Posts Tagged ‘GLBT’

How San Francisco Works, in a Nutshell – City Commissioners Listed by “Race,” Such as “Caucasian (Gay)”

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Now this is from a decade back, but it shows how SFGov thinks these days as well.

It shows the racial identity of some San Francisco Commissioners:

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Look at Alternate Commish Frederick Hobson – his “Race” is “Caucasian (Gay)”

On It Goes….

 

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Flies Rainbow Flag for Gay Pride Month, 2012

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Like this:

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But there are no complaints, unlike the recent situation in Virginia at the Fed Bank there.

Roy G. Biv: Check Out the Noe Valley Rainbow House

Monday, November 21st, 2011

See? It goes Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet, just like a rainbow:

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From Our Orpheum Theatre in 2010 to Glee in 2011 – Meet Grant Gustin, aka Sebastian, Glee’s New Gay Villain

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Does Grant Gustin, the new villain on upcoming episodes of Fox TV’s Glee, have a Wikipedia entry yet? I don’t think so.

Anyway, he will soon. Read all about it at TVLine.

Sebastian just might come betwixt Kurt and Blaine starting in Episode 5 of Season 3

Do you remember him playing Baby John last year on Market Street at SHN’s Orpheum Theatre?

He was one of the standouts.

Bon courage, Grant Gustin!

Michael Krasny’s FORUM show is Covering the BART Shooting Protests Right Now on the KQED-FM

Monday, August 29th, 2011

All right, listen live to KQED’s Michael Krasny right now, 9:30 AM, Monday morning, August 29th, 2011:

Protest or Prank?

Last week, the hacker collective known as Anonymous posted online what they claim are semi-nude photos of BART spokesman Linton Johnson. In light of this very personal attack, we discuss the ethics of hacking. Will public officials now have to live in fear of angering individuals with sophisticated knowledge of computers and technology?”

FTR, Linton Johnson didn’t “decide” to turn off cell phone service. The story is this: Linton was solicited by somebody at BART for ideas, “constitutional or unconstitutional,” on how to deal with that Thursday night shooting protest. Linton had the idea (gee, has BART done anything like this cell phone shutdown before?) but it was approved by higher up(s). Linton wasn’t The Decider, AFAIK.

The news from NMA Taiwan:

Or, you can listen to it later, I’m sure…

Oh Noes! Militant Pro-BART, Pro-Gay, Anti-Anonymous Faction to Arrive at Next BART Shooting Protest, OpBART 3

Friday, August 26th, 2011

[UPDATE IV, Jason Lives: I guess we have closure now, excepting for Monday morning’s FORUM from Michael Krasny on the KQED-FM. Leave us downgrade this Cat 5 contretemps all the way to unnamed tropical depression:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

LGBT DISPUTE WITH ANONYMOUS TENTATIVELY SETTLED. COUNTER-DEMONSTRATION CANCELLED.

San Francisco, CA August 28, 2011
Monday’s counter-demonstration against Anonymous by members of the LGBT Community has been cancelled after Anonymous made assurances that they have no malice against LGBT people.

While many people speak for Anonymous we have been told the group was largely against the release of the Linton Johnson photos, and that they are not planning any similar tactics (sexual images) in the future.

Some community leaders, such as La Mesha Irizarry of the Idriss Stelley Foundation are skeptical but had grave safety concerns for demonstrators. “A counter protest pinning commuters against protesters is itself a dangerous, unstable mix” said Irizarry.

The LGBT group had planned to demonstrate alongside the “Commuters Take Back Bart” group, which is still planning to demonstrate.
Lead organizers will be at the Civic Center in the event community members who aren’t aware of the cancellation show up to demonstrate.

