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As monkeypox rates decline, SF officials express cautious optimism

As monkeypox rates decline, SF officials express cautious optimism

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Sep 9, 2022

Monkeypox infection rates are falling in San Francisco, as well as other parts of the United States but, as officials warned at a press conference Friday, the country isn't out of the woods yet.

Newsom signs budget bill that includes MPX funding

Newsom signs budget bill that includes MPX funding

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Sep 8, 2022

After the California Senate and Assembly last week each approved a $41 million emergency budget appropriation for the state's public health response to the monkeypox outbreak, the measure was signed into law Tuesday by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Out in the Bay: Project Open Hand: 'Meals with Love' then and now

Out in the Bay: Project Open Hand: 'Meals with Love' then and now

  • by Eric Jansen
  • Sep 8, 2022

In 1985, Ruth Brinker, a grandmother and retired food service worker at the time, started cooking and delivering nutritious meals to San Francisco gay men debilitated by HIV/AIDS.

Out in the World: Gay Italian consul general celebrates filmmaker Pasolini

Out in the World: Gay Italian consul general celebrates filmmaker Pasolini

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Sep 8, 2022

A three-month celebration of gay Italian artist and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini kicks off at the Castro Theater this month.

Federal judge rules insurance companies can refuse to cover PrEP

Federal judge rules insurance companies can refuse to cover PrEP

  • by Christopher Kane, Washington Blade
  • Sep 8, 2022

A federal judge on September 7 ruled against a federal mandate that requires employer provided health plans to cover PrEP, a drug used for the prevention of HIV.

Oakland mayoral candidate calls out rivals over antisemitism, transphobia

Oakland mayoral candidate calls out rivals over antisemitism, transphobia

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Sep 7, 2022

One of the leading candidates for Oakland mayor has called out her rivals and demanded that two minor candidates exit the race after they posted alleged antisemitic comments related to an upcoming forum and one exhibited bias against the trans community.

San Francisco LGBTQ leaders provide Dutch queen a royal welcome

San Francisco LGBTQ leaders provide Dutch queen a royal welcome

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 6, 2022

LGBTQ officials provided a royal welcome to Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and other Dutch officials Tuesday as they toured San Francisco's Castro district.

Groups canceling events at Castro Theatre, Another Planet says

Groups canceling events at Castro Theatre, Another Planet says

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Sep 2, 2022

The continuing furor over proposed renovations to the Castro Theatre is having an impact on the day-to-day operations of the beloved movie palace, according to an employee of Another Planet Entertainment, which now manages it.

Right-wing media loving Castro merchants' protest letter to SF

Right-wing media loving Castro merchants' protest letter to SF

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Sep 2, 2022

Right-wing media is having a field day with the news that members of the Castro Merchants Association are threatening civil disobedience if SF leaders don't step in and take action to help groups like theirs deal with the onslaught of encampments.

Political Notebook: Biden nominates out lawyer to northern CA judgeship

Political Notebook: Biden nominates out lawyer to northern CA judgeship

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 2, 2022

Should San Francisco attorney P. Casey Pitts be confirmed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California then he would be the only LGBT Article III judge actively serving on the court, according to the White House.

With Dutch king ill, Queen Máxima will lead delegation on SF visit

With Dutch king ill, Queen Máxima will lead delegation on SF visit

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Sep 1, 2022

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands has had to cancel his planned visit to San Francisco after he became ill with pneumonia and was advised against traveling.

CA lawmakers OK $41M for monkeypox response

CA lawmakers OK $41M for monkeypox response

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Aug 31, 2022

The California Senate on Wednesday approved a $41 million emergency budget appropriation for the state's public health response to the monkeypox outbreak.

Protections for out-of-state transgender youth and their parents heads to Newsom's desk

Protections for out-of-state transgender youth and their parents heads to Newsom's desk

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 31, 2022

California legislators have adopted protections for parents who bring their transgender children to the Golden State to access gender-affirming health care banned in their home state.

SF expands MPX vaccine eligibility, will start second doses next week

SF expands MPX vaccine eligibility, will start second doses next week

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Aug 31, 2022

SF officials have expanded eligibility for the monkeypox vaccine and starting next week, local providers will begin offering second doses of the MPX vaccine to those who've gotten the first dose.