Tag Archives: LGBT

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Anti-Trump Protesters March on Market, Through Mission

Thousands of protesters marched from downtown San Francisco to the Castro and Mission districts Wednesday evening protesting the election of Donald Trump to the presidency in a symbolic act of solidary with the neighborhoods that represent those most maligned by Trump’s rhetoric. Many of the at least 2,000 protesters decried Trump’s multiple campaign promises, like his proposal for a border wall and his call...
Members of the Holly Park Collective and their supporters gathered at John O'Connell High School on August 11 to protest the sale of their Bernal Heights home. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Queer Activist Collective Under Threat of Eviction Fights to Save Home

Members of a queer activist collective threatened with eviction gathered August 11 and sharply protested their co-founder’s attempt to sell his Bernal Heights home where they have lived for nearly a decade. Current residents of the Holly Park Collective, located at 150 Highland Ave. near Holly Park, accused their former housemate Adan Luevano of acting as a “pro-eviction” landlord motivated by...
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LGBT Coalition Slams Ballot Measure Aimed at Homeless Encampments

Two measures on the November ballot that concern homelessness are just political posturing and offer no solutions, according to a group of LGBT activists who slammed the measures at a Monday morning press conference at City Hall. Primarily at issue was Supervisor Mark Farrell’s ballot measure that amends the police code to allow for the removal of homeless encampments if...
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Community Letter: Disappointed by Mark Leno

StormMiguel Florez is a filmmaker and artist who wrote this open letter to State Senator Mark Leno in response to the Senator’s remarks at Friday’s Trans March, where he and other politicians were shouted off stage.  Dear Senator Mark Leno, I am writing to you as a trans Latinx person who has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for...
"In love and solidarity." Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

March Through Mission District for LGBT Latino Shooting Victims

More than 200 people marched from the Castro to the Mission District in solidarity with the LGBT Latino community for its loss in the aftermath of the Orlando shootings, which targeted a gay nightclub known as a hotspot for gay Latinos. The shooting occurred on Latin night, and the vast majority of its 49 victims were Latino. “What we’re doing today...
Two men hold balloons and flags at the Harvey Milk Plaza at the Castro. Photo by Marta Franco.

SF Mission Leaders Respond to Florida Rampage, Vigil Tonight in Castro

In the wake of news that the deadliest mass shooting in United States history happened at an Orlando gay dance club, leaders from the Mission District community reacted with shock and indignation. “It’s just so awful, it’s hard to wake up to this,” said Supervisor David Campos, the representative for the Mission District and a gay man. A vigil at...
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Supervisors Approve Teacher Protections, All-Gender Restrooms, Homelessness Crisis Declaration

The Board of Supervisors passed three pieces of legislation — two of them unanimously — on Tuesday, all three of which were introduced by Supervisor David Campos. Supervisors restricted no-fault evictions of teachers and students during the school year, approved gender-neutral public bathrooms, and declared a homeless shelter crisis city-wide. Though the items will come up for a final vote...
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SF Mission Transgender Activist, Jovana Luna, Dies

Jovana Luna, the outreach coordinator for El/La Para TransLatinas, an organization for transgender Latinas, died Sunday afternoon, according to Isa Noyola, the organization’s advisory board co-chair. She was 32 years old.  The cause of death for the Mexican-native and transgender rights advocate, is unknown.  Noyola said they were unaware of any health issues.  “We are still in the grieving process,” said Noyola. “This...
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Un Foro de Discusión Aborda el Tema de la Homofobia entre la Comunidad Latina

El artista cuyo mural sobre el amor LGBT ha sido vandalizado al menos cuatro veces dijo el sábado pasado, en un foro para la comunidad, que no previó el impacto que el mural tendría. También, dijo que el vandalismo fue un intento por “borrar” la homosexualidad que es parte de las culturas chola y latina. “De repente lo vandalizaron, y me...
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Forum Takes On Homophobia Among Latinos

The artist whose mural on LGBT love that has been vandalized at least four times said on Saturday at a community forum that he failed to foresee the impact and called the vandalism an attempt to “erase” the homosexuality that is a part of Latino and cholo culture. “All of a sudden it got vandalized, and I realized I was...
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Protesters of New Dyke March Return to Old Route (updated)

Unhappy with the re-routing of the Dyke March on Saturday evening, some in attendance defied the changes and followed the old route. Later, others also celebrated at the now closed Lexington Club, a decision that put the participants at odds with police, according to police and neighbors. The splinter protest – known as “Take Back the Dyke March” was organized via Facebook...
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Thousands Gather in Dolores Park for Annual Trans March

Dolores Park filled with color and charisma on Friday afternoon for the annual Trans March as thousands of people gathered with signs, flags, and, in some cases, heels, to celebrate trans life and show the power of visibility –  the theme of this year’s march. People from across the country gathered to ring in the 11th annual of Trans March, which started...
An apartment at 18th and Valencia. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage and the Mission Cheers

In a 5-4 decision Friday morning, the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage throughout the United States — and the Mission cheered and promised a Pride Weekend like no other. “It’s been a long time coming. I’m all about it. It’s awesome,” said Pat Murray, a Bi-Rite employee. “I woke up this morning, made a breakfast burrito, and when I saw...
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What To Do For Pride 2015 In The Mission

This upcoming weekend, June 27-28, marks the 45th anniversary of San Francisco Pride. Of course, the annual parade and party will take place at City Hall, but if you’d like to stay away from a very-crowded downtown, there are plenty of other things to do, especially in the Mission District, leading up and during Pride weekend. This post will be...