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resident Donald Trump signed a memorandum Friday that serves as an implementation plan for his policy to ban transgender people from serving openly in the military. LGBTQ AP advocates are once again outraged as the President long-awaited policy Donald Trump comes as a follow up to Trump’s initial blanket transgender military ban, which he announced via Twitter last July. The implementation plan states, “transgender persons who require or have undergone gender transition” cannot serve, except under certain conditions. The revised ban also includes any person diagnosed with gender dysphoria – those who may require substantial medical treatment, including medical drugs or surgery, which most transgender people participate in during their transition. One of the documents released, a report titled, “Department of Defense Report on Recommendations on Military Service by Transgender Persons,” states that “nothing in this policy precludes service by transgender persons who do not have a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria and are willing to meet all standards that apply to their biological sex.” Most LGBTQ advocates call the report a categorical ban on trans people serving in the military. Lawsuits from LGBTQ groups on behalf of individuals and organizations, including Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and Equality California, continue against the Trump administration’s efforts. The ban was previously blocked by four federal courts, which granted preliminary injunctions barring it from being enforced. This currently allows transgender people to enlist and continue serving in the military. It is estimated between 4,000 and 10,000 U.S. active-duty and reserve service members are believed to be transgender. On Tuesday, Lambda Legal and OutServeSLDN, together with the state of Washington, appeared before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle urging the court to permanently block the ban. This was the first oral argument among the four lawsuits to ask a federal judge to make a final ruling to put an end to the ban. In the lawsuit, Lambda Legal and OutServeSLDN represent nine individual plaintiffs and three organizational plaintiffs: the Human Rights Campaign, Seattle-based Gender Justice League, and the American Military Partner Association, which joined the lawsuit on See page 12 >>

Gilbert Baker, left, and Lynn Segerblom hold one of the first two rainbow flags that were flown at the 1978 San Francisco Pride parade and celebration. James McNamara, courtesy Paul Langlotz

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woman who helped create the first rainbow flags is coming forward to tell her story and ensure her involvement, and that of another artist, is not lost to history. The now iconic six-colored rainbow flag was first flown under a different design 40 years ago at the 1978 Pride parade and celebration in San Francisco. Over the decades

since, Gilbert Baker has been credited as the rainbow flag’s sole creator. Baker died a year ago this Saturday, March 31, at the age of 65. Many of his news obituaries, including that in the Bay Area Reporter, referred to him as “the gay Betsy Ross” for his connection to the rainbow flag. Lynn Segerblom doesn’t deny that it was Baker who was instrumental in turning the rainbow flag into a global symbol for LGBT people. But in a first person account

Vol. 48 • No. 13 • March 29-April 4, 2018 published in early March in the Los Angeles Blade LGBT newspaper and in a yet-to-bereleased documentary, Segerblom contends the first rainbow flags were collaboratively designed and made by herself, Baker, and their friend James McNamara, who died of AIDS in 1999. “It really is a three person, not a one person, flag making. Everybody played their part and then some,” Segerblom, 61, told the B.A.R. in a recent phone interview from her home in Torrance, southwest of Los Angeles. Segerblom was 18 and newly arrived in San Francisco when she befriended Baker and McNamara. It was the mid-1970s and Segerblom, who grew up in a military family that moved every two years, had taken on the name Faerie Argyle Rainbow. “The rainbow itself was something I just loved,” explained Segerblom. Into tie-dyeing fabrics in rainbow hues and making clothes and costumes with the material, Segerblom at one point shared an apartment with Baker and McNamara. She also rented space at the city’s first LGBT community center, which in the 1970s was located at 330 Grove Street, where she could make her fabrics. Also housed in the building, later torn down by the city to build a parking garage, was the committee that oversaw the city’s Pride parade. It had created a decorations committee for the 1978 parade co-chaired by Segerblom and Baker. See page 12 >>

Senate Dems block Grenell appointment by Heather Cassell


epublican efforts to approve President Donald Trump’s gay ambassador to Germany suffered yet another setback last week when Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley blocked the move. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) had sought a March 22 vote on Richard Grenell’s ambassadorship. But under Senate rules, any member can hold up a vote and that’s what Merkley (Oregon) did. Grenell, 51, was nominated by Trump last September and his confirmation process has dragged on since then. Unidentified Democrats who followed Merkley’s lead cited their concerns about Grenell’s tweets against women and the press. Merkley is an advocate for LGBT rights. His record supporting the LGBT community prompted Republicans to accuse him of supporting only Democratic LGBTs, not Republican ones. But Merkley defended himself, telling the Washington Blade, “I cannot in good faith support a nominee who has a lengthy track record of tweets attacking both prominent Democratic and prominent Republican women. “Since his nomination, these tweets have continued, showing a complete disregard for the Senate confirmation process and disregard for the seriousness of the position to which he is nominated,” he added. Merkley also raised concern about Grenell’s

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Richard Grenell, left, who is nominated to be ambassador to Germany, is President Donald Trump’s most prominent openly gay appointee.

open disregard about Russian meddling in the 2016 election. “Mr. Grenell has been dismissive of the threat Russia poses to U.S. democracy, and we certainly need to have U.S. ambassadors who can work with our European allies and partners now more than ever to reinforce and strengthen the institutions we have built, to protect the rule of law and democracy, and to defend our Western democracies against Russian interference,” Merkley told the newspaper. Grenell is a foreign policy expert. He served in various diplomatic roles during George W. Bush’s administration. He served at the United Nations under four different ambassadors, including incoming national security adviser


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John Bolton. He’s also a commentator on Fox News and a public communications adviser. Last week, Log Cabin Republicans, an LGBT Republican organization, blasted the delay in confirming Grenell. In an email, the organization urged members to put pressure on Merkley and to thank McConnell for his effort to call for a vote. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee advanced Grenell’s nomination at the end of October 2017, reported the New York Times. The newspaper also noted that it appeared Grenell had enough support to clear the full Senate. Key German leaders reportedly have also put pressure on the U.S. to go forward with the confirmation process. In February, gay German Consul General of the Pacific Northwest Hans-Ulrich Suedbeck, who is stationed in San Francisco, told the Bay Area Reporter, “You can’t just leave it empty. It would be in your and our interest to have an American ambassador in Berlin very soon.” Gregory Angelo, president of Log Cabin Republicans, was critical of the Democrats, commenting to the Blade, “I’d say I’m surprised, but the fact is I’m no longer taken aback by the depths to which Democrats descend in their attempt to smear a highly qualified openly gay Republican.” However, Democrats who opposed Grenell’s confirmation are not the only cause of the delay. McConnell failed to file cloture on the See page 12 >>

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ncreased homeless outreach in the evenings, expansion of the Healthy Streets Operation, and limited hours for the Walgreens parking lot in the Castro are planned after a public safety walk in the area Monday morning led by San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell and gay District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy. Launched in January by city officials, the Healthy Streets Operation aims to better respond to homeless issues, including clean-up efforts and more rapid and targeted agency response to homeless-related complaints.

City department heads also attended the walk, including Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, lesbian Health Director Barbara Garcia, Deputy Director of Homelessness and Supportive Housing Kerry Abbott, and San Francisco Police Chief William Scott. During the walk, which started at Castro and 18th streets, Sheehy advocated for more resources for the homeless population with an emphasis on homeless youth, particularly those who identify as LGBTQ. He also plugged Proposition D, the “Housing for All” initiative on the June ballot he’s supporting. The measure is competing with Proposition C, a free

child care initiative supported by mayoral candidate and District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim. Both depend on money from raising the gross receipts tax, meaning that only one can take effect if both pass. Sheehy, who was appointed by the late mayor Ed Lee in January 2017 after gay former supervisor Scott Wiener was elected to the state Senate, is running in June to finish Wiener’s term. His main opponent is Rafael Mandelman, a gay man who’s on the board that oversees City College of San Francisco. Mandelman was in the Castro just before Sheehy arrived for the walk. See page 6 >>

Asian bar association honors Ed Lee at gala by Cynthia Laird


an Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was posthumously honored by the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area at its annual gala last week, with former colleagues calling him a great mayor who had humble beginnings fighting poverty and racism in the Asian community. Lee’s widow, Anita Lee, accepted the Trailblazer Award on her late husband’s behalf, but did not make any remarks. “He represented the poorest in San Francisco,” Don Tamaki of Minami Tamaki LLP, said in a tribute that preceded the award. He called it “ironic” that Lee eventually went to work for the city “when he spent so many years suing the city” as the managing attorney of the Asian Law Caucus. On December 12, Lee, 65, suffered a heart attack and died. Lee’s tenure – he was the city’s first Asian-American mayor – was marked by “good judgment,” Tamaki said, because of his work at the law caucus. Lee worked for various city departments before being tapped by former mayor Gavin Newsom to be city administrator.

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AABA President David Tsai, left, presents the Trailblazer Award (posthumously) to Anita Lee, widow of San Francisco mayor Ed Lee. Behind them are, from left, Catherine Ngo, Judge Edward Chen, Esther Leong, and Don Tamaki.

When Newsom left City Hall in January 2011 to become lieutenant governor, the Board of Supervisors appointed Lee as mayor. He went on to win the election in November 2011, and was re-elected in 2015. The March 22 gala drew hundreds of people to the Bently Reserve in downtown San Francisco. David Tsai, a partner in Vinson and Elkins LLP’s San Francisco office and AABA’s first gay board president, spoke of his parents’ instilling

in him the belief of “better together, stronger together,” which was the evening’s theme. “My parents were immigrants from Taiwan. As minorities in Michigan, my parents taught us what a privilege it is to be American,” Tsai said. Tsai, 42, said his parents initially taught him and his sister to “fit in and not complain.” See page 6 >>

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mid the growing scandals and investigations swirling around the White House, President Donald Trump continues to deflect by targeting trans people and immigrants. Last Friday night, the administration released two documents detailing Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military. The first was a memo that stated “transgender persons with a history of diagnosis of gender dysphoria – individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery – are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances.” The second document, titled, “Department of Defense Report and Recommendations on Military Service by Transgender Persons”, contains specific policy recommendations regarding trans individuals serving in the military, but states that the department has concluded “accommodating gender transition could impair unit readiness, undermine unit cohesion, and lead to disproportionate costs.” Those are the same arguments opponents gave nearly a decade ago when the military’s anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was reviewed before it was repealed by Congress. Studies have already shown that allowing trans troops to serve openly will not affect unit cohesion or military readiness. In the meantime, the four lawsuits against his first attempt at a trans troop ban, which Trump announced via Twitter last July, are moving forward. Much of the mainstream reporting has focused on misleading claims that the Friday documents will still allow trans troops to serve openly because the administration refers to “limited circumstances.” But make no mistake, administration officials will seek to follow Trump’s original order for a near-total ban of trans troops, especially as more right-wingers are headed to the administration. Trump has nominated former Tea Party Congressman

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It’s been clear that Trump – and his supporters – want to turn the clock back to when racial discrimination and homophobia were rife in the U.S. That era, or memories of it, informs many of Trump’s decisions. Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again”, has been interpreted as “Make America White Again” by his critics since before he took office. This week, the administration announced it would include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Advocacy groups and Democratic leaders were quick to point out that this question alone will have a chilling effect on the accuracy of the count, which happens every 10 years. The problem, of course, is that immigrants will be discouraged from completing the census for fear of deportation. “The Trump administration’s decision to ask residents about citizenship in the 2020

census will make that census less accurate, result in federal funding cuts to services for Californians and inequitable electoral representation for a decade,” lesbian state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and state Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) stated in a news release. They added that using the Voting Rights Act “as a pretense to intimidate immigrants is shamelessly cynical – an undercount will worsen underrepresentation of the very communities that law was meant to protect.” Rea Carey, executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, pointed out that the U.S. Census Bureau’s “own research concluded that adding this untested question will cause depressed response rates.” That’s just what the administration wants. Fewer responses mean fewer people will be counted, which will result in fewer federal dollars for vital programs. Numbers count in Washington – they justify programs, illustrate the need for certain bills, and estimates the size for a particular voting bloc. Years ago, the LGBT community fought for a question that would identify LGBT Americans. The last census, in 2010, included a question about same-sex couples, but not whether they were married, because the federal Defense of Marriage Act was still in place. Since then, of course, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a key provision of DOMA and legalized samesex marriage nationwide. We’re unsure if and how same-sex couples will be quantified on the next census. This week, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census questionnaire. According to a news release from his office, an accurate population count of all individuals – regardless of citizenship status – is mandated every 10 years under the U.S. Constitution. Trump doesn’t care about the lawsuit, or anyone else who disagrees with him. That’s just another reason to flip Congress to Democratic control in the midterms.t

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and CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his new secretary of state, and conservative firebrand John Bolton as his new national security adviser; both of these men likely will push Trump to follow through on the trans troop ban. The Friday documents represent a “categorical ban” on trans service members, LGBT advocates said. Shannon Minter, a trans man and legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, told NBC News that the policy “means you can’t be transgender. This is worse than ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ in its justification.” The good news in all of this is that, for now, trans people continue to enlist and serve in the armed forces. As Minter pointed out, federal courts have issued orders saying the ban cannot be enforced, but he also noted that trans troops may face additional stigma – and that’s a problem. We hope the courts continue to see the trans troop ban for what it is: blatant discrimination that would, if enacted, prevent qualified people from serving their country.

hen Governor Jerry Brown signed the Gender Recognition Act (Senate Bill 179) last October, it gave nonbinary and intersex adults in California an unprecedented validation. For the first time, their driver’s licenses and state ID cards could reflect their actual gender identities, rather than forcing them into categories that, in the words of the bill, “fail to adequately represent the diversity of human experience.” The law went into effect this year. Prior to the act, Californians who wished to change their gender on official government documents were required to provide medical proof of gender reassignment, a specious requirement that makes the common mistake of equating gender identity with biological sex. Opponents of the bill have frequently fallen into this trap – note how the conservative California Family Council commented in the San Francisco Chronicle that the legislation “advances a lie; that being male or female, or no gender at all, is a choice each person has a right to make.” In reality, there is no more stark scientific truth than the fact that not all children are born clearly male or female. Though exact numbers have been debated, an estimated 1.7 percent of the population exhibits intersex traits – biological conditions in which people exhibit sex characteristics that fall outside of traditional conceptions of “male” or “female” bodies. Intersex conditions leading to a risk of medically unnecessary surgery occur in approximately one in every 2,000 births. I first realized the false equivalence between chromosomal sex, biological sex, and gender identity in my urology residency, when I cared for a 17-year-old girl with Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS). Because she outwardly looked female, it never occurred to her or her parents that she might have XY chromosomes, and lack a uterus, and have internal testes in hernias. Possibly due to the fact that girls with

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Complete AIS have aberrant receptors that cause their cells to be testosterone-deaf, the majority of them ultimately identify as female. But not all do; additionally, there’s a variant called Partial AIS, in which the hormonal profile and growth of the genital organs aren’t as clearly female. Partial AIS carries with it considerably more ambiguity when it comes to future gender identity. By dealing a blow to the insidious cultural insistence on the male/female binary, SB 179 recognizes the fact that gender is, in fact, a spectrum. As a physician, I can say with certainty that it will save lives. A perfect illustration of the danger of the gender binary is the following case that an OB-GYN colleague of mine reported last year: Early on in the pregnancy, the family had genetic testing showing that their baby was XY. Months later, they went in for a routine anatomy scan – checking out the heart (all four chambers beating in synchrony), the limbs (also four, with the normal number of fingers and toes), and the kidneys (normal, without any concerning fluid collections). But when the ultrasound technician went to look in the

baby’s groin, they couldn’t find any clearly male structures. The family panicked. They feared that their child might be born with ambiguous genitalia, and couldn’t imagine having a boy with an imperfectly formed penis. They consulted psychiatrists and endocrinologists. Nearly paralyzed with the possibility that their child would be born intersex – namely, existing in that biological gray area that exists between male and female – they considered an abortion. No one knows for sure exactly how many intersex fetuses in the U.S. have been terminated. Even if it’s only one, though, it would be too many. As a surgeon, I am even more hopeful that SB 179 will have an impact on how parents and physicians support and care for intersex children after they are born. For too many years, doctors have felt compelled to “fix” intersex, subjecting countless children to nonconsensual and irreversible genital surgery that can often lead to devastating, long-term complications. More often than not, they dub ambiguous genitalia a “social emergency” due to parental anxiety. Happily the tide is turning, as medical associations, former surgeons general, and human rights organizations across the world speak out in support of intersex children’s right to bodily autonomy. We humans are a diverse lot, and every one of us deserves to be known and acknowledged as nature made us. With the Gender Recognition Act, Californian intersex people are one step closer to a world where they are valued for the bodies in which they were born.t I.W. Gregorio is a urologist, author, and InterACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth Board Member. Her debut novel “None of the Above” was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start.


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hould one of the three out candidates seeking the 15th Assembly District seat this year win, they would be the first LGBT state lawmaker from the East Bay. Yet none were able to win the backing of the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club. The main LGBT political club for Alameda County, Stonewall’s members failed to coalesce around either of the two lesbians in the race – Richmond City Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles and Berkeley school board member Judy Appel – or bisexual East Bay Municipal Utility District board member Andy Katz when they voted on the endorsement Wednesday, March 21. Like the out candidates, none of the five straight Democratic candidates who had sought the club’s support were able to meet the 60 percent threshold needed to secure the endorsement. Former Obama administration staffer Buffy Wicks, Berkeley City Councilman Ben Bartlett, and Oakland City Councilman Dan Kalb all sought Stonewall’s endorsement, as did blogger Owen Poindexter and disability rights activist Cheryl Sudduth. El Cerrito City Councilwoman Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto, who took part in a candidate forum Stonewall co-hosted last month, did not turn in a questionnaire and was therefore ineligible to be endorsed by the club. Of Stonewall’s 214 members, 56 voted at last week’s meeting. The lack of an endorsement in the race was hardly a surprise, as there are few policy differences between the candidates and any one of them could win the seat. The district stretches from Richmond south into parts of Oakland. The incumbent, Assemblyman Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), is running to be the state’s superintendent of public instruction after serving two two-year terms in the Legislature. He has endorsed Pardue-Okimoto in the Assembly race. Nick Resnick, who was elected Stonewall’s new president last week, told the Bay Area Reporter the club members split their votes among a number of the candidates. He declined to disclose who received the most support. “I wouldn’t call it disappointing,” Resnick said the outcome of the vote. “It may speak to the momentum more than one individual has within our community at this time.” Having three qualified LGBT candidates in the race, noted Resnick, “is a testament” to the political maturity of the East Bay’s LGBT community and the work that Stonewall has done over the years to help elect LGBT

people to local office. As the B.A.R. noted during the 2016 election cycle, a record number of out candidates ran for political office in the East Bay, which now sports more LGBT elected officials than San Francisco. “I am excited to take on this leadership role with the board and continue moving the vision of the club forward,” said Resnick, who succeeded Brendalynn Goodall, the club’s president since 2014. Resnick, a transgender man who turns 33 on Monday, is expecting his second child with his wife this summer. A senior program manager for the nonprofit California Education Partners, he lost his bid in 2016 for a seat on the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees. He told the B.A.R. he has no plans to run for public office “this year.” One of his goals as Stonewall’s new leader is to encourage more transgender and gender queer individuals to join the club. He would also like to recruit more queer families and LGBT youth to become members. (Memberships cost $30 a year though there are reduced rates for students, seniors, and those on a fixed-income.) “I want to make sure there is equal access and opportunity for everyone in our community as well as marginalized communities around the East Bay,” said Resnick. Overseeing the Stonewall club’s political action committee will be gay Emeryville City Councilman John Bauters, who is serving a term as mayor this year. He succeeded longtime PAC chair Michael Colbruno, who oversaw last week’s endorsement vote. In a guest opinion he penned for last Thursday’s B.A.R., Colbruno explained that one of his reasons for stepping down from Stonewall’s board had to due with being called “exclusionary” for using the acronym LGBT and not longer variations of the shorthand umbrella term used for the community. He also wrote about being yelled at by a San Francisco City Hall employee for not asking someone what pronoun they preferred and cautioned against thinking of “me” rather than the larger “community.” Resnick said Colbruno’s reasons came as a surprise to him and that he disagreed with his conclusions regarding what pronouns and community acronym to use. “It is something to talk about and understand and build community around our shared values over time,” he said. Heading into a pivotal election year, Resnick said the Stonewall club is well positioned to have an impact at the ballot box and

For the first time since it began endorsing candidates, Equality California is supporting two Republican state lawmakers seeking re-election this fall. The statewide LGBT advocacy group will announce Thursday that it is endorsing Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-Dublin), the lone GOP legislator from the Bay Area. Since winning her 16th District seat two years ago, Baker earned a 100 percent score on EQCA’s Legislative Scorecard in 2016 and a 90 percent last year. The endorsement is hardly a surprise, as the B.A.R. reported in January that EQCA was likely to back Baker’s bid for a second term if she scored a 100 percent on its candidate questionnaire and had an acceptable explanation for why she opposed two bills it sponsored last year. Baker voted against amending the state’s sex offender registry and making it easier for transgender inmates to legally change their name and sex. EQCA’s political action committee is also announcing Thursday a dual endorsement of Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego) and his lesbian opponent, real estate agent Sunday Gover. The former San Diego city councilman has consistently received high scores from EQCA since being elected to his 77th Assembly District seat in 2012. He earned 100 percent on EQCA’s 2017 scorecard but only an 80 percent in 2016. As with Baker, Maienschein was invited to seek EQCA’s endorsement but had to explain his past votes. EQCA Executive Director Rick Zbur told the B.A.R. that advancing LGBT rights requires allies like Baker and Maienschein who are able to stand up to the anti-LGBT voices within the Republican Party. “Catharine has been a great friend and ally to LGBTQ Californians and consistently fights for her constituents, rather than the red team or the blue team, earning our endorsement for another term in the Assembly,” stated Zbur. Maienschein has also shown he “cares more about doing the right thing for LGBTQ San Diegans than about whether legislative authors have a ‘D’ or an ‘R’ next to their names,” added Zbur. “As California faces a growing homelessness and housing affordability crisis, Brian has consistently reached across the aisle to fight for common sense solutions, even when it meant bucking his party leadership.”  EQCA also endorsed Gover, explained Zbur, because if she wins the race she will “help ensure every child has a safe and supportive public school, that California families have access to quality affordable healthcare and that everyone has a shot at the American Dream.”

