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Santa Clara hires trans manager by Heather Cassell

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Lesbian San Francisco Superior Court Judges Teresa Caffese, left, and Angela Bradstreet attended the BALIF gala last week.

Record number of LGBT judges on CA bench by Matthew S. Bajko


here were 53 LGBT judges serving on the California bench as of December 31 last year, according to the latest demographic data released by the state’s judicial council. Due to the appointment of several out judges to court vacancies in recent months by Governor Jerry Brown, there are at least 56 LGBT jurists now serving on the state’s appellate and trial courts. The number marks See page 12 >>

Farrell taps gay man to head DPA by Seth Hemmelgarn


an Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell has nominated a gay AfricanAmerican man to permanently lead the city’s Department of Police Accountability, which investigates complaints against Steven Underhill a police department Paul Henderson that’s been working to address bias against people of color and LGBTs. Paul Henderson, Farrell’s nominee, has been the DPA’s interim executive director since July 2017. The agency’s last permanent executive director, Joyce Hicks, left earlier last year amid reports of criticism from her staff. In a statement to the Bay Area Reporter Tuesday, Henderson, 50, said, “Leadership in law enforcement oversight benefits not only the individual complainant, but also the larger community, police, and even elected officials. I’ve spent almost my entire career in public service and remain committed to


he Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ Affairs announced this week that Anthony Ross will be the manager of its new transgender program. Ross, a queer transgender man, hopes to create programs to meet the needs of the trans community in Silicon Valley. “I feel very aware of how unique this opportunity is and I’m just incredibly grateful to be a part of it,” said Ross, 45. “I’m just super excited and can’t wait to get started.” Ross’ first day in the office will be March 26. “There’s a lot that the community needs,” said Ross, listing support for the transgender community and their families at all ages and levels of transition; support and training for service providers, teachers, and peers; and bicultural and bilingual materials about transgender people. As the transgender program manager, Ross will be responsible for not only creating and developing a countywide program for the transgender community, but also for determining the program’s objectives, developing and implementing policies, advising key county leaders from the Board of Supervisors to task forces, and liaising with public and private entities concerning the transgender community, according to his job description. Ross served as the program director for

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Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager, left, with Anthony Ross, the county’s new transgender program manager at the Office of LGBTQ Affairs.

Outlet, an LGBT youth program of Adolescent Counseling Services in Redwood City, for the past decade. Prior to being promoted to the position in 2008, he held a variety of jobs at the organization since 2003. “I’m excited to continue working with the community,” he said. “I’m actually excited to bring the skills I learned from Outlet and then to gain more now that I’ll be working with the whole community, not just the youth community.”

Departing Outlet for his new position at the county’s office dedicated to LGBTQ issues is a bittersweet moment, he told the Bay Area Reporter. “I’m thrilled. It’s bittersweet to leave Outlet because I just love the work there,” said Ross. “It’s been an amazing experience.” Philippe Rey, PsyD, executive director of Adolescent Counseling Services, praised Ross. “I feel happy and proud for him, even after See page 6 >>

Figures show PrEP usage lags by Liz Highleyman


hile PrEP usage has reached more than 75,000 people in the U.S., attendees at an annual conference were told the HIV prevention medication is still not reaching those who could benefit from it, including minority men who have sex with men. Figures released by AIDSVu in conjunction with the 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston show that the number of people taking PrEP in the U.S. reached more than 77,000 in 2016. However, PrEP is only reaching a small proportion of those who could benefit from it, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among the more than 1 million people who were potential candidates for PrEP in 2015, only 8 percent received it. And while African-Americans and Latinos make up about two-thirds of people who could benefit, they are much less likely than whites to be using PrEP. “This is a call to urgent action. We must end this inequity if we are to end the HIV epidemic for all Americans,” Dawn Smith of the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention said at the conference. “After six years, we’re nowhere near tapping the full potential of PrEP as a hugely powerful HIV prevention tool.”