Contact:
Chris Andoe
[See Comments if you want the email address]

[UPDATE: I’m a little surprised that one irate person can get so much attention from the MSM before he’s actually done anything. Linton Johnson’s repeated, numerous, high-profile misstatements of law have ceased, for whatever reason [coughwhen you’re on camera all the time you’re not always going to say the best thing, cough], so I don’t think that he’s the focus of anything anymore. Here’s one recent manifesto from one person – note that it has nothing to do with LGBT whatever. Note that it has 3000 (or, in the parlance of the day, over 9000) views already. How many followers does organizer Chris Andoe have to organize? We’ll see.]

[UPDATE II, Electric Boogaloo: Oh, I see, it’s Linton’s friends and acquaintances behind this. Makes sense now. Fair enough.]

[UPDATE III, Tokyo Drift:

This is ridiculous, whoever told the GLBT community that Anonymous released photos of Linton is a flat out liar. Linton released them himself, perhaps they should be protesting outside of Linton’s house.”]

Let’s see here, it looks like Anonymous will have have a little competition at the next OpBART, which is OpBART III: Tokyo Drift coming up on August 29th, 2011.

So, get ready for two new factions competing with Anonymous for attention:

1. Commuters Take Back BART (Heh.)

2.“Organizer” Chris Andoe’s Leaked Linton Johnson Photos Gay-Baiting Counter-Protest (Heh.)

Throw in the newly-energized SFPD and the BART Police and this one could end up just like that historic Battle of the Five Armies.

Comes now website-free, non-BART rider Chris Andoe (who?) to say:

“Long before becoming Bay Area Rapid Transit’s chief spokesperson, Linton Johnson worked as a television reporter in St. Louis. In the late 90’s he was regularly seen dancing shirtless, with much fanfare, at the Complex.”

All right, how does this help us? It tells us that self-proclaimed Constitutional scholar Linton Johnson was not boning up the law back then, and maybe you’re reflexively defending your friend from Flyover Country, but that’s about all that we can learn from that.

Here’s more, complete with an edited quote.

Oh, and here’s the full quote, where a BART dude apologizes for recent statements:

“Linton is doing a great job,” Franklin said. “When you’re on camera all the time you’re not always going to say the best thing. Linton is doing a great job and it’s a tough job. So the organization is going to stand behind Linton.”

I’ll just say this: It wasn’t a group of hackers what posted those photos, it was one dude (who actually didn’t need to do any hacking) who posted those photos.

Here’s another viewpoint:

“I think the purpose was to humiliate him. the guy is the public face of bart. don’t pull the homophobe card just because he’s happens to be gay and embarrassing pics were leaked.”

All right, let’s see how many people actually show up on Monday at 5:00 PM. (There will be loads of media there regardless…)

Is It Shameful to be Gay in San Francisco? Check Out This Redacted Document from CitiReport.com and then Decide

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

First off, check this out at the CitiReport.

I mean, who’s doing this with the black Sharpie? What’s it say under there? LGBT? GLBT? LGBTQ? GLBTQ? BLTA?

That’s what I think might be there but I don’t know for sure. Srsly.

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San Francisco Bloggers to Meetup: Canvassing Visi Valley for Prop 8 Repeal Tomorrow

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Seems that a few precincts in San Francisco supported Proposition 8, so some bloggers have been going around town with Equality California to canvass those areas in particular. Tomorrow’s focus is in Visitacion Valley. (If you’re not a blogger already, it takes like five minutes to get started.)

Deets below and right here:

SF Blogger Meetup and Canvass for Repealing Prop 8

Meet all your favorite internet friends in real life and contribute to a great cause!”

As Visi Valley looks on a clear day:

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The deets:

You’re invited to join local bloggers for a marriage equality canvass on Saturday, February 13th, from 10am-2:30pm with Equality California.

This is a great opportunity to turn just a few hours of easy work into a huge contribution to the fight for equality. Plus it’s a great excuse to meet and mingle with a crowd of awesome online writers, and learn about some of the work being done to restore marriage equality!

