LGBT History Project: Archive documents late SF mayor Moscone’s close LGBT ties

By : Matthew S. Bajko, Special to Watermark from the LGBT History Project
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ABOVE: A photographer from the Associated Press in 1977 captured this iconic image of Supervisor Harvey Milk, left, and Mayor George Moscone inside San Francisco City Hall. Photo: Courtesy of Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

In June 1977 an irate San Francisco resident mailed off a letter to then-mayor George Moscone. The focus of his ire was the planned Pride celebration at the end of the month.

He complained that his relatives were likely to cancel their visit to the city after hearing on their local news about the “faggot (they say ‘gay’) festival AKA orgy” to be held in the city. In permitting the event, the letter writer asked Moscone, “Why do you buckle to the fag desires, other than VOTES?”

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San Francisco set to get gay leather cultural district

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s gay and leather community is set to get its own cultural district as part of a broader city effort to preserve neighborhoods at risk of disappearing under rising rents.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on a resolution Tuesday that would create the Leather and LGBTQ District in part of the city’s South of Market neighborhood.

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Comedian Margaret Cho on her new tour, bi-erasure and our LGBTQ family

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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“Everything about my life is intimately connected in gay history,” superstar comedian Margaret Cho says. “It’s my community; it’s where I live, where I grew up, who I am, all my friends, all my family.”

That’s been evident in Cho’s decades-long career, beginning with her stand-up in San Francisco near the gay bookstore her parents owned. It continues today with her accolades as a performer, in which her comedic takes on LGBTQ rights, sexuality, bullying and politics have led to five Grammy nominations, an Emmy nomination and being named one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Stand-Up Comics in 2017.

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Prominent activist heckles Russian ambassador over Chechnya

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A prominent activist on Wednesday heckled Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. over the anti-LGBT crackdown in Chechnya.

A video posted to Michael Petrelis’ Facebook page shows him shouting “Stop killing gay Chechens” at Anatoly Antonov as he was delivering a speech at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

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California reduces penalty for HIV transmission

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation reducing the penalty for knowingly exposing some to HIV.

The legislation signed Oct. 6 is part of an attempt by Democratic lawmakers to reverse the tough policies enacted during the AIDS scare of the 1980s and 90s.

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The other side of life: Cosmos

By : Jason Leclerc
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This season marks the fortieth anniversary of the launch of Voyager toward the edge of the universe. American spacecrafts Voyager 1, currently in interstellar space, and Voyager 2, currently in the Heliosheath, set upon different trajectories in 1977. They will re-converge, the first manmade objects to leave our solar system, sometime in the mid- 2020s. 1977 is also the year that a thoroughly unsexy Carl Sagan made cosmology sexy as he speculated upon the vastness of the universe and the unlimited, promising expanse of humanity’s role within it. His 1980publication and PBS series, Cosmos, have informed every generation since, tracing timespace from Eden along dandelions’ windswept seeds to the farthest reaches of the universe, billions upon billions of miles into the not-yet-known.

Anybody who’s spent more than an hour in Ybor City in the presence of a local knows all about the two dollar martinis at Bernini’s. Patrons order, sometimes two at a discounted time, their favorite Ruso-derived cocktails. Olive-averse, and otherwise a gin drinker, I’m all in for the bargain: the fruitiest—and pinkest–of all concoctions, the Cosmo. I drink them until the price goes up and then coast into the rest of the night with a healthy, sugar-induced inebriation. That journey into the unknown, into the the insular potential of 12th Ave, carries the same danger and exhilaration as a trip into interstellar space.

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Harry Styles opens solo tour with rainbow flag

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Harry Styles kicked off his first solo tour at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco on Tuesday with a nod to the LGBT community.

A fan threw a rainbow flag onstage prompting Styles, 23, to attach it to his mic stand while performing his set.

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Creator of rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBTQ rights, dies at 65

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NEW YORK (AP) – Gilbert Baker, the creator of the rainbow flag that has become a widely recognized symbol of gay rights has died. He was 65.

Baker was found dead Friday at his New York City home. The city medical examiner’s office said Saturday that he had died of hypertensive heart disease.

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San Francisco bars travel to South Dakota for city employees

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota has landed on San Francisco’s list of places where city workers aren’t allowed to go on official business because the state passed a law allowing religious-affiliated adoption agencies to not place children with unmarried or same-sex couples.

City employees will be barred from traveling on state or city-subsidized business to South Dakota or from contracting with South Dakota businesses, said Jack Gallagher, a spokesman for the San Francisco city administrator. The prohibition is part of an ordinance blocking travel to states that approve legislation that discriminates against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the Argus Leader reported Monday.

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Federal judge who pushed rights of prisoners, gays retiring

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A federal judge who lost his job as a Justice Department attorney after loaning his car to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and then pushed for gay rights, police reform and health care for prisoners during his time on the bench is retiring.

More than five decades ago, Thelton Henderson became the first African-American attorney in the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division, a position that brought him close to King and other civil rights leaders.

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Lizzie – A Killer Rock Musical

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LIZZIE runs OCT 23 – NOV 6! (But Facebook events can only be for two weeks.)

Four ferocious women front a savage six-piece rock band to tell the story of Lizzie Borden, America’s favorite double axe-murderess and Victorian hometown girl-next-door. Full of hot rock licks, riot-grrl attitude, and gleeful gallows humor LIZZIE has made Top 10 lists in New York, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, and is now ready to rock Tampa!

“It’s rare for show tunes to require this much intellectual engagement, but every turn of phrase is a revelation … Musically, visually, and story-wise, LIZZIE is the next generation mash-up of Spring Awakening and Hedwig and the Angry Inch that will surely be packing in the audiences, young and old” – WQED, San Francisco.

Ralph Remington, former director of the theater division of the NEA calls Hamilton, Here Lies Love, and LIZZIE “the future of the American musical. Get ready.”

By Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt. Directed by Producing Artistic Director David M. Jenkins.

Rising rent may force respected San Francisco gay bar to close

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San Francisco (AP) — One of the nation’s most celebrated gay bars may soon go out of business after a new landlord more than doubled the rent, part of a trend that has old-timers lamenting that the San Francisco they know and love— dilapidated and diverse — is disappearing.

At 50 years old, the Stud is the longest continually running gay bar in the city and known throughout the country as one of the bohemian, gender-bending, anything-goes institutions that made San Francisco into a gay mecca. A sign at the front door, decorated with gold tinsel, reads: “Everybody is welcome at The Stud. Dream It. Be It.”

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