Issue:  Vol. 46 / No. 48 / 1 December 2016

Pulse survivors
to light Tree of Hope

Ilka Reyes recalls being at Pulse nightclub June 12 with several friends. At one point, she went to get some water.

"While I was standing in the bar, I heard a gunshot. I didn't know if it was the music or if it was really a gunshot," Reyes, 29, said.

Someone next to her told her to get to the floor, then she was pushed.

"While I was going down to the floor I saw my pinky," she said. "One of the bullets took it off my right hand."

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Milk, Moscone remembered at vigil

Several hundred people gathered at Harvey Milk Plaza Sunday night to remember gay former Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone, who were assassinated at City Hall on November 27, 1978. (read more)

Jones shares his story

It's not an exaggeration to say that longtime gay activist Cleve Jones has been involved with every major event in San Francisco's LGBT movement since 1977, when he befriended and worked with Harvey Milk. (read more)

holiday tree

A crowd gathered at 18th and Castro streets Monday, November 28 for the lighting of the annual holiday tree. (read more)

Stud, Castro Country Club get legacy status

Two iconic LGBT businesses in San Francisco – the Stud bar and the recovery-based Castro Country Club – could get some help after the city's Small Business Commission granted them legacy business status. (read more)

SF City College faces enrollment crunch

San Francisco's community college system is facing an enrollment crunch as it anxiously awaits word on if its accreditation will be upheld and if city leaders will make good on their pledge to offer free tuition to city residents. (read more)

Trump leaves AIDS advocates feeling anxious

The election of Donald Trump has left many people with HIV, their medical providers, and advocates feeling uncertain and anxious. (read more)

CDC, UNAIDS release World AIDS Day updates

In advance of World AIDS Day (December 1), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UNAIDS released new figures on the state of the HIV epidemic in the United States and worldwide. (read more)

Safety seminar urges people to be alert, report crimes

Nationally, reported hate crimes against Jews, Muslims, LGBT people, and people of color spiked in the aftermath of the presidential election, and local community leaders held a safety seminar this week to address concerns in an era of President-elect Donald Trump. (read more)

SF man sent to prison for attack on lesbian

A San Francisco man who'd been accused of trying to kill a lesbian by attacking her with a liquor bottle has been sentenced to state prison after pleading to a less serious charge. (read more)

SPARC dispensary opens in Lower Haight

The gay-owned medical marijuana dispensary SPARC has re-opened its Lower Haight storefront following a four-month closure after its next door neighbor, Love Haight Computers, appealed the city's approval of the dispensary's business license. (read more)

Tanzania targets HIV/AIDS organizations in gay crackdown

Tanzania's Minister of Health Ummy Mwalimu has, in recent months, accused some HIV/AIDS organizations of attempting to "normalize" same-sex relationships between men. (read more)

Trump election raises housing, homelessness concerns

Federal funds for homelessness and housing programs could dry up under a Trump administration. (read more)

Anti-gay trend seen in Trump picks so far

President-elect Donald Trump's selection of an education secretary who is affiliated with the far right, anti-LGBT leadership in Michigan continues a troubling trend.
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Transgender elder looks back on her life

Candi Guerrero wants to share her story. For many years the transgender woman was a performer at Finocchio's, the legendary San Francisco drag club that closed in 1999 after a run of more than 60 years. (read more)

Political Notebook: Kaplan joins oil pipeline protesters

Oakland at-large City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan and her wife, Pamela Rosin Kaplan, spent the Thanksgiving holiday week camped in a van at Cannon Ball, North Dakota, along with thousands of other protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline. (read more)

News Briefs: Gay man tapped to lead GGNRA

A gay man is returning to San Francisco to lead the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. (read more)

Jock Talk: Heavy lifting

Gay Games X in Paris in 2018 will be the first Gay Games not to offer powerlifting.
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Bay Area Cannasseur: Holiday gift ideas abound for cannabis users

Gift shopping for the marijuana users – medicinal or otherwise – in your life? Dozens of new products are on the shelves, from the ridiculous (14K gold rolling papers) to the sublime (a coordinated set of smoking utensils and accessories made from sustainably grown American Black Walnut and hand blown glass).(read more)

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