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Business Briefing: Queer owner's garage fermentation trials produce thriving cider business

Business Briefing: Queer owner's garage fermentation trials produce thriving cider business

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 13, 2023

While working at various San Francisco restaurants in the late 1990s and 2000s, Bex Pezzullo was studying to earn her certification as a sommelier.

Political Notebook: CA US Senate candidate Reese makes her pitch to LGBTQ voters

Political Notebook: CA US Senate candidate Reese makes her pitch to LGBTQ voters

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 13, 2023

During her 20s in the late 1990s while briefly living in San Francisco before enrolling in graduate school, Lexi Reese thought she had found the man she would spend the rest of her life with and marry.

News Briefs: SF Leather Week kickoff starts with walk

News Briefs: SF Leather Week kickoff starts with walk

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Sep 13, 2023

LeatherWalk, which kicks off Leather Week in San Francisco ahead of the Folsom Street Fair, will take place Sunday, September 17, beginning at 11 a.m. outside City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

LGBTQ Agenda: North Carolina insurer lowers copay for HIV drugs after discrimination complaint

LGBTQ Agenda: North Carolina insurer lowers copay for HIV drugs after discrimination complaint

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Sep 12, 2023

The largest insurer in North Carolina recently lowered the out-of-pocket cost of its HIV drugs, including PrEP, after complaints from advocacy organizations to the state and federal governments.

Out in the World: Tech entrepreneur's quest to solve his gay brother's killing featured in Hulu docuseries

Out in the World: Tech entrepreneur's quest to solve his gay brother's killing featured in Hulu docuseries

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Sep 11, 2023

In December 1988, Steve Johnson received a phone call no one wanted to get.

Political Notes: After near 14-year run, CA Legislature to be bereft of an LGBTQ chamber leader

Political Notes: After near 14-year run, CA Legislature to be bereft of an LGBTQ chamber leader

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 11, 2023

With the top two posts in the California Legislature to be held by straight male lawmakers come 2024, it will bring to an end a remarkable run of having a LGBTQ leader in one of the statehouse's two chambers.

Political Notebook: In US Senate race, Lee banks on LGBTQ support

Political Notebook: In US Senate race, Lee banks on LGBTQ support

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 6, 2023

As she crisscrosses the state vying to succeed retiring U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein next year, Congressmember Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) is banking on the support of LGBTQ voters to help her survive the March primary and advance to the November ballot.

Transmissions: The world has changed

Transmissions: The world has changed

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Sep 6, 2023

I had the best of intentions. I had planned to focus purely on a quartet of aging rock stars, and their anti-trans statements, made all the odder by the gender-transgressive history of many of them.

Political Notebook: Gay educator Hale seeks open San Jose college board seat

Political Notebook: Gay educator Hale seeks open San Jose college board seat

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 30, 2023

Due to the election last November of gay San Jose City Councilmember Omar Torres, the District 7 seat he had held on the seven-person board that oversees the San José-Evergreen Community College District has been vacant this year.

News Briefs: 2 LGBTQ SF groups seek funds for Maui fire victims

News Briefs: 2 LGBTQ SF groups seek funds for Maui fire victims

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 30, 2023

Two San Francisco LGBTQ organizations are seeking funds to help victims of the recent wildfires in Maui, Hawaii.

LGBTQ Agenda: Lara responds to report finding insurers making PrEP access more difficult

LGBTQ Agenda: Lara responds to report finding insurers making PrEP access more difficult

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 29, 2023

Gay California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara's office is responding to a report showing how insurers prevent patients from using preventative care mandated under federal law, including PrEP.

Political Notebook: Housing, safe streets top of mind for Sunnyvale's Mehlinger

Political Notebook: Housing, safe streets top of mind for Sunnyvale's Mehlinger

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 23, 2023

Before he won his seat last November on the Sunnyvale City Council, Richard Mehlinger had been chair of the South Bay city's advisory body for bicycle and pedestrian issues.

News Briefs: SF to hold 3rd trans immigrant symposium

News Briefs: SF to hold 3rd trans immigrant symposium

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 23, 2023

Several organizations will co-host the third San Francisco Transgender Immigrant Symposium Friday, August 25, at Strut, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation's health center in the heart of the LGBTQ neighborhood at 470 Castro Street.

Transmissions: Checkmate

Transmissions: Checkmate

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Aug 23, 2023

As we've all seen, the last few years have been chock full of attacks on transgender rights.