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Political Notebook: Queer family advocate seeks Oakland school board vacancy

Political Notebook: Queer family advocate seeks Oakland school board vacancy

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 18, 2023

A queer family advocate is seeking the vacant seat on the Oakland school board this November. If elected, Sasha Ritzie-Hernandez would be the second LGBTQ member of the oversight body.

Transmissions: In God's image

Transmissions: In God's image

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Oct 18, 2023

Longtime readers will note that I don't often discuss matters of religion. It's not a topic I am comfortable with. I am predominantly agnostic, with a very strong pagan bent to my spirituality.

Out in the World: India's Supreme Court punts on same-sex marriage

Out in the World: India's Supreme Court punts on same-sex marriage

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Oct 18, 2023

The Supreme Court of India declined to legalize same-sex marriage in a ruling October 16, punting the issue back to India's Parliament and dealing a blow to India's estimated 2.5 million LGBTQ people.

LGBTQ Agenda: Over two-dozen orgs sign on to anti-conversion therapy joint statement

LGBTQ Agenda: Over two-dozen orgs sign on to anti-conversion therapy joint statement

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Oct 17, 2023

Two Bay Area gay medical professionals announced October 11 that 28 medical and psychological professional organizations have issued a joint statement against conversion therapy, in what they said was an unprecedented show of unity.

Political Notes: Gay SF health commissioner Bernal gets waiver to take UCSF job

Political Notes: Gay SF health commissioner Bernal gets waiver to take UCSF job

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 13, 2023

Gay San Francisco Health Commission President Dan Bernal has secured the waiver he was seeking to become UCSF's vice chancellor of community and government relations.

Political Notebook: Gay Pelosi chief Bernal seeks waiver for UCSF job

Political Notebook: Gay Pelosi chief Bernal seeks waiver for UCSF job

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 11, 2023

Dan Bernal, the longtime gay chief of staff to Congressmember Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), is seeking a waiver from San Francisco's ethics watchdog body in order to take a job with UCSF as its vice chancellor of community and government relations.

News Briefs: Castro biz group launches flag donation program

News Briefs: Castro biz group launches flag donation program

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Oct 11, 2023

The Castro Merchants Association has announced the new Rainbow Flag Donation program whereby the giant rainbow flags that fly at Harvey Milk Plaza at Castro and Market streets will be given to a nonprofit group when they are retired.

Business Briefing: SF coworking space incubates lesbian restaurateurs

Business Briefing: SF coworking space incubates lesbian restaurateurs

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 11, 2023

In the coming weeks Suki and Katya Skye will open a restaurant near San Francisco's Polk Gulch neighborhood featuring fare from their Eastern European roots.

Out in the World: SF gay Jewish business owner caught in Israel after Hamas attack

Out in the World: SF gay Jewish business owner caught in Israel after Hamas attack

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Oct 11, 2023

San Francisco gay Jewish cafe owner Emanuel "Manny" Yekutiel finds himself in an unimaginable situation following the surprise attack by Hamas in Israel October 7.

LGBTQ Agenda: Man sentenced in federal hate crime against Seattle LGBTQ nightclub

LGBTQ Agenda: Man sentenced in federal hate crime against Seattle LGBTQ nightclub

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Oct 10, 2023

A Washington state man was sentenced October 3 to four years in prison after being convicted of a federal hate crime in an arson incident three years ago near an LGBTQ nightclub in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Political Notes: Black Cat Tavern, 1st California LGBTQ state landmark, receives its plaque

Political Notes: Black Cat Tavern, 1st California LGBTQ state landmark, receives its plaque

  • Oct 9, 2023

Across California are hundreds of sites designated as official state historical landmarks, from the homes of prominent individuals and locations of important businesses to religious structures and arts institutions.

News Briefs: SF library panel discusses banned books

News Briefs: SF library panel discusses banned books

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Oct 4, 2023

This week is Banned Books Week, and the San Francisco Public Library and Litquake will host a panel of children's and young adult authors who will discuss what it's like to write as a creator whose work has been banned or censored.

Political Notebook: Vallejo leader Wilson vies to be 1st gay Solano supervisor

Political Notebook: Vallejo leader Wilson vies to be 1st gay Solano supervisor

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 4, 2023

Michael Wilson, a gay former Vallejo city councilmember, is vying to become the first known LGBTQ member of the Solano County Board of Supervisors.

Transmissions: Ghosts, specters, and very old bones

Transmissions: Ghosts, specters, and very old bones

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Oct 4, 2023

It's frightfully common for anti-transgender activists to rely on old tropes in place of actual arguments, and one of the favorites in their arsenal nowadays seems simple on the surface, but gets crueler the deeper you dig.