Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 38 / 18 September 2014

Richmond officials
curb hate speech

Following years of anti-gay hate speech directed at Richmond's only out city councilwoman, the City Council voted Tuesday to revise a report addressing rules and procedures for handling disruptions during public meetings.

The 6-1 vote followed nearly two hours of discussion.

Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles, 51, a black Latina lesbian, has been the target of ongoing anti-gay verbal attacks for the past four years – since she became Richmond's first out LGBT elected city official in 2010.

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Facebook rebuffs drag queens on name policy

San Francisco drag queens met with Facebook executives Wednesday but no changes were made to the social media company's policy on using real names. (read more)

SF Leather Week arrives

Desmond Perrotto carries the leather flag down Market Street during the annual LeatherWalk Sunday, September 14. (read more)

SF sizes up its
free condom program

The number of free condoms distributed by San Francisco's health department has sizably increased over the years, with nearly 2. (read more)

SF bids to host
2018 AIDS confab

San Francisco is a finalist to host the 22nd International AIDS Conference, set to take place in 2018. (read more)

Campos seeks better
PrEP access in SF

The number of gay and bisexual men using pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, to prevent HIV infection has risen steeply over the past year... (read more)

Nightclub planned
for leather bar site

The building that once housed the historic leather bar Febe's...will be transformed into a nightclub featuring salsa music and a restaurant with rooftop seating if a business owner with LGBT ties has her way. (read more)

GLAAD promotes
Spirit Day at SF gala

Spirit Day is less than a month away and officials at GLAAD used the occasion of their San Francisco gala to bring attention to the national anti-bullying initiative. (read more)

Pride members vote
for directors, '15 theme

About 75 members of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee voted to seat eight board members and to pick the theme for Pride 2015 at the organization's annual general meeting last weekend. (read more)

Chinese gay conversion survivor to meet with WHO

A gay Chinese man who is a survivor of attempted conversion therapy has secured a meeting with Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization... (read more)

Ugandan MP's support of LGBT rights questioned

A member of the Ugandan Parliament who claims to be LGBT-friendly has come under criticism from others who say she is actually in support of the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act. (read more)

From online to print: Book showcases queer podcasts

Google the phrase "queer and trans artists of color" and the first three search results turn up Nia King's acclaimed podcast, "We Want the Airwaves,"... (read more)


The September 11 Business Briefs column item "Lesbian nails Handyman franchise in Oakland" should have specified that customers pay an hourly rate of $75 an hour, while the handymen earn anywhere from $20 to $30 an hour depending on the job. (read more)

Political Notebook:
Out candidates seek Emeryville, Berkeley city council seats

In the East Bay, Emeryville has long had a lesbian city councilwoman but no out gay men serving on the elected body. (read more)

News Briefs: Bandidos eatery is now Hecho

The owners of Bandidos, the Mexican restaurant in San Francisco's Castro district that had faced complaints from people who felt the name was offensive, have changed the eatery's name to Hecho. (read more)

Jock Talk: Moral outrage:
More than a 'distraction'

Lordy, lordy, lordy: I take one week off with a bad cold and the National Football League, already going through more contortions than a character in Monty Python and the Holy Grail... (read more)

Seeing in the Dark:
Talking about death and disability

Church bells clanged at a distance as I waited for Adrianos in a San Francisco cafe. (read more)

What's in a name?

While not the first and certainly not the only one, Facebook has become a giant in the era of social networking. (read more)

Online Extra: Political Notes: Candidates back SF wage hike

San Francisco's proposed minimum wage hike is drawing broad support from at least one constituency: candidates for local office this fall. (read more)

Online Extra: Wedding Bells Ring: Justices could take up lawsuits from Utah, other states

The United States Supreme Court may soon take the first step in deciding whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry in every state. (read more)

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