Letters to the editor

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday February 9, 2022
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Letters to the editor

Remembering Kim Corsaro

The LGBTQ community lost a stalwart champion for diversity and inclusiveness in the recent passing of Kim Corsaro, co-founder and editor of Coming Up! (renamed San Francisco Bay Times). Her commitment to represent all the community in all its diversity established a gold standard for what our community media should strive for.

I was fortunate to work with Corsaro during the early 1980s as a contributing writer to Coming Up! She was remarkable for the standards she set and the encouragement she gave to new writers. Readers received an education rarely found elsewhere in the 20-plus page issues she edited. Women's concerns and those of people of color always found space in news articles and event listings. Corsaro encouraged me to follow every angle to the story of the AIDS pandemic as it spread through the city. I will always be thankful to her for her guidance, great sense of humor, boisterous laugh, and fearlessness.

As a tribute to Corsaro and for the benefit of our community, I hope that her signature publication will be digitized for use by historians and all of us now and in the future.

Michael Helquist

San Francisco

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