Issue:  Vol. 45 / No. 5 / 29 January 2015

Castro arson suspect
appears in court

A San Francisco man convicted of accidentally choking to death his sexual partner in 2011 pleaded not guilty this week in a case that involves at least one recent fire in the Castro.

David Munoz Diaz, 25, pleaded not guilty Monday, January 26 before San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman to charges that he burned the Up Hair salon at 4084 18th Street January 17 and set fire to his boyfriend's silver Hyundai December 21, along with a count of possession of an incendiary device. (read more)

Besties get a makeover

Voting for the Bay Area Reporter 's readers' poll starts Thursday (January 29) and this year has seen a makeover in the contest. (read more)

Imperial Court celebrates
its golden anniversary

It began as a platform to foster gay pride during a time when homosexuality was still classified as a mental disorder. (read more)

A monarchy for all comers,
gay or straight

It may have been a sovereignty established to lend nobility to drag queens, but today it is a monarchy that welcomes everyone, gay or straight, in drag or out. (read more)

Senior 'Bill of Rights' unveiled

A new law set to be introduced in San Francisco aims to protect LGBT seniors living in long-term care facilities in the city. (read more)

Body found in bay in November ID'd as gay man

The body found floating in San Francisco Bay in November has been identified as Dan Ha, the medical examiner's office announced Sunday, January 25. (read more)

Officials flesh out
'Getting to Zero' HIV plan

Public health officials, health care providers, and community advocates provided more details and raised more questions about the city's "Getting to Zero" plan... (read more)

EQCA head talks PrEP,
health disparities

The head of Equality California voiced strong support for PrEP as an HIV prevention tool, and discussed the statewide LGBT advocacy group's work to address health disparities... (read more)

Fleeing anti-gay conditions, youth find a home at LGBT center

Three young gay men and a young lesbian credit the San Francisco LGBT Community Center for offering them a safe sanctuary... (read more)

Cruising offers
something for everyone

If you are wondering about taking a cruise as a vacation I highly recommend it. (read more)

Strength in
political numbers

Fourteen of the East Bay's LGBTQ elected officials gathered recently in Oakland to kick off the new year and receive congratulations from members and friends of the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club. (read more)

Russian youth group founder convicted under
anti-gay law

Elena Klimova, founder of the LGBT youth support group Children-404, was convicted for violating Russia's Anti-Homosexuality Propaganda Law. (read more)

Rainbow chamber
supports LGBT youth

Silicon Valley's LGBT business community came out to mingle and deliver donations to two LGBT youth organizations January 22. (read more)

Fake cop trial goes to jury

The trial of a San Francisco man accused of pretending to be a police officer and forcing other men to engage in sexual acts with him went to the jury this week... (read more)


The January 22 article, "Singer alleges mistreatment at gay club" incorrectly identified the man with whom performer Blackberri had a verbal disagreement. (read more)

Wedding announcements

Steven Lee Iriki, Esq. and Eric-Richard de Lora were legally and lawfully wedded on January 5, 2015. (read more)

Political Notebook: Gay men take over local Democratic Party posts

For the first time, gay men are serving as Democratic Party chairs in San Mateo and Contra Costa counties. (read more)

News Briefs: Cliff's named
merchant of the year

Cliff's Variety, a Castro neighborhood institution, was named merchant of the year by the San Francisco Council of District Merchants Association and will be recognized at an awards gala next week. (read more)

Jock Talk:
Questions of credibility

Questions and answers from the world of sports as we try to determine who's more likely to give an articulate and informative press conference: Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, or newly anointed Niners head coach Jim Tomsula. (read more)

Online Extra: Political Notes: CA LGBT leaders back 'right to die' bill

A "right to die" bill pending before the California Legislature... (read more)

Online Extra: Wedding Bells Ring: Judge rules in favor of gay CA widower

A federal judge recently ruled in favor of a gay widower who had sought spousal survivor benefits... (read more)

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