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

12 LGBT papers endorse Clinton

In an unprecedented move, all 12 of the country’s longest-serving and most award-winning LGBT newspapers are each separately endorsing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for president.

(Hillary Clinton greeted supporters during a campaign appearance in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Photo: Rudy K. Lawidjaja)

(Hillary Clinton greeted supporters during a campaign appearance in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Photo: Rudy K. Lawidjaja)

The announcement was made Wednesday, October 12 by the National Gay Media Association, a trade group of the country’s major-market legacy LGBT newspapers. NGMA members have a combined circulation in print and online of more than 1 million readers a week.

The Bay Area Reporter is part of the NGMA and endorsed Clinton back in May, ahead of the California primary.

But some of the other LGBT publications rarely – or ever – make endorsements in a presidential race. Some don’t make election endorsements at all.

For example, NGMA member Dallas Voice has never endorsed for any race in its 32 years.

The Windy City Times in Chicago is endorsing Clinton after having only endorsed a presidential candidate once in 16 years. That was for Barack Obama in 2008, publisher Tracy Baim told the B.A.R. in an email.

Baim said her paper previously endorsed at all levels of races, but stopped in 2000.

“The race for president is showing this country a clear choice of moving backward or moving forward on LGBTQ and other human rights,” Baim, also a spokeswoman for NGMA, said in a statement. “We know that the LGBTQ community is made up of diverse political voices. But the homophobia, transphobia, racism, anti-immigrant, and sexist nature of Republican candidate Donald Trump means that we can’t sit on the sidelines this election season.”

Clinton made history last week when she penned an opinion piece for NGMA member paper Philadelphia Gay News. In it, she talked about how, as president, she would advance the historic pro-LGBTQ equality agenda she and her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, have embraced.

“If I’m fortunate enough to be president, I’ll protect that progress we’ve fought so hard to achieve – and I’ll keep fighting until every American can live free from discrimination and prejudice,” Clinton wrote.

The other NGMA papers are: the Washington Blade, Between the Lines (Detroit), Bay Windows (Boston), Georgia Voice, South Florida Gay News (Ft. Lauderdale), Watermark (Orlando), Gay City News (New York), and the Pride LA (Los Angeles).

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— Cynthia Laird, October 12, 2016 @ 6:51 am PST
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National Park Service releases LGBTQ theme study

The National Park Service used the occasion of National Coming Out Day (October 11) to release its mammoth history of the LGBTQ community, which preservationists hope will assist in the protection of various LGBTQ historic sites across the country.


Called “LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History,” the document, at more than 1,200 pages, looks at several U.S. cities, as well as demographic groups such as African-American, Asian-American, Latino/a, two-spirit, and transgender people.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who oversees the Park Service, is expected to be on a conference call with reporters later Tuesday to discuss the theme study.

Events that took place in San Francisco, as well as leaders within the local LGBT community, can be found throughout the document. Among those mentioned are the Compton’s Cafeteria riot of 1966, the late gay supervisor Harvey Milk, the early lesbian group Daughters of Bilitis, the late historian Alan Berube, and bisexual leader Lani Ka’ahumanu, who was a peer reviewer of the study.

LGBTs and straight allies involved with the project praised the Park Service for completing the document, which was edited by Megan Springate, a queer woman who is seeking her Ph.D. in archaeology at the University of Maryland.

“I am really pleased that the Park Service is really expanding the entire system so that all Americans of every walk of life can have some experience they can relate to in the park system,” said Santa Rosa Junior College anthropology Professor Sandra Hollimon, a straight ally whose husband is a retired California state park ranger. “I am absolutely delighted these park sites in the system are being honored.”

The Bay Area Reporter will have a story on its website later Tuesday morning and more on the theme study in Thursday’s paper.

