Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

News Briefs: Runway pageant celebrates creativity


Mister GAPA 2016 Jeffry Arcam, left, and Miss GAPA Juicy Liu (Michael Nguyen) stood on stage at last year's Runway. Photo: Courtesy GAPA Foundation
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The Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Foundation will hold "GAPA Runway 29: Slayyyvatar, the Legend of GAPA" Saturday, August 26 at 7 p.m. in the Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue.

A San Francisco summer tradition, GAPA Runway began as a grassroots event that plays on the glamour of traditional pageants while pushing the outer boundaries of self-expression. The highlight is the crowning of Mister and Miss GAPA 2017, who will spend the next year raising funds and awareness for GAPA Foundation's philanthropic work nationwide.

But before the winners are announced, the pageant showcases candidates exploring their creativity and self-expression within a framework of camp, comedy, and fun.

While highlighting Asian and Pacific Islander and LGBT expression, GAPA Runway at its core is a celebratory showcase of API LGBTQ achievement.

This year's judges will be Alma Soonghi Beck, a former board member of Transgender Law Center; Frances Chung, principal dancer for the San Francisco Ballet; Amini Fonua, Tongan Olympic swimmer; state Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell); Lee Opelina, chef at Province SF; Amy Sueyoshi, associate dean of ethnic studies at San Francisco State University; Anny Hong, KRON 4 news anchor and meteorologist; and Phillip Hua, professor of digital media at Academy of Art University.

Sir Whitney Queers, Mister GAPA 2013, and Jezebel Patel, Miss GAPA 2012 will emcee this year's event.

All proceeds will benefit the GAPA Foundation's scholarships and community grants.

Tickets range from $20 to $50 and are available at The event is expected to sell out.


Dolores Park safety meeting

In light of the recent daytime shooting at Mission Dolores Park, in which three people were wounded, District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy will hold a safety meeting Monday, August 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Dolores Park Church, 455 Dolores Street in San Francisco.

In a Facebook event listing, Sheehy said that he organized the meeting to discuss public safety with San Francisco Police Department officials and other city agencies operating in the park.

"All neighbors are encouraged to attend so that we can have a discussion on how the city and community can collaborate together to make Dolores Park a safe and inviting space for all," he said in the announcement.

The shooting took place August 3 just after 3 p.m. on the pedestrian bridge and the statue of Miguel Hidalgo near Church Street.

Police said last week that the incident appeared to be targeted and they are looking for five suspects. It is not known if the victims were the intended targets or bystanders. No arrests have been made.


Duboce Park movie night or

Benefit for queer women of color group


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