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Story of Compton’s Cafeteriariot comes to stage

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:08:13 UT

Back in 1966, after tensions had mounted between San Francisco’s queer community and the authorities, a group of people, led by transgender women, rioted at a Tenderloin cafe called Gene Compton’s Cafeteria. The event predated the Stonewall Riots by two years, but was almost lost to history until historian Susan Stryker released a documentary about the subject in 2005. Now, the Tenderloin Museum and Bay Area playwright Mark Nassar have set the story to the stage and are presenting a play about the event on Thursday, Feb. 22. Nassar wrote the script with considerable help from two San Francisco trans women who frequented Compton’s at the time of the riot.



Gay couple sue when State Department withholds son’s US citizenship

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 01:29:28 UT

Ethan Dvash-Banks was born 16 months ago in Canada, with the help of a surrogate mother, and now lives in Los Angeles with his parents, one of them a native of the United States. If his parents had been husband and wife, according to a newly filed lawsuit, Ethan would be recognized as a U.S. citizen. But his parents are a married gay couple, his biological father was born in Israel, and Ethan, whose permission to remain in the country expired in December, is now at risk of deportation. The State Department says its policy in such cases is to require evidence of a biological connection between the foreign-born child and a parent who is a U.S. citizen.



GLAAD finds more LGBTQ inclusion in film, TV

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:00:00 UT

The films “Call Me By Your Name,” “Lady Bird,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Battle of the Sexes” are among the critical darlings dominating the nominations in the outstanding film category for the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards announced Friday, Jan. 19, by the LGBTQ antidefamation organization. Rounding out the category is “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.” The nominees this year, said Zeke Stokes, GLAAD’s vice president of programs, reflect a continuing rise in LGBTQ representations from year to year. Notably, there are five contenders this year in the wide-release category for outstanding film, unlike last year when only two made the cut — “Moonlight” and “Star Trek Beyond.



Life with Shirley: How a trip to Washington, D.C. took me on a journey back in time

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:00:00 UT

Visiting Washington, D.C., for business in late 2016, I was drawn to the brand-new National Museum of African American History & Culture. At the time (shortly after its gala opening) the waiting list for tickets was eight months long to get in, but it was a warm, sunny day so I walked there from my hotel just to see what it looked like.




Activists seek to copy ‘gay panic defense’ ban in more states

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 06:32:38 UT

CHICAGO — Starting in January, Illinois will bar a rare criminal defense allowing the use of a victim’s sexual orientation as justification for violent crime, a ban gay rights advocates say they will attempt to replicate in about half a dozen states next year. Defense attorneys will no longer be able to mount the “gay panic defense” in Illinois, the second state after California to prohibit the tactic. It isn’t common, but one study shows it has surfaced in about half of all U.S. states and has been used with some success.



The Rev. John Frykman, ‘minister to the hippies,’ dies at 85

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:16:42 UT

In the 1960s, The Rev. John Harvey Frykman was known as “the minister to the hippies” in San Francisco. But that turned out to be just part of who he was. Seemingly limitless in his energy as the decades wore on, he had become a pioneering activist in the city by the time he died at 85, not just for his religious work as a Lutheran minister, but for his efforts in drug treatment, land preservation and gay and lesbian religious rights. Frykman died following a lengthy illness on Oct. 21 in a hospital in Los Angeles, where he was visiting from his home in San Francisco.



Fears rise over LGBT discrimination in conservative Paraguay

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:11:22 UT

ASUNCION, Paraguay — Mariana Sepulveda has been stabbed on the street, detained by police and expelled from her high school — all for being transgender in Paraguay, one of the most sexually conservative countries in Latin America. “I’ve felt hate for not being heterosexual,” said Sepulveda, 32, who now works for an advocacy group. “Raising a family, having a partner, adopting children seems out of reach because there are no legal conditions for us in Paraguay.” A lack of legal protections and prevalent macho attitudes have long stoked discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in the poor, mostly Roman Catholic country.



