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

Gay latino running for state Assembly hits SF Sunday for fundraiser

Luis Lopez, a gay Latino LGBT rights activist, will be in San Francisco this Sunday, April 17 to raise money for his state Assembly bid in 2012.

Lopez, a founding board member of the Latino LGBT political action committee HONOR PAC, is seeking the state’s 45th Assembly District seat. The district is based in East Los Angeles and parts of the city of Los Angeles and is 67 percent Latino, as currently drawn.

He is the second out Latino non-incumbent to seek a legislative seat next fall. Lesbian Stockton City Councilwoman Susan Talamantes Eggman is also running for an Assembly District in the Central Valley. Should they win their races, they would join two gay Latino Assemblymen, Speaker John Perez and freshman member Ricardo Lara. Both are from Los Angeles-area districts.

Lopez lives in LA’s Silver Lake neighborhood and grew up in City Terrace, a part of unincorporated East Los Angeles. His partner is Hans Johnson, president of the D.C.-based Progressive Victory, which helps groups increase voter turnout.

The couple will be in San Francisco to raise funds for Lopez’s campaign from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Tangerine restaurants, at the corner of 16th and Sanchez Streets.

To learn more about his campaign, visit

— Matthew S. Bajko, April 14, 2011 @ 1:38 pm PST
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Rally set after trans woman beaten in SF

Two San Francisco men face several charges, including a hate crime accusation, in the beating of a transgender woman in the city’s Mission neighborhood.

A rally is set for 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 15 at the 16th and Mission BART station to call attention to such incidents. The beating occurred near the BART station on April 1 just after 10 p.m.

San Francisco Police spokesman Sergeant Michael Andraychak said the victim’s requested that her identity be kept confidential. He would not reveal information about her other than that she’s 20. She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital but her injuries were not considered life threatening, he said.

Lionel Jackson, 32, and Maurice Perry, 37, pleaded not guilty April 6 in San Francisco Superior Court to felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a controlled substance, and robbery.

They also face a misdemeanor hate crime charge, and Judge Jeffrey Ross ordered them to stay away from the area of 16th and Mission streets.

Andraychak said according to the police report, as the incident started, the victim felt like Jackson and Perry had been following her. She noticed Jackson standing behind her, and he said something to the effect of “What’s up?” She ignored him and began texting on her phone, said Andraychak. According to the report, the suspects also said, “That’s a man.”

Then, Jackson said, “The bitch has an iPhone,” took the woman’s phone, and punched her three to four times in the head, causing her to fall to the ground, said Andraychak. She got up and demanded he return her phone, but Jackson refused and walked away, the police spokesman said.

Perry then punched the victim, knocking her to the ground, and kicked her several times, said Andraychak. He said the victim’s injuries included trauma to the face and upper lip.

Responding officers detained Jackson and Perry a short distance from the scene. Andraychak said that several witnesses “were very instrumental in identifying the suspects.”

Alexandra Byerly is one of the organizers of the demonstration planned for Friday.

She works with El/La Para TransLatinas and was doing HIV prevention outreach in the area around the time of the incident, and said she saw part of what happened. She said Jackson and Perry had walked by her after the incident and one of them said, “I hate men dressed up as women.”

Byerly said she knows the victim and described her as “a transgender youth leader.” She said that the woman is “traumatized” and “very disturbed.” She said the victim was released from the hospital the day after the incident.

She also had a different take on witnesses’ reaction to the incident than Andraychak.

“It was so horrible,” said Byerly. She said people in the area had said, “‘Just leave her, she’s just a man dressed as a woman.'”

Defendants’ histories

Andraychak said Jackson had been in possession of what police suspect to be  heroin, he said he didn’t know if the substance has been tested yet.

He also said Jackson is already on parole for a previous offense, and Perry is on probation for a prior crime. He didn’t know what the prior offenses for either man were. In addition, a court had already ordered Perry to stay away from the 2000 block of Mission Street, where the incident occurred, the police spokesman said.

Michelle Tong and David Harrison, the attorneys representing Jackson and Perry, respectively, didn’t respond to interview requests.

A preliminary hearing, where a judge typically determines whether there’s enough evidence for a trial, is set to begin in the case Tuesday, April 19. The assistant district attorney prosecuting the case is Victor Hwang.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 13, 2011 @ 4:59 pm PST
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Deadline today for KQED Local Heroes

People in the San Francisco area still have time to nominate someone for KQED’s annual LGBT Local Heroes recognition that will take place during Pride Month in June. The deadline is midnight (Pacific time) Monday, April 11.

As part of its commitment to cultural diversity, Union Bank is partnering with KQED for the event. The bank designed the local heroes program to pay tribute to people who are making a difference in local communities. The bank partners with public television stations throughout the state for the program

Nominations are open to LGBT community members in the San Francisco area who have shown leadership and dedication to serving their community through participation in the arts, business, community activism, education, social services, health services, or any other relevant field.

To download an application, visit KQED’s website at

Of the nominees, four will be chosen and honored during a celebratory event in June.

