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

Gay man wins seat on SF entertainment commission

Folsom Street Events Executive Director Demetri Moshoyannis. (Photo: Rich Stadtmiller)

Folsom Street Events Executive Director Demetri Moshoyannis. (Photo: Rich Stadtmiller)

The executive director of the Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco’s yearly fetish event, has gained a seat on the city’s entertainment commission.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted this afternoon (Tuesday, October 28) to appoint Demetri Moshoyannis, a gay man and recent adoptive father, to fill a vacancy on the nightlife oversight body. Gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, a strong advocate of seeing Moshoyannis serve on the panel, intended to administer his oath of office this evening.

Moshoyannis, 43, will fill out the rest of the term of Commissioner Naomi Akers, who resigned as the public health representative on the commission. The term for the seat ends July 1, 2017.

He joins four other out commissioners currently serving on the seven-member body. Three gay men, current president Bryant Tan, vice chair  Glendon Hyde, and Al Perez, serve alongside lesbian commissioner Audrey Joseph. Hyde, however, is expected to resign either later this year or in early 2015 as he is planning to move away to finish his college studies.

Moshoyannis had sought appointment to the commission’s industry seat in July, but the board’s rules committee gave its support to reappointing nightclub owner Steven Lee to that seat. When Akers seat became available, Moshoyannis reapplied and, earlier this month, won the backing of the rules committee.

In his application to the commission filed in September, Moshoyannis said, “As a gay man living with HIV since 1993, I have committed most of my career to addressing public health issues affecting the LGBT communities. These issues have included HIV/AIDS as well as substance abuse, mental health, sexual health, [and] homelessness. … Much of my work in public health has focused on dis-empowered demographics, especially teens and young adults.”

He added he’s been especially interested in the Castro district, where he lives, and the South of Market neighborhood, where he works.

— Matthew S. Bajko, October 28, 2014 @ 3:38 pm PST
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