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The Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) for HIV prevention in July 2012. Adoption was initially slow, but by late 2013 it began to rise steeply as gay men started promoting PrEP within their communities. However, it has been difficult to estimate the total number of people using PrEP because this information is not centrally collected. For the past several years Foster City-based

Gilead Sciences, the maker of Truvada, has reported PrEP estimates based on surveys of commercial pharmacies. At the International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science last summer, Gilead researchers reported that an estimated 120,000 people had ever started PrEP since 2012. Now, Gilead has teamed up with researchers at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health to make the latest PrEP numbers available via AIDSVu, an interactive online map of the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic. The new figures are based on data from more than 54,000 pharmacies, 1,500 hospitals, 800 outpatient facilities, and 80,000 physician practices across the country. It includes prescriptions paid for in cash or by private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, or patient assistance programs. It does not include PrEP obtained through demonstration projects, military health systems, or managed care providers like Kaiser Permanente that operate their own pharmacies. The data show that 77,120 people were using PrEP in 2016, up from 8,768 in 2012. This represents a 73 percent annual increase since 2012, or an overall increase of 877 percent over the entire four-year period. But the aggregate data hide some notable demographic and geographic disparities. “PrEP is a revolution in HIV prevention and

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SJ trans woman to stand trial in ex’s shooting by Seth Hemmelgarn

transgender San Jose woman accused of shooting her expartner in a Costco parking lot has been ordered to stand trial. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Peterson ruled Friday, March 2 as a preliminary hearing that there was sufficient evidence to hold Nori Tejero on a charge of assault with a firearm, along with enhancements of using a .357 Magnum revolver and inflicting great bodily injury on the victim, whose name the Bay Area Reporter isn’t publishing. San Jose police Officer Manual Rodriguez said that when he responded to the store, at 5301 Almaden Expressway, Tejero was in custody in the back of a patrol car, and the victim was inside the store, where he worked at the time of the July 5, 2017 incident. “She was calm,” but “she would cry slightly when she was giving me certain details,” said Rodriguez of Tejero, who was 44 at the time of the shooting. Tejero, who’d ended the relationship about five months before the shooting, told Rodriguez that she’d gone to Costco to try to get some belongings back from the victim after she’d tried repeatedly to contact him and he hadn’t responded. “She was intent on confronting him to find out why he was treating her so badly,” said Rodriguez. Tejero waited for her ex in the parking lot, and as he was walking out of the store, “she attempted to speak to him and he was not being nice to her.” The two started arguing, and Tejero pulled out a gun from the back of her shorts, Rodriguez testified. He said that as she put it, she initially aimed the gun “at his nuts,” but she “felt sorry for him” and instead shot him in his lower leg. The victim ran away from Tejero, who followed him for a few parking spaces but stopped and then put the gun in the truck she’d driven

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Nori Tejero

to the scene. (A friend of Tejero’s later contacted police to report that she’d stolen the gun, San Jose police Detective Liane McMahon testified Friday.) Rodriguez said that Tejero told him that during the last seven years of the relationship, which had gone on for 24 years, “she was being emotionally and verbally abused.” Tejero told Rodriguez that during a 2015 incident, her ex “had displayed a gun to her and told her ‘If you ever leave me, I will kill you.’” The officer also testified that Tejero had brought a gun to Costco because the victim “is known to have guns.” Rodriguez said that he didn’t speak with the victim that day. San Jose police Officer Jill Ferrante testified that she did speak to Tejero’s ex, who was in a chair with his leg up. “There was blood all over that area. ... He was bleeding quite a bit,” said Ferrante, who described the scene as “very, very chaotic.” She said she was only able to talk to Tejero’s ex for about 15 to 20 minutes before he was taken to a hospital, but he told her he hadn’t responded to Tejero because he’d been on vacation “with somebody else.” She told Deputy Public Defender Steven Otero that she hadn’t asked the victim, who’d been shot

