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4 Remembering Gwen Araujo 21 9 'Capulets' costumes The Serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities since 1971 Vol. 42 • No. 40 • October 4-10, 2012 LGBTs to protest Cordileone Gay county S fair hits Castro by Chuck Colbert by Matthew S. Bajko I t’s been San Francisco’s gay version of a fall harvest festival for nearly 40 years, and this Sunday the annual Castro Street Fair is fully embracing that heritage. The 39th installment of the outdoor party has adopted a “County Fair” theme this year, with promotional material sporting an apple pie, a cherry-eating giant-sized rooster, and images of typical amusement park rides. Unfortunately for thrill-ride enthusiasts, there won’t be any such offerings at the fair. “Even though there are silhouettes of a roller coaster and Ferris wheel on the posters, you cannot expect those. That is either good news or bad news depending on who you are,” said Fred Lopez, the fair board’s president, in detailing plans for the event at a recent Castro merchant See page 14 >> Brown signs ban on anti-gay therapy by Seth Hemmelgarn A s part of a slew of action on many LGBT-related bills, California Governor Jerry Brown ended weeks of suspense by signing Senate Bill 1172 over the Lydia Gonzales weekend. The bill, Governor authored by Senator Ted Lieu (D-Tor- Jerry Brown rance), bans statelicensed mental health professionals from attempting to engage in efforts to alter the sexual orientation of LGBT youth 18 years and younger. SB 1172 was sent to the governor in late August and supporters had put out calls for people to contact the governor via email and through social networking sites. As the Bay Area Reporter noted on its blog, Brown See page 14 >> an Francisco, here he comes: A new spiritual leader for the Catholic archdiocese that spans the city, Marin, and San Mateo counties and is home to 1.7 million people, 25 percent of whom are Catholic. But just how to throw down the welcome mat for Archbishop-elect Salvatore Cordileone, also known as the “Godfather of Proposition 8” – the state’s same-sex marriage ban – is a matter of perspective for activists, LGBT Catholics, elected officials, and a priest based in San Francisco’s most celebrated gay parish. The Reverend Brian Costello, pastor of the Castro’s Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, said he intends to extend “the warmest welcome possible,” going so far as to invite Cordileone not only “here for one of our Sunday Masses so he can celebrate with the community,” but also to join with parishioners for a reception after Mass in the church’s social hall. Cordileone needs to experience “what a wonderful community MHR” is, said Costello, who will attend the archbishop’s installation at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, October 4). “I’m hoping he will accept my invitation and come to greet and meet my parishio- Steven Underhill Archbishop-elect Salvatore Cordileone spoke with reporters when his appointment was announced in July. ners,” said Costello during a telephone interview this week. Gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener voiced agreement with a getting-to-know-us approach. By that he said, “Get to know real, live LGBT people and families and people with kids and see first hand their lives are impacted by things like Prop 8.” But said Wiener, whose district includes See page 13 >> Gay Marine returns Wiener for SF Fleet Week introduces nudity ban G N by Matthew S. Bajko arth Langley grew up in San Carlos and graduated from California State University East Bay with degrees in political science and criminal justice. As a boy he spent many days hanging out at a hair salon on Church Street in San Francisco where his mom worked. He now lives in Carlsbad south of Camp Pendleton where he is a public affairs officer for the United States Marine Corps. A first lieutenant with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Langley handles media requests and writes up press releases for the base. This week he is stationed out of the Marines Memorial Club Hotel near San Francisco’s Union Square juggling reporters’ inquiries about the goings on for this year’s Fleet Week as the spokesman for the Marine Corps. The annual civic celebration of the military kicked off Wednesday, October 3 and runs through Tuesday, October 9. It coincides with Langley’s 25th birthday on Monday and marks the first time he is representing the armed services during the ceremonies as an out gay man. Langley began coming out in January to family, friends, and coworkers after being assigned to the southern California base. Having by Matthew S. Bajko Rick Gerharter First Lieutenant Garth Langley been embraced not only by his relatives but also his military commanders and fellow Marines, Langley hopes to use his experience to help other service members come out of the closet. “I decided that I would come out and never { FIRST OF TWO SECTIONS } See page 14 >> udity will be front and center at San Francisco City Hall now that gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener has moved forward with plans to ban nudists from the city’s sidewalks and public Supervisor plazas. Scott Wiener Last month the Bay Area Reporter broke the news that Wiener, who represents the gay Castro district, was looking at outlawing public nudity. At the board’s October 2 meeting he introduced an ordinance that would amend the city’s police code to require people be clothed on public streets and parklets as well as on transit vehicles and at Muni stations. The increasing number of nudists congregating in the Castro correlated with the rise in complaints about their behavior led Wiener to determine that his proposed nudity ban is warSee page 10 >>

October 4, 2012 edition of the Bay Area Reporter

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