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

Petition aims to rename street after Bubbles, slain SF artist

Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 1.55.00 PMAn effort is underway to have a street named after Bubbles, the queer San Francisco artist who was shot dead Saturday morning, September 9 in the Tenderloin district.

As of Thursday morning, more than 5,300 people had signed a petition to rename Myrtle Street, near the site where the 44-year-old was killed, renamed.

Bubbles, who was also known as Anthony Torres, was reportedly gunned down after being chased from the New Century Theater strip club at 816 Larkin Street at about 3 a.m. Saturday. Police haven’t announced any arrests in the case.

Torres was well known for his big blond wigs, his love of music and dancing, and his honesty.

Marke Bieschke, who used generic pronouns for Torres, described his longtime friend as “a very sweet and gentle person at heart” who freely doled out hugs and snow cones. However, Torres was also “very unfiltered in what they said.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, September 13, 2017 @ 2:43 pm PST
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