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

Special health panel meeting on cuts

The city’s health department is facing $26.7 million in mid-year cuts. Members of the public are encouraged to attend a special meeting of San Francisco’s health commission Tuesday, November 25, to discuss part of the reductions, which would come at the request of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s budget office.

The cuts could affect areas including HIV prevention and substance abuse treatment.

The commission has already identified $10 million in possible cuts, and will be meeting Tuesday to go over another $16.7 million.

The reductions, many of which would take effect January 1, are part of an effort to close a citywide budget gap that’s expected to be $90 million to $125 million. The city charter requires a balanced budget.

Openly gay commission President Jim Illig said the potential cuts, which he said are unprecedented for mid-year, are “crazy … but that’s the level of desperation we’re at right now.”

The meeting will be at 3 p.m. at 101 Grove Street, room 300 (across the street from City Hall).

For more information, visit

– Seth Hemmelgarn

— Cynthia Laird, November 21, 2008 @ 2:37 pm PST
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Town hall on Prop 8, race Wed.

A coalition of groups will hold a community forum, “Proposition 8 and Race: What’s Next?” on Wednesday, November 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street in San Francisco.

The Stop AIDS Project, And Castro for All, And Marriage for All, and the Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition are hosting the forum. Those expected to speak include Supervisor Bevan Dufty, the Reverend Amos Brown, Andrea Shorter, and Eva Paterson. The facilitator will be Kyriell Noon, executive director of Stop AIDS.

Topics to be addressed include: how better bridges can be built between the LGBT community and communities of color; how LGBT people of all races can work with straight people to better communicate their relationships; and what individuals can do to further unity in their communities.

The forum is being held in an effort to move community discussions and strategy forward as LGBT people and allies continue to protest the passage of Prop 8.

— Cynthia Laird, November 17, 2008 @ 4:58 pm PST
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Stop8 site now serving as info center

A web site developed by a San Francisco man,, has been revamped to be “a hub of information about the fight for equality.”

“There’s been a huge groundswell of support since the election, and now’s a crucial time to show our friends and families how they can help,” Matt Baume, the man behind the Web site, said in an e-mail to supporters.

The site includes updates on the evolving aftermath of Prop 8’s passage from a wide variety of blogs, newspapers, and other media; and links where people can go to get involved, whether it’s by attending rallies or signing petitions.

Equality California, which was a key member of the No on 8 coalition, announced yesterday (Wednesday, November 12) that it aims to work to repeal Prop 8 if efforts to get the state Supreme Court to overturn it fail.

The Stop8 site started during efforts to defeat the measure banning same-sex marriage in California, but has never been part of the official No on 8 campaign.

Before Election Day, the site consisted mainly of videos of same-sex couples telling their stories and urging people to vote no on Prop 8.

Baume told the Bay Area Reporter that he’s getting about 700 visitors a day, and he’ll keep the site going as long as he can.

– Seth Hemmelgarn

— Cynthia Laird, November 13, 2008 @ 1:27 pm PST
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‘Office’ star discusses Prop 8

Oscar Nunez, who’s straight but plays the gay character Oscar Martinez on NBC’s “The Office,” called the Bay Area Reporter Tuesday, November 11 to talk about Prop 8 and suggested the measure’s opponents should try to gain support by helping other communities.

For example, the Cuban-born Nunez said, same-sex marriage supporters could organize events such as 5K runs in places like East Los Angeles, which has a large Latino population.

Assisting other communities, whether providing books for libraries or raising funds for playground equipment, even without mentioning Prop 8, could encourage support of the marriage equality in return, he said.

Nunez indicated he might look into organizing an event himself. The actor, who’s also in “The Proposal,” a movie starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds that’s expected to open in June, said he donated $25 or $50 to the No on 8 campaign at a friend’s wedding.

Referring to the large demonstrations that have sprung up around the state since the measure passed last week, Nunez, who lives in Los Angeles, said he understands protests are necessary, but “I don’t think you can argue your way into anyone’s brain.”

“You’re never going to change the mind of the Mormon Church,” whose members dumped millions of dollars into the Yes on 8 campaign, he said.

– Seth Hemmelgarn

— Cynthia Laird, @ 1:09 pm PST
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Prop 8 protest Friday

A protest march against Proposition 8 will take place in San Francisco Friday, November 7, according to

The march will start at 5:30 p.m. at Market and Seventh streets and end at Dolores Park.

— Cynthia Laird, November 6, 2008 @ 4:24 pm PST
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Party – or protest – in the Castro

All eyes will be on the Castro tonight (Tuesday, November 4), and people are expected to gather for a celebration – or protest, depending on Election Day results.

Many in the LGBT community are eager to see the defeat of Proposition 8, which would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California, and the election of Democrat Barack Obama as president.

The event will begin when it gets dark. Weather permitting, election results will be broadcast on a large, outdoor video screen.

DJs David Harness, Liam Shy, and friends will be providing music, should a celebration be in order.

The event will take place on Castro Street between 18th and Market streets. Organizer Joshua Smith, president of San Francisco Lovefest, said the street will be closed off, but that could not immediately be confirmed with police.

In anticipation of large crowds in the area, the San Francisco Municipal
Transportation Agency says that transit customers and motorists should
expect delays tonight.

By 7 p.m. the F Market streetcar and the 24 Divisadero and 33 Stanyan buses
will be motorized (biodiesel buses substituted for electric vehicles).

– Seth Hemmelgarn

— Cynthia Laird, November 4, 2008 @ 12:40 pm PST
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