What’s a canvass, you ask? We pick neighborhoods that voted majority Yes on 8 to go door to door and talk to people about marriage equality. We start out with a really thorough training and chance to practice, so you’ll learn how to have non-confrontational but productive conversations that will change people’s minds about marriage equality. You’ll go out in teams of two to knock doors for a couple hours, and then we’ll meet up at the end to talk about how it went.

Please come a few minutes early so that we can start on time. After we canvass, we’ll debrief and wrap up by 2:30pm. Bloggers are invited to stick around longer for a special debrief and chance to network with other bloggers.

And of course, your readers and friends are invited to come too — please feel free to post the details on your blog beforehand. The more the merrier!

And you can follow along on Twitter with hashtag #eqwalk.

Just RSVP and let us know if you can make it. We’ll send you the details on when and where to meet. Hope to see you there!

Newsom, Obama and the Gay Weddings of 2004: A Slight Revision of History

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

I don’t know, it seems San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is a little hacked off these days because President Barack Obama didn’t want the two of them to be photographed together back in 2004, a time when Gavin was seen as uniquely emblematic of the marriage equality issue. Barack didn’t want photos of the two of them together on the Associated Press wire available for publication in every podunk newspaper all over the country – he didn’t want to deal with that issue.  

All right, fair enough. But I can recall a time when Gavin himself was hacked off over a certain photograph depicting marriage equality being on the AP wire.  

Leave us travel back to aught-four, when gay weddings were going on all over City Hall. At the time, some folks from Room 200 were very sensitive about the idea of the Mayor being photographed or filmed while he himself was officiating weddings. For whatever reason.

So when he agreed, as a courtesy, to officiate the wedding of a couple of blondes in his elegant office*, the press was emphatically banned despite the fact that they (quite reasonably) felt that they were invited to the ceremony. The media were forced to bide their time waiting just outside the Mayor’s Office.

And this was the scene of the scrum in the hallway afterwards. You might find Waldo in there, but not Gavin: 

But look, here he is officiating the ceremony just five minutes before:

This particular photo was processed, emailed, released to the AP, and published in podunk newspapers within hours, to the consequent consternation of the mayor’s people. It seems perfectly cromulent now but, at the time, this kind of scene was seen by some as Too Hot For Publication. 

Of course that certainly was a bold move Gavin made in 2004, no doubt about it. I’ll tell you, back in the 1990′s I took a course from a local professor who, in 2003, strongly supported and volunteered for Gavin’s brainy opponent in that year’s mayoral election. But soon thereafter, said professor’s opinion of Mayor Newsom did a 180 solely because of the marriage equality issue - the prof. would go on and on about how much he appreciated Gavin’s actions, and later on, he actually supported Gavin’s reelection (along with the good bulk of everybody else) in 2007.

So nobody doubts the mayor of San Francisco really stuck his neck out on this issue back in the day. But students of history should be foregiven if they can’t square their memories of 2004 100% with what’s being said in 2010.

Just saying.

*Hello, Maureen’s fact-checkers in New Yawk? Starting up a boutique wine shop in Napa Valley” makes about as much sense as opening a coal shop in Newcastle. How about a Napa Valley wine shop in San Francisco – that would be a lot closer to the mark. Just saying.

Harvey Milk Club Endorses Debra Walker, Rafael Mandelman and Michael Goldstein for 2010

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

San Francisco’s Harvey Milk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Democratic Club had an endorsement election down at the Women’s Building in the Mission District last night. Here’s the upshot, via the Twitter:

Harvey Milk Dems have endorsed Mandelman in D8, Walker in D6 and Goldstein for College Board. Many thanks to all of you who turned out!”

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Get up to speed on the elections next month and next year over at the Usual Suspects.

And oh look, Rafael just made the Hot 40 Under 20 Hot 20 Under 40 list at 7×7 magazine. As seen in Duboce Park:

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Photo by John Lee
 
The 2010 election is only 370 days away, so keep these endorsements in mind over the coming days and months…