Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Gay mayor receives one LGBT paper’s backing

A day after a California gay paper called on embattled openly gay Portland Mayor Sam Adams to resign, Washington, D.C. based gay paper the Washington Blade came out in support of the politician.

In an editorial in the paper’s January 30 edition, Blade editor Kevin Naff admonished Adams for lying about a sexual affair he had with an 18-year-old when confronted about it during his campaign last year. And he was also critical of the mayor for asking his young paramour, Beau Breedlove, to also lie about the true nature of their relationship.

But Naff wrote that he saw no need for Adams to step down.

“Adams shouldn’t have lied and he shouldn’t have coached Breedlove to lie. But no laws were broken and Adams made the right decision in staying on in his job. This is another example of hypocritical, holier-than-thou partisans trying to use sex to bring down a gay public official,” wrote Naff.

Naff added that, “Portland residents certainly are justified in their anger and disappointment, given Adams’ admissions. But his actions do not necessitate a resignation.”

On Thursday, the San Diego Gay and Lesbian Times became the second LGGBT publication to call on Adams to resign. Portland’s gay paper Just Out also has called for Adams’ resignation.

— Matthew S. Bajko, January 30, 2009 @ 2:41 pm PST
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No BASF boycott after all

The president of the Bar Association of San Francisco sent a letter to the state bar today encouraging the state group to reconsider holding its September convention at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.

But if you just looked at the headline of a press release BASF sent, you might think the group’s 8,000 members planned to stay away from the convention altogether.

“BASF Plans to Boycott State Bar Annual Meeting,” the headline read.

However, the rest of the press release didn’t go that far; it merely explained BASF’s concerns with the Hyatt, and provided a link to the letter.

There’s been a months-long boycott of the hotel after Doug Manchester, whose company owns the Hyatt, contributed $125,000 to support Prop 8.

When asked about the headline, BASF’s Anne Murphy said the wrong press release had gone out.

Minutes later, another press release was sent out with the headline “BASF Asks State Bar to Reconsider Annual Meeting Hotel.”

– Seth Hemmelgarn

— Cynthia Laird, January 29, 2009 @ 5:21 pm PST
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CA gay paper calls for Portland’s gay mayor to quit

The San Diego Gay and Lesbian Times weekly newspaper is calling for Portland’s embattled gay mayor to resign. It is the second LGBT publication to ask Sam Adams to step down after he admitted this month that he lied about a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old lover during his campaign.

In its January 29 editorial, the San Diego paper writes, “When a public servant lies during an election out of fear the truth will jeopardize his or her chances at gaining political office, as Adams has done, then that bond of trust is broken with the citizens. We should not over-look it out of deference to someone who is gay or lesbian. In fact, we should do just the opposite, and hold members of our community accountable because they are gay or lesbian. Our community deserves role models of integrity.”

Just Out, Portland’s gay newspaper, also called on Adams to resign. In an interview with the Washington Blade, publisher Marty Davis said, “Sam has been our guy forever, which makes this even harder. It’s completely dividing and tearing our community right down the middle.”

Adams, 45, has said he first met Beau Breedlove in 2005 when he was 17 but waited until the former state legislative intern turned 18 to have sex with him. Questions about the pair’s relationship surfaced during his mayoral campaign last year, at which time Adams instructed Breedlove to lie for him and say the two were only platonic friends.

So far Adams has refused to step down, returning to his office this week while the controversy continues to swirl around him and generate headlines nationwide. Oregon’s state attorney general is investigating the matter.

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 4:37 pm PST
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Infighting mars new LGBT vets group

Its aim is to advocate for the rights of LGBT veterans in San Francisco. But so far, the new LGBT Veterans Caucus within the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club is off to a rocky start.

Infighting has erupted over just who should serve as chairs of the caucus. At its meeting earlier this month, those in attendance voted in LGBT vets Morningstar Vancil and Daniel Foos as its co-chairs.

But John Caldera, a gay man who sits on the city’s Veteran Affairs Commission and was one of 10 Milk Club members who pushed last year to form the new vet caucus, is crying foul.

He claims he and six other founding members of the caucus were never told of the meeting and wants the votes for the chairs invalidated.

“The fact is this meeting was held but we were not notified about it and this election is not valid,” Caldera protested at the club’s general membership meeting this week.

Vancil countered that the caucus’ meeting was announced at the club’s December meeting and that e-mail notices did not go out this month because the club’s Web site was down.

“We sent an e-mail to John and there was no response,” Vancil said in response to Caldara’s complaints. “The club’s Web site was down. That was not our fault.”

The club’s membership voted to let the caucus deal with the leadership imbroglio at its next meeting. Member Shona Gochenaur, who lost her bid for Milk’s presidency this week, implored the LGBT vets to work together.

“Let’s try to have the warring factions come together instead of getting into petty politics and power struggles,” she said.”All three of you are amazing people who have served the LGBT community. Let’s move forward.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, January 28, 2009 @ 4:08 pm PST
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Need a job? GLAAD is hiring

Gay job seekers here’s a news flash: the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is hiring. Starting salary? $225,000.

