Issue:  Vol. 46 / No. 39 / 29 September 2016

CA, SF OK travel bans

The state of California and the city of San Francisco this week both banned taxpayer-funded travel to states with anti-LGBT laws.

The bans are a reaction to the transphobic and homophobic laws various states have passed over the last year, most notoriously the state of North Carolina, which continues to be boycotted due to its House Bill 2 that restricts cities in the state from enacting local non-discrimination laws and requires transgender people to use public restrooms based on the gender they were assigned at birth. (read more)

Songs of Prince to enliven Castro fair

A 10-piece Prince tribute band, The Purple Ones, will appear at this year's annual Castro Street Fair Sunday, October 2. (read more)

Supe race could see lesbian on SF board

It has been 16 years since a lesbian has served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. (read more)

A hot time at Folsom

Minimal leather was the rage at the annual Folsom Street Fair due to the hot weather Sunday, September 25. (read more)

Berkeley sued in trans woman's death

The family of a transgender woman who died during a 2013 encounter with Berkeley police is fighting to keep a federal lawsuit against the city... (read more)

Men attacked on eve of Folsom fair

Two New Yorkers who came to San Francisco for the Folsom Street Fair were pepper sprayed in an attack outside a McDonald's. (read more)

Diaz freed after plea deal in arson case

David Munoz Diaz, the San Francisco man convicted of accidentally choking to death a sex partner in 2011 and then arrested again last year for allegedly starting fires... (read more)

Pacifica man faces new rape charges

A San Mateo County man already accused of raping three men has been charged with raping four more men. (read more)

Clinton solid, Trump off his game in first debate

Hillary Clinton scored a solid victory in Monday's first presidential debate, most political observers agreed, as Donald Trump seemed unprepared and rambling. (read more)

LGBT travelers find a perfect pairing in Sonoma

You don't have to twist my arm to venture up to Sonoma for a weekend of wine tasting and exploring the restaurant scene. (read more)

Quick guide to Sonoma & Healdsburg

The following is a guide to events and resources in Sonoma and Healdsburg. (read more)

Castro safety concerns expressed in court case

Several people from San Francisco's Castro district expressed concerns about the neighborhood's safety as a person... (read more)

Supreme Court cases could test religious exemptions

There will be at least one case before the U.S. Supreme Court this session testing the ability of groups to claim an exemption... (read more)

Lesbian victim in infamous murder topic of new book

Little known details about the murder of lesbian Kitty Genovese in Queens, New York in 1964 will be discussed... (read more)

Unity Palo Alto's out reverend retires

Unity Palo Alto's Reverend Karyn Bradley will give her final sermon Sunday, October 2. (read more)

Clinton in control

From the start of Monday's first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton demonstrated control and a deep knowledge of the problems facing this country – and more importantly, has a set of policies to improve the lives of ordinary Americans. (read more)

Guest Opinion:
Names will hurt you

Unfortunately, data on bullying points to the fact that if you are LGBT, you can expect to be bullied. The statistics are alarming. (read more)

SF mayor's gay chief cleared of ethics complaint

Ethics commissioners this week cleared San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's gay chief of staff of a public records violation stemming... (read more)

Couple who sued for marriage in 1993 now facing cancer fight

Ben and Marcial Bolina Cable, together for 26 years, are facing the toughest challenge of their lives. (read more)

No matter the winner, next Mission supe will be straight

Come election night one thing is certain in the race for the District 9 seat on San Francisco's Board of Supervisors... (read more)

Prop 57 addresses prison sentences

Voters this November will be asked to weigh in on a measure that could impact the sentences of many California prisoners and make changes... (read more)

Memorial reading to be held for former 'Advocate' editor Mark Thompson

Friends and others inspired by the writings of Mark Thompson, a former Advocate reporter... (read more)

Political Notebook: Down ballot races draw out Oakland residents

Two down ballot races this November have drawn out Oakland residents who are new to politics. (read more)

News Briefs: CCOP celebrates 10th anniversary

Castro Community on Patrol will celebrate its 10th anniversary Tuesday, October 4 beginning at 7 p. (read more)

Syphilis rates rising, gonorrhea getting resistant

New state-level data show that syphilis continues to rise among gay and bisexual men, with states in the South... (read more)

Jock Talk: World Outgames sees delay in getting venues

With eight months to go before the scheduled opening of the 2018 World Outgames in Miami, organizers are working to assure... (read more)

Authorities again shut down Uganda Pride

Ugandan police blocked LGBT activists' second attempt to host Uganda Pride this year, stopping the September 24 event before it even started. (read more)

Transmissions: Gimme shelter

I hope you do not need me to point out that transgender people tend to live on the margins of society. (read more)

Online Extra: Political Notes: Ceremony celebrates SF Judge Chan

Family, friends and colleagues celebrated Judge Roger Chan... (read more)

Online Extra: Sampler: 'Vow of Celibacy' features bisexual, plus-size character

Bi comedian to promote book in SF; children's publisher raising funds; gay teens at center of TV show. (read more)

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