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Castro District plaza inches closer

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Posted on www.edgesanfrancisco.com
By Matthew S. Bajko

Rules governing two outdoor plazas in the Castro inched closer to passage this week after a Board of Supervisors’ committee endorsed the proposed regulations.

Under the new guidelines for both Jane Warner and Harvey Milk plazas at the corner of Market and Castro streets, camping and sleeping would be banned at all hours in the public parklets. Cigarette smoking would also be prohibited in the two areas, while signage would make clear that removable chairs and tables would be stored between the hours of 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. each day.

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Aids Quilt; Teary reception in the Castro San Francisco

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Posted on www.SFgate.com
By Carolyn Zinko

Petaluma hairstylist Nicole Sessi was in the Castro on Sunday, looking for her uncle, who died of AIDS in 1990 when she was in the fourth grade.

Sessi's mother, who spent the past 21 years sewing a fabric tribute to her only brother, was there, too. She had sent off the panel she created for inclusion in the AIDS Memorial Quilt only three months ago, it was so difficult to part with.

But Sunday, when 40 sections of the quilt, which moved from San Francisco to Atlanta with the Names Project Foundation in 1999, made a trip back for its largest homecoming display since, neither Sessi nor her mother could find the panel.

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Castro District: Nowhere to sit

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Posted on www.baycitizaen.org
By Zusha Elinson

On recent sunny day in San Francisco, Rebecca Scalfaro left her office to eat lunch and read a few pages of a John Steinbeck novel in Civic Center Plaza in front of City Hall. As usual, Scalfaro, a petite 48-year-old who works in accounting, found a seat along one of the low-lying concrete walls that surround the square patches of grass on the plaza, a much different scene than in the Castro District San Francisco.

"They're very uncomfortable," she said as she sat on the eight-inch high ledge and tried to rearrange her legs.

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Castro San Francisco: Muni driver charged with manslaughter for hitting pedestrian

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By City News Services

A San Francisco Municipal Railway bus driver has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for hitting and killing a pedestrian in the city's Castro District in August, prosecutors said today.

Wallace Loggins, 36, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in connection with the death of 23-year-old Emily Dunn, who was struck while walking in a crosswalk at 18th and Hartford streets on Aug. 19.

Loggins was turning left onto Hartford Street when he struck Dunn, who was about 90 percent of the way across the street when she was hit, according to police.

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The Castro: Gal Pals - Women in gay bars

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By Ronn Vign

On a recent Friday evening, I exited up the South side stairs of the Castro District Muni station to see a group of skinny-jeans-clad twentysomethings strolling toward the epicenter of the Castro area bars. Sandwiched between the fashionable young partygoers was the tallest of the tribe, embraced in a red striped hoodie, who said to his sole gal pal of the group, "Don't worry about not having a date tonight- you're with your gay friends, and we're more fun than any date could be! We know what to do!"

Popular slang would refer to her as a "fag hag"- a lady who often associates with gay men more often than not, a woman who be found at heavily gay populated venues drinking, dining and most likely gossiping with her fabulous queer companions. Castro locals know this to be true.

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Castro San Francisco: Deportation threat lifted from S.F gay spouse

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By Carolyn Lochhead

Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk have been together for 19 years. They're married and live in the Castro San Francisco, but have been living under the threat of separation because Wells is a U.S. citizen and Makk a citizen of Australia. That threat ended Wednesday, when they won a two-year stay of Makk's deportation. "We're still dizzy from the news," said Makk, 49. "We are elated."

Because the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act bars all federal marital rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples, Makk was denied consideration for a green card based on his marriage to Wells, who suffers from severe AIDS-related illnesses. Makk is his primary caregiver. The Castro District is in full support.

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"We Were Here," Is a Powerful AIDS Documentary - Castro San Francisco

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Posted on www.LATimes.com
By Keneth Turan

WE WERE HERE" — ★★★1/2 — documentary about the beginning of the AIDS crisis in San Francisco; not rated but probable R (mature themes); Broadway

"We Were Here" shows that a situation you think you know can be something you haven't known at all. That is the surprise, and the power, of this unexpected film. Castro San Francisco residents believe this is a must see.

An extraordinarily moving examination of how the AIDS epidemic both devastated and transformed San Francisco's gay community including the Castro, this clear-eyed and soulful documentary brings us inside the contagion in a way that is so intimate, so personal, you feel like you're hearing about these catastrophic events for the first time.

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The Castro Take a Closer Look at Hillary Clintons AIDS Strategy

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Posted on www.advocate.com
By George Ayala

It remains unclear exactly how this new strategy will impact epidemics among gay men and other key populations. In fact, the speech hardly mentioned them at all.

Hillary Clinton announces initiative.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a landmark speech on Tuesday declaring a new direction in the U.S. response to the global AIDS epidemic. Citing a number of recent studies on the efficacy of different biomedical approaches for preventing HIV, Clinton announced that an HIV-free generation is now within reach.

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Meredith Baxter's New Family Ties; Castro San Francisco

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By Tracy E. Gilchris

One of America's best-known TV moms comes out of the closet as a real-life lesbian.

Since her TV career heyday in the 1970s and '80s as a darling of the popular prime-time series Family and Family Ties, Meredith Baxter has mainly flown under the radar, with the exception of a few acclaimed turns in made-for-TV movies such as My Breast and A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story. That is until she boarded the Sweet Caribbean Cruise with thousands of other lesbians last month. If the woman who famously played Elyse Keaton, liberal mother to Michael J. Fox's conservative Alex on the long-running sitcom Family Ties, thought she would go unnoticed amid generations of gay women who idolized her for her blond-haired, blue-eyed, all-American good looks, she was wrong.

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Got Milk? The Human Rights Campaign In San Francisco Definitely Has

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By Julia Buckley

It was as we were in San Francisco the week before last, strolling the Castro, chuckling at the names of places like Rock Hard the shop, the Sausage Factory restaurant and Hand Job (the nail salon) that we got ourselves a little jolt of history.

At 575 Castro Street (next to Hand Job, in fact) is the center for the Human Rights Campaign of San Francisco. It also happens to be the former premises of Castro Camera, the shop belonging to Harvey Milk.

Milk, of course, was assassinated in 1978, having being elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors as America's first openly gay man in public office.

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