Issue:  Vol. 45 / No. 4 / 22 January 2015

CA Hall of Fame honor
sought for gay icon

Friends and admirers of Jose Julio Sarria, a gay man and drag queen who left a lasting impact on politics and the LGBT community, are seeking to have him inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

Created in 2006 by the California Museum, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his former wife, Maria Shriver, the Hall of Fame honors residents of the state who have made lasting contributions to society. Honorees receive the Spirit of California medal, and their accomplishments become part of the permanent record in the California State Archives.

The list of 90-plus individuals selected to date includes two lesbians and one gay man, as well as a female inductee who has had same-sex relationships but does not identify as lesbian or bisexual. (read more)

Online Extra: Wedding Bells Ring: Judge rules in favor of gay CA widower

Federal agency defeated on same-sex benefits stance; Alabama marriages on hold.
(read more)

Online Extra: Political Notes: CA LGBT leaders back 'right to die' bill

LGBT lawmakers back 'right to die' bill in California. (read more)

Smith to depart AEF/BCEF

Mike Smith, the longtime executive director of the AIDS Emergency Fund and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, has announced that he is stepping down. (read more)

City panel to review homeless deaths

San Francisco officials are working to establish a homeless death review committee. (read more)

Imperial Council turns 50

The Imperial Council of San Francisco, which operates the Imperial Court, will mark its golden anniversary this year. (read more)

Castro protesters decry
lack of diversity

The intersection of 18th and Castro streets was shut down last weekend as protesters complained about what they described... (read more)

Supreme Court
agrees to hear same-sex marriage cases

There is at least one small nagging question looming over the happy news that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the appeals... (read more)

PrEP open house
promotes access

Nearly 100 people gathered at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center in the Castro recently to learn about the latest research on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and how they can get it. (read more)

Black Lives Matter panel
sparks dialogue

Four black women leaders talked about the origin of #BlackLivesMatter, their reasons for being involved in the movement, and what others can do to help... (read more)

Supes extend upper Market Street zoning rule

An interim rule aimed at limiting the number of banks and office-like uses in ground floor retail spaces along upper Market Street will remain in place... (read more)

Produce company faces
anti-gay complaints

Local LGBTs are criticizing East Bay produce company Taylor Farms Pacific after a gay employee filed a complaint of harassment with the state based on sexual orientation and other factors. (read more)

SF library revises
privacy policy

The San Francisco Public Library's privacy policy was revised last week, despite concerns by some people that the changes could affect LGBTQ youth and others. (read more)

Baja gay couple first
to wed in Mexican state

The fourth time was the charm for Victor Aguirre Espinoza and Fernando Urias Amparo, a gay couple who fought for the right to be the first to marry in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. (read more)

Two decisions bode well
for City College

Since an accrediting commission first threatened to revoke City College of San Francisco's accreditation in 2012, students have been continuously unsure whether their school will close. (read more)

Singer alleges mistreatment at gay club

A longtime gay African American performer alleges he was mistreated when he recently went to a gay club to sing on karaoke night. (read more)

Homeless shelter funds secured

Money that will be used to complete a homeless shelter welcoming to LGBTs in San Francisco has been secured, officials connected with the project said last week. (read more)

Arsons reported in Castro

Arson investigators in San Francisco are examining three fires that occurred near each other in the Castro district early Monday morning, January 19. (read more)

Wedding announcements

Dr. Jose Troncoso and Carl Schreier were married at their home on 17th Street in the Castro on October 4, 2014

Dr. (read more)

Political Notebook: Frameline protesters produce own film festival

For years they have stood out front of theaters lambasting what was taking place inside. (read more)

News Briefs: S. Bay Pride holds brunch, drag event

Silicon Valley Pride will hold a brunch and drag show Sunday, January 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mosaic Restaurant, 211 S. 1st Street in San Jose. (read more)

Jock Talk: The rich
get stinkingly richer

As business leaders prepared to meet this week at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland to talk about ways to squeeze the last few nickels and dimes out of the rest of the populace... (read more)

Out of touch

I doubt she'd be the one to admit it, but my mother enjoys celebrity gossip. (read more)

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