Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 41 / 12 October 2017

LGBTs caught in horrific N. Bay fires

Fast-moving wildfires fueled by dry brush and Diablo winds roared through the hillsides and vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties starting late Sunday night and continued to burn out of control. (read more)

Online Extra: Political Notes: Tempers flare in LA Assembly runoff race

Tempers flare as supporters of a gay LA Assembly candidate blast state Democratic Party officials for rigging endorsement vote in runoff race. (read more)

Defense accuses dead B.A.R. writer of sexual attack

The attorney for the man accused of fatally strangling former Bay Area Reporter writer Dan Aiello is claiming that his client, Kyle Billy Fletcher, had been "in fear of a sexual assault," and Fletcher "was defending himself. (read more)

Garden club has first workday at Dolores Park

In an effort to enhance beauty and promote safety, the Dolores Park Garden Club has been formed to, among other things, build and sustain flower beds throughout the park. (read more)

San Francisco's gay Nob Hill Theatre for sale

The Nob Hill Theatre, an iconic San Francisco gay male strip club, is going up for sale later this month. (read more)

Gay man assaulted in the Castro

Gary McCoy, an advocate for people who are homeless and for people living with HIV, was assaulted in the Castro Sunday morning, October 8. (read more)

LGBT History Month: Lyon, Martin paved the way for lesbians

In a time when President Donald Trump has directed a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military, his administration has rescinded protections for trans students in public schools, and the advancement of LGBTQ national historic landmarks are in question, the stories of those who fought for equal rights in an earlier era seem to be more important than ever before. (read more)

LGBT History Month: Lahusen brought events to life through photos

Kay Tobin Lahusen was the first photojournalist of the LGBTQ movement, a pre- and post-Stonewall activist who helped to document the earliest protests for homosexual rights. (read more)

LGBT center hosts Economic Justice Month

The San Francisco LGBT Community Center is hosting Economic Justice Month with a series of October events meant to connect people with opportunities and resources. (read more)

Greece passes gender recognition law

Greek lawmakers this week passed a controversial gender recognition law. (read more)

Advocates call Trump actions 'vicious'

In a one-two-three punch, the Trump administration last week announced that it would not honor an Obama era memorandum that said Title VII prohibits "sex-based considerations" by employers and announced two actions that seek to increase the ability of employers to cite "religious" or "moral" reasons for gender-based discrimination. (read more)

PRC honors Sheryl Lee Ralph

Actor and ally Sheryl Lee Ralph, left, was honored by Positive Resource Center CEO Brett Andrews at the agency's gala Friday, October 6 at the Four Seasons Hotel. (read more)

GGBA honors BART

The Golden Gate Business Association honored BART directors at a reception at Lake Chalet Restaurant in Oakland October 5. (read more)

Castro patroller John Fitzinger dies

Longtime Castro Patrol Special Police Officer John Fitzinger, who spent years working to ensure safety in San Francisco's LGBT neighborhood, died Saturday, October 7, one day before his 62nd birthday. (read more)

Political Notebook: Gay organ donor hopes to inspire others to donate

Clark Williams found himself increasingly disillusioned by the election of Donald Trump as president last November. (read more)

News Briefs: Workshop on older Americans planned

The San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services and the San Francisco Interfaith Council will hold a workshop, "Faith, Community, and City: Coming Together to Support Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities" Monday, October 16 from 8:30 a. (read more)

Jock Talk: Sarcastic symbolism

Note to readers: In honor of this week's Indigenous People's Day, I shall endeavor to navigate this column without mentioning the Washington Racialslurs in the NFL regular season or the Cleveland Sterotypemascots in the MLB playoffs. (read more)

Business Briefs: Startup allows LGBT clients to tailor their investments

San Francisco-based startup OpenInvest is empowering LGBT investors to ensure their stock portfolios include only companies deemed to be supportive of LGBT rights. (read more)

Transmissions: At war

Prior to the 2016 election, I recall writing about how the election of a president is not simply the election of one person, but a whole administration – and how the actions of the incoming administration would shape this country in much the same way the largely transgender-positive policies of the Obama administration shaped the last eight years. (read more)

Online Extra: Political Notes: Lesbian ex-Bay Area councilwoman seeks Oregon congressional seat

A lesbian former Bay Area councilwoman is running for Congress in rural Oregon against a longtime Republican incumbent who plans to seek re-election next year. (read more)

Online Extra: Gays Across America: Survey data revealed ahead of Nat'l Coming Out Day

LGBTQ youth in California say that they're less connected with school, suffer academically, and are more frequently victimized than their straight peers, a new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found. (read more)

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