Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Grindr users name Wiener ‘local hero’

Supervisor Scott Wiener (Photo: Rick Gerharter)

San Francisco users of the gay hookup site Grindr have named District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener as their “local hero/community advocate of the year” for 2012.

The recognition comes despite some opposition to Wiener’s stance on several issues. Among other complaints, many have been unhappy with the gay city official for his recent legislation to ban most public nudity in the city. The Board of Supervisors passed the anti-nudity measure in December and Mayor Ed Lee signed it into law. Opponents have filed a lawsuit hoping to stop the policy change.

[Update Friday, January 11]: Many people also support the nudity legislation and have praised Wiener for his work to restore HIV funding and to address LGBT seniors’ needs, among other issues. [End update]

Wiener hadn’t been aware of the award before a reporter called him today (Thursday, January 10), but said, “When you look at the other folks who won, it’s a pretty impressive group of people. I’m very honored to be recognized with them. There are an awful lot of gay men in this town who use Grindr, and I’m really honored that they’ve recognized my work.”

Other local Grindr honorees announced Wednesday, January 9, include Fitness SF as “gym with the hottest guys,” Jock Sundays at the Lookout as “best Sunday Funday,” Beatbox as “best gay night/party,” Pollo Del Mar as “fiercest drag queen/nightlife personality,” and the Bay Area Reporter as “best local gay news outlet.” The latter category is, admittedly, a small pool. For more winners, visit the Grindr site.

Figures on how many people in San Francisco voted weren’t immediately available.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 10, 2013 @ 1:42 pm PST
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Woman with knife robs man in Castro

A knife-wielding woman robbed and chased a man in the Castro neighborhood early this morning (Wednesday, January 9), the San Francisco Police Department reported.

According to police, the man and woman, both 25, were arguing at about 1 a.m. in the 400 block of Castro Street when the woman went through his pockets and took his money. She then pulled out a black-and-silver folding knife and chased him before fleeing in a cab. The man wasn’t injured.

A police summary didn’t provide many more details on the suspect, and spokespeople weren’t immediately available late this afternoon.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 9, 2013 @ 4:25 pm PST
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U.S. Supreme Court sets Prop 8 oral arguments for March

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today (Monday, January 7) that it’s scheduled oral arguments in the Proposition 8 case for March 26.

The court’s justices are expected to decide by the end of June whether they’ll allow California’s same-sex marriage ban to stand. The case they’re reviewing, Hollingsworth v. Perry, came to them after a federal court panel upheld a judge’s decision that Prop 8 is unconstitutional.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who’s fought against Prop 8 for years and whose office shared the court dates Monday, has stated, “The federal challenge to Prop 8 represents one of the most significant civil rights cases to be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court in decades, and I’m confident that the high court will reach a decision that reaffirms our Constitution’s promise of equal protection under the law.”

United States v. Windsor, a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans federal recognition of same-sex unions, is set for oral arguments March 27.

For more information, visit the U.S. Supreme Court’s argument calendar for March.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 7, 2013 @ 11:05 am PST
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Breaking: Frank wants interim Senate post

It looks like former Congressman Barney Frank isn’t quite ready to leave Capitol Hill after all.

Barney Frank, who retired from the House of Representatives this week, is interested in the interim Massachusetts Senate seat. (Photo: Rudy K. Lawidjaja

One day out of retirement as a member of the House of Representatives, Barney Frank said today that he has asked Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to appoint him as the interim senator to replace John Kerry, who is expected to be confirmed Secretary of State later this month.

Frank, a gay Massachusetts Democrat, told MSNBC’s Morning Joe talk show panel on that he would like to serve as U.S. senator from Massachusetts for the several months before a special election chooses Kerry’s replacement.

Host Joe Scarborough, racing to close off the eight-minute free-for-all “exit interview” with Frank, asked: “Former Congressman Barney Frank, would you consider possibly being future Senator Barney Frank if the governor calls you and says …”

“Yeah,” said Frank, before the question was fully out of Scarborough’s mouth.

” … fill in for a few months?”

“A month ago, a few weeks in fact, I said I wasn’t interested,” said Frank. “It was kinda like you’re about to graduate and they said you’ve got to go to summer school. But that [temporary fiscal cliff] deal now means that February, March, and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial …”

“So, you’d consider it?” interjected Scarborough.

“Yes, in fact, I’m not going to be coy, it’s not anything I’ve ever been very good at, but I’ve told the governor that I would like, frankly, to do that because I would like to be a part of that.”

President Barack Obama nominated Kerry December 15 to replace retiring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Patrick said, at a press conference December 21, that he would not name anyone to the seat until after Kerry is confirmed. But that process is not expected to take long because Kerry appears to have widespread support from his Senate colleagues in both parties.

Other names being tossed around the rumor mill as potential interim senators include Mike Dukakis, a former Democratic governor of Massachusetts, and Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Frank has the advantage of still having a residence and staff in Washington.

Meanwhile, former Senator Scott Brown, a Republican who held the Kennedy seat until he was replaced by newly sworn-in Senator Elizabeth Warren this week, is expected to run for the Kerry seat. And, at the moment, Democrats in Massachusetts appear to be coalescing behind Representative Ed Markey, who has announced his bid for the Kerry seat.

Frank, 70, who just retired after more than 30 years in Congress, said he is not interested in running for the Kerry Senate seat.

– Reported by Lisa Keen

— Cynthia Laird, January 4, 2013 @ 10:28 am PST
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LGBT aging task force to meet Tuesday

The San Francisco LGBT Aging Policy Task Force will hold a public meeting Tuesday, January 8 to hear from a researcher who is conducting a study of LGBT seniors.

LGBT aging task force chair Bill Ambrunn

The meeting takes place at 4 pm. at the Department of Public Health’s offices, 101 Grove Street, in room 300.

Researcher Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, Ph.D. of the University of Washington will be presenting her initial data findings, answering questions, and discussing plans for the second phase of the task force study – an online community questionnaire that will be distributed widely throughout the community this year.

Bill Ambrunn, chair of the task force, noted that the panel’s goal is to ensure that its work reflects broad participation of the entire LGBT community, including seniors of color, transgender and bisexual people, and lesbians.

The Board of Supervisors created the task force last year. The 15-member group is expected to present its recommendations to the board by the end of 2013. The research study was funded through a public-private partnership and received generous grants from the Department of Aging and Adult Services, Horizons Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, and philanthropist Al Baum.

The task force’s regularly meets the second Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. and the meetings are open to the public.

— Cynthia Laird, January 3, 2013 @ 2:10 pm PST
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