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News Briefs: B.A.R.'s Besties voting is now underway

News Briefs: B.A.R.'s Besties voting is now underway

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 9, 2022

Voting is open for the Bay Area Reporter's readers' poll known as the Besties.

District 6 SF supervisor candidates keep it polite at forum

District 6 SF supervisor candidates keep it polite at forum

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Aug 9, 2022

The four candidates vying for the District 6 supervisorial seat, which is up for grabs in this November's election, faced off in a polite first major debate of the campaign.

Lesbian author and activist Elana Dykewomon dies

Lesbian author and activist Elana Dykewomon dies

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 9, 2022

Lesbian author Elana Dykewomon died in her Oakland home August 7, just hours before a staged reading of her first play over Zoom. She was 72.

Lesbian trailblazer Pat Norman dies

Lesbian trailblazer Pat Norman dies

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 8, 2022

Pat Norman, a trailblazing lesbian in San Francisco who became a "first" in some important city appointments, died August 5 at an assisted living facility in Las Vegas. She was 82.

SF supervisors ratify monkeypox emergency declaration

SF supervisors ratify monkeypox emergency declaration

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 8, 2022

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously ratified the city's public health emergency declaration for the monkeypox outbreak at a special meeting August 8.

Experts and advocates discuss HIV — and monkeypox — at global confab

Experts and advocates discuss HIV — and monkeypox — at global confab

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Aug 8, 2022

The International AIDS Conference wrapped up in Montreal, where the monkeypox outbreak was also discussed.

SF DA Jenkins addresses Castro merchants, lays out ideas

SF DA Jenkins addresses Castro merchants, lays out ideas

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Aug 4, 2022

At Thursday's meeting of the Castro Merchants Association, members had the chance to speak with District Attorney Brooke Jenkins, who laid out ideas to help the neighborhood's business owners tackle the ongoing issues of petty theft and vandalism.

US declares public health emergency for monkeypox

US declares public health emergency for monkeypox

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 4, 2022

The U.S. declared a public health emergency for the monkeypox outbreak and federal officials are considering a new way to get more doses out of a vial of Jynneos, the vaccine currently used.

Russian court convicts Brittney Griner, who's sentenced to 9 years in penal colony

Russian court convicts Brittney Griner, who's sentenced to 9 years in penal colony

  • by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade
  • Aug 4, 2022

A Russian court on Thursday found WNBA star Brittney Griner guilty of charges that she smuggled drugs into the country.

Wiener to chair new Senate committee on monkeypox

Wiener to chair new Senate committee on monkeypox

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 3, 2022

With monkeypox cases rising in California, state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has been tapped to chair a new senate committee on the virus.

LGBTQ Agenda: InterACT hails HHS intersex rule proposal for ACA

LGBTQ Agenda: InterACT hails HHS intersex rule proposal for ACA

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Aug 2, 2022

It was an announcement Maddie Moran, and countless others like them, had waited a long time to hear.

Newsom declares monkeypox emergency in CA

Newsom declares monkeypox emergency in CA

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 1, 2022

Three days after California public health officials declined to issue a state of emergency for the monkeypox outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom did so late Monday afternoon.

LGBTQ Asians push to stem hate crimes tide

LGBTQ Asians push to stem hate crimes tide

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 1, 2022

LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Californians are part of a coalition of community groups and state lawmakers pushing to stem a tide of hate crimes against API individuals and others that has been rising since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senate vote on marriage bill pushed back to Sept.

Senate vote on marriage bill pushed back to Sept.

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Aug 1, 2022

Hope for a quick vote on the Respect for Marriage Act in the U.S. Senate this week has faded, but lesbian Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) said over the weekend that she has 10 Republican senators willing to vote for the measure.