Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 38 / 21 September 2017

Folsom fair nixes beer partner

If you were hoping to purchase a cold one at this Sunday's Folsom Street Fair served up by hot men (or women) wearing wrestling singlets, you're out of luck. (read more)


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Merchants hear plans for Castro hotel

The forgettable facade of 4230 18th Street might become the site of the Castro district's first official hotel. (read more)

Legislators send CA governor 7 LGBT bills

State lawmakers sent Governor Jerry Brown seven LGBT-related bills this session that, if signed into law, will change how California oversees identification documents for transgender or gender non-conforming people, penalizes people who are HIV-positive, and tracks registered sex offenders. (read more)

Health panel hears of drop in HIV infections

The health department presented its latest HIV epidemiology report at a San Francisco Health Commission meeting Tuesday, September 19, showing that new HIV diagnoses continue to decline, with decreases seen across racial and ethnic groups. (read more)

Officials set to help homeless at BART stations

Officials in San Francisco are working to help homeless people and drug offenders while cleaning up several BART transit stations. (read more)

Pussy Riot founder urges change in a Trump world

From the time she was a child, Pussy Riot founder Nadya Tolokno realized there was "something very wrong about the gender roles" assigned by society. (read more)

Nurse delivers pointed speech at SFAF gala

Longtime former HIV nurse Diane Jones enlivened the crowd at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation's Tribute celebration, urging them to keep fighting, especially in the current political climate when access to health care is under attack. (read more)

AIDS grove unveils hemophilia memorial

For Val D. Bias, a longtime survivor of hemophilia and HIV, the remembrance was long overdue. Bias, CEO of the National Hemophilia Foundation, flew in from the East Coast to attend Saturday's installation of the Hemophilia Memorial Circle at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. (read more)

UN LGBT expert steps down

The United Nations first independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, Vitit Muntarbhorn, has resigned, citing health and caretaker issues. (read more)

Political Notebook: Log Cabin Republicans mark 40th anniversary

There is ongoing debate whether the San Francisco or Orange County chapter formed first, but what is without question is that 40 years ago LGBT Republicans and their straight allies in California launched what would become known as Log Cabin Republicans. (read more)

News Briefs: Law school to hold name change clinic

The Berkeley School of Law will hold a name and gender change workshop Wednesday, September 27 from 6 to 8 p. (read more)

Resist: The empire strikes back

Every action spurs an equal and opposite reaction, so recent moves by the city of Berkeley to criminalize dissent are far from surprising. (read more)

Seeing in the Dark: Group works to connect disabled people with hurricane help

People with communication disabilities, such as ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), Down syndrome, aphasia caused by a stroke, and some forms of cerebral palsy and autism, are the most vulnerable during and after disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. (read more)

Online Extra: Political Notes: CA AG to keynote BAYMEC brunch

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will be the keynote speaker at a South Bay LGBT political group's gala next month. (read more)

Online Extra: Gays Across America: Stanford study links facial features, sexual orientation

Stanford University researchers are responding to national LGBTQ groups that have called their study on using artificial intelligence to determine sexual orientation "dangerous and flawed. (read more)

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