Feinstein receives EQCA endorsement

On Tuesday EQCA endorsed U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) for re-election this year. She is being challenged for her seat by state Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), who stepped down last week as leader of the Legislature’s upper chamber. See page 13 >>

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Rollback by Gwendolyn Ann Smith


he Trump administration has once again attempted to ban transgender people from serving in the United States military. This time, according to Think Progress, the ban was secretly drafted by Vice President Mike Pence, with assistance from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation. Of course, this new policy relies heavily on claims that transgender people will adversely affect “unit cohesion” – a concept that has sprung up any time the military has moved away from being white, male, and straight. Issues of “privacy” came up as well, and used in the same way as always. “Allowing transgender persons who have not undergone a full sex reassignment (sic), and thus retain at least some of the anatomy of their biological sex, to use the facilities of their identified gender would invade the expectations of privacy that the strict male-female demarcation in berthing, bathroom, and shower facilities is meant to serve,” read part of the report leading up to the new ban. The latter was woven into statements made by Ben Carson, the


current secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. When he was not busy ordering up a $31,000 dining set for his office – and blaming its purchase on his wife – he was claiming that transgender people should not be allowed in homeless shelters because, “there are some women who said they were not comfortable with the idea of being in a shelter, being in a shower, and somebody who had a very different anatomy.” Just a day or two before Carson’s statements, Betsy DeVos, Education Department secretary, also chimed in on transgender people, noting that the department will no longer look into complaints from transgender students who end up denied access to sex segregated facilities. All of these developments within one week of each other can hardly be accidental, and I suspect each of these can be traced directly back to Pence and people like Anderson and Perkins pushing the usual bathroom claptrap that has failed over and over again at the state level, and threw North Carolina into chaos over the passage of its own anti-LGBT bill, HB 2, that barred trans people from public restrooms that matched their gender identity. This is what is happening while Trump spends his time on the golf

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course, or holed upstairs at the White House glued to “Fox and Friends,” tweeting madly. Pence and his far-right cronies are pushing a hard-right, anti-LGBTQ agenda that is currently focused squarely on trans rights. All this while there’s been no evidence that transgender people using facilities appropriate to their gender identity or expression causes any real issues. The whole argument that this will lead to additional sexual assaults simply doesn’t bear out. Never mind that barring transgender people from facilities appropriate to their gender presentation will not protect transgender people themselves. As a transgender activist, it can be so damned tiring to have to continue to deal with these issues. We’ve had to look at these sorts of attacks

on transgender people for years, and have to parrot the same facts over and over. The same junk science and falsehoods simply refuse to perish, and we’re left having to start at square one each time. I simply find myself without any fresh way to say that transgender people are not the villain the right wishes to paint us as. They want people to believe a caricature, rather than any reality. To those who would seek to hold transgender people down, we’re all crazed, sex-obsessed men in dresses, whose five o’clock shadow peeks through our foundation. Rather than facing years of gender dysphoria, we simply opted to wear women’s attire on a lark, seeking to gain admittance to restrooms and changing stalls to victimize women and young girls. It’s so frustrating to have to counter these ridiculous notions over and over again. Meanwhile, a growing number of transgender people are opting out of using any facilities at all. Quite simply none are safe for transgender people of any stripe as bigots and laws prevent us from one or the other. Our privacy and safety is never considered in these arguments over preserving the privacy and safety of users of the very facilities we’re being prevented from using. What’s more, we stand to see a lot more steps against transgender people, wiping out the gains of the Obama years and long before. It


would seem clear to me that the end goal is to drive transgender people out of society overall, completely disenfranchising us and eventually forcing us into hiding and fear. I wish I could claim to be using hyperbole here: it would seem the only possible endgame to all these antitransgender moves, and the longstated goal of organizations like the FRC and the Heritage Foundation. All that said, I expect that this new ban of transgender people in the military will fall as the previous one did, and nothing that DeVos says will halt the fact that Title IX protections have served transgender students in several cases to date. I also suspect that shelters under Carson will end up open to transgender people no matter what he chooses to mumble. Yet it will not happen without everyone pitching in. Those of us who are trans have to keep at the front lines. We have to keep speaking out, keep being visible, and keep pushing for change at all levels. That said, those of us who have been fighting this day after day are weary. We need our allies to speak out. We need everyone to stand with us. If you say you support transgender people, now is the time to act.t Gwen Smith would much rather write about cutesy fun things. You can find her at

Homeless youth

Castro tour

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This was the first public safety walk in the Castro for Farrell since he became mayor in late January, although he worked with Sandra Zuniga, director of the Fix-It Team, on March 8 to clean up the Duboce Bikeway near Market Street for one of the Fix-It Team’s pop-up cleanup efforts. Zuniga also attended the walk. At the beginning of the walk, Farrell announced his priority to tackle the city’s homeless crisis as a continuation of Lee’s agenda, including targeting the Castro district. He then handed the platform to Sheehy, who, Farrell said, was “taking the lead in keeping the Castro streets safe.” Sheehy talked about the need for more space dedicated to homeless people throughout the city and Castro district including Navigation Centers, of which the city currently has four, though none are located in the Castro. The centers allow homeless people to bring their possessions and pets and stay with their partners temporarily. “We can’t solve the problem until we find a place for these people to be off the streets,” Sheehy said. “We need to seriously address this issue with compassion.”

He also talked about the need for a youth homeless shelter in the Castro. Nearly 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. The San Francisco LGBT Community Center on Market Street has a youth program six days a week and is one of the few places open on Saturdays where homeless youth can get a hot meal and rest for a short time. Abbott said some of the city’s shelters recently extended hours to include Saturday, a move she said was successful. Garcia said DPH was “working everyday to respond to the homeless issue.” As the small crowd crossed Castro Street walking along 18th Street, a homeless man listening to the group, Robby, who would not provide his last name, gave his input on the matter. “When do we get a voice?” he asked, visibly upset. “We are not heard. When do we get a voice in the process? We are people. We are residents. We are you.” The group stopped at the small parking lot behind Walgreens where a parked silver Mercedes had broken driver and passenger windows. Sheehy also pointed out that the lot was frequently used as a public urinal. As a result of the walk, the parking lot is planned to be closed

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City officials including, from left, Police Chief William Scott, Mayor Mark Farrell, Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, and Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, walked through the Castro district Monday to see the public safety issues in the neighborhood.

from 1 to 7 a.m. Mark Leno, a gay former California state senator and candidate for mayor, darted out of his campaign office to say hello to Sheehy and Farrell when the walk stopped at Jane Warner Plaza. As the walk continued, a man aggressively yelled at Sheehy and filmed him with his cellphone, claiming he wrongfully rid the area of homeless people and accused local police officers of

tearing their tents. The group then made it to the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library at Jose Sarria Court, where Sheehy said, “Would you want to take your kids here? The library should be nice, clean and clear.” He then expressed that the LGBTQ community fought to have a safe environment years ago. “The library is named after Harvey Milk. This is what we fought for:

a community to have a family and be safe,” he said. Pointed out by Zuniga on the walk, the library’s parking lot and plaza is undergoing phase two of the Library Landscape Improvement Project headed by Public Works. The project aims to improve safety and sustainability of the library’s exterior areas. Nearing the end of the walk, Sheehy said, “All we do is talk and nothing changes.”t


communities. “We have a lot of work to do in this country.”

his work on the bench. Other honorees included Caroline Tsai (no relation to David), executive vice president and general counsel and corporate secretary for Western Union, who received the General Counsel Milestone Award; attorneys Wilson Chu, Jean Lee, John Kuo, Don Liu, and Lee Hanson, who received the Vanguard Award; and Lisa Mak, an associate at Minami Tamaki LLP, received the Joe Morozumi Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy. Joe Antonio Vargas, a gay undocumented journalist who came out in a New York Times magazine article in 2011, received AABA’s Social Justice Award. Vargas was ill, however, and unable to attend the event.t

Asian bar

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“When people made fun of us for being Asian, we were quiet,” Tsai said. But that all changed when an Asian man was murdered in Detroit. “My parents could no longer sit by,” he said, adding that they made posters and T-shirts and he watched as they marched with others in Detroit, protesting the killing. When Tsai came out to his mother, she asked him if he would still work on Asian-related causes, noting she saw him doing a lot of work with gay and lesbian groups. “I want us to talk together,” Tsai said of the Asian and LGBT

Other awards

AABA honored the two Asian San Francisco judges who are facing challengers in the June election. Judges Cynthia Ming-mei Lee and Andrew Cheng received Outstanding Jurist awards. Lee was recognized for her work in starting programs to help veterans in the criminal justice system and to help with truancy in elementary public schools. Cheng received the award for his work in the San Francisco City Attorney’s office that resulted in a $500 million settlement with tobacco companies that was used to revitalize Laguna Honda Hospital and for


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New CDC heads spurs controversy by Liz Highleyman


he Trump administration has appointed Dr. Robert Redfield, a longtime HIV/AIDS researcher and clinician, to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The appointment, which does not require Senate confirmation, drew both applause and criticism from those familiar with Redfield’s record, which includes charges of scientific misconduct and alliances with the religious right. “Dr. Redfield has dedicated his entire life to promoting public health and providing compassionate care to his patients, and we are proud to welcome him as director of the world’s premier epidemiological agency,” Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said in a statement announcing the appointment. Among the challenges Redfield will face as CDC head are the burgeoning opioid crisis, the emergence of the new infectious diseases such as Zika virus and Ebola virus, the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, and a global HIV epidemic that has improved in some areas while stalling or worsening in others. “We hope that as an HIV researcher and clinician, Dr. Redfield will champion robust and sustained investments in both biomedical research and public health

infrastructure,” the Infectious Diseases Society of America said in a statement. “Leadership that recognizes public health threats and opportunities at a federal level to protect both patients and communities is more critical now than ever.”

Decades of controversy

Redfield, 66, spent two decades in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and was founding director of the Department of Retroviral Research within the U.S. Military HIV Research Program. After retiring from the military he co-founded the University of Maryland Institute of Human Virology and served as chief of infectious diseases at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Redfield heads an HIV and hepatitis C treatment program in Baltimore that largely serves people who inject drugs and integrates HIV therapy and addiction treatment. This work positions Redfield to “hit the ground running” on the opioid crisis, Azar said. Redfield also oversees HIV treatment programs in Africa and the Caribbean. Redfield has served as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and he is a past member of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health. But this impressive resume is not without controversy. While working at the Walter Reed

Army Institute of Research in the early 1990s, Redfield was accused of misrepresenting evidence to make an investigational HIV vaccine appear more effective. An Army investigation – which some feel was incomplete – cleared Redfield of scientific misconduct but criticized his faulty data analysis. Dr. Craig Hendrix, then an Air Force HIV researcher and now at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was among the first to raise questions about the research. “Either he was egregiously sloppy with data or it was fabricated,” Hendrix told Kaiser Health News. Redfield has ties to the religious right, including serving as a longtime board member of the Children’s AIDS Fund International (formerly Americans for a Sound AIDS/HIV Policy), founded by Anita and Shepherd Smith, an organization that has received federal funding for faith-based and abstinence-only HIV prevention. In the past, Redfield has supported mandatory HIV testing and reporting and promoted segregation of HIV-positive people in the military. He was among those who used the case of Kimberly Bergalis, who apparently contracted HIV from her dentist, to argue for HIV testing of health care providers. He has characterized condoms and needle exchange as “quick-fix strategies.” Advocates have asked Redfield to

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clarify whether he still holds these views. “It is important for us activists to demand that [Redfield] publicly retract statements he has made in the past and resign from the board of Anita Smith’s organization,” Sean Strub, founder of the Sero Project, which fights HIV-related criminalization, told the Bay Area Reporter. “He also must explicitly distance himself from the anti-condom, anti-PrEP, homophobic, and other unacceptable positions she and her organization have promoted over the years.” Jesse Milan, president and CEO of AIDS United, told the New York Times that Redfield assured him he would support the group’s goals, including needle exchange programs and PrEP, as well as “supporting health equity for the entire

spectrum of marginalized and stigmatized people.” Experts who have known Redfield over the years say his experience working on HIV and the opioid crisis will be beneficial to the CDC. “He is a good person and, in fact, as good as we are going to get from this administration,” Dr. Carlos del Rio of Emory University and former chair of the HIV Medicine Association, told Infectious Disease News. HIVMA is currently in the process of preparing a statement about Redfield’s appointment, according to current chair Dr. Melanie Thompson of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta. Dr. Paul Volberding, director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, expressed confidence in Redfield. “I’ve known Bob for decades. He’s fully committed to working with HIV and apart from an unfortunate issue of perhaps overly ‘enthusiastic’ interpretation of data from a very early vaccine trial, he has been otherwise a solid investigator,” Volberding told the B.A.R. “I do think he should be strong in HIV and in global health, and his military and government experience should allow him to come up to speed quickly,” he added. “He’s deeply religious, but I don’t think it would be fair to criticize him for that as long as he does a good job and lets evidence guide his decisions.”t

Wiener bill expands civil rights for trans prisoners

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State Senator Scott Wiener

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oday, incarcerated transgender people in California do not have the right to legally be referred to by their preferred pronouns, name, or have their preferred gender acknowledged. Gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill last Thursday that would change that and require all jail and prison employees to refer to transgender people by their preferred gender, pronouns, and name. Senate Bill 990 also ensures equal access to programming and work opportunities for transgender individuals in custody who are housed outside the general population for their own protection, which happens frequently. “Every aspect of our criminal justice system, including correctional facilities, must treat people equally and with basic dignity and respect,” Wiener said in a statement. “This law ensures that transgender individuals – who are disproportionately victimized by discrimination – are allowed to affirm their gender identity and access the basic programming so essential to reducing recidivism and preventing isolation.” More specifically, SB 990 allows people the opportunity to specify their gender identity, first name, and gender pronouns during the intake process at all jails and prisons in California. Under the bill, this information is required to be used by all employees and staff of the correctional facilities. Last year, lesbian state Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), sworn

in last week as president pro tem, authored SB 310, which was passed and signed by the governor. It allows trans prisoners the right to petition the court for a legal name or gender change. Once obtained, this new name and gender must be used on all documentation, but does not require facility or staff to use it like SB 990. “This bill is an important step to ensure that transgender people have their identity and dignity affirmed while in custody and that they are not further punished simply because they are at greater risk of assault or harassment,” said Melissa Goodman, director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California’s LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project which sponsored the bill. The additional portion of the bill recognizes the isolation and solitary confinement many transgender inmates, particularly trans people of color, face and the lack of resources and opportunities that result. Transgender prisoners, along with LGBQ inmates, are known to be at much greater risk of sexual victimization and other forms of assault or harassment in custody, advocates said. According to the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, trans women are nine times more likely than other prisoners to be victims of sexual harassment or assault. Because of this, they are often removed from the general population and placed in locations, which often do not include access to services like rehabilitative, educational, and religious programming, as well as work opportunities. The bill guarantees equal opportunity and resource access to all transgender individuals who find themselves in solitary confinement or limited access housing to no criminal fault of their own. A news release from Wiener’s office stated that SB 990 will not apply to individuals removed from the general population due to that individual’s own alleged violation of criminal laws or institutional rules. Other sponsors of SB 990 include Equality California and Lambda

Legal Defense and Education Fund. “No one deserves to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment – that’s a fundamental American value and one enshrined in the Constitution,” EQCA Executive Director

Rick Zbur said in the release. “This critical legislation will help eliminate harassment and abuse in our prisons, reduce recidivism rates and ensure that all inmates – regardless of their gender identity or sexual

orientation – are treated with dignity and respect.” Wiener said the bill has the support of the Transgender Law Center, TGI Justice Project, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.t

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t Castro sober space marks 35 years with pageant 8 • Bay Area Reporter • March 29-April 4, 2018

by Sari Staver


s the Castro Country Club begins its 35th year of service to San Francisco’s LGBT sober community, the nonprofit will crown its 2018 Miss/Mr. Castro Country Club at its ninth annual drag pageant Saturday, April 14. The evening begins with a birthday party and silent auction followed by the pageant. Celebrity hosts are Sister Roma, of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and Miss Ethylina Canne; judging the event are Miss Shugana, Pollo Del Mar, and former Miss Castro Country Club Intensive Claire. Competing for the crown are Minnie Happy Returns (Louis N. Cullen); Menorah Manishevitz (Joshua Rosen); Sharmin Ultra (Justin Bagnall); and Vickie Sparkle Titz (Vincent Ogden). With the title goes the responsibility for hosting the club’s monthly drag show, “Mascara,” which last year raised $22,000 for the club. “I hope anyone who has been to the country club or had a friend who has been helped by one of our programs will come to the pageant,” Executive Director Billy Lemon, a

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Castro Country Club manager Brandon Stanton, left, joined Executive Director Billy Lemon, and last year’s Miss Castro Country Club Michael Marchiselli, in publicizing this year’s event.

gay man, said in an interview with the Bay Area Reporter. “It’s one of our biggest events of the year and always fun.”


According to Lemon, the title of Miss or Mr. Country Club represents “both an honor” for winning the contest as well as an obligation

to coordinate the monthly show. Coordinating and hosting the monthly show, said Lemon, “is a considerable amount of work.” Last year’s winner, Michael Marchiselli (aka MGM Grande), who will crown this year’s Miss/Mr. Castro Country Club, said the yearlong reign “has been enormously helpful in my ongoing program” to maintain his sobriety. “It’s hard to express how important this has been to me,” said Marchiselli, who is gay. In an interview at the club last month, Marchiselli explained his debt to the Castro Country Club. “It literally saved my life,” said the 40-year-old mental health peer counselor. Six years ago, when he moved to San Francisco from Philadelphia, Marchiselli was homeless, jobless, and addicted to amphetamines, he said. Thanks to the programs at the club, located in a Victorian at 4058 18th Street, Marchiselli stopped using, got a job and a bed in a group home, and in the coming months is planning to get his own apartment. “And a dog,” he added. Although Marchiselli had just

over a year of sobriety under his belt when he was crowned Miss Country Club in 2017, “the commitment” of service to the club “was enormously helpful” to me. “When you compete it’s putting yourself out there completely to your community that you are ready to take on a service commitment,” he said. “I would never be able to perform drag if I wasn’t sober,” he added. When he took over as Miss Castro Country Club, Marchiselli was committed to making “Mascara” “a more diverse event,” he said. Marchiselli reached out to three transgender women of color he knew, with several becoming regular performers. “We’re still not as diverse as we should be, but Michael has helped us make steps in the right direction,” said Lemon.t The pageant takes place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Everett Middle School, 450 Church Street in San Francisco. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. Individuals interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Billy Lemon at

King, Kendell to speak in SF compiled by Cynthia Laird


esbian powerhouses Billie Jean King and Kate Kendell will appear at Brava Theatre next month, and tickets are available. Local promoter Mark Rhoades is organizing the event, which will be held Thursday, April 12, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at 2781 24th Street. King is a retired tennis pro who later came out and began getting involved in social justice work. Kendell is the longtime executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. She announced earlier this month that she would be stepping down from leading the agency at the end of this year. Kendell will interview King prior to a screening of “Battle of the Sexes.” The 2017 movie, about King’s 1973 tennis match with Bobby Riggs, stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell. Tickets for the “Serving Up the Ace” event start at $51. There are a limited number of tickets available for a VIP reception with King prior to the event. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://bit. ly/2HXI2bO.

