Issue:  Vol. 45 / No. 40 / 1 October 2015

Natali draws ire of
Castro merchants

With the number of vacant storefronts he owns set to increase, Castro landlord and bar owner Les Natali has drawn the ire of nearby business owners for what they contend is a "huge and rapidly-growing blight" on the gayborhood.

The board of the Castro Merchants, the business association for the gay district, sent Natali a letter last week due to its "grave concerns regarding recent and continuing issues with properties" he controls in the Castro. (read more)

Online Extra: Sampler: Drag nuns' history being chronicled

Fundraiser to support Sisters book; Alliance Health Project to have art benefit.
(read more)

Online Extra: Political Notes: Campaign urges Brown to sign CA LGBT data bill

Campaign urges CA Governor Jerry Brown to sign law that would require certain state agencies to collect LGBT demographic data. (read more)

Castro fair to honor
Cookie Dough

This Sunday's Castro Street Fair will be dedicated to Cookie Dough, the beloved San Francisco drag queen who died earlier this year. (read more)

Sacto LGBTs push
Lavender Heights project

LGBTs in Sacramento are working to establish an official gay district in the city, complete with rainbow crosswalks and a rainbow flag. (read more)

Kink takes a front
seat at Folsom

The annual Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood brought out the leather and kink as hundreds of thousands of people attended the September 27 event. (read more)

Man dies after
Oakland mural shooting

A man involved in work on an Oakland mural designed by an LGBT man was fatally shot Tuesday morning. (read more)

AG touts improved policing in Richmond

United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch visited Richmond last week, where she toured a youth center and announced to a room full of local community leaders... (read more)

Report details trans woman's stabbing death

A San Francisco transgender woman killed earlier this year died from a stab wound to the chest, the medical examiner's office has concluded. (read more)

Priest gets emotional sendoff at final Mass at Castro church

Laughter, tears, and warm embraces were in evidence last Sunday at Most Holy Redeemer... (read more)

Frameline film trove finds home at Hormel center

In a locked storage room at the San Francisco Public Library's annex building South of Market sit 94 white cardboard boxes. (read more)

WHO calls for wider HIV treatment and PrEP

The World Health Organization released updated guidelines Tuesday calling for antiretroviral therapy for everyone diagnosed with HIV regardless of CD4 T-cell count... (read more)

IGLHRC becomes OutRight

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission announced this week that it has formally changed its name to OutRight Action International. (read more)

Report: School discipline needs to be addressed

In an effort to address disparities in school discipline along lines of race, gender, and sexual orientation, three organizations have released a report... (read more)

Honey Lee Cottrell dies

Honey Lee Cottrell, who pioneered lesbian erotica in the 1980s through her contributions to the women's sex magazine On Our Backs , died September 21 in Santa Cruz, California. (read more)

News Briefs: Horizons to honor Wolfson, LGBT refugees

Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson and LGBT refugees and asylees now living in the Bay Area will be honored by the Horizons Foundation... (read more)

Jock Talk: A great time to be gay in sports

It was a weekend that had the pope eating with the homeless, the sun eclipsing the moon, leather folks invading and surviving Folsom... (read more)

Transmissions: Stonewalled

Director Roland Emmerich has released his latest disaster movie. (read more)

Online Extra: Political Notes: CA LGBT group
creates Equality Council

Equality California has formed its own Equality Council to advise it on policy needs and help it groom future board members. (read more)

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