– Matthew S. Bajko and Cynthia Laird

— Cynthia Laird, October 11, 2016 @ 5:00 am PST
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‘San Francisco AF’ campaign to help Strut health center

San Francisco AF at the Castro Street Fair (Photo: SFAF)

San Francisco AF at the Castro Street Fair (Photo: SFAF)

San Francisco AIDS Foundation has launched the “San Francisco AF” campaign to benefit Strut, its health center at 470 Castro Street.

Donations range from $5 for a pack postcards to $30 for a T-shirt, tote bag, and the postcards.

Strut, which opened in January, offers HIV testing and counseling, among other services.

The nonprofit is letting people decide for themselves what “AF” stands for, but a flashing logo suggests it means “As Fuck,” and an email from the group says, “And yes, ‘AF’ means what you think it means, millennials!”

The campaign officially debuted Sunday, October 2 at the Castro Street Fair.

Strut “is leading our work at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in turning the tide of HIV in San Francisco,” the nonprofit, which is playing a key role in the city’s Getting to Zero campaign, said in an email.

“What could be more San Francisco AF than reaching zero new HIV transmissions, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero HIV stigma?”


— Seth Hemmelgarn, October 5, 2016 @ 4:52 pm PST
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Gay actor George Takei among 2016 CA Hall of Fame inductees

CA Hal of Fame inductee George Takei. Photo: courtesy Takei's Facebook page.

CA Hall of Fame inductee George Takei. Photo: courtesy Takei’s Facebook page.

Gay actor George Takei is among the 2016 California Hall of Fame inductees, the second time a member of the LGBT community has been granted such an honor during Governor Jerry Brown’s current term.

Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, along with the California Museum, announced the 10th class of inductees in a news release issued today (Monday, October 3).

“I am a proud second generation Californian, humbled to be honored by a state singular in its beauty, diversity and dynamism,” stated Takei, famous for his role as Lieutenant Sulu in the science fiction series Star Trek and a vocal supporter of LGBT rights. “To be inducted to join the inspiring trail blazers in the arts, industry, academia, sports and political affairs is an honor beyond words. This is truly the Golden State.”

Last year gay British artist David Hockney was inducted into the hall. It was the first time the Brown administration had named an LGBT inductee.

There had been a community effort to have the late gay icon and drag queen Jose Julio Sarria, who was the first gay person to seek public office when he sought a San Francisco supervisor seat in 1961, be inducted last year. The backers of the campaign had hoped to see him be inducted this year.

Created in 2006 by the California Museum, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his now estranged wife, Maria Shriver, who is also an inductee this year, the Hall of Fame honors residents of the state who have made lasting contributions to society. Honorees receive the Spirit of California medal, and their accomplishments become part of the permanent record in the California State Archives.

As the Bay Area Reporter noted in a January 2015 story, there are few LGBT people among the more than 110 people who have been selected for the hall. The list now includes two lesbians and three gay men, as well as a female inductee who has had same-sex relationships but does not identify as lesbian or bisexual.

In 2009 Schwarzenegger and Shriver chose the late gay Supervisor Harvey Milk as a member of the fourth class to be inducted.

They had selected tennis great Billie Jean King, an out lesbian, to be among the first class picked a decade ago. The biographies for both King and Milk posted on the California Museum’s website mention their ties to the LGBT community.

Also among the inaugural group was astronaut Sally Ride, but her online bio does not mention that she came out as a lesbian upon her death in 2012.

The bio for another member of the first class, author Alice Walker, does not disclose that her lovers have included singer Tracy Chapman.

Joining Takei and Shriver as the other 2016 inductees are acclaimed author Isabel Allende; film icon Harrison Ford; baseball legend Tony Gwynn; distinguished artist and social justice advocate Corita Kent; former U.S. Secretary of Defense and nuclear deterrence expert William J. Perry; and music business pioneer Russ Solomon.

The induction ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 30 at the California Museum, located at 1020 O Street in Sacramento.

In addition to the ceremony, inductees will be commemorated with an exhibition of artifacts highlighting their lives and achievements, which opens to the public at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 1 at the California Museum.

— Matthew S. Bajko, October 3, 2016 @ 1:57 pm PST
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