— Cynthia Laird, April 11, 2011 @ 10:30 am PST
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SF school district launches LGBT newsletter

The San Francisco Unified School District is marking its Gay Pride month with the launch of a newsletter today (Friday, April 8) aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students.

Lincoln High students celebrate Pride

“Our aim is to create a safer learning environment for all students with an emphasis on LGBTQ youth and their families,” Kevin Gogin and Ilsa Bertolini, of the district’s support services office, said in the newsletter’s opening. “One way to do this is to keep you updated with ideas to use in classrooms or in school wide events that focus on LGBTQ topics.”

The school district has taken many steps to support queer students over the years.

Despite San Francisco’s reputation as a safe place for LGBTs, the district’s presented data showing that anti-gay remarks are frequent.

In 2009, the district unveiled a website that thoroughly covers LGBT-inclusive curriculum and ways to address harassment.

The site, apparently the first of its kind in the country, sparked dozens of vitriolic comments saying things like “faggots” are “undesirable perverts” and “you will suffer the consequences” for talking about LGBT issues in schools.

The district also announced today that hundreds of students at Burton High will not speak for the entire school day as they take part in the Day of Silence (Friday, April 15). The day is a nationwide event meant to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment.

The Burton Gay/Straight Alliance recently created a video highlighting gay bullying statistics.

In the newsletter, liaisons from several schools offer what they’ll be doing for Pride month. Some students at Burton High School will watch Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, a film involving the 1999 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepherd, and wearing T-shirts that say “Gay? Fine By Me.”

At Denman Middle School, teens will be selling rainbow bracelets to raise money for their diversity club and raise awareness of gay students and staff. They’ll also host the New Conservatory Theater production of the Other Side of the Closet for seventh eighth graders.

Peter Toscani, GSA advisor at Burton High School, said in the newsletter, “As a queer, but closeted teen in the middle 1970s, my high school certainly was not a safe place for anyone not fitting into the rigid roles of the status quo. Now as an adult teaching teens it is vitally important to me to help provide services where teens can feel safe.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 8, 2011 @ 10:42 am PST
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Two join SF police LGBT forum

Police Chief Jeff Godown, far left, talks to LGBT forum members in February.Two people are joining the San Francisco Police Department’s LGBT community forum, a panel meant to provide community stakeholders a chance to work with police to improve public safety.

Joseph Peralta, community programs coordinator at the city’s LGBT community center, has served as a volunteer medic with the Berkeley Free Clinic and a sexual health peer counselor with the Tang Center at UC Berkeley. He’s also a member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and an associate board member for Folsom Street Events, among other endeavors.

Peg Critz, the other new member, has worked for the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management for eight years as a dispatcher for police officers, fire fighters and medics.

According to an email from Officer Jennifer Thompson, the police LGBT community liaison, Critz has many LGBT co-workers at the department, “and her goal is to work with the Forum to improve communication and increase the level of openness and trust between San Francisco public safety officials and the community.”

Peralta didn’t respond to an interview request this afternoon (Wednesday, April 6). Critz wasn’t available.

District Attorney George Gascon launched the citywide forum during his brief tenure as police chief.

There are also chief’s forums for the Hispanics, business leaders, and other communities. The forums are open to the public, but they don’t provide opportunities for public comment.

The next forum will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, at the Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street (between Castro and Diamond streets).

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 6, 2011 @ 3:41 pm PST
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Senators honor Taylor for HIV/AIDS activism

The U.S.  Senate passed a resolution last night (Thursday, March 31)  by Democratic California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein honoring actress Elizabeth Taylor for her HIV/AIDS activism.

Taylor (pictured at left) died of congestive heart failure Wednesday, March 23. She was 79.

Boxer said in a statement that Taylor’s “most important role was as a bold and passionate leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

“Her dedicated efforts helped educate the public and lawmakers about the need for research, treatment and compassion for those suffering from the disease. She will forever be remembered as an American icon whose activism and dedication made life better for millions of people all across the world,” stated Boxer.

Feinstein, who was San Francisco’s mayor when AIDS first started to devastate the city in the early 1980s, stated Taylor was “a humanitarian and a philanthropist who spoke passionately about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the toll on her fellow citizens when very few dared to speak out.”

Taylor was the founding national chairman for the American Foundation for AIDS Research and later established the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to provide direct support for those suffering from HIV/AIDS.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 1, 2011 @ 4:41 pm PST
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Campos still undecided on mayoral run

Asked by the Bay Area Reporter today (Friday, April 1) whether he’ll run for mayor, out Supervisor David Campos (pictured at left) didn’t say “No.”

He’s still thinking about it.

“I haven’t made a decision, and at this point my focus is being the best supervisor I can be,” said Campos.

The field of mayoral hopefuls is already crowded, with at least 31 people having pulled papers to run for the November election.

The crowd includes former Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who worked closely with Campos to bring him up to speed on LGBT issues in the city before he was termed out in November.

Dufty will be raising money for his campaign tonight at Kok Bar (formerly Chaps Bar) at 1225 Folsom Street. The pre-grand opening party reception with Dufty is from 7-8:30 p.m. The bar opens to the public at 9.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, @ 11:25 am PST
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