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Gay former mayor pleads no contest in child sex abuse case

Gay former mayor pleads no contest in child sex abuse case

  • by Sari Staver
  • Jan 31, 2023

A gay former Sebastopol mayor and cannabis entrepreneur was convicted of six felony crimes involving the sexual abuse of a child.

Utah trucker arrested in Concord trans cold case murder

Utah trucker arrested in Concord trans cold case murder

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 31, 2023

A Utah man was arrested January 27 in the 29-year-old cold case murder of a trans woman in Concord.

Biden administration aims to improve LGBTQ data

Biden administration aims to improve LGBTQ data

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 31, 2023

The Biden administration is moving forward on a plan aimed at improving the federal government's knowledge about the needs of LGBTQ Americans.

LGBTQ Agenda: MCC minister takes helm of LGBTQ religious studies center this year

LGBTQ Agenda: MCC minister takes helm of LGBTQ religious studies center this year

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 31, 2023

The Reverend Dr. Roland Stringfellow was already in Baptist ministry when he came out of the closet as a gay man in 2003.

Political Notes: Transit, safety, budget issues top focuses of out Bay Area politicians

Political Notes: Transit, safety, budget issues top focuses of out Bay Area politicians

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 30, 2023

Budgetary matters, public safety policies, and assisting transit agencies will be top focuses in 2023 for San Francisco's trio of gay supervisors.

Emotions run high at Castro Theatre town hall

Emotions run high at Castro Theatre town hall

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 27, 2023

A coalition seeking to preserve the Castro Theatre held a town hall Thursday night ahead of two critically important public meetings about the theater's landmark status and the preservation of its seats.

FDA draft would allow monogamous gay and bisexual men to donate blood

FDA draft would allow monogamous gay and bisexual men to donate blood

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 27, 2023

The United States Food and Drug Administration released a draft of new blood donation guidance Friday that would allow gay and bisexual men in sexually monogamous relationships to donate blood — but not if they are on PrEP.

Out in the World: Pope Francis calls for decriminalization of homosexuality

Out in the World: Pope Francis calls for decriminalization of homosexuality

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jan 27, 2023

Pope Francis this week called for the decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide and said "being homosexual isn't a crime."

SF officials announce new hate crimes protocol

SF officials announce new hate crimes protocol

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 26, 2023

San Francisco officials announced a new, coordinated citywide response protocol to address hate crimes as the city's Asian American community is in the midst of Lunar New Year festivities.

Trans woman who died to be honored at Tenderloin vigil

Trans woman who died to be honored at Tenderloin vigil

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 26, 2023

The Transgender District will be holding a candlelight vigil Friday, January 27, at 6 p.m. to honor a trans woman and former staff member who died January 24.

California Justice Evans honored by East Bay attorney group

California Justice Evans honored by East Bay attorney group

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jan 25, 2023

California Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero and new Associate Justice Kelli Evans received standing ovations at the recent dinner of the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association, where Evans was honored.

Editorial: Movement on SF consumption sites

Editorial: Movement on SF consumption sites

  • by BAR Editorial Board
  • Jan 25, 2023

At long last, there is movement among city leaders to establish privately-run safe consumption sites in San Francisco.

Slain gay security guard 'had little, and gave a lot'

Slain gay security guard 'had little, and gave a lot'

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 25, 2023

The friend of a gay Native American security guard who was shot and killed in San Francisco's Japantown earlier this month remembered him as someone who "was always striving to make his dreams come true ..."

Transmissions: Our history, and what it tells us

Transmissions: Our history, and what it tells us

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jan 25, 2023

Legislative sessions have started in statehouses across the country, and with them, scores of new anti-LGBTQ and anti-trans bills.