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Castro Community Concerned; Since when does 0.45% of Total Voters Translate to Victory?

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Posted on www.baycitizen.org
January 05, 2011
By Scott James

Castro District voters are worried the new San Francisco Board of Supervisors sworn in Jan. 8 is anything like its predecessor, there will be a time when an unpopular decision will have citizens, and Castro residents asking, "Who picked these people?"

The answer will be: hardly anyone. This outrages gay San Francisco.

A record 8 of 11 supervisors on the new board have an interesting distinction: They were not the first choices of a majority of voters including those in the Castro district, but prevailed in the city's ranked-choice voting system.

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Castro District; Wounded Pride for Teens

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Posted on www.Advocate.com
By Advocate.com Editors

San Francisco has long attracted gay people escaping conservative towns, like pilgrims to a rainbow-colored mecca. Only here would the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence qualify as the most ubiquitous "religious" figures. Only here is the word "pride" first associated with a gay parade along the city's main boulevard. Yet anyone who thinks gay teens raised in San Francisco have it easy was not there the day Rafique Franks got her wig snatched off in front of Mission High School. "It was hella ugly," Franks says with her usual panache while recalling the spectacle.

Franks was darting out of Mission High to the J-Church Muni stop on the corner, glad to have survived a day in the wig. It was a black-with-auburn-highlights layered job that even she will admit looked a little incongruous with a hoodie and jeans.

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Castro District San Francisco News: Barbara Boxer Courts LGBT Voters

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Posted on www.ebar.com
By: Matthew S. Bajko

Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer contends LGBT voters have a clear choice in her re-election campaign this year, where she is fending off a tough challenge from her Republican opponent, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. The Castro district supports boxer.

"It is such a clear choice. My opponent opposes gay marriage," said Boxer during a phone interview with the Bay Area Reporter last week. To the residents of Castro street this is clearly a big issue.

Fiorina not only touts her belief that marriage is between a man and a woman but also discloses on her campaign site that she voted for Proposition 8, the voter approved ban against same-sex marriage in California that a federal judge recently found was unconstitutional.

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Newsome Attack Ads Up Ante: Castro District not Surprised

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Posted on www.SFgate.com
By John Cote and Jessica Kwong

The gloves are off in the lieutenant governor's race, with Mayor Gavin Newsom launching a radio ad that attacks Republican incumbent Abel Maldonado for pledging not to raise taxes, then supporting "the biggest tax increase in California history" and voting to cut funding to public schools. How can the Castro Street community and GLBT neighborhood in San Francisco decide which side of the fence to sit?

The 60-second spot airing across the state include the Castro District and San Francisco doesn't even mention Newsom by name until the very end, to say his campaign paid for it.

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Dufty expresses concerns about the Castro District and San Francisco Pride Issues

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Posted on www.ebar.com
By Seth Hemmelrgam

San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty said he has concerns about the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee as the organization acknowledged that a dozen community partners have yet to be paid in full from this year's event. The Castro San Francisco district is puzzled.

Amy Andre, executive director of the Pride Committee, told the Bay Area Reporter this week that 12 of its community partners still have not been paid in full for this year's celebration. That comes a month after the check distribution party. This includes local GLBT non-profits and health centers. Gay San Francisco is looking to the PRIDE committee for answers.

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Proposition 8 backers say ruling overturning gay marriage ban may apply to only 2 couples: Does this affect gay San Francisco?

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Posted in Los Angeles Times
By: Maura Dolan

If backers of Proposition 8 are not permitted to appeal a federal judge's ruling overturning the measure, the effect of that ruling must be limited to the two same-sex couples who brought the challenge, sponsors of Proposition 8 argued Friday. What about the rest of gay San Francisco?

In written arguments before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the sponsors, called protectmarriage.com, insisted they had legal authority to appeal last month's ruling even though the gay couples sued the state, not the proponents.

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Trans services excluded in Healthy SF: Gay San Franciscans appalled

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Posted in Bay Area Reporter
By: Matthew S. Bajko

Transgender leaders say that Healthy San Francisco, the city's health insurance program for uninsured residents, is discriminatory because it excludes sexual reassignment services, treatment, and surgery.

At least one person has filed a complaint with the city's Human Rights Commission due to the exclusionary policy, the Bay Area Reporter has learned, and the city's health department is in talks with the agency about how to remedy the situation.

"This is clearly discrimination against a protected class that we do not discriminate against in our own health policy," said Theresa Sparks, a transgender woman who heads the Human Rights Commission, referring to the fact that sexual reassignment surgery is covered under the city's health insurance for employees.

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Crowds Celebrated 40 Years of SF PRIDE

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Posted on www.ebar.com
By Seth Hemmeglram

San Francisco's LGBT Pride Parade and celebration has come a long way. That much was obvious as hundreds of thousands of people gathered last weekend for the 40th annual event.

"It seemed like people were having a great time," said Amy Andre, executive director of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee.

She said Pride officials don't have an official crowd estimate, but from what people told her, this year's attendance seemed up even from last year, when there was an estimate of at least a million people. San Francisco police typically do not provide crowd estimates.

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PRIDE Events

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San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade

The 40th annual celebration, "Forty and Fabulous," features music, dancing, Faerie Freedom Village and more on more than 20 stages and venues. Celebration: noon to 6 p.m. Sat. and noon to 7 p.m. next Sun. Civic Center Plaza. Parade: 10:30 a.m. at Market and Beale streets to Market and Eighth streets. Free. www.sfpride.org.

Dyke March 2010

The traditional kickoff to Gay Pride Weekend features world music DJs from noon to 3 p.m.; speakers and performances from 3 to 7 p.m.; march begins at 7 p.m. $5-$10 suggested donation. Dolores Park, 18th and Dolores streets, San Francisco. (510) 533-5489. thedykemarch.org.

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Out Candidates Win Big in Primaries

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Posted on www.advocate.com
By Julie Bolcer

Openly LGBT candidates made gains in primary elections across the country Tuesday, with wins in states including California, Montana, and Maine.

According to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which supports out candidates, "Openly LGBT candidates won political races literally from coast to coast last night, with key wins in California, Montana and Maine. At least 16 of the Victory Fund’s 21 endorsed candidates on the ballot yesterday either won their races outright or advanced to general elections."

Winners include gay Palm Springs mayor Steve Pougnet (pictured, right), a Democrat, who will face Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, the widow of the late congressman Sonny Bono.

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