Queer Stations of the Cross

The Society of Franciscan Workers Inc. will hold queer Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, March 30. Bishop River Damien Sims, who’s organizing the event, said in a news release that people should meet at the rainbow flag at Castro and Market streets at 1 p.m. People will march through the Castro and remember Christ’s crucifixion amid the struggle for LGBTQ equality. People interested in volunteering should call Sims at (415) 305-2124.

Trans visibility day in SF

Local organizations will celebrate Trans Day of Visibility Saturday, March 31, at SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street in San Francisco. This year’s theme is “Visibility into Action,” and the event will include entertainment, awards, music, and food and drinks. Trans Day of Visibility started several years ago as a way to

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recognize transgender and gendernonconforming individuals. Organizers pointed out that last year was a dangerous one for members of the community, with alarming rates of violence, homicides, and suicides, specifically impacting trans women of color and youth. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30. Sponsors include the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, SOMArts Cultural Center, the Imperial Council of San Francisco, Trans: Thrive, the Transgender Film Festival, and the Trans March. The event is free. For more information and to register, visit https://

Spring Fling to honor Kendell, Chung

The aforementioned Kate Kendell will receive the Founder’s Award at Openhouse’s Spring Fling. The brunch and tea dance takes place Sunday, April 8, at 11 a.m. at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, 600 Stockton Street in San Francisco. Openhouse, which offers services for LGBTQ seniors, said it was thanking Kendell for her years of service and advancing the civil and human rights of LGBT people and their families. Other honorees include Cecilia Chung, an HIV-positive

transgender woman, who will receive the Trailblazer Award. Chung sits on the San Francisco Health Commission and is the senior director for strategic projects at the Transgender Law Center. This year Openhouse will debut its GenOUT Award, which will go to Donna Personna and Collette LeGrande. Personna is an artist and performer; LeGrande is a twice former grand duchess of the Ducal Court of San Francisco. Both collaborated with playwright Mark Nassar in co-authoring “The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot,” an interactive theater piece that was recently produced by the Tenderloin Museum. Agency officials also said they are bringing back the popular tea dance with Go Bang DJ Sergio Fedasz spinning dance and disco classics. Tickets for Spring Fling are $250 and can be purchased at https://

Horizons Q Series event

Horizons Foundation will hold its next Q Series event, “The Criminalization of Queer People,” Monday, April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Strut, 470 Castro Street in San Francisco. Organizers pointed out that queer people have had a detailed history of being criminalized by society. Although there have been many advancements, LGBTQ people still face discrimination in the legal and penal system. Panelists will discuss what people can do to reform the system and ensure equal treatment for all. Matt Coles, former deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union and now a professor of practice at UC Hastings, will moderate. He will be joined by panelists Janetta Johnson of TGI Justice, Jessica Nowlan of the Young Women’s Freedom Center, and Carolina Roberts of Oasis Legal Services. The event is free. To register, visit

Mayoral forum in the TL

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WeHo leads the way in gay-friendly LA

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The Hollywood sign, as seen from Starline’s Hollywood Sign Tour, is just one of many southern California landmarks.

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os Angeles has long been a popular getaway for northern Californians. And by San Francisco standards, Los Angeles has yearround beach weather. The city’s average winter high temperature is about 70 degrees, which is the average high in San Francisco in the summer. The greater Los Angeles area has also long been LGBTfriendly with West Hollywood leading the way. WeHo eventually became one of the gayest cities in the country as the result of its location, just outside of the Los Angeles city limits. The once-notoriously homophobic Los Angeles Police Department was much more aggressive than the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department, which has jurisdiction over West Hollywood. Similarly, the city’s famed Sunset Strip got its start during the Prohibition era when the sheriff ’s office was not as strict in enforcement of the liquor ban. West Hollywood officially became incorporated as a city in 1984. With a population of nearly 37,000 in less than two square miles, it is one of the state’s smallest cities in area but one of the most densely populated. WeHo’s compactness also makes it arguably southern California’s most walkable and least car-dependent city. To entice more residents and visitors to ditch their cars, the city provides a free weekend night shuttle bus called WeHo Pickup that makes a loop around the city. The city also has a bike sharing program, WeHo Pedals, similar to San Francisco’s Ford bike-docking system. West Hollywood makes the perfect basecamp for exploring the Los Angeles area. It is about halfway between the beach and downtown LA. To its west is the city whose name is synonymous with wealth: Beverly Hills. Hollywood, which is part of the city of Los Angeles, borders WeHo to the east. CBS Television City, the adjacent farmers market, and the Disneylandlike Grove shopping center are less than two miles from most of West Hollywood.


As southern California’s gayest city, it’s no surprise that West Hollywood is also where you will find the biggest concentration of gay nightlife. Santa Monica Boulevard is WeHo’s main drag and its gayest part is where it is crossed by San Vicente Boulevard. You can’t miss the intersection’s rainbow crosswalks. The newest nightspot in town is just steps west of that intersection at 8928 Santa Monica Boulevard. Beaches Bar & Grill opened in February in place of the old Skynny Kitchen restaurant. Beaches did a

great job creating a fun, hip, and colorful space that is already attracting regular clientele. Its owner told the Bay Area Reporter that he will be listening to the community about planning possible theme nights. WeHo’s most famous gay bar is the Abbey, where one of Hollywood’s most famous stars, the late Elizabeth Taylor, was a regular. In January, Diana Ross showed up and danced as part of a promotion of a new remix of her anthem “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” The Chapel is a bar that adjoins the Abbey. It opened just last year. Since it is connected to the Abbey, the open-air space feels even more spacious. Since the closing of the Palms four years ago, WeHo has no full-time lesbian bars, but the Chapel hosts a women’s night every Wednesday and the Abbey has always been very lesbian-friendly. WeHo mainstays, including Mickey’s, the Rage, Fiesta Cantina, Trunks, and Blazing Saddles are going strong. The Mother Lode is WeHo’s oldest gay bar, and if you see construction in front of it, fear not. The bar is just adding a patio, but the interior will retain the rustic look that keeps its longtime regulars coming back for more. The Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles is about five miles east of WeHo and has been gay-popular for decades. It had its own version of Stonewall, in 1967, two years before the better known uprising in New York City. A plaque in front of the building that housed the Black Cat at 3903 Sunset Boulevard recognizes the location as the place of the first known formal organized gay rights protest in the U.S. Among the most popular gay bars in Silver Lake are Akbar, the Eagle LA, and Faultline.


One of the best ways to see the sights of LA is through an organized tour. One of the best is the Out and About walking tour put on by the nonprofit Lavender Effect. The 2.5hour walk is a great way to meet new friends while hearing about the early LGBT history of the city. For more information and to make a reservation, visit A great way to see the overall sites of the city without getting lost is through Starline’s Hop On Hop Off bus. Starline offers color-coded routes throughout the greater LA area, including Santa Monica, Hollywood, and downtown Los Angeles. The Red Line includes a stop in the heart of WeHo, so you can hop on there and explore just about everything. Starline is based near the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre), in the Hollywood and Highlands Center. One of its newest tours is about

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A giant steel rainbow hangs over the lot at Sony Studios in tribute to “The Wizard of Oz” film.

an hour long and takes guests to a vantage point to get some of the best views just below the Hollywood sign for that perfect selfie. The tour departs several times a day from the Chinese Theatre. The beachside city of Santa Monica is a must-see attraction for any visitor to LA. The city’s iconic pier with a Ferris wheel marks the end of Route 66 and was made famous in “Forrest Gump” and other movies and TV shows. The Third Street Promenade is another of the city’s big attractions. It is three open-air pedestrian shopping blocks anchored by the upscale Santa Monica Place shopping mall. The city’s newest attraction opened almost five years ago. Tongva Park is a six-acre park that cost over $43 million. It opened in what used to be a parking lot across from City Hall. It is a SF Bay Reporter, 3/29/18 stunning space with a kids play area, Pg /frequented 5.75 x 7.65 but 3/10 it is also by /a4C large Becker Communications number of homeless people who use the park’s benches as bunks.

Sony, Universal, Paramount, and Warner Brothers offer studio tours. Universal Studios is more of an amusement park than a studio tour. Universal’s admission price of $115 is reflected in its extra offerings. The other studio tours are about half that price. The Sony Studios tour is a wonderful 2.5-hour walk through the studios that include the old MGM lot where “The Wizard of Oz” was filmed. A little over five years ago, the studio paid homage to the film by installing a $1.5 million 94-foot steel rainbow arch over the lot. The rainbow also fulfilled the studio’s public art obligation. Unfortunately, MGM didn’t think “The Wizard of Oz” would be the iconic movie classic that we know today, so most of the old sets were trashed or recycled. But a museum on the studio site includes stuff from other movie classics. Its largest piece of memorabilia is one of the RVs used in the “Breaking Bad” TV series.


The 176-room Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites, also known as Ramada WeHo, is in a perfect location in the heart of West Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard. It is across the street from 24 Hour Fitness and steps away from the city’s best restaurant and nightlife options. It is one of the less expensive hotels in WeHo, with rates that start about $161. West Hollywood’s newest hotel, the Kimpton La Peer, opened just last month. The 105-room luxury hotel may be the most expensive in the Kimpton chain, with room rates starting in the $400 range. The fab 226-room London West Hollywood is another luxury hotel in WeHo. Its rates start at about $250. It includes a large fitness center and a free continental breakfast. It’s on a hill on San Vicente Boulevard, just a short walk to WeHo’s gay epicenter on Santa Monica Boulevard.t

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ori Franchina worked as a firefighter for Providence, Rhode Island, and for four years, everything was fine. Then one day, she was paired up with a male worker notorious for sexually harassing female colleagues. The male worker immediately began harassing Franchina, constantly offering to have sex with her and openly taunting her as a lesbian in front of other fire personnel, hospital workers, and members of the public. Franchina told a superior officer about the incidents, and the superior compelled her to report them, triggering a disciplinary hearing against the male co-worker. But soon after that, other male firefighters began harassing Franchina. One put something in her food on several occasions that made her severely ill; others deliberately sabotaged her rescue equipment and disobeyed orders she gave them in ways that put lives of the public in jeopardy. One firefighter, who was wearing latex gloves soiled by

blood and brain matter from a suicide victim, put his hands in front of Franchina’s face and snapped them off in a way that caused the victim’s body fluids to fly into her eyes and mouth. After that incident, Franchina was diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress, but she fought back, filing a complaint and, eventually, a lawsuit, charging the fire department had violated Title VII’s federal prohibitions against sex discrimination and against retaliation for complaining of sex discrimination. One judge described Franchina’s story as a particularly “horrific” one, but there are many more like hers. Some are known because the victims of discrimination filed lawsuits. All of them, including Franchina, tried to seek protection under Title VII by arguing that the discrimination they suffered because of their sexual orientation is prohibited discrimination based on “sex.” Most of the lawsuits have been from lesbians, but some have been from gay men. There was the lesbian school probationary officer in Texas


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whose male supervisor told her she “looked gay” and was “not as feminine as other women” employees (Carr v. Humble). There was the gay man in North Carolina whose employer fired him after he brought his same-sex partner to a company lunch (Snyder v. Ohio Electronics). There was the lesbian employee of an assisted living facility whose male supervisor repeatedly made lewd and sexually offensive remarks to her about her being gay (Stevens v. University Village). There was the lesbian teacher, Jira Churchill, in a Maryland public high school, who found the slur “FAG” written on her chalkboard, had students refer to her as Mister Churchill, and was removed from her teaching job because she was deemed “aggressive” (Churchill v. Prince George’s). And there is the lesbian shift manager at a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in Alabama whose supervisor repeatedly told her, even in front of customers, that she walked like a man and needed to look more feminine (Whitt v. Berckman’s). Franchina and these others all tried to get relief by filing lawsuits in federal court, arguing that Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits the kind of adverse treatment they suffered because they are gay or perceived to be gay. Title VII is a section of the Civil Rights Act that prohibits employers from taking adverse action against an employee or potential employee “because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” Since the 1970s, lawsuits for LGBT people have tried to convince the courts that the language “because of ... sex” should be read to include “because of ... sexual orientation.” Heterosexuals, too, have filed lawsuits using this argument. In 1996, in Charlotte, North Carolina, a 16-year-old heterosexual male newly employed by Pizza Hut, filed a Title VII claim that his gay male co-workers sexually harassed him and made repeated sexual advances and vulgar remarks intended to humiliate him. In Alabama, a heterosexual female teacher said she suffered retaliation at Talladega College after she complained about a “Teaching Tolerance” program that she said actively promoted the “gay agenda.” And in Georgia, a newly hired motel clerk lost his job because his supervisor perceived him to be gay. None of these lawsuits succeeded on the grounds that “sexual orientation” discrimination is a type of “sex” discrimination. Most were dismissed and haven’t been appealed. In Franchina’s case, a jury agreed she had suffered discrimination under Title VII, but the city appealed. Providence argued that, for Franchina’s sex discrimination complaint to stick under Title VII, the court would have to determine whether a gay male firefighter would have been treated differently than a gay female firefighter. Otherwise, the city argued, the discrimination Franchina faced was not because of “sex” but because of “sexual orientation.” And sexual orientation, argued the city, is not covered under Title VII.

Long fight, slow change

“Initially, the courts, which reflected the widespread homophobia in society at the time, rejected [Title VII sexual orientation lawsuits] out of hand without really giving them serious thought or consideration,” said Christopher Stoll, senior staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “So, for a long time, we were stuck with bad precedents in most places and had no real chance of persuading the courts to reconsider them.”

Lesbian firefighter Lori Franchina

Some courts, recalled Jenny Pizer, law and policy director for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, said “Congress couldn’t possibly have meant to protect homosexuals and transsexuals when they passed the CRA in 1964 ...” Both Pizer and Stoll said things really began to change in 1989, when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins. The case did not involve a lesbian but a female employee at the accounting giant Price Waterhouse. The employee, Ann Hopkins, was rejected for partnership because some the top officials at the firm considered her too masculine and advised her she needed to “walk more femininely, talk more femininely, dress more femininely, wear make-up, have her hair styled, and wear jewelry.” The Supreme Court majority said Price Waterhouse’s refusal to promote Hopkins was based on her sex and “motivated by stereotypical notions about women’s proper deportment.” “Plaintiffs then began to make the same arguments about sexual orientation,” said Stoll. “After all, the idea that men should only be attracted to women and vice versa is about as clear a gender stereotype as there is.” Then, in 1998, the Supreme Court made another important ruling: saying Title VII’s prohibition against sex discrimination, including through sexual harassment, could be used to protect an employee from sexual harassment by an employee of the same sex (Oncale v. Sundowner). “The Oncale decision in 1998 also seemed like an important analytical tool in a changing landscape that ought to help us,” said Pizer. But it wasn’t until April 2017 that any federal appeals court agreed that Price Waterhouse and Oncale logically meant that Title VII’s language on sex discrimination should include sexual orientation discrimination. “Price Waterhouse held that the practice of gender stereotyping falls within Title VII’s prohibition against sex discrimination, and Oncale clarified that it makes no difference if the sex of the harasser is (or is not) the same as the sex of the victim,” said the 8-3 majority decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Because the lower court had dismissed the case, the appeals decision sent it back for deliberation on the merits of lesbian employee Kimberly Hively’s discrimination complaint. That Hively decision came just one month after a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit ruled, in a similar case (Evans v. Georgia Regional), that Price Waterhouse and Oncale were not “clearly on point” and that it had to abide by an

earlier decision in that circuit that said, “Discharge for homosexuality is not prohibited by Title VII.” Thus, there came into being a conflict between two federal appeals courts. LGBT legal activists were hopeful that this difference of opinion might compel the Supreme Court to settle the matter. “There’s just too much confusion in the lower courts,” said Gary Buseck, legal director for GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders. But Ivy Tech Community College did not appeal to the Supreme Court, and the case is still before a district court on the merits of Hively’s claims. When Lambda Legal appealed the 11th Circuit decision in Evans to the U.S. Supreme Court, the high court simply declined to look at it. That postpopnes any national resolution of the Title VII sexual orientation issue until a later date.

But change is coming

That later date is almost certainly coming, as more and more Title VII sexual orientation cases are pressed and reach other federal appeals courts. In February of this year, in a 10-3 majority decision in Zarda v. Altitude Express, the full appeals bench of the 2nd Circuit ruled that “sexual orientation discrimination is motivated, at least in part, by sex and is thus a subset of sex discrimination.” “Because one cannot fully define a person’s sexual orientation without identifying his or her sex, sexual orientation is a function of sex,” wrote the court. “... Logically, because sexual orientation is a function of sex and sex is a protected characteristic under Title VII, it follows that sexual orientation is also protected.” With those rulings from the 2nd and 7th circuits, LGBT people in the states covered by those rulings can seek relief from Title VII. The states are New York, Connecticut, and Vermont (in the 2nd); and Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin (in the 7th). Claims in other circuits are advancing. Just this month, Lambda Legal took another Title VII sexual orientation case (Horton v. Midwest Geriatric) to the 8th Circuit (covering Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota). And though Franchina, the Providence firefighter, did not succeed with her Title VII sexual orientation claim in the 1st Circuit courts, she still won her trial and the appeal on her sex discrimination and retaliation claims. In a footnote that caught many LGBT legal activists’ attention, the panel suggested the “tide may be turning when it comes to Title VII’s” protection against sexual orientation discrimination.t



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The NCAA needs a reboot by Roger Brigham


erhaps we have all come to expect too much of the NCAA. Perhaps we should stop thinking those four letters stand for National Collegiate Athletic Association and accept its current reality: “No Compassion, Action, or Accountability.” Oh, the NCAA has accountability in the sense it accepts checks and provides bookkeeping when it manages the multimillion-dollar broadcasting contracts it signs, and coordinates the scheduling of tournaments and the awarding of lucrative post-season venues. And yeah, when its members get caught in FBI investigations that indicate that people who are already really well paid are paid even more off the books, and that unpaid student-athletes are surreptitiously getting paid – well, yeah, when that stuff hits the fan, the NCAA swiftly acts by telling folks it is disturbed by the allegations, will look into them and – hey, isn’t this run in the men’s Division I basketball tournament by Loyola Chicago really, really cool? The problems that plague the NCAA and its member schools are not isolated. They are examples of the problems that affect modern sports in general and elite, moneyinfused spectator sports in particular – problems that undermine the incredibly positive aspects sports has on its participants by injecting those sports with the cesspool elements of fear, sexism, ego, greed, lust, and exploitation. But there is no need for the fat cats of the NCAA and its members to be either passive bystanders or active perpetrators. The NCAA has the

position, gravitas, and wherewithal to require/badger/strong-arm/compel/bluster its member institutions into living up to their promises to work for the betterment of studentathletes rather than to thrive on the exploitation of those athletes. The official NCAA website is a marvel of Pollyanna marketing. In muted, calming colors, it informs us that although colleges make up its membership, it is devoted to the student-athletes who attend those colleges and represent them in sports. Dig deep into its pages and you will be casually informed that the nonprofit organization rakes in about $1 billion annually, mostly from broadcasting rights for events such as the men’s Division I basketball tournament, and will be assured, with little documentation or specification, that that money is ploughed back to invest in the lives of the student-athletes that make the NCAA possible. But as Ohio State economist Jay Zagorsky recently wrote on his blog, the NCAA, which pays President Mark Emmert $1.9 million to oversee operations, keeps about $35 million in profits annually and has about $300 million in its savings account. Tax exempt, mind you. “I believe March Madness has nothing to do with education and a great deal to do with marketing,” Zagorsky wrote. “And that’s fine, it’s just like the NFL playoffs or the MLB’s World Series. Except perversely, the organization that runs March Madness gets tax-exempt status.” Nothing new here. Do a Google search for “NCAA” and “nonprofit” and you will find sportswriters and

NCAA President Mark Emmert

other pundits have been bemoaning the money machine that constitutes the NCAA for ages. Damn straight its concerns are commercial, not academic. All that cash and all that stature because the NCAA is ostensibly there to assure us players are treated fairly and properly, and that schools are all competing on the up and up – yet what is the reaction of the NCAA cartel when problems come to light? Sports apparel companies funnel funds to assistant coaches and players on the down-low – the NCAA arches its eyebrows and says it will check it out. Schools arrange for cushy courses to supplant tough academic challenges for elite athletes to keep them out of the classroom and on the playing field – the NCAA says, “tsk, tsk,” and says that’s not right. Athletes report coaches and trainers are sexually harassing and

LGBT leader Christopher Tripp Zanetis killed in Iraq by Heather Cassell

tanford Law School graduate and Air National Guard search and rescue airman Christopher Tripp Zanetis died in a helicopter crash in Iraq March 15. He was 37. Mr. Zanetis, a gay man who was known as Tripp, was just starting his legal career as an associate in the litigation department of Debevoise and Plimpton LLP in New York. He joined the firm in the fall of 2017 after he spent a summer as an intern at the firm. He was also a fire marshal with the New York City Fire Department. Mr. Zanetis was a rising star, working toward building a political career, wrote Stanford Law Professor Michelle Wilde Anderson in a memorial to her late student in Stanford Lawyer. “Tripp Zanetis is gold,” she wrote. “He would have been a leader for our times.” Stanford Law Professor Robert Weisberg told ABC 7 News that Mr. Zanetis was a “brilliant young lawyer and amazing human being.” Weisberg told the media outlet that Mr. Zanetis was a part of a team dubbed the “Fearless Four,” who flew into combat to help wounded American soldiers. The team was credited with saving nearly 100 lives, he said. Mr. Zanetis received four Air Medals for combat missions from the military. He was serving his third tour of duty abroad. This month’s tour was his second in Iraq. Media reports said the crash occurred when


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the search and rescue helicopter he was piloting, which was carrying six other service members, either hit power lines or experienced a technical malfunction and went down soon after takeoff. All aboard were killed. The helicopter went down in Qaim, in the Anbar province in western Iraq. The area was the last holdout for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the country and remains active as a transit point for ISIS fighters fleeing Syria, according to media reports. Enemy fire was not believed to be the cause, according to the Pentagon, which is investigating the incident. President Donald Trump and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the seven service members of the 106th Rescue Wing who died

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assaulting them under the pretext of bettering their careers – the NCAA rolls its collective eyes and says that’s not our problem. Women’s sports get second-class training facilities and coaches salaries while resources are lavished on men’s programs – the NCAA yawns unblinking and says nothing. And so we end up with the FBI and the country’s criminal and civil courts getting involved. We end up with the NCAA focused on recovery of public confidence as a public relations concern. That’s so reactive, not proactive. That’s so focused on the past rather than the future. Problem is, the entire system of athletic “scholarships” and elite men’s sports teams composed of enrolled students is founded on antiquated notions of amateurism. It is as oxymoronic as a whorehouse virgin.