Child-support fight to test treatment of same-sex parents

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:17:19 UT

HONOLULU — National gay-rights advocates are watching how a child-support fight between a divorced lesbian couple plays out in Hawaii, likely the first such case before a state Supreme Court, experts say. A woman wants to sever her parental rights to a child her ex-wife gave birth to and is appealing a family court ruling denying that request to the Hawaii Supreme Court, which was set to hear arguments Thursday. The couple, who are not identified in the confidential family court case, married in Washington, D.C., in 2013 and moved to Hawaii because of military orders for the woman seeking to end her parental rights.



Gay parents in Arkansas gain equal treatment for birth certificates

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 23:41:57 UT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas’ governor has ordered health officials to treat married lesbian and heterosexual couples the same when listing the parents on a birth certificate, in an effort to comply with a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state’s birth certificate law was discriminatory. Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s directive came hours after a judge blocked the state from issuing any birth certificates until it complied with the June ruling. Arkansas stopped issuing and amending birth certificates for about two hours early Friday after the injunction by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox, who also canceled mediation he had ordered between attorneys for the state and three same-sex couples to find a fix to the law.



Same-sex marriage bill in Australia inspires a real proposal

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 20:49:41 UT

CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian lawmaker giving a speech on same-sex marriage proposed to his gay partner Monday during Parliament’s debate on a bill that is expected to soon legalize marriage equality across the country. Tim Wilson, a 37-year-old lawmaker in the conservative coalition government, was among the first lawmakers to join the House of Representatives debate and toward the end of his speech popped the question to his partner of seven years Ryan Bolger, who was watching from the public gallery.



Supreme Court to hear major discrimination case

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 20:44:35 UT

In a legal case with profound implications for LGBT rights and religion’s place in public life, the opposing sides agree on this: It’s not about the cake. At its core, the case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court for oral arguments on Tuesday is a showdown between a gay couple from Colorado and a Denver-area baker who in 2012 cited his Christian faith in refusing to make a cake for their wedding celebration. Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, was judged through multiple phases of litigation to have violated Colorado’s anti-discrimination law.



Mayor names new adviser for transgender issues: Clair Farley of SFLGBT Center

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 02:19:13 UT

Prominent transgender advocate Clair Farley has been appointed to be San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s senior adviser on transgender initiatives, the mayor’s office announced Monday. Farley, currently director of economic development at the San Francisco LGBT Center, will replace Theresa Sparks, who’s retiring at the end of the year after working for the city in various capacities for two decades. “Clair Farley has been an inspirational leader in our city on LGBTQ economic and social rights issues,” Lee said in a statement.



Moore supporters’ hostility worries LGBT advocates

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:57:04 UT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A smiling Roy Moore stood shoulder to shoulder with his fiercest religious allies. Flanked by a sign for Moore’s Senate campaign, one supporter railed against the “LGBT mafia” and “homosexualist gay terrorism.” Another warned that “homosexual sodomy” destroys those who participate in it and the nations that allow it. Still another described same-sex marriage as “a mirage” because “it’s phony and fake.



LGBT activists make gains at local level

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:11:12 UT

At the U.S. Capitol and in most statehouses nationwide, supporters of LGBT rights are unable to make major gains these days. Instead, they’re notching victories in seemingly unlikely venues, such as Morgantown, W.Va., and Birmingham, Ala. They are among scores of cities and towns in Republican-governed states that have acted on their own, passing resolutions and ordinances pledging nondiscrimination protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in the absence of comparable statewide laws. De Pere, Wisconsin — a Green Bay suburb not noted for LGBT activism — took a big step last week toward joining the movement.



Harvey Milk memorialized in light and art in the Castro

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:15:16 UT

Before the rain came the rainbow. On the 40th anniversary of the election of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, shafts of multicolored LED lights rose into the clouds as “Harvey’s Halo” came alive in the Castro on Wednesday night. The light sculptures shine from the top of the old Bank of America building at Harvey Milk Plaza at the corner of Market and Castro and were created by Illuminate, the nonprofit that has bedazzled the Bay Bridge and the Conservatory of Flowers, and is slowly transforming the city’s skyline in LED. An estimated crowd of 600 stood on both sides of Castro Street to watch the dedication.