That is how much Neil Giuliano made when he was first hired as the media watchdog group’s president in September 2005. Today he announced plans to resign later this year to pursue personal interests while completing his forthcoming book about his public and political life.

“I have informed the national board of directors of my decision to step down as president later this year and look forward to a successful and smooth transition of leadership for GLAAD,” said Giuliano. “It’s been an honor and privilege to work professionally in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality for the last three and a half years. The views of the American people on LGBT issues are clearly moving in the right direction, toward supporting full equality, and it has been a great experience to serve on the front lines, leading an amazing organization at such a historical time in the movement.”

Prior to GLAAD, the Republican served for 10 years as the mayor of Tempe, Arizona and had retired from a 25-year career as a university administrator and faculty associate at Arizona State University.

Perhaps the Log Cabin Republicans could convince Giuliano take over as its new president. The gay Republican group’s leader, Patrick Sammon, also recently announced he is stepping down as the GOP org tries to bail itself out of a $100,000 debt.

According to GLAAD, under Giuliano’s leadership its budget has grown from $7.5M to $11M.

But according to GLAAD spokesman Richard Ferraro, “He has no plans as of now to move to that or any other organization.”

Too bad for Log Cabin. As Yvette Burton, co-chair of GLAAD’s national board of directors said, “Neil has been a strong leader for GLAAD and has advanced the organization significantly in the last three years. He will leave GLAAD a better and more effective organization than when he arrived and we appreciate his years of dedication and service.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 4:05 pm PST
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UC workers get new contract

Their picketing, office take-overs and media blitzes finally paid off for the service workers union at the University of California system. Today they announced they had secured a contract, with pay increases, from the state college system.

The union announced the deal in an e-mail titled that its workers have taken their “first step out of poverty with a historic contract.”

The 8,500 members of AFSCME Local 3299 have struck an agreement that includes wage increases over five years of 4 percent the first year and 3 percent the following four years.

“After a year and half of negotiations, this is truly a historic day. We have gone on strike, held informational pickets, lobbied, ran television commercials, and many other things that were key to get UC executives to do the right thing and readjust their priorities from executives to the lowest paid workers at UC,” expressed Lakesha Harrison, the union’s president, in the release.

The union represents custodians, gardeners, food service workers, and drivers at the 10 UC campuses and five medical centers. The workers had gone on a statewide five-day strike last summer.

Along with the wage increases, the contract creates a pay system that rewards seniority and includes the first time ever statewide minimum wage for the workers’ job classifications. The minimum wage will reach $14 an hour by the end of the contract.

“This has been a truly historic fight for all of us. For years, we have been struggling to make ends meet each month on UC’s low wages. Finally UC executives have recognized their moral responsibility to provide a wage increase that will start to lift us and our families out of poverty, and provide better jobs in our communities” stated Kathryn Lybarger a gardener at the University of California at Berkeley.

The office of UC President Mark G. Yudof has yet to issue a statement on the contract settlement.

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 3:10 pm PST
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Dufty, Campos given leadership posts

Openly gay District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty may have bowed out of the running to be board president this year, but that doesn’t mean he will be resting on his laurels. This week he took over as chair of the SF County Transportation Authority.

Supervisor Bevan Dufty

The body, comprised of the 11 members of the board, administers and oversees the delivery of the Proposition K half-cent local transportation sales tax program. Dufty had been vice-chair of the oversight panel.

He was also named chair of the board’s City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee by new board President David Chiu, the supervisor from District 3. The proud father of a 2-year-old, Dufty will also serve as vice chair of the board’s City and School District Committee.

And Dufty will also serve as a temporary member of the board’s Budget and Finance Committee, which will be tasked with reviewing proposals to deal with the city’s $460 million budget deficit.

Also given a temporary post to the budget panel is openly gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos. They will join the panel March 1.

Campos, a former police commissioner, is also chair of the board’s Public Safety Committee and will likely play a large role in the city’s search for a new police chief to replace outgoing Chief Heather Fong, who announced she will retire this spring.

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 1:15 pm PST
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Deadline extended for lesbian health summit proposals

The deadline to submit workshop proposals for this year’s National Lesbian Health Summit, with the theme “Expanding Our Movement,” has been extended until January 21.

The summit, organized by the Lesbian Health Research Center at UCSF with a broad national coalition of LGBTQ health experts, is scheduled March 6-8 in San Francisco.

Summit organizers seek proposals that address the well-being of lesbians, bisexual women, queer women, and transgenders. Some panelist and workshop presenters include pioneers in lesbian and queer women’s health: Rebecca Fox, director of the National Coalition for LGBT Health; Dr. Sandra Hernandez, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation; Marjorie J. Hill, Ph.D., CEO of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis; former state Senator Sheila James Kuehl (D-Santa Monica); and Caitlin Ryan, Ph.D., director of adolescent health initiatives at San Francisco State University’s Cesar E. Chavez Institute.

To submit a proposal, or to register for the summit, visit

-Heather Cssell

— Cynthia Laird, January 16, 2009 @ 4:09 pm PST
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