Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 25 / 22 June 2017

SF Pride to show resistance

This year's San Francisco Pride parade and celebration theme, "A Celebration of Diversity," could also be seen as a rebuttal to the administration of President Donald Trump, whose bigotry during his campaign drew the fervent support of anti-LGBT activists, white supremacists, and others opposed to equality. (read more)


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CA may ban travel to Texas, other states

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is considering adding Texas and three other states to the travel ban list his office oversees after the governors in the quartet of states signed anti-LGBT legislation into law in recent months. (read more)

SF Dyke March marks 25 years

Thousands of queer women will take over Mission Dolores Park – and the streets of San Francisco – June 24 for the San Francisco Dyke March's 25th anniversary. (read more)

Queer homeless rate flat, but youth figures rise

At 30 percent, the portion of homeless people in San Francisco who identify as LGBTQ is almost unchanged from 2015, but almost half of the city's homeless youth say they're LGBTQ, marking an increase from two years ago, according to new reports from the city. (read more)

Man claims 'AIDS panic' by SF prosecutors

A gay San Francisco man says that prosecutors recently tried unsuccessfully to use an "AIDS panic defense" to convince jurors that he had wanted to infect a sheriff's deputy by biting him during a 2014 altercation. (read more)

Supes reseat DeJesus on police panel

Lesbian San Francisco Police Commissioner Petra DeJesus is set to rejoin the police oversight panel after the Board of Supervisors voted 8-1 Tuesday to approve her for another term. (read more)

Pride flag flies at SF City Hall

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) waves to the crowd following the raising of the rainbow flag on City Hall Monday, June 19 to kick off a week of Pride activities. (read more)

Race is on for SF District 8 supervisor seat

With less than a year to go before the first ballots are cast, the race for the District 8 seat on San Francisco's Board of Supervisors is in full swing. (read more)

Pride 2017: Martinez advances visibility for South Bay LGBTQs

San Jose native Maribel Martinez is paving the path for how counties across the nation can build comprehensive targeted programs and services to address the needs of LGBTQ residents. (read more)

Palm Springs offers summer deals

I was eating lunch at the Hacienda at Warm Sands in Palm Springs last Tuesday in 92-degree heat and an hour later I was working off the meal on a hike in Mount San Jacinto State Park, where it was a very comfortable 60 degrees. (read more)

Bay Area company accused of anti-trans bias

A transgender man is accusing a Bay Area educational technology company of firing him because he said online that it practiced discrimination. (read more)

Danish brewery offers cheers to Pride

Danish brewery Mikkeller introduced Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy IPA with a label depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump embraced in an impassionate lip-lock. (read more)

Pride 2017: Navarro offers message in sex-positive massage

Lance Navarro, a gay porn model and escort, doesn't fit the stereotype of most in his field. (read more)

Pride 2017: Basinger provides a lifeline for HIVers and others

Brian Basinger has known what its like to live in fear. (read more)

Book on marriage fight shares the long view

It doesn't seem possible that yet another book has been written about marriage equality after an avalanche of titles in the last three years. (read more)

LGBT caucus celebrates Pride Month

The California Legislative LGBT Caucus honored 10 LGBT individuals and one group Monday, June 19 during a special ceremony declaring June as Pride Month. (read more)

SF supervisors honor LGBTs

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors honored LGBT residents for Pride Month at its meeting Tuesday, June 20. (read more)

Pelosi honored at AIDS grove

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), center, planted a magnolia tree near the main entrance of the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park Saturday, June 17. (read more)

Dykes on Bikes applauds high court trademark ruling

Score one for the Dykes on Bikes. The long-standing organization of lesbian motorcycle enthusiasts filed a brief recently with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting an effort by the Slants, an Asian-American band that sought to trademark its name. In a decision issued Monday, June 19, the Supreme Court ruled 8-0 that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office violated the Asian-American group's First Amendment right to freedom of speech when it denied it the right to register a trademark on the name. (read more)


The June 15 article "SOMA alley leather walk takes shape," should have described in the list of people honored with bootprints Chuck Arnett as an iconic leather artist and Alexis Sorel as a co-founder of The 15. (read more)

Political Notebook: Santa Clara supes approve $1M for LGBT services

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has designated $1 million for LGBT programs in Fiscal Year 2017-2018, which starts July 1. (read more)

News Briefs: Latino pageant promotes wellness

The 26th annual Miss and Mr. Safe Latino pageant will be held Thursday (June 22) from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street in San Francisco. (read more)

Warriors celebrate NBA title

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, right, was joined by his wife, Ayesha, as the two rode on the top of a double-decker bus during the June 15 parade celebrating the team's second NBA championship in three seasons. (read more)

Jock Talk: A tale from the AIDS/LifeCycle

I'm not usually a betting man, but I'll wager you this: My doctor is way cooler than your doctor. (read more)

Transmissions: A Target for Pride

It was 25 years ago this year that I began to come out in earnest as a trans woman. My wife and I both came out as bisexual around the same time. Depending on how you want to count things, she and I have been in a lesbian relationship for about as long. (read more)

Pride 2017 Changemakers

Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker, who died ealier this year, was a changemaker. (read more)

Pride 2017: Trans pastor and police chaplain helps others

There's a trans pastor in San Francisco who has fostered change by ministering to a congregation in the Outer Sunset, an area of the city not known for its wealth of LGBTQ institutions. (read more)

Pride 2017: Medical cannabis CEO leads the way to better products

When it comes to high quality medical marijuana, Erich Pearson keeps raising the bar. (read more)

Pride 2017: Turner works to open dialogue through games

During these dark days of the imploding Trump administration, advocates say it has become imperative for groups with similar progressive goals to dialogue with each other, to deal with differences so they can better appreciate and work together to foster similarities. (read more)

Pride 2017: Gay attorney realizes dream of helping refugees

People seeking asylum in the United States usually face a difficult process, and it can be even more complicated for LGBTs trying to flee hostile homelands. (read more)

Pride 2017: Brown works to address tech equity

Cedric Brown, a gay man of color, has found his calling innovatively addressing issues of equity in tech. (read more)

Pride 2017: Violinist breaks barriers with SF Symphony

San Francisco Symphony violinist Eliot Lev came out with a bang this year – and made a little history too. (read more)

Pride 2017: The 'Cov' opens doors for homeless youth

Situated just a few blocks from Jack London Square, in Oakland's Historic Waterfront Warehouse District, sits a large building that California Governor Jerry Brown lived in when he was mayor of the East Bay city. (read more)

Pride 2017: Woods changes East Bay trans lives

For almost 15 years, transgender activist Tiffany Woods has been working to strengthen the trans community in the East Bay. (read more)

Pride 2017: Gay mayor reshapes West Sacto

Headed to the Bay Area one weekend in 1993, Christopher Cabaldon realized he needed to return to his Sacramento home to retrieve a forgotten item. (read more)

Pride 2017: OFC provides a lifeline for LGBTQ families

As Renata Moreira, executive director of San Francisco-based Our Family Coalition said, empowering others and fighting against injustice is more than just her job, it's her calling. (read more)

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