thursday refused to let U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) withdraw his guilty plea that was made following his arrest in a sex sting at the Minneapolis airport.

Reuters news service reported that Judge Charles Porter made his decision October 4, a week after Craig’s lawyers tried to make the case that he panicked after his arrest and rushed into pleading guilty to disorderly conduct after an undercover police officer arrested him in an airport men’s room.

Porter ruled that Craig’s plea was “accurate, voluntary, and intelligent and … supported by the evidence,” according to Reuters.

Craig, who denied that he is gay during a news conference after his arrest and guilty plea became public, had previously said that he would resign his Senate seat.

— Cynthia Laird, @ 11:27 am PST
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