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SF planners OK medical use, housing at former gay burlesque venue

SF planners OK medical use, housing at former gay burlesque venue

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Dec 15, 2022

The San Francisco Planning Commission on November 15 approved conditional use authorization for the historic building that once housed the Nob Hill Theatre.

  With 2023 inauguration plans, Newsom again trolls right-wing extremists

With 2023 inauguration plans, Newsom again trolls right-wing extremists

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 15, 2022

Ever since California Governor Gavin Newsom easily defeated a right-wing backed recall against him last year, he has been on a roll trolling his conservative detractors and transphobic Republican counterparts in other states.

Out in the World:  Barbados high court decriminalizes homosexuality

Out in the World: Barbados high court decriminalizes homosexuality

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Dec 15, 2022

Barbados this week became the third Caribbean island country to strike down colonial-era anti-sodomy laws used to criminalize homosexuality this year.

Li makes history as BART board president

Li makes history as BART board president

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Dec 15, 2022

BART Director Janice Li made history Thursday when she became the first queer woman of color to be elected president of the regional transit agency's board.

FDA may allow more gay men to donate blood

FDA may allow more gay men to donate blood

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Dec 14, 2022

Gay and bisexual men may soon be allowed to donate blood without a fixed period of sexual abstinence, the federal Food and Drug Administration announced late last month in response to a Wall Street Journal report about the policy change.

Tenderloin merchant group starts petition to demand tax refund over drug crisis

Tenderloin merchant group starts petition to demand tax refund over drug crisis

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Dec 14, 2022

Some merchants in the Tenderloin want a refund of city taxes and fees because of their cost of doing business amid the crime and drug dealing on the neighborhood's streets.

Biden signs marriage bill

Biden signs marriage bill

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Dec 13, 2022

President Joe Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act Tuesday, marking the first significant piece of LGBTQ rights legislation to become law in a decade.

LGBTQ Agenda: Report highlights how lack of IDs impacts trans people

LGBTQ Agenda: Report highlights how lack of IDs impacts trans people

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Dec 13, 2022

A new report highlights issues faced by trans people and others who lack government-issued identification.

SFPD announces arrest in Castro-area homicide near Safeway

SFPD announces arrest in Castro-area homicide near Safeway

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Dec 12, 2022

A suspect in a Castro-area homicide wo months ago has been arrested and is being held in San Francisco County Jail.

Bisexual SoCal Assembly candidate Holstege concedes, won't seek recount

Bisexual SoCal Assembly candidate Holstege concedes, won't seek recount

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 12, 2022

Palm Springs City Councilmember Christy Holstege conceded Monday in her race for an Assembly seat after deciding against seeking a recount of her election results.

Political Notes: Bay Area cities welcome new LGBTQ leaders

Political Notes: Bay Area cities welcome new LGBTQ leaders

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 12, 2022

Cities around the Bay Area are welcoming new LGBTQ leaders this month and next, following the outcomes of local elections on the November 8 ballot.

SF health department expands mpox vaccine recommendations

SF health department expands mpox vaccine recommendations

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Dec 9, 2022

The San Francisco Department of Public Health on Friday dropped eligibility criteria for the mpox vaccine and now says that anyone at risk should be able to get the shot.

Out in the World: Russia's beleaguered LGBTQ community faces harsher crackdown

Out in the World: Russia's beleaguered LGBTQ community faces harsher crackdown

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Dec 9, 2022

Russia swung a one-two punch at its LGBTQ community by expanding two laws — Foreign Agents and Anti-Homosexuality Propaganda.

Castro Theatre hearing postponement angers supporters of landmarking movie house's interior

Castro Theatre hearing postponement angers supporters of landmarking movie house's interior

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Dec 8, 2022

Much to the dismay of many who attended Wednesday's San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission meeting, the seven-member body voted to continue the hearing on the landmark status of the Castro Theatre until February 1.