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Crime Incidents Point to Continued Safety Concerns

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By Seth Hemmelgarn

A recent string of incidents in San Francisco, including anti-gay hate crimes, may give the impression that such crimes are on the rise. Other incidents, including armed robberies, have also raised concerns.

But data from the San Francisco Police Department show LGBT-related hate crimes are actually down and levels of other incidents appear fairly stable.

Citywide, there were three anti-gay or lesbian hate crimes through March of this year, with no anti-transgender incidents reported. Through the same time last year, there were eight anti-LGBT hate crimes, police data show.

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Gay Group May Fight New Maps

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

The state's largest LGBT advocacy group, Equality California, is pondering what action to take, if any, in response to the new political boundaries for California's legislative and congressional districts.

The state's Citizens Redistricting Commission signed off on the redrawn lines Monday, August 15. Shortly after the panel's vote numerous organizations voiced concerns about the panel's decisions and suggested they would take steps to challenge the new boundaries.

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Another California Gay Bashing

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Posted on www.advocate.com
By Diane Anderson-Minshall

San Francisco Bay area–based musician Brontez says he was the victim of a hate crime Wednesday after leaving an urban hipster bar in Oakland.

Brontez reported the attack on his Facebook page: "Got gay bashed last night. Me and my bandmate, Adal, were leaving the Paradiso in downtown Oakland when two dudes with ... accents and dreadlocks started calling us 'batty boys' and saying that if we were in Jamaica we'd be dead."

Brontez alleges that he yelled back at the men and attempted to swiftly pedal away on his bicycle.

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Update on Developments in the Neighborhood…and Close By

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Posted on www.dtna.org
By DTNA News staff writer

"Mega-developer Forest City is making a bite-sized bet on Upper Market Street," according to a 5/20/11 piece in the San Francisco Business Times. Forest City has bought the 76 gas station at 2175 Market Street at 15th Street. The new owner will be working with the Strada Investment Group which was originally slated to develop approximately 60 units on the property. They intend to develop it "in a manner consistent with the Market Octavia Plan," according to the article. The planned development of the UC Extension site at 55 Laguna is moving forward with new developers, Wood Parnters, with a Planning Commission hearing scheduled for June 2nd. Mercy Housing has come on board to assist Open House with the senior housing development. Unfortunately, the affordable housing allotted to the market rate housing in the development will not be built on site. Due to market conditions, the money for that will be used instead to maintain the senior development at 109 units. The "hole in the ground" at Market and 16th Streets is inching closer to breaking ground and that could take place very soon.

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Desperate Measures for Pop. 8 Supporters

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By Andrew Harmon

A federal judge in San Francisco will hear arguments today as to whether the landmark Proposition 8 decision by U.S. chief district judge Vaughn R. Walker should be thrown out because the now-retired jurist did not disclose his same-sex relationship.

Chief Judge James Ware, who is handling remaining trial-level issues concerning the Prop. 8 case following Walker's retirement earlier this year, will hear arguments at 9 a.m. Pacific Time at the Phillip Burton Federal Building & United States Courthouse in San Francisco.

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Out There: Jeannie Comes Out!

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By Robert Friedman

We’re told that deep in the 1960s culture wars, one of the most contentious questions you could pose was, "Are you a Bewitched person or an I Dream of Jeannie person?" Partisans rioted, friendships were lost. Out There is not one to reveal preference, but is excited to announce that in 2011, Jeannie will reign supreme at the Castro Theatre as imp-ressario Marc Huestis presents I Dream of Barbara Eden live and in-person, on Sunday, July 10.

Yes, Jeannie herself comes out (of the bottle) for a summer gay-la to end all summer gay-las. And Huestis is absolutely barking mad with delight. Listen to him go!

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Vice Palace – All Singing! All Dancing! All Hedonism: Castro District

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By Sean Martinfield

Vice Palace: The Last Cockettes Musical is a must-see. My Castro San Francisco agrees! The Prudent and the Easily Offended need take note: there is plenty of gender bending, gratuitous male nudity and the female form divine (genetic and otherwise). Now at the Thrillpeddlers' Hypnodrome until July 31st, the show is a madcap splurge into Theatre of the Ridiculous and Grand Guignol. It's like The Hollywood Canteen meets The Masque of the Red Death. Now what could be better that that for us Castro District members? Outside is The Plague. But welded-shut inside the villa of "Signorina Divina" (Leigh Crow) and its series of colorful rooms are a lucky number of pleasure-seeking guests who will scoff at Death and indulge in endless La Dolce Vita. Now who of us in Casto San Francisco does not enjoy pleasue? Castro residents agree that this will be a must see show. They intend to keep each other amused with a series of luxurious, intemperate, profligate mini-productions – the challenge being, each number gets increasingly more bizarre. Following Thrillpeddlers 22-month run of Pearls Over Shanghai — is this possible? Oh, yes! OMG!

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Bay to Breakers Race-Party in Full Swing: Castro

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Posted on www.sfgate.com
By Jessica Kwong

Tens of thousands of runners and walkers, some in shirts and shorts, some in costume and some in nothing at all, made their way across San Francisco today in the centennial edition of the Bay to Breakers race. Castro San Francisco residents were in mass attendance!

A group of elite runners was the first pack to head west at 7 a.m. from Howard and Beale streets, and 34 minutes and 26 seconds later, Ridouane Harroufi of Morocco crossed the finish line at Ocean Beach ahead of everyone else. Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya won the women's division for the third time, finishing in 39:12.

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Hey, Bartender! Castro News

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By Ronn Vigh

Gay bars have stretched beyond the Castro San Francisco and poured into many San Francisco neighborhoods. Each establishment is manned by the most important part of your stay there: the bartender. A bartender's duties go beyond shaking and pouring.

They often have to be a willing ear, a deft drink designer, the person who knows when you've had too much to drink (or too little), a voice of reason, and a familiar face. However you mix it, bartending is not as easy as you think. While the San Francisco bar scene overflows with hardworking and crafty keepers of the bar, we thought we would get to know some of those familiar faces a little better.

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Prop 8 Backer's Motion to Void Ruling 'Fast Tracked,' Hearing set for June 13

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Posted on www.lgbtqnation.com
By Brody Levesque

Here you go Castro San Francisco. This is the latest on Prop8. The U.S. District Court for Northern California issued a "fast-track" order in the Proposition 8 case, and has scheduled a June 13 hearing to consider a motion to have ruling in the case thrown out because the trial judge in the case is gay. Castro residents laugh at the hypocrisy of this argument. Nine times out of ten the judges are heterosexual and you don't see the LGBTQ community filing motions.

Supporters of California's Proposition 8 — the voter approved ban on gay marriage, that was later declared unconstitutional — are seeking to have the ruling voided because the federal judge that presided over the case is gay, and did not disclose he was in a long-term, same-sex relationship. Our eyes roll here at My Castro San Francisco.

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