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New mascot, same Besties as balloting starts

New mascot, same Besties as balloting starts

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jun 11, 2024

The Bay Area Reporter has kicked off balloting for its annual LGBTQ Best of the Bay readers' poll and the paper has a new mascot — the image of a Wild Parrot of Telegraph Hill, San Francisco's official animal.

LGBTQ Agenda: Companies working on lifting restrictions on HIV-positive people in clinical trials

LGBTQ Agenda: Companies working on lifting restrictions on HIV-positive people in clinical trials

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 11, 2024

A nonprofit organization is working on getting health care companies to drop restrictions preventing people who are HIV-positive or who are on PrEP from participating in some clinical trials, such as studies that focus on treating cancer.

SF DA didn't abuse discretion in Banko Brown case, AG finds

SF DA didn't abuse discretion in Banko Brown case, AG finds

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 10, 2024

An investigation by the AG's office found that San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins didn't abuse her prosecutorial discretion in declining to file charges against the Walgreens security guard who killed an unarmed Black trans man last year.

Out in the World: US imposes visa restrictions on some of Georgia's leaders following anti-LGBTQ legislation

Out in the World: US imposes visa restrictions on some of Georgia's leaders following anti-LGBTQ legislation

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jun 10, 2024

The United States struck back against Georgia's Dream Party's "Russian-styled" anti-LGBTQ legislative assault last week with its first round of visa restrictions earlier this month.

Newsom, in SF visit, pledges 'whatever I can do' for same-sex marriage initiative

Newsom, in SF visit, pledges 'whatever I can do' for same-sex marriage initiative

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 7, 2024

The campaign to enshrine same-sex marriage in California's constitution got a boost Friday, when Governor Gavin Newsom stopped in San Francisco to promote the November ballot initiative.

Farrell, during Castro campaign stop, says 'family values' includes LGBTQ households

Farrell, during Castro campaign stop, says 'family values' includes LGBTQ households

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 6, 2024

Former San Francisco mayor Mark Farrell — running against incumbent London Breed this year for his old job back — wants LGBTQ voters to know that when he's talked about "family values," he's also talking about them.

Castro Merchants gear up for SF Pride

Castro Merchants gear up for SF Pride

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 6, 2024

As Pride Month gets into full swing, members of the Castro Merchants Association heard about upcoming events and safety matters at their June 6 meeting.

San Francisco police seek suspect in killing of young man at Dolores Park

San Francisco police seek suspect in killing of young man at Dolores Park

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 6, 2024

Members of the Castro Merchants Association learned about the killing of a 19-year-old man at Mission Dolores Park late June 5 at their monthly membership meeting the following morning.

Political Notes: U.S. voters divided on LGBTQ issues, says Pew survey

Political Notes: U.S. voters divided on LGBTQ issues, says Pew survey

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 6, 2024

Headed into November's presidential election, Americans remain divided on various sexual orientation and gender identity issues.

Gay SF immigrant affairs director Rivas reflects on his tenure

Gay SF immigrant affairs director Rivas reflects on his tenure

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 5, 2024

Since taking over in early 2023 as executive director of San Francisco's Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs, Jorge Rivas has marked a number of milestones for the city department.

Song raising money for trans org drops

Song raising money for trans org drops

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 5, 2024

A song created by musicians with Bay Area ties that will raise funds for a Southern LGBTQ nonprofit will drop June 7 to coincide with Pride Month.

Puerto Vallarta opens LGBTQ center with newly-hired director

Puerto Vallarta opens LGBTQ center with newly-hired director

  • by Ed Walsh
  • Jun 5, 2024

Puerto Vallarta's LGBTQ space, the Vallarta Gay+ Community Center, recently opened in a permanent space near the city's famed Malecon walkway and is being overseen by a newly-hired executive director.

News Briefs: 'Drag Me Downtown' returns for 2024

News Briefs: 'Drag Me Downtown' returns for 2024

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jun 5, 2024

The Downtown SF Partnership has announced that "Drag Me Downtown," a weekly series of pop-up drag performances, is returning for Pride Month after a successful run last year.

Guest Opinion: LGBTQI+ persons need representation in official statistics

Guest Opinion: LGBTQI+ persons need representation in official statistics

  • by Nancy Bates
  • Jun 5, 2024

It's no secret that our community is regularly marginalized, stigmatized, and victimized.