January 5-11, 2017 • BAY AREA REPORTER • 5
Port bar donates to Oakland fire victims Courtesy Port bar
akland’s Port bar, 2023 Broadway, which opened last year and serves the LGBT community, recently raised over $750 for the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in response to the Ghost Ship warehouse fire through a four-DJ fundraiser. Bar owners Sean Sullivan and Richard Fuentes said that DJ Becky Knox pulled the DJs together – she had
developed her DJ talents by playing in many spaces similar to the Ghost Ship and felt other DJs would want to do something for victims’ families and friends. Additionally, Tito’s vodka donated $5,000 to the effort. From left, Fuentes, Sullivan, and Knox are joined by Tito’s representative Devin Grigg in publicizing the donation.
CA bans travel to 4 states by Matthew S. Bajko
alifornia has banned most taxpayer-funded travel to four states that have adopted anti-LGBT laws. In addition to the three Southern states that the state attorney general’s office had identified in November for inclusion on the list – Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee – Kansas was also named to the official list posted online January 1. The AG’s office did not explain its reasons for including the quartet of states on the travel ban list. It is the result of Assembly Bill 1887, which was authored by gay Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell), going into effect January 1. Low’s legislation was in response to North Carolina lawmakers adopting in early 2016 House Bill 2, which restricts cities in the state from enacting local non-discrimination laws and requires transgender people to use public restrooms based on the gender they were assigned at birth. Newly sworn in Democratic Governor Roy Cooper has vowed to repeal the law, though an effort to rescind it just prior to Christmas failed. Mississippi allows for its residents and businesses to discriminate based on their religious beliefs, while Tennessee adopted a law last year allowing therapists and other mental health professionals to deny seeing LGBT patients and others for religious reasons. Kansas last year
adopted a law allowing into new contracts with campus-based religious businesses headquartered groups to discriminate in the banned states. against LGBT students. “San Francisco and Low told the Bay Area California must send a Reporter this week that clear message that we he is “actually disheartaren’t doing business in ened” to see four states states that pass anti-LGmade the list, as ideally BT hate laws,” gay state Rick Gerharter there would be none fallSenator Scott Wiener ing under the ban. He State Senator (D-San Francisco), who added he hopes it serves Scott Wiener was the main sponsor of as a warning to lawmakthe city’s travel ban, said ers in other states where in a statement Tuesday to anti-LGBT laws are pending. the B.A.R. “The issuance of this list “Our state has clearly said our – and the upcoming issuance of San taxpayer dollars will not fund bigFrancisco’s list – of banned states otry or hatred,” Low said. “If other makes our legislation tangible.” states try to pass similar laws, we will Santa Clara and Santa Cruz do everything we can in our power counties already have travel ban to stop any type of discrimination policies in place, as do the cities of from happening to Californians. As Santa Cruz and Watsonville. And a you know, our zero tolerance policy number of states have banned travel says there is no room for discrimito certain jurisdictions with antination of any kind in California and LGBT laws. this bill ensures discrimination will California’s travel ban applies to not be tolerated of any kind outside not only government workers but our borders.” also to employees and students at Equality California, the statewide the state’s public universities. But it LGBT advocacy group which codoes allow for exemptions to meet sponsored Low’s legislation, did not prior contractual obligations, or for respond to a request for comment the protection of public health, welfor this story by deadline. fare, or safety. As the B.A.R. noted in a story last With anti-LGBT legislation alweek, San Francisco officials are exready pending in Alabama, Georgia, pected to also ban non-essential travel Iowa, Texas, and West Virginia, it is to the four states, and possibly others, likely more states could be added to when its local travel ban goes into the travel ban lists this year. effect February 14, Valentine’s Day. The online page regarding CaliThe city’s ordinance also bans departfornia’s travel ban can be found at ments and agencies from entering https://oag.ca.gov/ab1887.t
Man released in trans stabbing case by Seth Hemmelgarn
man who pleaded guilty to stabbing a transgender woman in an incident that started on a San Francisco Muni bus in 2015 has been released from jail. Brodes Wayne Joynes, 56, had been headed to trial on charges including attempted murder and hate crime enhancements, but those charges were dismissed after he admitted in November to a charge of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. Joynes has been in custody since his arrest the night of the incident. He was sentenced this week to four years in prison, but with credit for time served, he was released. At Joynes’ sentencing in San Francisco Superior Court Tuesday, January 3, exactly two years after the incident occurred, Assistant District Attorney Ben Mains read
a statement from victim Samantha Hulsey in which she recalled seeing “pure hate” from Joynes and being “sure I was soon to die.” Hulsey said she’d moved to San Francisco seeking acceptance and stated, “I will not stop being myself.” “Too many of us die for this hate, and I will not forgive you,” she said. Deputy Public Defender Elizabeth Hilton told Judge Rene Navarro that Joynes hadn’t acted “out of any hatred or animosity toward people with transgender identities,” and “that’s not what was going on in his mind that night.” Hilton said that Joynes, who’s African-American, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, and that he and Hulsey have much in common as people who “feel marginalized” and “haven’t been treated very well by society.” Video of Joynes lunging at Hulsey with a steak knife on a 49 Van Ness/
Mission bus was shown at a preliminary hearing last year. Joynes allegedly threatened to kill Hulsey and her former partner, Rae Raucci, during the dispute, which started after Joynes complained about the bus’s windows not being open. Raucci testified that Joynes called her and Hulsey “faggots” and told them, “You’re defrauding me by pretending to be women.” Eventually, the bus stopped near the now-shuttered McDonald’s on Van Ness Avenue. Hulsey got off with Raucci and swung at Joynes, who then stabbed Hulsey in the chest. Joynes, who’s expected to serve three to four years parole, has been ordered to stay away from Hulsey and Raucci. In court Tuesday, Hilton said that Joynes is “a lovely individual and a very talented artist.” She submitted some of Joynes’ work to the court so that it could be included in the docket.t
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