In theory, college sports exist as an extracurricular activity in students’ lives: an activity to help round out a balanced education and personal development. At the highest, money-driven levels, they, too, often become the central driving force in participants lives; feed the egos of rabid boosters, and fans; and are marketing tools for the names of the schools splashed across the players’ jerseys. Too often, the drive to steer money into those elite programs ends up diverting resources away from less marketing-rich programs. Too often, vulnerable youth who have turned to the adults in charge of their sports careers fall prey to slimy predators who masquerade as mentors. Too often, student-athletes graduate with paper diplomas but not the educations they are supposed to represent. Screw guidelines. The NCAA should be focused on developing and enforcing mandatory best practices, with penalties and suspensions for violations. It should recognize that every athlete’s life matters and should be supported, trained and educated equally. It should be leading the parade, not following afterward with a broom to sweep up the mess. For now, we have Condoleezza Rice leading a blue-ribbon committee; the FBI slapping handcuffs on basketball coaches; gymnasts suing Michigan State for its indifference to sexual assaults; and Minnesota-Duluth coughing up a court-ordered $3.7 million judgment to its former women’s hockey coach rather than treat its women’s program on par with its men’s program. And we’ll continue to have reiterations of this from now until eternity unless the NCAA grows up and acts. Until then – go Loyola Chicago!t

Mr. Zanetis dedicated his life to serving people. It all started on September 11, 2001. Unlike many who ran from the Twin Towers as they crumbled in concrete and flames following the terrorist attacks, Mr. Zanetis ran toward the disaster. A political major at New York University at the time, he lived three blocks from ground zero. He jumped into action, helping first responders until midnight that day. September 11 transformed his life, wrote Anderson. Mr. Zanetis graduated from NYU cum laude with a degree in politics in 2003. While in college he competed on the dive team and worked at nightclubs. Soon after graduation, Mr. Zanetis was appointed as a firefighter for the New York Fire Department with Engine Company 28 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He rose in the ranks to fire marshal by 2013. He served as a part of a small cohort of fire marshals assigned to investigate suspicious or fatal fires. Mr. Zanetis earned honors for a drug bust in a Waldorf Astoria Hotel room while on the team, Anderson wrote. In 2008, Mr. Zanetis joined the Air National Guard, where he trained to become a search and rescue pilot and received the only Honor Graduate award in his 100-person graduating class. He served abroad See page 13 >>

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nomination after Merkley objected, according to media reports. This political maneuver would have allowed the confirmation process to proceed through a 30-hour debate leading up to a vote. But that would have taken up a good part of the Senate’s work week if McConnell had pursued it. Joe Borelli, a Republican commentator and the minority whip of the New York City Council, noted in an op-ed published by the Hill that the Republican Party has gotten behind Trump’s nomination of Grenell to be the ambassador to Germany because the party is changing. “The obstruction of his nomination has seemingly united all levels


Longtime LGBT rights activist Cleve Jones was close friends with Baker and wrote about the history of the rainbow flag in his recent memoir “When We Rise.” He told the B.A.R. that Baker deserves to be remembered as the person who turned the rainbow flag into the symbol it became for the LGBT community. “It was Gilbert, and Gilbert alone, who conceptualized the rainbow flag as the flag for our community and our movement,” said Jones. “While many, many people, including many women, assisted him in those efforts, no one can claim to be the co-creator of the rainbow flag as the symbol for our community.” Jones said he remembers Segerblom well and described her as “an

absolute sweetheart.” Nonetheless, he said she was “one of many people who assisted Gilbert. All of Gilbert’s artworks were monumental and required lots of people.” Segerblom “certainly was there,” said Jones, “but to say she is the cocreator of the rainbow flag is not accurate.” Noted gay photographer Dan Nicoletta, who worked at an art gallery housed at the LGBT center on Grove, befriended both Baker and Segerblom in the late 1970s. He was around the building when the flags were being made. “I think it is coming from a place that the three of them deserve credit. I don’t necessarily think she is asking for equal credit,” Nicoletta told the B.A.R. “She is identifying something that has eroded over the course of the story.” In 2015 Baker did credit both Segerblom and McNamara for assisting him with the creation of the first rainbow flags in an interview with the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It was timed to the arts institution’s acquisition of the rainbow flag that June into its design collection. The intro to the conversation between a museum curator and Baker credits him as the artist who “created the Rainbow Flag in 1978 in San Francisco.” During the interview Baker was asked to talk about some of the many volunteers who helped make the first flags, according to a transcript posted to the museum’s website. He credited Jones with helping secure $1,000 from the Pride committee to buy the fabric for the flags and recalled next calling his friend Segerblom, whom he described as “a hippie girl, was the queen of tiedye.” Because Baker said he “knew I wanted to do an organic dye process,” he called Segerblom, “and she

was totally game. We made such a huge mess, we had so much fun!” Baker recalled then calling McNamara, who had attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and “was the only person who knew how to sew as well as I did.” Paul Langlotz knew McNamara as a teenager in Bergen County, New Jersey and later reconnected with him while living in the Bay Area in the 1970s. He also befriended Baker and Segerblom at that time. “My assumption had always been, since Lynn’s name with the Angels of Light was Faerie Argyle Rainbow, that the rainbow idea for the flags came out of her nom de plume,” Langlotz, a clinical psychologist who now lives in southern California, told the B.A.R. by phone. “I think she is simply trying to claim credit where credit is due. Specifically, she is the person who literally did the dying of the fabric that was the first rainbow flag as well as coming up with the idea.” When McNamara became ill, Langlotz helped care for him back East. Before he died, McNamara gave Langlotz his photo collection, which included more than 20 photos McNamara took of the original rainbow flags. “James was getting sick and also a little pissed off because he never got credit for this,” recalled Langlotz. “I was flying out to care for James and started talking to him about the process of making the flags. I told him I would do my best to see that he got credit for his participation in the project of making the flag.” In writing McNamara’s obituary for his hometown newspaper, Langlotz referred to him as a cocreator of the rainbow flag. In the early 2000s he reconnected with Segerblom and suggested making a documentary about the three’s involvement in creating the first rainbow flags. Langlotz told the B.A.R. he tried to interview Baker about the first flags on videotape one time when he was in Los Angeles. But Baker became upset at his questions, recalled Langlotz, and demanded the camera be turned off. “We didn’t want to attack Gilbert or attack his identity as this gay Betsy Ross identity he had,” said Langlotz. “For Gilbert, that was his baby. It was really his identity. He identified as the creator and the keeper of the flag. I would never want to take that away from him.” Four years ago, Segerblom met with LGBT historian Glenne McElhenny and agreed to be interviewed for a short documentary that McElhenny is making about the different artists who made flags for the 1978

Pride celebration. McElhenny was a volunteer who assisted with dying the fabric for the first flags. “The artists knew they were making something special; they just never knew how special.” McElhenny told the B.A.R. “That really is the truth. The flags were special from day one, and they knew it. They just never knew how special.” She is seeking funds to complete the documentary – tax-deductible donations can be made online at https://www.documentar film/impact-stories-californiaslgbt-history – and hopes to release it later this year. It is one of four short documentaries on LGBT topics McElhenny is making for use in California classrooms. “Lynn and James deserve a third of the credit for creating the rainbow flag, for being behind the designs, for doing the stitching and colors, and supervising the artists who did the work,” said McElhenny. Following Baker’s death last year, and unsure when the documentary would be completed, Segerblom decided to tell her side of the story about the creation of the first rainbow flags while she could do so herself. Due to knowing a Blade editor, she submitted her account to the paper. “James McNamara needs credit. The volunteers who were there need credit. And I need credit,” Segerblom told the B.A.R. “I know Gilbert would want that too, really. The real Gilbert, he would want that.” Nicoletta said he had asked Segerblom why she was speaking out now, having remained quiet all these years until after Baker’s death. “It is a matter of, this is my narrative and I am going to talk about it while I am still alive,” he said, noting that it “is not a struggle around intellectual property at all. This seems to have dropped through the cracks of history.” Nicoletta told the B.A.R. there is a way to honor the role all three of the artists played in coming up with the first rainbow flags without diminishing Baker’s legacy. “The way I like to phrase this conversation is Gilbert is the one who beat the pavement for 40 years. His influence on what the flag became is not something that should be slandered in any way, shape, or form,” said Nicoletta. “There is a way to have multiple narratives on this history, and it is a healthy paradigm to have conflicting narratives.” Following the publication of Segerblom’s account earlier this month, the Wikipedia entry for the rainbow flag was changed to say that it was “originally devised by” her and Baker. It includes a link to her piece.t

of the party in cheering for an eminently qualified gay nominee,” wrote Borelli. Stuart Milk, the gay nephew of the gay slain San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk and co-founder and president of the Harvey Milk Foundation, told the Times he supports Grenell’s nomination. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay politician elected in San Francisco and California when he won a seat on the Board of Supervisors in 1977. He and then-mayor George Moscone were assassinated by disgruntled ex-supervisor Dan White in November 1978.

Stuart Milk called opponents’ position “misguided,” telling the Times that he believed that Grenell’s confirmation would “send an important message” about LGBTs in the Trump administration. If Grenell’s nomination didn’t proceed “it would leave a huge void,” he said. Milk explained to the B.A.R. in a text interview while in flight to Japan Tuesday that Grenell “has been a staunch supporter of marriage equality and global LGBT rights.” “Having Ric at the diplomatic table, even if that table is more homophobic, makes it that much

harder for our community to be on their menu,” wrote Milk. He supports Grenell’s confirmation as U.S. ambassador to Germany even as he opposes much of the Trump administration’s actions, stating they have “been life-negating for our community and other minorities.” He also supports the reappointment of Chai Feldblum, a lesbian whose term on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ends in July, and maintained that opposition to both are “misguided.” “My uncle taught us about the power of visibility,” wrote Milk. “Having an openly LGBT ambassador to a G-7 nation, even in the dark Trump era, sends hope to so many who work in areas of our globe that are in the

hands of even darker regimes.” Cleve Jones, a longtime gay rights activist who worked alongside Harvey Milk, called Stuart Milk’s move “bullshit.” He was especially appalled at Stuart Milk throwing his support to Grenell on the very day Trump issued new limits on transgender people serving openly in the military. “He has chosen to play footsies with fascists,” Jones told the B.A.R., believing that Stuart Milk is supporting Grenell simply because he’s gay. “It’s very poor judgment. I’m extremely disappointed. This is inexcusable.”t

who identifies as a trans man, is currently in the enlistment process to join the United States Air Force. “Being in the military has always been my dream,” Talbott said Tuesday in an interview with the Bay Area Reporter. “There is no reason whatsoever for anyone who is trans to be excluded from the military.

Nothing about being trans impacts someone’s ability to serve in the military. This is true for me and other transgender people.” Talbott said he is confident that the court will make the right decision and he will be able to enlist and serve in the military as an openly trans man.

Regarding the new documents, the White House said Friday that retaining troops with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria – those who may require substantial medical treatment – presented considerable risk to military effectiveness and unit cohesion. That argument was in contrast

to a 2016 study commissioned by the Defense Department that found no reason to prevent the enlistment and service of out trans individuals. Local politicians and supporters of the LGBTQ community took to social media over the weekend to

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At that time a reflecting pool sat in the middle of the city’s Civic Center Plaza in front of City Hall where the parade ended and a rally and celebration were held. Ringing it were flagpoles. In the adjacent United Nations Plaza were two larger flagpoles fronting the Market Street entrance into the area. According to Segerblom, the parade committee that year had gained city approval to use the flagpoles during Pride weekend and tasked the decorations committee with figuring out what flags to fly. It also gave the artists funds to buy materials to make the flags. As Segerblom wrote in her firstperson account in the Blade, she and McNamara volunteered to design the flags for the two larger flagpoles, while other artists were selected to create smaller flags to be flown around the reflecting pool. “Now, what to put on them? I’m sure we all had a meeting about this but I was ‘the Rainbow Faerie’ so I wanted them to be rainbow colored flags. We all agreed,” wrote Segerblom. In her written account and interview with the B.A.R., Segerblom said she chose the eight colors that made up the first flag: pink, red, orange, yellow, green, aqua, royal blue, and violet. “I wanted it to be a full rainbow, not like a quasi rainbow,” said Segerblom, who also opted to include a corner section with stars to mimic the design of the American flag. The design for her “stars and stripes” rainbow flag, as she wrote in the Blade piece, included “a lamé star stitched to the aqua stripe, silver lamé on one side, gold lamé on the other side.” Herself, McNamara, and Baker all brought their sewing machines down to the LGBT center and worked with a crew of volunteers, Segerblom said, in order to complete the two large rainbow flags in time for Pride. “We really needed volunteers. We were swamped,” said Segerblom, who back then was a member of the Angels of Light Theater Company. At the time, recalled Segerblom, none of the flag makers were thinking they were making a symbol for a movement.  “We were just trying to think can we get them done in time for the parade. None of us were thinking, ‘Oh, yes, this would be the symbol of the LGBT community.’ We didn’t know,” said Segerblom, who dated women in her youth but now identifies as straight. “It looked great

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behalf of their transgender members harmed by the ban. Equality California represents Nick Talbott, 24, along with six other transgender individuals in the Stockton v. Trump case. Talbott,


James McNamara, courtesy Paul Langlotz

Lynn Segerblom, left, with Gilbert Baker at the 1978 San Francisco Pride celebration.

once we got it up there. It looked beautiful.” A decade after the 1978 Pride celebration, Segerblom moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in acting school. She lost touch with both Baker and McNamara. She told the B.A.R. she was a starving artist working odd jobs to make ends meet and wasn’t aware of Baker’s growing notoriety as the creator of the rainbow flag. “It didn’t make me feel good,” said Segerblom. “I was shocked, really, and disappointed but I loved Gilbert.” She acknowledged to the B.A.R. that she was not involved in the design of the rainbow flag most people now associate with the LGBT community. “That came after. I have to credit Gilbert for pounding the pavement for 40 years and promoting the flag. He was a great promoter,” said Segerblom. “But that first year we made them, the three of us flag makers. There were three of us who were making the decisions.”

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voice their strong disagreement to the ban. On Saturday, gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) tweeted: “Trump: Transgender persons who require or have undergone gender transition are disqualified from military service. Us: People with bone spurs shouldn’t throw stones about military service by brave people who just want to serve their country.” Gregory T. Angelo, president of the


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In a statement Zbur called Feinstein “a champion for LGBTQ equality and social justice.” Polling shows the race is Feinstein’s to lose. And in a sign of her campaign’s strength, no serious Republican challenger entered the race. “I’m proud to receive the endorsement of Equality California, a powerful advocate for LGBTQ civil rights in our state. Together, in this campaign and in the U.S. Senate, we will continue fighting for progress and equality for the LGBTQ community in California and across the United State,” stated Feinstein. Zbur did praise de León “for his years of service in the California Legislature, leading the way toward a more equal and more just future for our community and all Californians.”

SF Dem club LGBT group debuts with refuge panel

The United Democratic Club of San Francisco has created an LGBTQ Committee for its members. It will make its public debut April 5 with a panel called “LGBTQ Persecution and Refuge” at the city’s LGBT Community Center. The discussion will focus on LGBT persecution in the Middle


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Golden Gate Avenue. Organizers did not specify which candidates would be in attendance. To submit a question, email

SPCA gala coming up

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for military search and rescue and domestically along the northeastern seaboard of the United States for civilian search and rescue. He was scheduled to end his service in 2020. The Air National Guard taught Mr. Zanetis how to work with people whose views widely diverged from his own, wrote Anderson. “I am quite sure, [he] would have moved through danger to save the life of someone who had just insulted him with a homophobic slur,” she wrote, noting that Mr. Zanetis believed “in the capacity of people to change.” Mr. Zanetis grew up in Bloomington and Carmel, Indiana. His father was a lawyer and his grandfather was a judge on the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Mr. Zanetis came out to his family in 1995 when he was 15 years old. His family was supportive of him, wrote Anderson.

An exceptional law student

Mr. Zanetis was on an unpaid leave from the fire department while attending Stanford Law School, where he received his juris doctorate with pro-bono distinction in 2017. That same year, he received the LGBT Bar Association’s top honor,

Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative LGBT political group, released a statement saying, “Preventing future accessions of transgender personnel suggests that this new policy has been reverse-engineered to achieve an outcome likely to succeed in little more than stoking culture wars.” The implementation policy comes after months of Pentagon review and with recommendation from Defense Secretary James Mattis, who was quoted in a summary of his recommendation to the president saying, “In my professional judgment, these policies will place

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the Department of Defense in the strongest position to protect the American people, to fight and win America’s wars, and to ensure the survival and success of our service members around the world.” As previously reported by the B.A.R., Trump’s initial efforts to ban transgender servicememebers in July came from inaccurate information about the cost of trans health care, claiming the military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender [sic] in the military would entail.”t

East, Russia, and Asia and how the local LGBT community can help, said club member Joel Engardio, a gay man and local journalist who has twice run for supervisor in the city’s District 7 covering neighborhoods west of Twin Peaks. “We started the LGBTQ Committee because we figured there must be a number of LGBTQ members within United Dems and we wanted to give them a space and some programming,” Engardio, who writes a column for the San Francisco Examiner, told the B.A.R. Those scheduled to take part in the panel discussion include OutRight Action International West Coast director Katie Hultquist; Sophia Kass, a transgender refugee from Lebanon seeking asylum in the Bay Area; and Olga Baranova, who works with the Moscow Community Center for LGBT programs but is living in San Francisco. In a statement translated from Russian that Engardio provided to the B.A.R., Baranova explained that the center works with both LGBT people and straight activists who find themselves in a “semi-legal position” in Russia. She fled the country because it was no longer safe for her there. “In Russia there remain almost no places where people can be open and free, and we were able to create such

a place,” wrote Baranova, who helped organize an arts festival hosted by the center. “We are aiming to make the Moscow Community Center for LGBT programs not just a place where people can receive psychological and legal help, but also a platform for creating new directions in activism; a place for any people for whom there is no room in Putin’s Russia.” The panel discussion will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Room 204 at the LGBT Community Center, located at 1800 Market Street. It is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit the United Democratic Club’s Facebook page for the panel at https://www.facebook. com/events/159557511509681/.t

will hold its 150th anniversary celebration Wednesday, April 18, at San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a vegetarian dinner at 7:30. The SF SPCA will be honoring California Governor Jerry Brown and gay former state senator and mayoral candidate Mark Leno, for their leadership in animal welfare

and protection. In addition, Colusa, Brown’s corgi mix, and LiLou, the SF SPCA’s therapy pig at San Francisco International Airport, will be on hand to greet guests. The evening will include entertainment by the SFJAZZ Cats (high school all-stars) and American jazz and cabaret singer Paula West. Tickets start at $1,000 and are available by calling (415) 962-2501.t

the Student Leadership Award. He was an advocate for transgender individuals serving in the military. He praised the Pentagon’s lifting of the ban against transgender military members in 2016 and spoke out against Trump’s attempts to reinstate the ban the following year. “Tripp was an exceptional individual who was dedicated to improving the lives of those around him,” D’Arcy Kemnitz, executive director of the National LGBT Bar Association, wrote in a statement to the Bay Area Reporter. During law school, Mr. Zanetis juggled his military duties with an active student life on campus. He worked for the Stanford Journal of International Law, provided probono legal assistance through the Iraqi Refugee Assistance program, and served with the International Human Rights Clinic to reform foreign military tribunals. He was an active member of the LGBT and veteran student groups and co-produced and performed in the school’s annual satirical musical. As co-president of the Stanford Law Veterans Organization, Mr. Zanetis spearheaded the effort to restore and permanently install the law school’s memorial for World War II veterans who were students for public viewing for the first time in several decades.

