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News Briefs: Frameline names permanent executive director

News Briefs: Frameline names permanent executive director

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Mar 6, 2024

Frameline, which produces San Francisco's annual LGBTQ film festival, has named its permanent executive director. It did not have to look far.

Transmissions: A death in Oklahoma

Transmissions: A death in Oklahoma

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Mar 6, 2024

On February 7, a 16-year-old student at Owasso High School in Owasso, Oklahoma entered the girls' bathroom. Twenty-four hours later, that student would be dead.

LGBTQ Agenda: Feds tout conviction after first-ever trial for anti-trans hate crime killing

LGBTQ Agenda: Feds tout conviction after first-ever trial for anti-trans hate crime killing

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Mar 5, 2024

For the first time, a federal jury found a South Carolina man guilty February 23 in the hate crime homicide of a transgender woman.

Political Notes: Transgender judges go missing in CA court demographic report

Political Notes: Transgender judges go missing in CA court demographic report

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 1, 2024

Back in 2022 Governor Gavin Newsom ballyhooed his picking a transgender applicant for the first time to fill a judicial vacancy.

Out in the World: Ghana passes draconian anti-LGBTQ bill

Out in the World: Ghana passes draconian anti-LGBTQ bill

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Feb 29, 2024

Lawmakers in Ghana have passed one of the world's most stringent anti-LGBTQ bills, further criminalizing sexual orientation and gender identity in the Western African country.

Out in the World: Greece becomes first Orthodox Christian country to legalize same-sex marriage

Out in the World: Greece becomes first Orthodox Christian country to legalize same-sex marriage

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Feb 29, 2024

Greece granted the right to marriage to same-sex couples earlier this month in a landmark parliamentary vote, making the Mediterranean country the 38th country in the world to do so.

Political Notebook: Election to bring changes to SF Democratic Party

Political Notebook: Election to bring changes to SF Democratic Party

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 28, 2024

The March 5 primary will herald a leadership sea change for the San Francisco Democratic Party.

Political Notes: Bay Area legislative candidates would require school districts to respond to LGBTQ report card

Political Notes: Bay Area legislative candidates would require school districts to respond to LGBTQ report card

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 26, 2024

Candidates in three competitive Bay Area state legislative races were asked to weigh in on whether state action is required to force public school districts to respond to the Equality California Institute's safe schools report card.

Political Notebook: Muslim voter guide raises alarm over 'parental rights' issue

Political Notebook: Muslim voter guide raises alarm over 'parental rights' issue

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 21, 2024

A voter guide produced by Bay Area Muslims is raising alarms for its grading candidates on if they back "parental rights," a euphemism used by those opposed to rights for LGBTQ youth, especially those who are transgender or nonbinary.

News Briefs: Cathedral City to hold 8th LGBT Days event

News Briefs: Cathedral City to hold 8th LGBT Days event

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Feb 21, 2024

California's Pride season kicks off with the eighth annual LGBT Days in Cathedral City March 8-10.

Transmissions: Bad intentions, bad compromises

Transmissions: Bad intentions, bad compromises

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Feb 21, 2024

I regularly discuss the astounding amount of legislation put forth by lawmakers across the country aimed squarely at trans rights.

Out in the World: Queer Palestinians unenthused by SF Pride's call for ceasefire

Out in the World: Queer Palestinians unenthused by SF Pride's call for ceasefire

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Feb 16, 2024

Some queer Palestinians and their supporters met San Francisco Pride's call for a ceasefire and to free the hostages in the Israel-Hamas war with lackluster enthusiasm.

Political Notebook: In Central Valley, gay Wasco mayor Garcia seeks supervisor seat

Political Notebook: In Central Valley, gay Wasco mayor Garcia seeks supervisor seat

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 14, 2024

Back in 2013 Alex Garcia moved to San Francisco to work on placing a statewide hospital reform measure on the ballot.

Business Briefing: Googler Prozan chairs tech industry's SF 'voice'

Business Briefing: Googler Prozan chairs tech industry's SF 'voice'

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 14, 2024

For the third year in a row Rebecca Prozan is chairing the advocacy organization sf.citi, which bills itself as "the voice" for the various technology businesses that have a footprint in San Francisco.