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



Cheer San Francisco performed at the San Francisco Pride Parade.(Photo: Rick Gerharter)
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Best LGBT blog/website

The Bay Area Reporter's website,, was the winner in this new category. The B.A.R. , founded in 1971, was late to the Internet, with its website going live in September 2005. But the site quickly caught on and is praised for its easy-to-use format. A blog feature allows reporters to post items quickly. The paper's active Facebook page regularly shares our award-winning original content from the website and is part of our multi-platform for readers. People can also sign up for the free weekly email newsletter. Get the latest news and information on arts, entertainment, and culture from the Bay Area – and America's – oldest, best-read LGBT newspaper.

Bay Area Reporter, 395 9th Street, San Francisco, (415) 861-5019.

Best LGBT nonprofit

Cheer San Francisco

The Bay Area's favorite philanthropic cheerleading squad was formed by Guy Andrade in 1980. After some name changes and other affiliations, it moved to San Francisco and became its own 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2004 called the Cheer for Life Foundation Inc. This platform allows the LGBT and ally pep squad to raise funds, which it gives back to the community, providing support to HIV/AIDS organizations and other groups. Their athleticism, teamwork, and esprit de corps has earned them a reputation of respect and admiration amongst the collegiate cheer squads in the region with whom they participate at annual cheer camps. They have gone from pursuing performance opportunities to being sought-after as featured performers at large scale events, including LGBT Pride parades and professional sporting organizations.

Cheer San Francisco,,

Best LGBT Sports League

SF Gay Softball League

The San Francisco Gay Softball League has been a longtime fixture in the LGBT community. SFGSL Commissioner Vincent Fuqua said that the league, now in its 41st year, boasts 64 teams and over 1,000 members.

The league has spring and fall seasons and is divided into two divisions, the Open Division (co-ed) and the Women's Division. Each division is broken down into A, B, C, D level teams. Games are played most Sundays at fields around the city.

San Francisco Gay Softball League,

Simply the Best!

See all the other winners in Best of the Gays 2013. (read more)

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