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Stanford News reported that Mr. Zanetis’ name will be added to the list of students who were lost during military duty on the wall in Stanford’s Memorial Auditorium. As a member of the National LGBT Bar Association, he facilitated Stanford’s inaugural OutLaw Conference on LGBTQ advocacy in the workplace. “We are heartbroken at his loss,” M. Elizabeth Magill, Stanford Law School dean, told the Mercury News. “He was one of the most extraordinary students I had the privilege of knowing and he will long be remembered in the institution.” Flags flew at half-staff on the Stanford campus to honor Mr. Zanetis upon learning of his death, reported Stanford News. Military members who perished in the helicopter crash with Mr. Zanetis included fellow New York firefighter Christopher J. Raguso, Dashan Briggs, Andreas O’Keeffe, William Posch, Carl Enis, and Mark Weber. Mr. Zanetis was single and lived in Manhattan. He is survived by his parents, John and Sarah Zanetis, and sisters, Angela and Britt. Students, faculty, and staff at Stanford Law School are planning a memorial event to celebrate Mr. Zanetis’ life this spring. Details weren’t available at press time.t


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MAR 15, 22, 29, APR 05, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038034300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: 3RJ CUSTODIAL CONSTRUCTION CLEANING LLC, 280 NEWHALL ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed 3RJ CUSTODIAL CONSTRUCTION CLEANING LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/06/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SYLVAN LEARNING, 379 WEST PORTAL AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94127. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed HL LEARNING SOLUTIONS LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/01/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/09/18.

MAR 15, 22, 29, APR 05, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038032200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DMB REGISTRATION SERVICE, 1640 DAVIDSON ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed MARTHA PATRICIA BENITEZ CASTREJON. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/05/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/05/18.

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14 • Bay Area Reporter • March 29-April 4, 2018

Legal Notices>> FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038044800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SINFUL BLISS, 27 SEARS ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed NICHELLE MARIE EMELIA. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/01/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/15/18.

MAR 22, 29, APR 05, 12, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038037200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE TRAINING ZONE STUDIO, 1428 CLEMENT ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed FRANCISCO A. NIEVES. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/08/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/08/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NEILSON & MACRITCHIE INVESTIGATORS, 1161 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed DONALD T. MACRITCHIE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/98. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/15/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HOW TO PAINT IT, 584 CASTRO ST #518, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed MICHAEL TRUHILL PIERCE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/14/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/14/18.


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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: RUDY’S PLACE, 48 LUCY ST #C, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed RUDY QUARLES. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/08/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/08/18.

MAR 22, 29, APR 05, 12, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038043100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: E BUY STORE II, 2750 SAN BRUNO AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed MARK SIU LEE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/13/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/13/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BRUNI’S SERVICES, 5 MOUNT VERNON AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed BEVERLY MEJIA & ADELINO MARTINEZ. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/09/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/09/18.

MAR 22, 29, APR 05, 12, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038043300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FLYWHEEL TAXI, 1236 CARROLL AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed DE SOTO CAB COMPANY INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/13/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/13/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MR. EAST KITCHEN, 276 5TH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed ASIAN BOWLS INC. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/15/18.

MAR 22, 29, APR 05, 12, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038045200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LE SOLEIL INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS INC., 133 CLEMENT ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed LE SOLEIL INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS INC. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/15/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/15/18.

MAR 22, 29, APR 05, 12, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038041400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CURIO AT THE CHAPEL, 777 VALENCIA ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed SECOND LINE, INC. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/12/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LA PETITE NAIL SHOP, 601 KANSAS ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed LA PETITE NAIL LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/13/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/13/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TALLIO’S COFFEE & TEA, 4912 THIRD ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed TALLIO’S COFFEE & TEA (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on NA. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/28/18.


The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: LA PETITE NAIL SHOP, 601 KANSAS ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by BOI CAM CO. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/28/16.


In the matter of the application of: RACHEL HART NUNNALLY, 1690 BROADWAY ST #409, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner RACHEL HART NUNNALLY, is requesting that the name RACHEL HART NUNNALLY, be changed to HART HARAGUTCHI. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514, Room 514 on the 24th of May 2018 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

MAR 29, APR 05, 12, 19, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038059800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CASA DE LA CONDESA RESTAURANT, 2763 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed ANGELA MIRANDA. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/23/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/23/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SMOOTH OPERATOR, RIDIN HIGH ENTERTAINMENT, 1201 BACON ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed RANDY BREWSTER. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/21/18.


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Caution (according to section 7(a) of the Execution Law of 5727-1967) Execution case no.: 512842-12-17 type: other ruling, in which you appear as debtor number 1, was initiated against you on December 13th 2017 by the creditor: Arthur Abtisian. Creditor address: 59 Jabotinsky, Bney Brak 5110000. Creditor is represented by adv. Yiftah Ibn Ezra Of 3 Nirim, Tel Aviv – Yaffo 6706000, phone: 0547514942; Debt as at case initiation: 631.94 ILS Legal fees and expenses: 450.63 ILS Coupled with Execution fee: 186.53 ILS Total debt payable amount: 657.39 ILS According to a ruling given in court on October 2nd 2017 in case number 16914-11-14 Mandatory injunctions detailing: Other, partnership liquidation Liquidation of partnership in the residential apartment known as plot 7361 parcel 82 sub-parcel 15 59 Jabotinsky Bney Brak Obligation order in installments Your debt amounts to 657.39 ILS. Payment of the entire case debt will be made using the payment voucher attached herewith. According to the payment order as per section 69A, should you be unable to pay the entire debt, you should pay your debt in linked monthly installments, amounting to 250.00 ILS. The first installment is immediate. Note that payment at the Postal Bank will be credited to the case only following approximately 5 work days. During those days the debt will accrue lawful linkage differences and\or interest. You are to pay your debts in the above rates coupled with linkage differences. Partial payment of the debt hereunder does not prohibit the claimant from acting against you under the procedures detailed in the law, which involves expenses that will increase you debt in the case. To make the payments, approach the information center according to the details herein and obtain payment vouchers according to the obligation order.

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Frozen Cirque

Original New York cast members are seen in “The View UpStairs,” set at the New Orleans bar before it was gutted by arson, part of NCTC’s upcoming season.

by Jim Gladstone


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San Francisco Ballet’s Maria Kochetkova and Steven Morse in Jerome Robbins’ The Cage.

LGBT time travel by Richard Dodds

S Cirque du Soleil’s “Crystal: A Breakthrough Ice Experience.” Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt.

t. Louis in 1944. Hollywood in the 1950s. New Orleans in 1973. Uganda in 1999. New York in 2018. These are some of the destinations where New Conservatory Theatre Center will explore LGBT issues in its just-announced 2018-19 season. Artistic Director Ed Decker calls the upcoming season a “smorgasbord” of productions “with historical relevance and contemporary urgency” while also offering “an escape from the daily slog.” See page 22 >>

Kurt Sneddo

t’s been 20 years since Cirque du Soleil introduced its reputationcrowning production O. That spectacle, still running at Las Vegas’ Bellagio, augmented the company’s earth- and air-bound traditions with a new performance medium: water. Now, within a month of Adam Rippon gliding into the fantasies of many a gay man, drama queens delighting at the arrival of Disney’s Frozen on Broadway, and Alison Janney winning the gold as Tanya Harding’s own Mama (F) Rose, Cirque du Soleil returns to the Bay Area with what seems like an inevitable next iteration of its trademark stagecraft: Crystal: A Breakthrough Ice Experience.

Jerome Robbins forever! by Paul Parish


here has not been a more entertaining evening in the Opera House for years than last week’s Jerome Robbins show danced by the San Francisco Ballet. A mixed bill with a serious piece, a scandalous, sexy piece, a “Romance of Eastern Europe” pas de deux, and a wonderful skit for three sailors on shore leave and the two girls they hook up with, the program hit every bell.

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<< Out There

16 • Bay Area Reporter • March 29-April 4, 2018

Living for the city by Roberto Friedman


new paperback edition of “Insomniac City – New York, Oliver Sacks, and Me” by Bill Hayes (Bloomsbury) comes emblazoned with a blurb from a B.A.R. review of the hardback. “As eloquent in its silences and visuals as it is in its telling of the secrets of the heart. The brilliance of ‘Insomniac City’ is that almost Tolstoy-an directness and concretion of observation, both down-to-earth and downright visionary.” Sounds about right to us, but then we edited it. Grieving after the death of his partner, Hayes moved in 2009 from San Francisco to New York. At first his observations of the life of the city – subway encounters, strangers

in the park, street life – are generalized, seen as if from a distance. Gradually, Hayes becomes a true New Yorker, and the city and his place in it become more intimate. Mostly this comes through his developing relationship with the celebrated neurologist Oliver Sacks, author of “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” and other popular explanations of neuroscience. At first you see Hayes circling Sacks, many years his elder and much more established in his career and community. You see Hayes putting the moves on Sacks, then the older man succumbing to his wiles. He says to Hayes, “I’ve suddenly realized what you mean to me: You create the need which you fill, the hunger you sate. Like Jesus. And

Kierkegaard. And smoked trout.” Hayes is a flaneur on the streets of NYC, and this is his record of cab rides, photos in public places, and journal entries. He describes watching the boys at a skateboard park as a gay man, but a streetwise

one. There are descriptions of his intimate life with Sacks: preparing simple dinners, taking baths in the same water, going up to the roof of their apartment building for sunsets. There’s also some celebrity sizzle here: an encounter with socialite model Lauren Hutton, a visit to


pop superstar Bjork in Reykjavik. At first it seems astounding that Bjork and Sacks are friends; then the similarities between their genius minds reveal themselves, and the bond seems natural. Spoiler: Sacks dies by book’s end; in that sense, Hayes’ tale is bracketed on both sides by grief. But mostly this is a memoir of a romance. Hayes’ street photographs of NYC are collected in another new book, “How New York Breaks Your Heart” (Bloomsbury). We get upclose and personal with ordinary New Yorkers through portraits taken by Hayes in his daily perambulations around the city. Here we see Hayes’ excellent eye, and his ability to portray his subjects with intimacy and immediacy. The photos tell something about the photographer, as well: how he is drawn to people, and must seem worthy of their trust. The delectation goes both ways.t

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nies, and the Orchestra has been honed to an extraordinary degree of cooperation. The famous Adagietto has been integrated with less sentimentality but still evokes a misty sense of longing, and Principal Trumpet Mark Inouye added immeasurably to the thrill factor, with Robert Ward and the horn section guaranteeing standing ovations on the tour.


ecently returned from hiatus, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas joined with the San Francisco Symphony for a busy two weeks of concerts at Davies Symphony Hall that included live recordings for future digital release and some rousing dress rehearsals of selections scheduled in the current tour of California with violinist Gil Shaham. Oh yeah, they squeezed in a world premiere, too. Commissioned by MTT and the SFS with support from the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for New Works of Music, Charles Wuorinen’s “Sudden Changes” was also performed in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday. We remember Wuorinen as SFS Composer-in Residence from 1985-89. His many honors include a 1986 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Partnerships with contemporary authors have produced high-profile operas, including “Brokeback Mountain,” based on the famous short story by Annie Proulx, waggishly dubbed “Like a 12-tone Cowboy,” and a collaboration with Salman Rush-

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The San Francisco Symphony with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas perform Charles Wuorinen’s “Sudden Changes” at Davies Symphony Hall.

Soprano Toni Marie Palmertree and pianist Mark Morash perform at a Schwabacher Recital.

die, setting the fairy-tale-like novel “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” to a libretto by English poet James Fenton. Wuorinen describes “Sudden Changes” as “a light-hearted overture” using fragments from “Haroun” to make a brisk single movement of about 15 minutes. Grinning mischievously from ear to ear, MTT introduced the new work

The rest of the concert included a breathtaking traversal of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 by Uzbek wunderkind Behzod Abduraimov, making his spectacular SFS debut, but all was eclipsed by a massive reading of Aaron Copland’s Third Symphony (1946) on the second half. Populist in a good way, the Third is the piece featuring the foreverstirring “Fanfare for the Common Man,” borrowed by the composer from himself, and expanded to introduce the final movement. The performance was being recorded for future release, and the orchestra responded with unbridled and very loud enthusiasm. The Third is a good example of Copland’s spirit of American optimism. Not especially subtle, but we can certainly use a reminder of more positive patriotism these days. Last week, maestro and musicians performed the complete concert bill of the California tour. Gil Shaham is always a welcome guest artist, and his sensitive touch is perfectly suited to Alban Berg’s gently moving Violin Concerto (1935). It served as a lyrical and contemplative opening for the intelligently planned concert. It, too, was recorded live. A return to Mahler’s exciting Symphony No. 5 proved MTT never ceases probing the wondrous mysteries of the composer’s sympho-

as confirmation of the composer’s uncompromising integrity. They have been friends for a very long time. Wuorinen hit his milestone birthday with a relatively accessible work that shimmers, shakes and ingratiates, but retains a characteristic refusal to yield itself too simply. Fun, fast and aptly titled, “Sudden Changes” met expectations and merits future hearings.


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APR 13–MAY 20, 2018 By Bathsheba Doran Directed by Rebecca Longworth

“Perfectly wonderful” —THE NEW YORK TIMES



Intimate recital

The vocal arts were given their due last week in an intimate evening with soprano Toni Marie Palmertree at the Taube Atrium Theater in the second concert of the Schwabacher Recital Series, presented by San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program. Palmertree was a breakout artist in the Merola Program, and her time as an Adler Fellow brought her to a triumph at SFO as tragic Liu in Puccini’s “Turandot.” Her big, limpid sound filled the War Memorial Opera House with ease, and her exquisite pianissimo earned audience cheers. At the outset of her smallerscaled recent concert, she won admiration for startlingly true pitch in some tricky songs by Benjamin Britten (poems by W.H. Auden) and the beautiful Three Poems of Fiona MacLeod by Charles Griffes. After intermission, the gifted young singer was fully warmed up, and brought back memories of past performances with a fresh insight to her current focus. She can bring her voice down to caress an art song and still convey a rich tone of emotional involvement. With fine support at the piano by Mark Morash and some pleasing contributions from clarinetist Jose Gonzalez Granero, Toni Marie charmed new listeners and confirmed the good taste of everyone who sat up and said, “Who’s that Girl?” back when she was a promising Merolina.t

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April approaches at the Castro Theatre

Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer work in a hidden high-security government lab, in director Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.”

by David Lamble


pril finds Castro Theatre programmers at no loss for offbeat and sometimes spine-chilling double bills and career retrospectives. The month begins with the theatre hosting several programs from the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival, from April 4-17. The Shape of Water Mexican master storyteller Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) casts an otherworldly spell with this disturbing if visually imaginative fable set against the backdrop of 1962 Cold War America. In the hidden high-security government lab where she works as a cleaner, Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute woman, is trapped in a life of lonely isolation. Elisa’s world is radically up-ended when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) stumble upon a top-secret classified experiment. The emotional rollercoaster excitement of the classic monster movie combines with shadowy film noir, adding the power of a love story. Michael Shannon plays a very dark hand as the film’s major heavy, while veterans Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg fill in the gaps in a story that’s boundarystretching even for del Toro. (4/3) San Francisco International Film Festival at the Castro, highlights (4/4-17): A Kid Like Jake Silas Howard (“Transparent”) directs this drama about a child whose behavior and orientation cross all the usual gender lines. (4/4) Tribute to Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman for their career body of work. This SF-based gay filmmaking team has amassed a large body of queer documentaries: Oscar-winning “The Times of Harvey Milk,” about the pioneering SF elected public official (1984); “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt” (1989); “The Celluloid Closet,” the doc about LGBTQ people in American film, based on Vito Russo’s breakthrough book (1995); “Paragraph 175,” about the infamous Nazi Germany law outlawing same-sex relationships (2000); “Howl” (2010); and “Lovelace,” about the life and career of porn movie star Linda Lovelace (2013). Along with the live audience Q&A, the tribute will feature a screening of Epstein and Friedman’s latest work, “End Game,” a 40-minute examination of end-of-life issues. (4/15) Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot Queer filmmaker Gus Van Sant (“My Own Private Idaho”) offers a portrait of Portland wheelchair-bound cartoonist John Callahan as played by Joaquin Phoenix, with supporting performances from Rooney Mara and Jonah Hill. (4/15)

Persona (1966) A Swedish actress (Liv Ullman) suffers a disabling mental breakdown. Her recovery is supervised by a nurse (Bibi Andersonn) who slowly takes over her personality. A mid-career poetic classic from European giant Ingmar Bergman. With Margaretha Krook and Gunmar Bjornstrand. 3 Women (1977) Only Robert Altman could pull off this moody psychological thriller set in a posh retirement home. An impressionable young woman (Sissy Spacek) develops an odd attachment on a co-worker (Shelley Duval) who has her own delusions about her sexual appeal and social prowess. (both 4/18) The Big Lebowski (1998) The Coen Brothers get everything right in this loosey-goosey shaggy-dog tale that finds Jeff Bridges’ clueless slacker rubbing shoulders with a humorless crime boss. With John Goodman and John Turturro. Restored print. Up in Smoke (1978) Cheech and Chong were born to unleash this pot comedy on a world where it’s finally legal. A delightful 86 minutes spent in search of the perfect joint. With stellar supporting cast: Stacy Keach, Tom Skerritt and Edie Adams. (both 4/20) Grease Sing-A-Long (1978) Adaptation of Broadway musical that celebrates 50s pop culture. With John Travolta, Olivia Newton John, Stockard Channing, Eve Arden, Sid Ceasar and Dody Goodman. 40th anniversary restoration. (4/21-22) Night of the Living Dead (1968) George Romero’s masterful original B&W zombie creature feature still cooks. Dawn of the Dead (1978) Romero turns zombies into a franchise with this successful horror remake. (both 4/27) L’Avventurra (1960) First of a trilogy of films by Michelangelo Antonioni about the meaninglessness of modern life. With Monica Vitti, Gabriele Ferzetti and James Addams. L’Ecuse (1962) In the suburbs of Rome, the translator Vittoria breaks off her engagement with her writer boyfriend, Ricardo, after a troubled night. Vittoria goes downtown to meet her stock-market-addicted mother. She meets the broker Piero on a day of a market meltdown. The materialist Piero and the absent Vittoria begin a monosyllabic relationship. Red Desert (1964) Antonioni leaned rather heavily on the red pigment in his first color drama. Monica Vitti and Richard Harris star, Harris riding the wave of his brutal rugby working-class hit “This Sporting Life.” At the time, loving this barren mini-epic earned you

