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West Coast could see LGBTQ Congress members from all 3 states

West Coast could see LGBTQ Congress members from all 3 states

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 17, 2023

With the entrance this week of a queer Washington state senator into an open House race in 2024, all three states along the West Coast could see the election of LGBTQ Congress members for the first time next year.

 Former SF stage manager Milt Commons dies

Former SF stage manager Milt Commons dies

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Nov 17, 2023

Longtime stage manager and actor Milt Commons made his final exit on November 6 in his longtime home of San Francisco, after an exceptionally long, useful, and colorful life, friends said.

DPH: Most SF mpox cases are among unvaxxed

DPH: Most SF mpox cases are among unvaxxed

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Nov 16, 2023

Most new mpox cases in San Francisco are among the unvaccinated, the city's Department of Public Health told the Bay Area Reporter in a recent interview.

Out in the World: Bay Area LGBTQ groups launch new immigrant center

Out in the World: Bay Area LGBTQ groups launch new immigrant center

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Nov 15, 2023

Two Bay Area organizations, The LGBT Asylum Project and Parivar Bay Area, have announced the launch of the Center for Immigrant Protection.

Queer candidate will seek Oakland school board seat in 2024

Queer candidate will seek Oakland school board seat in 2024

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 15, 2023

Acknowledging she is facing a likely insurmountable deficit in winning her special election for a vacant Oakland school board seat, queer education advocate Sasha Ritzie-Hernandez announced Wednesday that she will seek to be elected to it in 2024.

SF labor icon Baird, union head spar over Teamsters' name

SF labor icon Baird, union head spar over Teamsters' name

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Nov 15, 2023

A legendary labor leader and longtime Castro resident is renewing a 31-year-old call for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to change its name so it better reflects that the union's membership is not made up solely of men.

After assaults, trans woman upset at lack of SFPD response

After assaults, trans woman upset at lack of SFPD response

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Nov 15, 2023

A Black trans woman tells the Bay Area Reporter the San Francisco Police Department isn't doing its job after she brought two alleged assaults to its attention — including providing a picture and workplace information for one alleged assailant.

Spirit of Gay Games 2023 outshines COVID, politics, and doubters

Spirit of Gay Games 2023 outshines COVID, politics, and doubters

  • by Roger Brigham
  • Nov 15, 2023

The Bay Area Reporter's former sports columnist shares his opinions on the recent Gay Games that took place in Hong Kong and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Editorial: Biden needs to nominate LGBTQ judges

Editorial: Biden needs to nominate LGBTQ judges

  • by BAR Editorial Board
  • Nov 15, 2023

If LGBTQ voters need another reason to reelect President Joe Biden next year, we've got two words for you: federal judges.

News Briefs: Trans remembrance events planned

News Briefs: Trans remembrance events planned

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Nov 15, 2023

Events are planned around the Bay Area to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Political Notebook: LGBTQ federal judges still lacking, says report

Political Notebook: LGBTQ federal judges still lacking, says report

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Nov 15, 2023

This month President Joe Biden celebrated the confirmation of his 150th federal judicial appointee since he took office three years ago.

Guest Opinion: Telling our stories as an act of resistance

Guest Opinion: Telling our stories as an act of resistance

  • by Miles Borrero
  • Nov 15, 2023

In 1999, before I even knew I was trans, I sat in a dark movie theater watching "Boys Don't Cry."

Lesbian activist Amber Hollibaugh dies

Lesbian activist Amber Hollibaugh dies

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Nov 15, 2023

Longtime lesbian activist Amber Hollibaugh, who resided for a time in San Francisco back in the 1970s, died suddenly October 20 at her home in Brooklyn, New York.

Transmissions: In difficult times

Transmissions: In difficult times

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Nov 15, 2023

It was 1998 when Rita Hester, a young Black trans woman, was found dead in Alston, Massachusetts.