Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 39 / 25 September 2014

EQCA expands to national work

The statewide lobbying group that has long focused on enacting laws protecting LGBTs in California is expanding to a national scope as a new executive director takes charge.

"Over time, our civil rights protections are maturing in the state," Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur said in a phone interview. "The question is what is the next phase for Equality California, and what is it that's important to our community" now that so much has been achieved legislatively. (read more)

Online Extra: Wedding Bells Ring: Anti-gay laws on marriage impact community nationwide

Report shows poverty among LGBTs; no announcement yet by high court on marriage cases. (read more)

Online Extra: Political Notes: SF election will not change AIDS funding support

November election will not impact SF City Hall's support for AIDS funding. (read more)

Aging with HIV

Two decades ago Cleve Jones, the founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, used $10,000 he scraped together from family and friends to buy "a little cabin" in the gay resort area of Russian River north of San Francisco. (read more)

Cutting through the crowd

The crowd at last Sunday's Folsom Street Fair made way for a carriage, just one of the unique ensembles that was part of the leather and kink extravaganza that drew hundreds of thousands of people to San Francisco's South of Market district. (read more)

No decisions made on Pink Saturday

Suggestions ranging from mandatory bag checks to making Pink Saturday a daytime event were discussed at a recent community meeting... (read more)

Out SF school board candidates back new curriculum standards

The two out candidates seeking seats on San Francisco's school board are supportive of the new curriculum standards known as Common Core. (read more)

Campos seeks funds for PrEP access

Supervisor David Campos on Tuesday, September 23, introduced legislation requesting supplemental budget funds to expand use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, to prevent HIV infection. (read more)

Surprise nuptials
at open house

An open house at Delancey Street Foundation September 20 to celebrate his public service career turned into a wedding for outgoing Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who married his longtime partner Carolis Deal. (read more)

Strict ID laws could
hinder trans voters

A new study by a California-based think tank found that strict voter identification laws in 10 states might cause problems for transgender voters this fall... (read more)

LGBT travelers have
a crush on wine country

It was time for another romantic weekend getaway to wine country, so my girlfriend and I packed up our convertible, turned the radio up, and zipped up the freeway toward the Napa Valley. (read more)

Quick guide to the Napa Valley

The following is a quick guide to Napa Valley attractions. (read more)

Mom of Israeli shooting victim comes to SF

Ayala Katz has been on a personal campaign to educate parents and people about the LGBT community ever since her gay son, Nir Katz, was murdered in the tragic shooting at Bar Noar, a Tel Aviv center for LGBT youth, on August 9, 2009. (read more)

Trans women pen essays
that explore transition

In celebration of this year's release of Letters for My Sisters: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect, a book featuring the writing of 35 trans women from across the globe, the San Francisco LGBT Community Center will be holding a reading this weekend. (read more)

HRC marks Bisexual Day with a call to action for bi youth

Promoting visibility for bisexual youth was the theme of a Human Rights Campaign Foundation report issued this week in recognition of Celebrate Bisexuality Day (September 23). (read more)

Brown signs condoms, syringe bills

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law bills discouraging condoms from being used as evidence of prostitution and allowing drug users easier access to syringes. (read more)


In last week's story, "Ugandan MP's support of LGBT rights questioned," it should have been stated that Member of Parliament Naggayi Nabilah Sempala signed a petition to bring back the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, not that she signed a petition in support of the bill. (read more)

Political Notebook: SF D6 supervisor candidates
sound off at forum

One indication of District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim's assuredness of her re-election chances this November could be discerned from the poorly attended candidate forum the League of Women Voters of San Francisco hosted between three of the candidates in the race. (read more)

News Briefs: McDonald to get second award in SF

Fresh off receiving an award recently from the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, CeCe McDonald will be in town next month as she will be recognized by the Transgender Law Center at its annual Spark anniversary celebration. (read more)

Jock Talk: Domestic violence talks
turn punch drunk

And in the third week of its burgeoning domestic violence scandal, the Great Pundits of the National Football League said they were tired of talking about it and wanted to get back to talking about football. (read more)

Online Extra: Political Notes: East Bay candidates win LGBT support

In its second endorsement vote for candidates running in various races this fall, the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club voted to back a gay man seeking an El Cerrito City Council seat and a lesbian Richmond city councilwoman seeking re-election. (read more)

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