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frequent-flier film-snob miles. Now you’re on your own. Blowup (1966) Antonioni hit the jackpot with his first Englishlanguage feature. The then-toocool-for-school David Hemmings is a swinging London fashion photographer whose infatuation with young female models is the catalyst for a chilling murder mystery. The Passenger (1974) This English-language excursion finds pistol hot Jack Nicholson (fresh off box-office hits “Chinatown,” “Five Easy Pieces”  and “The Last Detail”) as a world-trotting TV reporter who mysteriously switches identities with a dead man in an isolated Middle Eastern motel. Unforgettable ending. (all 5, 4/28) The Great Silence (1968) The Spaghetti Western taken to the highest or lowest power, with a plot that centers on the late-19th-century persecution of the Mormons. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Sergio Leone established his reputation as an adaptor of the Western genre for mind-blowing purposes. Here he delivers. Oncein-a-career performance from normally straight-laced Henry Fonda, as a cold-blooded killer who has a penchant for murdering redheads. (both 4/29)t


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18 • Bay Area Reporter • March 29-April 4, 2018

That uncertain someone by Richard Dodds


ost of us would quickly, but carefully, take our leave of Georgie Burns. This 40-something American woman in London seems unhinged in ways that are slightly endearing, often obnoxious, and most possibly dangerous. “Nice to have met you,” you might say, as you slowly step backwards in the way people separate themselves from a dangerous animal. But in Simon Stephens’ play “Heisenberg,” Georgie’s self-described “captivating but exhausting” allure has found its mark in a 75-year-old butcher with no wife, children, siblings, or close friends. The quietly reserved Alex Priest is duly dubious about this foulmouthed chatterbox who seems to be a pathological liar who then pathologically corrects those lies before beginning the cycle again. “I know people will reject me,” she

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Sarah Grace Wilson and James Carpenter forge an unlikely relationship in “Heisenberg,” Simon Stephens’ play now at the Geary Theater.

tells Alex, “so I try to speed the process.” But the wary bachelor is both bemused and amused by this curi-

ous creature, and their relationship quickly – at Georgie’s suggestion – moves to sex. “It’s one of my favorite

things,” she says, “having sex with someone who hasn’t had sex in a long time.” ACT is presenting Stephens’ play, seen on Broadway in 2016, in a production that places a hefty burden on the two actors playing Georgie and Alex, who happen to comprise the entire cast. James Carpenter, as Alex, is quietly captivating as his responses to Georgie’s increasingly outlandish entreaties evolve in ways that the veteran actor makes genially credible. Genial is a word few would use to describe Georgie, and it’s the far more challenging role. Sarah Grace Wilson has to push the limits of both Alex’s and the audience’s patience, and while I would have abandoned the character within 10 minutes, Wilson does project enough quirky charm and spasms of vulnerability to warrant a longer relationship. As for the play’s title, it’s a reference to quantum physics pioneer


Werner Heisenberg, although his name goes unmentioned. What is invoked is his “uncertainty principle” that argues against precision in predicting the behavior of interacting pairs of an atom’s components. That’s the unpredictable life that Georgie offers Alex in contradiction of all that has come before for him. Alexander V. Nichols’ set barely deserves that name, with only some minimal projections on rear curtains and a few pieces of austere furniture. There’s little sense of place, but that was the template in the New York production as well, and the idea presumably is to put full focus on the characters. In director Hal Brooks’ production, the performances are strong enough to warrant this steely spotlight.t “Heisenberg” will run at ACT’s Geary Theater through April 8. Tickets are $15-$110. Call (415) 749-2228 or go to

Old Irish man talks peace by Erin Blackwell


adraig O’Malley is not a household name. Maybe he would be if we the people of the USA took our role in the world seriously. Peace is not something our government pursues. Since WWII, the USA has toppled democratically elected leaders and sown discord by manipulating local factions. One 90-minute documentary isn’t going to change our collective ignorance, but will attract those enlightened beings for whom peace is the ultimate good. Warring factions turn out to be Padraig O’Malley’s bread and butter, as you’ll see in “Peacemaker,” starting Friday at the Roxie. Padraig, pronounced Porrig, is a very tall, very thin old Irishman born in Dublin in 1942. The natural wave of his white hair has a floppiness akin to that of the great Irish revolutionary bard W.B. Yeats. When it came time to finally give up the booze after an illustrious alcoholic career, in 2002 at the age of 60, Padraig cited as his personal “prayer of serenity and peace” this verse by Yeats: “Go away, oh human child/ To the waters and the wild,/ With a fairy hand in hand,/ For the world’s more full of suffering/ Than you can understand.” In his work as an international conflict mediator, Padraig says, “I always play the Irish card. Whatever

else people may know about the world, they know the people of Ireland suffered.” Padraig left Dublin on a Fulbright scholarship to Harvard, specifically to be a co-founder and eventual co-owner of the Plough and Stars bar at 912 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, where he did some of his most brilliant drinking. In 1971 he blew a $10K stipend betting on Muhammad Ali against George Foreman. Paradoxically he says, “This is where my involvement with Northern Ireland began.” In 1975, at the height of the Irish Troubles, he had the “colossal and simple idea” to bring together Protestant Loyalists and Sinn Fein radicals to talk. He organized a milestone peace conference at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. “Drinking was almost a prerequisite,” Padraig says. “I was able to bond with both sides.” He later flew the antagonists to South Africa to meet with both white Afrikaners and black Africans, under the benign eye of Nelson Mandela. His theory that people in divided societies can help those in other divided societies, as Alcoholic Anonymous addicts help other addicts, led to the founding of Forum for Cities in Transition from Conflict. “Around this table we are brother and sister in a family that has experienced distress, trauma, and dispossession,” he tells conferees.

Director James Demo spent six years filming O’Malley in far-flung trouble spots Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, and Northern Ireland, as well as in Maryland and Massachusetts, where he maintains longterm relationships with two women who have been his faithful nursemaids and collaborators. Demo plays fast and loose with time, place, and geopolitics. O’Malley’s professorial and publishing careers are ignored. Equally puzzling, “Peacemaker” only skims the surface of his expertise: negotiation, diplomacy, and cleareyed dispassionate peoplewrangling. Look elsewhere to learn about this charismatic Courtesy Roxie man’s life’s work. We glimpse Scene from director James Demo’s “Peacemaker.” conference attendees – we see Foreman knock down Ali spur the Nobel Committee to award struggling to finish his latest book. – without insight into his him their highest honor? The film’s As editor, he introduced “AIDS” groundbreaking process. morose finale suggests that conflict with a Camus quote from “Plague” After 60 minutes, “Peacemaker” mediation was merely the masoch(1938) that sums up his lifelong loses traction and shifts into a istic, reverse ego-trip of an ex-choir crusade: “He knew the tale he had maudlin, slow-moving, and perboy who needed to fill an existential to tell could not be one of final verse unraveling of the man and void. Why would a director undervictory. It could only be the record his self-ordained mission. O’Malley mine his subject by reducing him to of what would certainly have to be is shown in an AA meeting, at the an old carcass? done again in the never-ending doctor’s having his memory tested, Although not one of his books fight against terror and its relentless and at a U-Haul storage space ready onslaughts, despite personal afflicis mentioned, I did spot a title on to discard his boxed archives. A tions, by all who, unable to be saints, a bookshelf, “The AIDS Epidemic: former assistant says, “Everything’s refused to bow down to pestilence, private rights and public interest,” in place” for his suicide when his but try their utmost to be healers.”t as we’re shown the septuagenarian brain fails him. Is this meant to

Chinese checkers tary may kick off a Trump-era version of Depression-era film star W.C. Fields’ adage, “Never give a sucker an even break.” “The China Hustle” introduces us to the insider Wall Street term “reverse merger,” meaning that to get past a serious probe of their financial bona fides by the Securities and Exchange Commission, a new breed of Chinese stock hustler is seizing the shells of bankrupt Courtesy Magnolia Pictures Rust Belt US compaScene from director Jed Rothstein’s “The China Hustle.” nies, acquiring their stock-market niche film activist Michael Moore’s Flint, to swindle unwary by David Lamble Michigan industrial wasteland to American investors. s there a fitting new genre a toxic, virtually abandoned facThe film begins with a blunt in which to toss “The China tory in the Chinese interior, this warning from the film’s onscreen Hustle?” Spanning the globe from 82-minute muckraking documenhost, Flint-raised Dan David, who


calmly opines into the camera, “There are no good guys in this story, including me.” There follows a long line of observers and participants, some with newly shredded reputations, including that of retired General and former presidential candidate Wesley Clark, who actually flees the film interview, clearly frightened that his reputation was headed for Nixonville. The filmmakers provide a brief history of financial shenanigans, and a visit to a GOP-dominated Senate hearing where Republicans seem to greet the fleecing of their constituents with indifference bordering on contempt. On the Democratic side, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is dogged but severely outgunned. “The China Hustle” uses a series of experts to explain how these new-breed horse thieves operate, and why Chinese authorities are unlikely to rein them in. The filmmakers argue that China’s game plan, under its newly elected

leader-for-life, is to use the good reputation of the American trading markets to engineer their own “Wild West” version, where’s there’s no sheriff, no rules, and no way to regain stolen pensions and other nest eggs. One commentator, familiar with China’s investment scene, notes that any Chinese whistleblower who threatened the current scam would probably literally be taken out and shot. American seniors appear on screen to report their losses to the China hustle, which range between $100- and $150,000. This makes for a fine companion piece to whatever our leader is up to with his raising of tariffs and jawboning about China’s longstanding practice of stealing intellectual property from US companies attempting to gain access to China’s domestic market, largest in the world. Opens Friday, PG for rough language and adults behaving badly.t

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20 • Bay Area Reporter • March 29-April 4, 2018

Lavender scare on the opera stage by Tim Pfaff


t seems like it was only yesterday (it was 2015) that I read and was horrified by Douglas M. Charles’ “Hoover’s War on Gays: Exposing the FBI’s ‘Sexual Deviants’ Programs.” It infuriated me as much as did James Comey’s more recent and willful tearing the BandAid off “But her emails,” before, in my still-seeing-red eyes, he redeemed himself in Congressional testimony. I briefly met Robert Mueller, Comey’s ramrodstraight, imposing but infinitely polite FBI predecessor, in my final years in America; he treated me with reflexive but palpable respect. But in the early days of November 2016, my respect for the FBI plunged again. My takeaway is that if you think that anyone is going to

protect us except us, there’s a book you oughta read (and I don’t refer to the upcoming Comey tome I also droolingly await). I hear there’s a new guy running SF Opera and a burgeoning number

of small regional opera companies that are closing the artistic bravery gap. One of them might consider producing Gregory Spears’ and Greg Pierce’s “Fellow Travelers,” recently released on CD (Fanfare Cincinnati) by its commissioning company, Cincinnati Opera, superbly led by Mark Gibson. It has since been revived, in New York last January. “Fellow Travelers” is based on the 2007 novel of that name by Thomas Mallon, the title’s phrase referring to the code homosexuals used to identify each other during the perilous McCarthy years. Its topic is the 50s “lavender scare,” when exposure could bring ruin or death. The piece is so distilled that the baked-in claustrophobia is as likely

to do you in as the homophobia. The largely expository first act feels particularly constricted, like the blurry, jagged-lined images on an old black-and-white TV. It feels like anachronistic minimalism until, late in the act, the tone takes on the whispered menace of Britten in the all-male cauldron of “Billy Budd.” This opera is far from all-male, though the action is focused on the forbidden desire (and largely onesided love) between State Department functionary Hawkins “Hawk” Fuller (Joseph Lattanzi) and cub reporter Timothy Laughlin (Aaron Blake). In redemptive if predictably exploited ways, women figure, none more than Mary Johnson (Devon Guthrie), who works for Hawk (having once carried a torch for him) and befriends the more vulnerable Tim. But what at first seems like retrominimalism turns into updated Virgil Thomson (I mean that as a compliment), a kind of “The


Bugger of Us All,” if you will. Act II blazes into color. Mary has a radiant aria that morphs into a duet with Tim that speaks of the power and dangers of sexual desire. Hawk’s “This can’t go on” threnody to Tim sounds like it could have risen from the melismatic ashes of Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo.” Inevitably, Hawk rats on Tim, “for [Tim’s] own good,” he tries to convince Mary. Tim makes a getaway after a devastating farewell with Hawk – in Dupont Circle, of course. In ways that could hardly have been anticipated when the work was in progress, the new menace to gay freedom is foreshadowed everywhere. Tim’s bittersweet parting from Hank takes place on the roof of the Old Post Office. Just this weekend, Scott Pruitt burst into a whiny arioso when the subject of detention camps was raised. For how many of us does Mary wail, “I can’t take this town any longer?”t

Queer sisterhood is powerful by Gregg Shapiro


o-produced by Allison Zatarain and legendary songwriterproducer Richard Gottehrer, the 10-song vinyl LP Instant Love Vol-

ume 1 (Instant Records) is intended to celebrate “the power of love between women, mothers, sisters, friends and lovers.” It’s a reimagining of classic love songs by musical acts Billy Joel (“She’s Got a Way”

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sung by Lolo Zouai), The Beach Boys (“Don’t Worry Baby” done by Rachel Fannan) and The Kinks (“You Really Got Me” covered by Cavale). Highlights include Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone performing “Colours” by Donovan, Holly Miranda’s reading of Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man,” Irma Thomas’ rendition of “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison, Nicole Atkins singing “Amy” by Ryan Adams, and jazz vocalist Karen Souza’s version of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Looking forward to Volume 2 and others to follow. While we’re on the subject of cover tunes, the always brilliant lesbian singersongwriter and bassist extraordinaire Meshell Ndegeocello, who paid tribute to Nina Simone on 2012’s Pour Une Âme Souveraine and has been including covers on more recent albums, has just put out the cleverly titled Ventriloquism (All Points/ Believe). Ndegeocello reimagines 11 songs, originally released between 1982-94, in her own distinctive style, and the results are breathtaking. Some renditions stick closer to the originals than others, as in the case of Ndegeocello’s readings of Prince’s “Sometimes It Snows in April” (from 1986), Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam feat. Full Force’s “I Wonder If I Take You Home” and Al B. Sure’s “Nite and Day” (both from 1988), yet manage to maintain her distinctive style. Some of the most exciting moments occur on deconstructed versions of George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” (1982), Ralph Tresvant’s “Sensitivity” (1990), Sade’s “Smooth Operator” (1984), Janet Jackson’s “Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun)” and “Force MD’s “Tender Love.” Brava, diva! Is it too early in the year to begin assembling a “best of ” list? If not, the Ndegeocello disc certainly qualifies. As does the devastating Rifles & Rosary Beads (In the Black/Thirty Tigers) by lesbian singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier. It’s a product of Gauthier’s association with Darden Smith’s nonprofit organization SongwritingWith:Soldiers, in which soldiers are teamed up with professional songwriters. For Gauthier’s album, she collaborated with male

and female soldiers for most of the tracks. Two of the songs, including the devastating “The War After the War,” were written by military wives whose soldier husbands returned from the battlefield wounded. Gauthier, who is a sort of queer Lucinda Williams, has a history of bringing listeners to tears (check out 2010’s The Foundling), but Rifles & Rosary Beads takes that ability to a whole new level. Certain to earn queer musician Joan As Police Woman (aka Joan Wasser) a larger devoted following, her smoky and soulful new album Damned Devotion (PIAS) is the latest from an artist who follows her own path. Arresting numbers “Steed (for Jean Genet),” “Tell Me,” “Wandering Bell,” “Silly Me” and “I Don’t Mind” don’t sound like anyone else. Joan As Police Woman makes delicious music, and she doesn’t need to flash her badge to do it. No one could ever accuse Swedish pop goddess Tove Lo of slacking off. Two years may have passed between 2014’s Queen of the Clouds

and 2016’s Lady Wood, but 2017’s Blue Lips (Lady Wood Phase II) arrived a year later, continuing the frank bisexuality of its predecessor. How frank? Just listen to “shivering gold” and “bitches” as a couple of examples. Featuring lesbian bass player Laura Lee, the trio Khruangbin touches down with its second album Con Todo el Mundo (Dead Oceans/Night Time Stories). A mostly instrumental affair, it could be the soundtrack to a night of passionate lovemaking, a hipster loft party or a dinner with old friends. Can’t you just picture your friends dancing in their brightly colored stocking feet to “Maria También,” “Evan Finds the Third Room” or “Como Me Quieres?” It might seem hard to believe, but Atlanta-based lesbian singer-songwriter Michelle Malone has been putting out albums for 30 years. Her latest, Slings & Arrows (SBS Records), finds her getting political on “Love Yourself ” and “Just Getting Started.” It’s nice that Malone’s still able to surprise us as she does with her cover of Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” a duet with Shawn (“Lullaby”) Mullins. On SweetSexySavage (Atlantic), the debut disc by queer R&B artist Kehlani, listeners go on a grand tour of styles of contemporary black music, including hip-hop-influenced modern soul. It’s a strong and memorable first album, the best of which can be found on the songs “Hold Me by the Heart,” “Get Like” and “Too Much.” The song “Shameful Feeling,” described as being about “the journey of coming out of hiding, rising above painful adolescent memories, and learning to shut out fears and self-doubt” within a “queer context,” is a powerful track near the center of the six-song EP Garage Sale ( by Carry Illinois, led by lesbian singer-songwriter Lizzy Lehman. “Goodnight,” the album’s heart-tugging closing track, deals with the suicide of original band member John Winsor, and is a stunning tribute.t


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Faces behind the masks by Sura Wood


ow well can we ever truly know another person? There’s the private self vs. the faces we present to the world; the version of who we’d like to be but are not; the outright con artists and imposters. What lies behind the mask? These issues of identity, personae and gender mutability are among those raised in “Selves and Others,” a provocative, artfully constructed show of 120 portraits from the 19th century onward, now at SFMOMA’s Pritzker Center for Photography. Opting for a clean, minimalist installation and representations from a Who’s Who of the medium – Diane Arbus, Nicholas Nixon, Irving Penn, Carrie Mae Weems, Robert Frank, Cindy Sherman, Dora Maar – the museum’s savvy associate curator of photography Erin O’Toole has resisted the obvious choices, selecting works that seem new or warrant another assessment. Some believe that photographs can steal the soul; they can expose subterranean psychological rumblings, buried secrets, or covert experience, even when artists train their penetrating gaze on themselves. In the opening section, comprised mostly of artist self-portraits, a few mischievously tweak their own image. Berenice Abbott’s distorted face resembles a reflection in a funhouse mirror, and Andy Warhol memorialized himself in a bow-tie, circa 1963, in a grainy photo-booth strip, while we can see only the furrowed brow and probing eyes of the subversive gay artist Robert Mapplethorpe (1988), framed as if through a speakeasy peep slot. French provocateur Sophie Calle, a more adept writer than photographer, can be counted on for sober prose that delivers an ironic punch one doesn’t see coming. There are two pieces on view

into a country of one to from her series “Autosensual images of lust biographical Stories,” and longing. Historicalphotographs displayed ly, this “genre” has been with brief narratives of dominated by men phoevents that may or may tographing their wives not have happened or mistresses sans cloththe way she describes, ing, such as Alfred Stiegif at all. “The Plastic litz’s “Torso – Georgia Surgery” (2000) shows O’Keeffe” (ca. 1918-19), Calle’s solemn face in but Nan Goldin upends profile, a clinical shot that tradition, inviting that might have been us into her bed with a taken in a doctor’s offemale lover – that’s the fice. It’s accompanied artist on the bottom by her recollection of in a black lace bra. The an episode in which romantic portrait, parher grandparents, tially suffused in warm, advocating a nose job indirect golden light, and other cosmetic exudes sexual heat and improvements, carted desire, while treading her off to a surgeon. the boundary between “In the end, it was Dr. F. frankness and exhiwho put an end to my Eggleston Artistic Trust bitionism. Similarly, dilemma,” she writes. William Eggleston, “Jackson, Mississippi” (ca. 1969-70, printed 1986), dye transfer print. viewers are allowed to “Two days before the trespass on a private operation, he commitperformance art. Chameleons rock work he impishly titled “Unfinished moment in her tender, ted suicide.” the show and rule in “Masquerade,” Self-Portrait, 1660.” Defying gender softly lit picture of a youthful slender For the playful “Lick and Lather” a section where one marvels at the roles with brio in whimsical surrealnude curled on her side (“Amanda (1993-94), a pair of flawed side-byingenuity of merry pranksters and ist scenarios, Claude Cahun (Lucy on my Fortuny, Berlin,” 1993). side busts in her own image, Janine masters/mistresses of disguise, who Schwob), in concert with her lover “I Love My Friend” (1989/2015), Antoni used soap for one and chocperform for the camera, employing Marcel Moore (Suzanne Malherbe), a photograph by gay black filmolate for the other. She degraded the costumes, makeup and prosthetics engage in private dialogues within maker Isaac Julien, was shot during surface of the former by lathering to alter their appearance and gender. their pictures, like one of a winged the making of his groundbreaking it, and disfigured the features of the Gillian Wearing, a Brit with an “artiCahun voguing in a flapper dress film “Looking for Langston”(1989), latter by licking it with her tongue, fice as path to truth” credo, who has (“The Mystery of Adam,” 1929), an impressionistic love letter to a tool not readily available at the dressed up in fearsome blonde wig or the well-heeled couple seated in the Harlem Renaissance and poet art supply store. The soap version and black leather as Andy Warhol, a nightclub and radiating ennui. Langston Hughes, filtered through fared better. O’Toole suggests they and assumed the identity of Marilyn Exhibited elsewhere in the show, a queer lens and a noir, whisky and symbolize opposite poles of idealMonroe, donned silicone masks to though it would have fit this catecigarettes haze. Two dapper black ized female sensuality and purity, become the spitting image of her fagory, is Man Ray’s “Portrait of Rrose men-about-town are caught offMadonna and whore, that women ther, and a youngish incarnation of Selavy” (1921). The subject, wearing guard round Midnight, standing have been forced to navigate since her mother; the transformations are an identity-concealing, oversized together on a bridge after meeting the beginning of time. One thing is astonishing. Gender-bending, NYhat tailored for subterfuge, is Marcel at a club. Eyeing the camera in this certain: chocolate tastes better than based, Japanese “sexual appropriaDuchamp posing as the glamorous charged, clandestine scene, their soap. tion” wizard Yasumasa Morimura female alter ego he credited with The exhibition showcases a range body language betrays a kind of reconfigures himself in a spooky several of his works. Her name is a of images, from pictures of family, closeness dangerous to express at rendition of Vermeer’s “Girl with pun on the phrase “Eros, c’est la vie.” friends, lovers and encounters with the time.t a Pearl Earring,” and as an elder A grouping called “Just the Two strangers – spontaneous or calcuRembrandt, imitating the Dutch of Us” addresses forms of intimacy, lated, in the case of Arbus – to meThrough Sept. 23. master’s chiaroscuro lighting in a from partnerships that have evolved ticulously crafted avatars, a form of

