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In sophomore year, SF Supervisor Dorsey talks new police staffing proposals, recovery as the 'new closet'

In sophomore year, SF Supervisor Dorsey talks new police staffing proposals, recovery as the 'new closet'

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 3, 2024

With his initial proposal hitting a political roadblock earlier this year, gay District 6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey is working on a new charter amendment to bolster staffing levels at the San Francisco Police Department.

Judy Shepard, Pelosi lead list of Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients

Judy Shepard, Pelosi lead list of Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • May 3, 2024

The mother of a slain gay college student and the first female speaker of the U.S. House will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, President Joe Biden announced Friday, May 3, the day of the ceremony.

'Hell no! This is the Castro:' Merchants seek to burnish LGBTQ neighborhood's nightlife image

'Hell no! This is the Castro:' Merchants seek to burnish LGBTQ neighborhood's nightlife image

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 2, 2024

Business leaders in the Castro are working to put a new shine on the LGBTQ neighborhood's nightlife reputation amid concerns it is losing out to the South of Market area.

After uproar, Breed to include San Francisco STD clinic in bond measure

After uproar, Breed to include San Francisco STD clinic in bond measure

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 2, 2024

Money to purchase a new home for San Francisco's public health clinic focused on treating and preventing sexually transmitted infections is now set to be included in a bond measure city leaders intend to put before voters on the November 5 ballot.

Gay Olympian Kenworthy promotes mental health at SF event

Gay Olympian Kenworthy promotes mental health at SF event

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 2, 2024

In Washington, D.C. for this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner in late April, gay former Olympian Gus Kenworthy was invited to tour the White House with first lady Jill Biden, Ph.D.

Mahogany tapped to lead SF trans initiatives office

Mahogany tapped to lead SF trans initiatives office

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 2, 2024

A trans person who was once passed over by Mayor London Breed for an open supervisor seat will now join her administration as leader of the San Francisco Office of Transgender Initiatives.

Low wins recount in congressional race, will advance to November

Low wins recount in congressional race, will advance to November

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • May 1, 2024

Gay state Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Cupertino) won the recount vote in the hotly contested 16th Congressional District race by five votes, meaning he will face former San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo (D) in November.

Census bureau plans testing LGBTQ questions on monthly survey

Census bureau plans testing LGBTQ questions on monthly survey

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 1, 2024

The U.S. Census Bureau intends to test sexual orientation and gender identity questions on its American Community Survey beginning this summer and continuing into next year.

Group warns of anti-LGBTQ 'Project 2025'

Group warns of anti-LGBTQ 'Project 2025'

  • by J.L. Odom
  • May 1, 2024

If former President Donald Trump is again elected president in November, far-right extremist groups led by the Heritage Foundation have a transition plan already outlined that critics say will strip rights from people.

Editorial: Mental health care needed for LGBTQ youth

Editorial: Mental health care needed for LGBTQ youth

  • by BAR Editorial Board
  • May 1, 2024

The Trevor Project released its 2024 National Survey on the Mental Health of LGBTQ+ Young People this week, and it should come as no surprise that queer youth continue to report high rates of mental health challenges.

Political Notebook: Takano predicts doubling of LGBTQ caucus in Congress

Political Notebook: Takano predicts doubling of LGBTQ caucus in Congress

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 1, 2024

At the moment there are nine LGBTQ members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Transmissions: A time to breathe

Transmissions: A time to breathe

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • May 1, 2024

You really do not need me to tell you how bleak things are right now for the trans community.

News Briefs: Groups launch downtown SF street parties

News Briefs: Groups launch downtown SF street parties

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • May 1, 2024

A coalition of organizations is launching Downtown First Thursdays, a free all-ages street party that will take place the first Thursdays of the month from 5 to 10 p.m. It starts May 2 and runs through April 2025, a news release stated.

Guest Opinion: Join me to Drag Out The Vote

Guest Opinion: Join me to Drag Out The Vote

  • by Afrika America
  • May 1, 2024

How did I sashay into this thing called voter advocacy? I'm lucky and proud to say that I have cast a ballot in almost every election I've been eligible to vote in since I turned 18.