Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 42 / 16 October 2014

Oakland could beat SF
to having out mayor

Oakland voters could make history in November by electing the Bay Area's first out mayor to serve a full term, should lesbian at-large City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan win the race as polling has suggested.

No other city in the region with an elected mayor, as opposed to having the position rotate amongst city council members, has had a person from its LGBT community win the seat and serve out a full four years. (read more)

Bay Guardian
abruptly shuts down

The alternative weekly that had published for 48 years and was known for its coverage and support of LGBT rights, immigration reform, and progressive issues, abruptly shut down this week. (read more)

Breast cancer group
decries pink marketing

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but one local agency has called out several national marketing campaigns and offered a sweeping critique of so-called pink ribbon culture... (read more)

Witnesses testify against
alleged fake cop

A San Francisco man who's accused of pretending to be a cop and forcing other men to engage in sexual acts with him faced testimony in recent days from most of his seven alleged victims. (read more)

Queer poet to share creative expression during SF visit

Award-winning poet Andrea Gibson is in San Francisco this week for two appearances, both of which are expected to be well-attended. (read more)

Journalists honored at NLGJA gala

The northern California chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association honored several people at its annual Fall Honors reception October 9 at Bloomberg West. (read more)

Former Soviet country
OKs civil partnerships

In a very close vote, lawmakers in Estonia, formerly part of the old Soviet Union, passed a civil partnership bill. (read more)

LGBT History Month:
Moms' Mabley considered pioneer for female comedians

Legendary American vaudeville entertainer-turned-comedian Jackie "Moms" Mabley became famous for her persona... (read more)

LGBT History Month:
LGBT athletes: Making an impact, on and off the field

Esera Tuaolo walked onto the fabled grass at Lambeau Field September 14 to sing the national anthem... (read more)

Political Notebook: CA military group a no-show
at Castro fair

The California State Military Reserve, which protested its not being allowed to recruit members at San Francisco's Pride festival this year... (read more)

News Briefs: LGBT center launches economic justice week

The San Francisco LGBT Community Center will launch a week of programs and events examining how the economic landscape in the city continues to affect the LGBTQ community... (read more)

Jock Talk: Sin City offers
a unique twist on gay sports

Some things just grow well in the desert. (read more)

For better, for worse

This has been a big year for marriage equality. (read more)

Online extra: Wedding Bells Ring: Rapid shift as 29 states say 'I do'

If state bans against same-sex marriages were a table, the striking down of a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act last year was like the loss of a leg. (read more)

Online Extra: Political Notes: Retirement costs worry LGBT seniors, says report

A new report has detailed that LGBT seniors are worried they will be unable to afford their retirement years. (read more)

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