He loves the nightlife! by David-Elijah Nahmod


“I feel honored to be part of this collection,” he said. “Gooch’s almost relentless documentation of the drag and nightlife scenes has elevated drag in San Francisco.” For Gooch, diversity is the key word. “I want people to see the incredibly vibrant performance scene in the city, mostly queer but with straight allies,” he said. “The performance scene in the city is very alive

enowned local photographer Gooch, who prefers to be called by a single name, unveiled his latest photos in a new show at Ravot Gallery in the Richmond District. In “Smoke and Mirrors: Visions of Modern Drag,” Gooch celebrates the drag and nightlife scenes in dozens of colorfully vibrant and sometimes outrageous images. “The incredible diversity of the performance/drag scene in San Francisco is, for me, pure performance art at its very best,” Gooch told the B.A.R. as around 50 people perused his work. “My images from this show were shot on location before, during or after a performance. The reason I do that is for the spontaneity and the raw creativity of the moment.” The show features a fascinating collection of images that underscore the talents of the drag community. Many familiar names from the Bay Area are included, such as Heklina, who’s dressed in a short skirt while she stands in what appears to be a jail cell, her mouth open as if screaming. Next to Heklina hangs the elegant Honey Mahogany. D’Arcy Drollinger and Sue Casa are seen sprawled across a flight of stairs as if falling down. An outof-drag Drollinger was in Flora Goodtyme at Project Nunway 2017. attendance.

and strong. There are men dressed in a female form, and biological women, people of all colors and creeds. Everyone is welcome in San Francisco. If you have the guts to get on stage, then you definitely have my vote.” Some of the images are bizarre. In one photo a model named Stanley Frank is made up to resemble a pig, complete with a pig nose. In another, a female Pope is holding silver guns, the word “Resist” written on her podium. There’s also a tribute to The Monster Show, featuring 36 archival prints taken at the popular Thursday night show at The Edge in the Castro. These photos are moving, as local drag icon Cookie Dough, who co-created The Monster Show with husband Michael Chu, is no longer with us. Other images are erotic. In one striking photo, model Violet Cachki is dressed in flaming red, including red fishnet stockings. She’s being pulled back on a red leash by gay porn star Boomer Banks. Gooch acknowledged a debt of gratitude to drag queens from the past: The Cockettes, Angels of Light, Trannyshack, Thrillpeddlers and Peaches Christ’s Midnight Mass. “Smoke and Mirrors: Visions of Modern Drag” will be on Gooch display through April 13 at Ravot Gallery, 115 Clement St., SF.t

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22 • Bay Area Reporter • March 29-April 4, 2018



From page 15

Six of the seven shows are San Francisco premieres, with “Avenue Q” returning for its sixth holiday production. Here’s a look at NCTC’s new season. Red Scare on Sunset (opens Sept. 29) The theater launches its season with Charles Busch’s campy comedy of how the Communist witch hunts threaten the career of a Hollywood leading lady. Busch, whose previous works seen at NCTC include “Die Mommie, Die!” and “The Divine Sister,” played Mary Dale in the original 1991 production, and while subsequent productions have been staged with both women and men (in drag) as Mary, it’s a good bet that NCTC will take the latter route. The Cardboard Piano (opens Nov. 3) South Korean playwright Hansol Jung’s recent play takes place in Uganda of 1999 as the lesbian daughter of American missionaries and a local girl take refuge in church when their plans to consecrate their forbidden love are interrupted by the arrival of a wounded child soldier from the civil


SF Ballet

From page 15

This year marks the centenary of Robbins’ birth as Jerome Rabinowitz, on the very last day of WWI, to Jewish immigrants from the borders of Poland and Russia. An outsider all his life, bisexual mostly gay, he made use of his genius for mimicry as a closeting device, and also gave it rein in his craft, the lyrical theater. He was forced to testify before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee by a threat to reveal his homosexuality, and did name names. I hate to condemn him for this, doubting that I would have done any better. SFB artistic director Helgi Tomasson owes his American career to Robbins, who discovered him in Denmark in the 50s and gave him many great roles over the years, even allowing him to use “his” solo from Dances at a Gathering for the Moscow International Ballet competition, where he won the silver medal, coming in behind Mikhail Baryshnikov, who got the gold. A Robbins number always worked. Aside from his ballets, he choreographed for a stream of Broadway hits: Gypsy, Peter Pan, The King and I, High-Button Shoes, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, On the Town. After Fiddler, exhausted with commercial theater, he went back to ballet. Program 5’s opener, Opus 19/ The Dreamer, was the longest, most serious, and most diaphanous of


war outside. The second part flashes forward to 2014 as survivors reassemble at the church. Late Company (opens Jan. 26) Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill takes on bullying in his play, first seen in Toronto in 2013 and London’s West End in 2017. The parents of a teen who committed suicide have invited one of his high school tormenters and his parents to dinner to better understand what happened. It turns out blame is not so easily apportioned in the increasingly emotional gathering. Steve (opens March 9) One character in Mark Gerrard’s play describes his social group as “four middle-aged men, and our occasional lady visitor, interested in the slightest recognition that we’re still sexually desirable to the sexually desirable – or even to the almost sexually desirable.” This serious comedy, first seen in New York in 2015, looks at monogamy, aging, and show tunes in a contemporary gay crowd. The Gentleman Caller (opens April 13, 2019) Philip Dawkins’ 2018 play elaborates on the known facts of an encounter be-

After 20 years, and upwards of 2,000 articles, I find the time has come to ring down the curtain on my career at the Bay Area Reporter. Barring any surprises, this will be the final issue in which my byline will regularly appear. The reasons are fairly straightforward even if the emotions are complex. Palm Springs will soon be my new hometown, not for the cultural

opportunities that await, but for its affordable housing in another city where straight is not the default assumption, nor is youth, as I join other golden girls and boys in a town where both Sonny Bono and Marilyn Monroe are patron saints. Whatever new life I can carve out for myself in the desert can’t possibly match the opportunities that writing about theater has given me in San Francisco. As a lyric from “Oliver!” says, I felt like part of the furniture. And it was the Bay Area Reporter, and its supportive and understanding Arts Editor Roberto Friedman, who have provided me with a welcome home. Most folks, including myself, don’t always look at bylines when reading a newspaper article, but I hope you occasionally got a glimpse of mine, and more importantly, sometimes found something enjoyable, meaningful or helpful in the stories beneath that byline. A fresh voice will soon be filling these pages, and that’s a good thing even if I’m already feeling jealous. There’s a venerable journalistic tradition to end a story by typing “-30-.” I was going to invoke -30- to conclude this column, but I hope that this is not an end-of-story missive but only the start of a new chapter.t

both tremendous) on the the ballets. Set to Prokofirst notes of the music, still fiev’s Violin Concerto, shrouded in a caul. There it’s shrouded in blue; the are echoes of both Apollo corps dancers, half-visible, and Giselle in this, though seem to be floating far the strongest physical echo above their legs, which is to the Maenads who tear barely kiss the floor as they Orpheus limb from limb in echo the moods, longings, Balanchine’s ballet by that and inchoate fears of the name. The ballet is over protagonist, Wei Wang. almost before it starts. It’s Gleaming in pearl-grey actually 15 minutes, but it tights, Wang is the only feels like no time. There is dancer we can really see, no fat on this one, it hurtles and he is astonishingly to its end with one brilliant beautiful. There is a hint of move after another, all of a story, and there’s brilliant them exactly telling. turbulence in the middle. Other Dances, the pas de The ballerina, Mathilde deux that followed, was creFroustey, was at all times beautiful,and she was with ated on two Russian ballet him to the end. But it still stars who defected during ends on a Harlequinesque the Cold War, “seeking question: Is this it? artistic freedom.” Mikhail In The Cage (1951), Baryshnikov and NataRobbins created a dystolia Makarova made their pian world of insect-like New World careers in New creatures by stealing York with American Ballet moves from Martha GraTheater, and both were suham, martial arts, Pilates perstars, trailing old-world Erik Tomasson exercises, African dance, glamour and steeped in and Balanchine’s leotard San Francisco Ballet’s Frances Chung and Angelo Russian melancholy. Other ballets, to show mating Greco in Jerome Robbins’ “Other Dances.” Dances, set to Chopin’s nosrituals in which, at the talgic mazurkas and waltzes, end of a cat-and-mouse mined the vein of Chopinfor String Orchestra. I saw it twice, copulation, the female catches the inspired dances that Robbins had with Yuan Yuan Tan incisively anguhead of the hapless male between been making all his life. He translar as the novice on Thursday, and her knees and breaks his neck. Every ferred it to American dancers, who the tiny Maria Kochetkova, dancing move is astonishing, especially when do not cultivate that kind of glamour. huge and ferocious as if from pure she stomps his body and it conOur ballerina Frances Chung’s sense instinct, on Friday. Indeed, the novvulses. Each fits in place like parts of timing, the finest shades of rhythice is newborn, having fallen from in a well-made car, to Stravinsky’s mic responsiveness to the cadences between the legs of the Queen (Jenausterely beautiful Concerto in D in the music, made me proud to live nifer Stahl Thurs., Sofiane Sylve Fri.,

in San Francisco, where we have such dancers. Her partner, Angelo Greco, who comes from the great Italian school of spiraling dancing, gave a wonderful account of Baryshnikov’s role, with gentle modulation of the pace so his gestures faded away like a vapor trail in the sky. The finale, Fancy Free (1944), brought the house down. Everyone in it was glorious. Sasha de Sola and Dores Andre, as the two hard-boiled women the three sailors meet, could not have been more detailed in their behavior nor more beautiful in their dancing. They seemed the equals of these guys, able to handle themselves. Andre had one wonderful moment when she made the guys stand down and acknowledge her right to her own space and her own purse, which they’d stolen and played a teasing game of “Catch” with. Though the ballet belongs to the boys. Thursday’s and Friday’s performance made a star out of Benjamin Freemantle, who brought a smooth, unending flow of spiraling movement to his solo. Lonnie Weeks was right behind him, with creamy action in his pirouettes, with Hungarian port de bras. The boy’s a little affected, but it’s so sweet, the gentle camping he brought to the role. Bernstein’s music is incisive: clear demarcations of mood, big climaxes to make six dancers seem like 24. Oliver Smith’s midcentury set has a bar right out of “Night Hawks.” The piece holds together brilliantly, and dancers will be wanting to put this one on 100 years from now.t

competition and to rethink it as a performance for an audience. You can’t be self-absorbed. To play in Cirque du Soleil requires emotion as well as technique.” A native Parisian, the openly gay Lemire first came to North America as a dancer at age 23, and made his home in San Francisco from 1996 to 2000, performing with the SF Opera ballet, Alonzo King Lines, and other troupes. With Cirque du Soleil since 2008, he toured the world with four different productions prior to putting his career on ice. Lemire points out that Crystal distinguishes itself from the iceshow competition – Disney on Ice, with its appeal to small children; and Stars on Ice, a tour by the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, including Rippon (coming to the SAP Center on May 13) – through the elaborate, immersive staging and dialogue-free narrative that are

ments – including downhill skating on enormous ramps, juggling while skating, and acts that seamlessly elide ice choreography with aerial acrobatics – will prove its most memorable. While Lemire assumes that gay men will make up a significant part of the Bay Area audience for Crystal, he knows that the gay community everywhere has a special attraction to ice skating. “I think that skating combines two ideals that gay men have a special appreciation for: physical power and aesthetic grace. “Also,” he notes, “Whenever you show some muscle tone in the butt, that’s appealing.”t


From page 15

The touring show, which opened at the SAP Center in San Jose last night and runs through the weekend, has demanded the development of new skill sets by veteran Cirque performers – who have added skating to their acrobatic repertoires – and by athletes drawn not only from figure skating, but from speed skating and extreme winter sports like Ice Cross Downhill. Like the competitive synchronized swimmers who suddenly had new career opportunities opened up to them by O, Crystal offers ice athletes a chance to extend their skating careers if they are willing to take on new challenges. “I think it’s fair to say that we are asking for more from the skaters than from the acrobats who have been in circuses before,” said Artistic

tween William Inge and Tennessee Williams when Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” was in its pre-Broadway run in Chicago. Inge, who would go on to write “Picnic” and “Bus Stop,” was a starstruck journalist in 1944 whose assignment to interview Williams turns into a boozy night of secrets and confessions. The Chicago-based Dawkins has previously been represented at NCTC with “Le Switch” and “The Homosexuals.” The View UpStairs (opens May 18, 2019) When 32 gay men and women died in the 1973 arson attack on the UpStairs Lounge, New Orleans city officials treated it more as a joke than a tragic crime. Max Vernon’s musical, seen offBroadway last year, sets out to put a human face to this largely forgotten event with songs styled to the period. The story focuses on a contemporary entrepreneur who buys the French Quarter building where the UpStairs was once housed, only to be transported back to its heyday as he meets the bar’s larger-than-life patrons while learning about the prices paid in the battle for LGBT civil rights. The return of “Avenue Q” opens on Dec. 8, and is an optional choice in the seven-play season. Series tickets are now on sale. Call (415) 861-8972 or go to


Courtesy Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil Artistic Director Fabrice Lemire.

Director Fabrice Lemire in a recent interview. “Especially for the ones who are not figure skaters, it can be very challenging to take something they’ve been trained to do as athletic

Charles Busch starred as a Hollywood star caught up in the communist witch hunts in his play “Red Scare on Sunset” that will open NCTC’s new season in the fall.

Now it’s time to say goodbye

Cirque du Soleil hallmarks. “Crystal tells the story of a girl who feels that she doesn’t fit into society and is an outsider, but eventually comes to have a sense of pride and self-confidence,” explains Lemire. “I loooove this story. Especially right now, it has a great resonance. “I hope,” he says, “that the audience gets so caught up in the movement and the journey of the show that they sometimes don’t even think about the fact that this is all being done on ice.” Among the stunning production elements are video projections that transform the surface of the ice rink with color and pattern, a forest of gleaming metallic trees, and an enormous illuminated “ice” castle. Skating fans will discover no shortage of axels, Salchows, lutzes and lifts, but for most spectators, the show’s more unorthodox ele-

Cirque du Soleil, Crystal: A Breakthrough Ice Experience, SAP Center, San Jose, through Sun., April 1. Tickets ($56$150): crystal.



Arts Events



Nightlife Events Vol. 48 • No. 13 • March 29-April 4, 2018 V

Matt Alber The talented singer’s at Feinstein’s by Jim Gladstone


Stuart Gregory

gay community favorite, singer-songwriter Matt Alber will perform at Feinstein’s at the Nikko next Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14. But while he’s been hard at work on an unusual new recording—a fully orchestrated recreation of Mel Tormé’s Swingin’ On the Moon—his mind is focused elsewhere until the release of that album later this year. See page 24 >>

Matt Alber

Dapper Drag Kings Amber Gregory

Dandy takes the Oasis stage by David-Elijah Nahmod


drag king is an antidote to drag queens,” says drag king extraordinaire Leigh Crow, who spent 12 years as an Elvis Presley impersonator named Elvis Herselvis. “It’s expressing masculinity in a satirical way.” See page 24 >>

Leigh Crow and Ruby Vixen cohost a recent Dandy show at Oasis.


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24 • Bay Area Reporter • March 29-April 4, 2018


Matt Alber

From page 23

At a social event in their hometown of Portland, Oregon back in 2016, Alber was introduced to Erik Gullickson. As it turns out, that chance meeting was the first step toward a passion project that has taken up a large part Alber’s creative life ever since. After chatting about their shared dedication to music and LGBT causes, Gullickson invited Alber to attend a rehearsal of Bridging Voices, the five-year-old community chorus for gay, straight and questioning youth for which he serves as Artistic Director. “Hearing these kids trying to figure out their identities are and understand who they are through singing was incredibly powerful,” recalled Alber—a former member of San Francisco’s Chanticleer—in a recent interview. Bridging Voices does not require kids to audition, he explained, just to commit their time. With music as a common denominator, the group provides young people from throughout the region with a safe space and opportunity to socialize. Within a month of meeting them, Alber was featuring Bridging Voices along with the NYC Gay Men’s chorus in a performance of his song “Monarch” at the GALA Festival, a



From page 23

A drag king, Crow explained, can be female or male. For Crow, her life as a king began with her Elvis performances. “I dressed as Elvis on Halloween,” she recalls. “A friend who was the owner of a club decided to put on a drag show, and that’s what happened.” Crow played the character for twelve years. “I’d always been a mimic as a kid,” she said. “Elvis was an impersonation that I already did. It was a logical choice.” Crow continued to perform af-

Matt Alber at a recent Live at Lincoln Center concert.

national gathering of LGBT choral groups. “Monarch,” with its poetic lyrics about growing into one’s own (How long was I asleep?/All these colors opening/Like bright kaleidoscopes of waking dreams) is now an integral part of Bridging Voices’ repertoire, which expands as the group’s 75plus members submit songs that ar-

ticulate feelings they’re experiencing in their lives. “They choose all kinds of music,” says Alber. “From Pink and Hamilton to queer indie acts. They listen for songs that have an authentic, powerful message in them.” “There’s a song called Lost Boy by Ruth B”—a Canadian artist first discovered on the Vine social me-

ter Elvis. Currently she can be seen playing Captain James T. Kirk in the regularly scheduled Star Trek Live shows at the Oasis. She also hosts Dandy, her own Oasis show, which is seen on the second Sunday of every month at 7pm, “with variations,” she said. Crow told the Bay Area Reporter how her show got its name. “A dandy is someone who is showy or fancy,” she explains. “Someone who takes pride in looking sharp.” At a recent Dandy show, a David Bowie impersonator stepped onto the stage and brought down the house. Crow introduced this

act, and others, smartly dressed in her Captain Kirk uniform. Though most of the drag kings were biologically female, there was one man on the stage, and popular local drag chanteuse Katya Smirnoff-Skyy made a guest appearance. “Typically, we have a first act that’s all live singing,” Crow said. “The second act is lip syncing. There are variations; we don’t always stick to the formula. We encourage audience participation. We have performers back who connect well with the audience.” One performer audiences might see at Dandy is Meghan Eason, whose stage persona is named Meat Flap. “I have always been very inspired by Meat Loaf,” Eason explained. “So, when I decided I wanted to do drag, I spent a lot of time thinking of men and the name just seemed appropriate.” Eason recalled what inspired her to become a drag king. “When I started doing stage performance I started with burlesque,” she said. “That is more of a feminine expression. That was a foreign concept to me because I always felt more masculine than feminine. So becoming a drag king felt very natural and became kind of necessary for me.” Connecting with her audience is paramount to Eason. “I hope people will take away the experience of having a great time for two hours,” she said. “Our audience is made up mostly of queer people and they often have a lot on their minds like political stuff, work life


dia platform—”that has become a touchstone for many of the transgender boys I’ve met,” Alber says. “It’s helped them through some really tough times. One boy told me listened to it over and over the night he was hospitalized after attempting suicide.” After working with the choir through the soul-crushing final months of the 2016 presidential campaign, Alber says, “In my gut, I was asking myself what I was really doing to make the world a better place, and I started to think about how to share some of the experience the kids in Bridging Voices are having with other kids and parents and teachers beyond Portland.” Alber turned to his close friend, filmmaker Jon Garcia (creator of The Falls trilogy, a series of fictional films about Mormon missionaries in love) and the pair decided to join forces—and fundraising leads—to produce a documentary film about Bridging Voices. Working with footage shot over three months last year, Alber and Garcia are first releasing an eightsegment web series, called Room to Grow, on Revry, a new LGBT digital video channel. The webisodes, which be released weekly beginning in late April and will be free to view, will focus on a single member of Bridging Voices, sharing stories of both troubles and triumph.

