Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 50 / 14 December 2017

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee died suddenly Tuesday, December 12 at the age of 65. While the news shocked city officials, residents, and political leaders around the region, many LGBTs and allies praised his efforts to help the community, especially people living with HIV and AIDS. (read more)


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Roem wows SF LGBT crowd

Danica Roem, the transgender woman who made history last month when she defeated an anti-LGBT state lawmaker in her race for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, received an exuberant welcome from community leaders during her first visit to San Francisco. (read more)

'Santas' bare (almost) all

With the tagline "Drop trou, raise funds, fight HIV," hundreds of people took part in this year's Santa Skivvies Run Sunday, December 10 in the Castro. (read more)

Bloody scene described in murder case

A gay San Francisco man faced a hearing this week in which authorities alleged he brutally killed another man, leaving a bloody scene and stealing thousands of dollars from the victim, who had cancer. (read more)

Horizons hands out $500K in community grants

Horizons Foundation awarded over $500,000 in community issue grants to 42 projects and organizations at a breakfast held Tuesday, December 12, at the Westin St. (read more)

Ex-hate crimes prosecutor out from DA's office

A former San Francisco hate crimes prosecutor accused of withholding evidence in several cases has left the district attorney's office. (read more)

Comment sought on demolition plan for old MCC-SF site

The Castro site of the former LGBTQ-identified Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco at 150 Eureka Street will go before the San Francisco Planning Commission next year to determine the environmental impacts of a planned housing development, which includes demolition of the building. (read more)

App allows PrEP access via phones

An app that allows people to get PrEP prescriptions via their cellphones may expand access to the HIV prevention drug. (read more)

Cure summit hears of new remission case

The past year brought no major breakthroughs in the search for an HIV cure, but a growing understanding of how the virus hides in the body is bringing people closer to strategies for long-term remission, researchers and advocates said at the 2017 HIV Cure Summit. (read more)

Bermuda may rescind same-sex marriage

In what's believed to be a first, the island paradise of Bermuda may rescind same-sex marriage rights that were granted several months ago. (read more)

Holiday fun in Oakland

Kate Svinarich, left, and Nicole Kim gathered under the mistletoe in the Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel for the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center's Winter Fairyland benefit party Monday, December 11. (read more)

High court won't review gay employment case

It was a big disappointment for LGBT legal activists when the U.S. Supreme Court on December 11 announced it would not review a case seeking a ruling that existing federal law prohibits sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace. (read more)

Political Notebook: Lee left lasting LGBT legacy

During his nearly seven years as mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee left a lasting legacy on LGBT rights, from appointing the first bisexual and HIV-positive members of the Board of Supervisors to being a national voice opposing policies that discriminated against LGBT individuals. (read more)

News Briefs: Tessie's seeks help for Christmas dinner

Tenderloin Tessie will hold its annual Christmas dinner for those in need Monday, December 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street in San Francisco. (read more)

Jock Talk: Sports needs a moral compass

Santa's got it is easy: treats for boys and girls who have been nice, lumps of coal for those who have been naughty. (read more)

Business Briefs: Queer makers create unique holiday gifts

Three years ago Kenny Chew, a gay man who lives in Orinda, a small town nestled on the backside of the East Bay hills, teamed up with his friend, Yshel Lok , who is straight and lives in nearby Lafayette, to launch Fabula Tea. (read more)

Resist: SF says yes to net neutrality, no to bigotry

Approximately 200-250 people jammed the sidewalk in front of the Verizon store at 768 Market Street December 7 to protest efforts by the Trump regime to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to end net neutrality. (read more)

Online Extra: Political Notes: Gift ideas abound for political junkies

Politics these days is seeping into nearly all aspects of life, so it should come as little surprise that holiday gift giving ideas abound for the political junkies on one's Christmas or Hanukkah list. (read more)

Online Extra: Gays Across America: Parker to lead Victory Fund

Lesbian Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker has been named the new president and CEO of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and Victory Institute as the group prepares to help LGBT candidates across the country in the November 2018 elections. (read more)

Leno to run for SF mayor in June

The sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee Tuesday in the middle of his second term scrambles the plans of those who were seeking to replace him, including the man seeking to become San Francisco's first LGBT mayor. (read more)

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