Meanwhile Alber and Garcia are continuing to raise funds for a fulllength Room to Grow feature that will weave some of the webisode material into the larger story of the choir as a whole. Among the donors who have helped make the web series a reality are longtime fans of Alber and his music. “I’m continually agog at how loyal my listeners are,” he says gratefully. It’s a big gay family at my concerts.” Alber will present distinctly different shows on each of his two nights at Feinstein’s. On Friday, he’ll be joined by old friend and local vibraphonist Patrick McCaffrey. “He’s able to get the most beautiful almost glacial sounds out of his instrument,” says Alber, “and he’s super cute.” Saturday’s show will feature Dwight Okamura, who Alber describes as “Pretty much the best pianist in the city. I’m going to do mostly originals this time,” says Alber, who promises to return to town soon with a full-blown Mel Tormé show.t

and home life, so having something where they show up and get out of their heads and into our heads is important.” For Crow, Dandy is a personal project. “This is the show I want to be in and that I want to see,” she said. “So we had to produce it and to make it happen.” She tipped her hat to Ruby Vixen, her partner, co-producer and cohost, and to Oasis co-owner D’arcy Drollinger. “D’arcy has been super-support-

ive,” she said. “We’re grateful for the support. We’re trying to create a drag king culture. We’re trying to support up and coming drag kings of any stripe.” Dandy can usually be seen at Oasis on the second Sunday of every month at 7pm, though the schedule does change on occasion.t

Matt Alber performs at Feinstein’s at the Nikko, April 13 & 14 at 8pm. $19-$45 ($20 food/drink min.) Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Dandy at Oasis, 298 11th St. $20.00 reserved seating, $10 standing room, $200 champagne table. Next show: April 8.

Leigh Crow and Ruby Vixen sing a duet at a recent Dandy show at Oasis.

The cast of the March Dandy show at Oasis.


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March 29-April 4, 2018 • Bay Area Reporter • 25

Playmates and soul mates...

Arts Events March 29-April 5

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Thu 29

SF Gay Men’s Chorus @ Davies Symphony Hall

For full listings, visit

Thu 29 Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre Mar. 29: Play It As It Lays (6:30) and Mulholland Drive (8:30). March 30-April 1: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (animated) singalong (3:30, 7pm). April 2: Lady Bird (7pm) and The Virgin Suicides (8:45). April 3: The Shape of Water (7pm) and Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast (9pm). $11-$16. 429 Castro St.

Empowerment in Print: LGBTQ Activism, Pride & Lust @ GLBT History Museum New mini-exhibit of periodicals from the collection. Also, Angela Davis: OUTspoken, a new exhibit of art and ephemera about the historic lesbian activist and scholar, and Faces of the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930, part of the Queer Past Becomes Present main exhibit. $5. 4127 18th St.

SF Gay Men’s Chorus @ Davies Symphony Hall Bridges, a concert inspired by the chorus’ Lavender Pen Tour, includes guests Holly Near, and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel, Community and Youth choirs. $25-$125. 8pm. 201 Van Ness Ave.

Vietgone @ Strand Theater American Conservatory Theatre’s production of Qui Nguyen’s moving road trip comedy about three Vietnamese immigrants who trek across 1970s America. $25-$55. Tue-Sat 7pm or 7:30pm (some 2pm); Extended thru April 29. 1127 Market St.

Fri 30 How to be a White Man @ Buriel Clay Theatre Luna Malbroux’s “practical guide to getting privilege you don’t have, but are entitled to.” $20. Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Thru April 1. 762 Fulton St.

It’s Only a Play @ New Conservatory Theatre Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally’s 11th production at NCTC shares the story of a nervous playwright awaiting reviews at a cast party. $25-$50. Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm thru April 1. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

Latin Standards @ Brava Theater Center Marga Gomez’ hit show about her father’s show biz legacy returns. $25. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm. Thru April 1. 2781 24th St.

Sat 31

Mon 2

The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot @ New Village Café

Diffused Reflections @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

The Tenderloin Museum presents the world premiere of Collette LeGrande, Mark Nassar and Donna Persona’s stage story of the historic pre-Stonewall San Francisco uprising of Tenderloin drag queens, with a dozen performers. $60 (includes a ‘breakfast for dinner” meal). 1960s attire and drag encouraged. Thu-Sat 8pm. Extended thru May 5 (Fri & Sat only in April & May). 1426 Polk St.

Cult of the Machine @ de Young Museum Precisionism and American Art, featuring works by Charles Sheeler, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Charles Demuth and industrial objects of the era; thru Aug. 12. Also, Revelations: Art from the African American South (thru April 1) and amazing modern and historic art, including embroidery, Maori portraits and installations. Free/$15. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.

A Fatal Step @ The Marsh Jill Vice’s noir solo show, extended thru April 28. $20-$100. Thu 8pm, Sat 8:30pm. 1062 Valencia St.

Smoke + Mirrors @ Ravot Exhibit of glamorous nightlife photos of local drag queens by Gareth Gooch. Thru April 13. 115 Clement St.

Tommi Acicolli Mecca, John Radogno @ Bazaar Café The two local singer-composers perform original music and covers. 7pm-9:30pm. 5927 California St.

Sun 1 Diffused Reflections @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts 31st annual Solo Mujeres exhibit of new works, curated by Marissa Del Toro. Also, Guerrilleras, Victoria Montero and Rebecka Biro’s exhibit of El Salvador women who endured the Civil War. Both thru April 20. 2868 Mission St.

Open House @ Rainbow World Fund Enjoy drinks and hors d’eouvres with the organizers and volunteers of the humanitarian aide nonprofit, and learn about their trips. 3pm6pm. 4111 18th St. #5. http://www.

Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley Same-sex partner tango dancing, including lessons for newbies, food and drinks. $5-$10. 3:30pm6:30pm. 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley.

31st annual Solo Mujeres exhibit of new works, curated by Marissa Del Toro. Also, Guerrilleras, Victoria Montero and Rebecka Biro’s exhibit of El Salvador women who endured the Civil War. Both thru April 20. 2868 Mission St. www.

William Blake in Color @ William Blake Gallery Exhibit of classic plates in the new gallery of historic art by the 18th- and 19th-century poet and illustrator. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Sat 11am-5pm. 49 Geary St. #205.

Tue 3 t.w.five @ Museum of Craft & Design Installation of a lesbian couple’s “home” and an exploration of domestic life. Also, Tom Loeser’s Please Please Please, artistic unusual handmade chair sculptures. Both thru May 20. 2569 Third St.

Will Durst @ The Marsh The satirical comic returns with his politically-themed show, Durst Case Scenario. $20-$100. 8pm. Tuesdays thru May 29. 1062 Valencia St.

Wed 4 Diasporic Alchemy @ SOMArts Cultural Center New exhibit, Transforming Ancestral Traditions into Ritual Futurisms, curated by Louis Chinn and missTango, featuring shamanic and mythological subjects. Thru April 5. 934 Brannan St.

The Retrieval @ SFAC Gallery Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle’s solo exhibit of works visualizing the disappearance of Black women in California, and with traditional Nigerian Egungun costumes. Thru April 7 (closing reception, performance 5:30pm-7pm). 401 Van Ness Ave.

Thu 5 Spring Selections @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery Group exhibit of print and paintings honoring Women’s History Month, featuring works by Lalla Essaydi, Aida Muluneh, Nnenna Okore, Julia FullertonBatten, Wesaam Al-Badry, Blessing Ngobeni, Omar Victor Diop, Gordon Parks, Hendrik Kerstens, and Julian Opie. Thru May 12. 464 Sutter St.

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26 • Bay Area Reporter • March 29-April 4, 2018

Alex Clausen

Raw! Uncut! Video! Palm Drive documentary kickstarts at Mr. S

Palm Drive Video

Nick Romanov in Palm Drive Video’s Russian Bear (1987). Romanov is representative of the naturally masculine men that appeared in Palm Drive Video’s catalog.

by Race Bannon


new feature-length documentary titled Raw! Uncut! Video! is in the works on the famed adult video company, Palm Drive Video, a boutique gay porn studio created by well-known leatherman, Jack Fritscher, and his husband, Mark Hemry, that produced more than 150 films between 1985 and 1997. Palm Drive Video was an edgy porn studio that promoted kink as an integral form of safe sex at a time in our history when the AIDS epidemic was decimating the gay men’s community. Fritscher and Hemry felt that this gave gay men an outlet for their sexuality at a time when such alternatives were needed. This homegrown mail-order porn company produced fetish videos that focused on a wide range of men and scenes, from bears and cowboys to BDSM and assorted kink. The cast of the films were unique because the producers often hand-picked them from small town bars, rodeos, county fairgrounds, bodybuilding contests, construction sites, and back alleys. The films stand on their own not just as safe sex vehicles, but as a celebration of the kinkiest aspects of the naturally masculine men the studio gravitated toward. I’ve watched many of these films and consider them works of true erotic performance art as well as some of the sexiest kinky films I’ve seen. The directors of the documentary, Ryan White and Alex Clausen, want to use their access to the vast Fritscher-Hemry archive, intimate observational footage of Fritscher and Hemry, and interviews with experts on gay fetish to reconstruct an erotic underground of hot men and wild sex that contributed to greater sex-positivity. Producing this project are White and Clausen along with fellow Producers Todd Verow, Charles Lum, and Paul Lee. I attended the project’s kickoff and fundraising event held at Mr. S Leather on Friday, March 23, along

with a large crowd in attendance. The film’s trailer debuted, and they played a short clip from one of the studio’s more popular fetish films, Hazing in the Hay. Afterward, there was a question and answer session during which the documentary’s directors, and audience members, asked questions of Fritscher and Hemry. Some fascinating details came out during the Q&A about the founders’ creative process. They liked using natural guys and tended to shy away from the more polished porn actors some other studios embraced. They didn’t add music to their films, which was an artistic choice. Instead, they encouraged the action onscreen to stand alone as an experience between the viewer and the film, allowing the viewer to add their own optional separate soundtrack. Another aspect of Palm Drive Video films was that often the actors spoke directly to the viewer. Since many of the films were solo or extremely intimate performances, speaking directly to the viewer was a directorial device to better engage the viewer with the actor and create a heightened level of erotic, one-onone connection. Fritscher mentioned that a few of the actors in some films were straight. They could perform solo in the films, thereby giving them a platform to play out their exhibitionist proclivities in a fun, comfortable way for a gay male audience. During the fundraiser there were some hot interactive performances by Baloney performers, live fetish performances, and great musical ambiance was provided by John Fucking Cartwright (Lyddle Jean). Also, on sale were exclusive new tshirts by the butchdick collection. It all made for an informative and enjoyable evening. I asked Co-Director White why he wanted to make this film. “Alex and I are very interested in the ways that Palm Drive Video promoted fetish as a way for queer folks

Top: Ryan White (right) recently filming Donnie Russo (left) in New York City. Russo appeared in many Palm Drive Video films. Bottom: Curtis James in Palm Drive Video’s Redneck Cowboy Hellbent for Leather (1988).

to safely explore their sexuality during the height of the AIDS crisis,” said White. “On top of completely devastating gay communities, AIDS brought on so much fear and sexnegativity in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and many LGBTQ people were driven back into the ‘closet’. The government was primarily promoting abstinence to combat the epidemic,

but sexuality is such an important part of people’s lives that that was never going to be a valid solution. I think it’s amazing that the kink community stepped forward and said: ‘Hey, here are some other options that may be outside your box, but are really fun and sexy, and safe.’ It allowed folks to continue exploring themselves erotically at a really

Raw! Uncut! Video! documentary co-directors Alex Clausen and Ryan White, and the founders of Palm Drive Video, Jack Fritscher and Mark Hemry.

critical time, and ultimately I feel that it was a really important step in combating the disease.” Personal side note: during the fundraiser at Mr. S Leather a sexy, grungy, blue collar stud was walking around the event encouraging everyone to piss in the metal bucket he was carrying. At the end of the evening, the event producers auctioned off the opportunity to the highest bidder to pour the contents of the bucket on to the sexy stud. As it turns out, I won the auction and emptied the bucket on the hot man with a crowd watching and applauding. I love my life. On that note, check out the project’s website. This documentary will capture and celebrate an era in kinky gay male porn that needs to be seen and preserved. This is an interesting project in terms of funding. Most traditional documentary grant-givers or funding sources hear the phrase “gay fetish porn” and say, “Uh, I don’t think this is the right project for us.” So, the producers are looking towards community support to help finish the film. They’ve launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise critical post-production funds that they need to finish the project. The project has some great sponsors and each of the fundraising levels comes with perks to incentivize people to help make this film happen. If you’d like to donate toward the documentary’s completion, you can donate at projects/raw-uncut-video-gay. Also visit www.rawuncutvideo.comt

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n March 21, The Academy, the members salon and stylish intimate event space, hosted a reception to celebrate the first LGBTQ Rotary Club in the world (out of 35,000 existing clubs). The club is partnering with LYRIC, OpenHouse SF and Larkin Street Youth Services to continue providing assistance to at-risk LGBTQ youth. Notable guests included newly crowned Empress Pollo Del Mar and Emperor Leandro Gonzales, mayoral candidate Mark Leno, Honey Mahogany, Sister Roma, and even a few Star Wars stormtroopers. Women and men joined the new Rotary branch, and guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres as well as performances by opera singer Breanna Sinclairé, and Tom Reardon. The Academy, 2166 Market St. The Rotary: See plenty more photos on BARtab’s Facebook page, See more of Steven Underhill’s photos at

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Fri 30 Baloney @ Oasis The sexy funny male burlesque/dance show returns with new cast members and numbers. $27$50. 7pm. Also Mar. 31, April 1, 6, 7. 298 11th St.

Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite @ The Fillmore

The guitarist-singer share a concert night Connie Champagne @ Feinstein’s with the veteran harmonica player, and his band. $50. 9pm. Also Mar. 30. full listings, visit 1805 Geary St.


Thu 29 Katabatik Benefit @ The Stud Benefit for Peaches (Sam Maxwell), one of the severely injured Ghost Ship Fire victims. Donations. 8pm-2am. 399 9th St.

Queens Read Celebrity Autobiographies @ Martuni's Cruzin d'Loo, Mutha Chucka, Clammy Faye, Sister Abbi Abnormal, Menorah Manischewitz, and musical guest Scotty Idol take on tacky memoir excerpts "written" by celebrities; Jame J Siegel hosts. Proceeds benefit Radar Productions. 7pm. 4 Valencia St.

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550 The Country-Western line-dancing two-stepping dance event celebrates 18 years. Free-$5. 5pm-10:30pm. Also Sundays. 550 Barneveld Ave.

Big Boy @ Lone Star Saloon Beer, bears, big men and DJ BoyShapedBox. $5. 9pm-2am. 1354 Harrison St.

Connie Champagne @ Feinstein's at the Nikko The award-winning local singer performs as Judy Garland in a cabaret version of the musical film Easter Parade, with Scrumbly Koldywyn, William Giammona and Crystal Lui performing Irving Berlin classic songs, with Tammy Hall and Mike Greensil. $30-$55 ($20 food/drink min.). March 30 & 31, 8pm. April 1, 5pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Rachelle Ferrell @ Yoshi's Oakland The amazing jazz vocalist-composer perform three nights of concerts at the stylish restaurant-nightclub. $36. 8pm & 10pm. March 31, 7:30pm & 9:30pm. April 1 7pm & 9pm. 510 Embarcadero west, Oakland.

Rave Against the Machine @ SF Eagle Techno night with DJs Kelly Naughton, Major, Nark, with BAAAHS and RamSlam, plus BDSM demos. $5. 9pm-2am. 398 12th St. at Harrison.

Sexy Good Time Wrestle Show @ Oasis Hoodslam, the East Bay pro wrestling gang, invades the nightclub! Oh my. Get a ringside seat for all the action. $20. 10pm. 298 11th St.

Stereo Argento @ The Stud Mood music and creepy drag in a tribute to David Lynch, with Raya light, Mary Vice, Fauxnique, and a live set with Celeste XXX; DJs Smac and Topaz. $10. 10pm-2am. 399 9th St.

Sat 31 Daddy Issues @ The Stud DJs Taco Tuesday, Colin Bass and Kelly Naughton. $10. 9pm-3am 399 9th St.

Egg Decorationg Party @ Lone Star Saloon Easter egg fun with prizes or Best in Show, etc. 3pm-6pm. 1354 Harrison St.

Nutz @ Powerhouse Glamamore's gogo guy contest ($200 cash prize), Easter Egg fun, DJ Josh Cheon, and hostess "Bunny" Mahogany. $5. 9pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St.

Sneaks @ Club Six Carlos Souffront and Siobhan Aluvalot guest-DJ at the Polyglamorous dance night with a sneaker/jock fetish dress code (sneaks and jock gear mandatory!) $15-$25. 10pm-4am. 60 6th St.

Testosterone @ SF Eagle

Vice Tuesdays @ Q Bar

Black light underwear party, with clothes check, DJ Bobby Duron, and glowing fun. $7-$10. 9pm-2am. 398 12th St.

Queer femme and friends dance party with hip hop, Top 40 and throwbacks at the stylish intimate bar, with DJs Val G and Iris Triska. 9pm-2am. 456 Castro St.

Sun 1 Lip Service @ The Stud Easter Sunday show celebrates Aretha Franklin, with Ariel Rose, Raton Rose, Fauve Scheon and Mary Vice. $5. 10pm-2am. 399 9th St.

Open House @ Rainbow World Fund Enjoy drinks and hors d'eouvres with the organizers and volunteers of the humanitarian aide nonprofit, and learn about their trips. 3pm-6pm. 4111 18th St. #5.

Mon 2 Munro's at Midnight @ Midnight Sun Drag night with Mercedez Munro. No cover. 10pm. 4067 18th St. 861-4186.

Todrick Hall @ The Fillmore The sensational singer-choreographer brings his new theatrical music-dance show, American: The Forbidden Tour, to the historic concert hall. $30-$130. 7:30pm. 1805 Geary St.

Tue 3 I'm With Her @ Great American Music Hall The Grammy winning soloists (Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins, Aoife O'Donovan, Jonny Fritz), performing as a quartet, share unique harmonies and evocative songs. $31-$56 (with dinner). 8pm. 859 O'Farrell st.

Wed 4 B.P.M. @ Club BnB, Oakland Olga T and Shugga Shay's weekly queer women and men's R&B hip hop and soul night, at the club's new location. No cover. 8pm-2am. 2120 Broadway, Oakland.

Pan Dulce @ Beaux The hot weekly Latin dance night with drag divas and more, with Amaya Blac and Delilah Befierce, with gogo studs. $6. 9pm-2am (free before 10:30pm). 2344 Market St.

Thu 5 Bare Chest Calendar Prelims @ Powerhouse Cheer on contestants in the sexy calendar fundraiser. $5. 8pm-10pm. 1347 Folsom St.

Circle Jerk @ Nob Hill Theatre Rafael Alencar leads the interactive sex party downstairs at the famous strip club. $20. 9pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758.

Extra! Extra! @ The Stud VivvyAnne ForeverMore's new drag and game show, with a political edge. 10pm-2am. 399 9th St.

Steve Tyrell @ Feinstein's at the Nikko The talented Grammy-winning singer performs songs from his new CD, A Song for You. $67-$110. April 5, 6, 7 at 8pm. April 8 at 5pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. www.







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March 29 2018 Edition of the Bay Area Reporter  
March 29 2018 Edition of the Bay Area Reporter  

The undisputed newspaper of record for the San Francisco Bay Area LGBT community and the oldest continuously-published gay newspaper in the...