in his left calf, whether he’d ever threatened Tejero, abused her, or sexually assaulted her. Bach Tran, another San Jose police officer, said that about three weeks after the shooting, Tejero’s ex, who had a “no contact” order against her, reported to police that Tejero had written him “an apology letter” from jail. Along with the assault with a deadly weapon charge, Peterson also held Tejero to answer on a misdemeanor charge of violating a protective order. Just before the hearing got underway, Tejero rejected a plea deal that would have resulted in her doing a maximum nine years in prison. Friday’s testimony closely matched what Tejero told the B.A.R. in a jailhouse interview several days after the shooting. During that interview, she said that she’d shot him mainly “to let him know he was not going to be the one to put a bullet in my head.” Tejero also told the paper, “He didn’t beat me, but there were many instances of rape and sexual assault,” and he was “very degrading” toward her. She didn’t want to discuss details of the rapes, and she said she didn’t tell police about them until after her arrest. Tejero is currently in custody on $200,000 bail. Her next court date is March 12 for arraignment and a bail motion. Several people were in court Friday to support Tejero, who used to work at San Jose’s Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center. Raj Jayadev, who’s with the criminal reform advocacy group Silicon Valley De-Bug, said outside the courtroom, “We remember Nori from her community work,” including her criminal justice efforts. “When a community member is being threatened with their liberty being stripped from them” by the criminal justice system, “we feel it’s important to show up and support that individual,” said Jayadev.t

Hearing provides details in Oakland family’s brutal deaths by Seth Hemmelgarn



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olice testifying at a hearing for a transgender woman accused of brutally murdering an Oakland family in 2016 described this week how she’d been at the family’s burning home wearing bloody clothes and reeking of gasoline. Dana Rivers, 63, who’s in custody in Santa Rita Jail, has been charged with three counts of murder in the deaths of Patricia A. Wright, Charlotte Kuulei Reed, and Benny Wright. All had gunshot wounds. At Rivers’ preliminary hearing Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court, neighbor Thai Ly, who lived across the street at the time of the November 11, 2016 killings, said he’d almost fallen asleep at about midnight when he was awakened by three to four gunshots. He looked out a window and saw a shirtless man walking in the street. “He was almost like a drunk man, just barely wobbling,” said Ly. “All of a sudden, he just collapsed.” The man was later identified as Benny Wright. Ly called 911, and responding Oakland police Officer Yusef Ghazi said that just after he arrived at the scene, he heard a “loud boom” come from inside the garage of 9413 Dunbar Drive. Seconds later, he saw Rivers walking

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out of the home’s front door, wearing a black motorcycle helmet, a black leather jacket and vest, blue jeans, and blue rubber gloves. Her gloves and jeans were covered “with what appeared to be blood,” said Ghazi. He said that Rivers told him that she was there to fix a gas leak on a friend’s motorcycle, and that the friend had closed the door behind her. (A motorcycle was in front of the house.) Video from Ghazi’s body-warn camera was played in court. Ghazi can be heard yelling at Rivers to put her hands up as she walks out of the

house taking off her helmet, then raising her hands in the air and talking to him. She then complied with his orders to lie on the ground, where she was placed in handcuffs. Rivers can be heard saying there’s a fire, and the video shows smoke coming from the garage door. Someone in the video said that Rivers had just told police she knew she was in trouble. When Ghazi and other police went inside the townhome to check for the two other people that Rivers had said were still inside, they found the bodies of Reed and Patricia Wright in an upstairs bedroom. They also found two guns in the home. Officer Sydney Kofford testified that she searched Rivers and found .38 caliber bullets, two knives, brass knuckles, a screwdriver with what she believed to be blood on the handle, keys, two cellphones, and cash. The bullets appeared to match one of the guns found inside the home. When she spoke with Rivers outside the home, Rivers indicated that the two people inside were dead. Kofford testified that when Rivers was taken to a hospital, where she got stitches for a cut on her finger, staff there had her shower before they would treat her because the smell of gasoline was so strong. The officer See page 13 >>


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he continual fighting between moderate and progressive supervisors hurts only residents. Dueling local measures on the June ballot pit funding for housing against child care – two important issues crucial to many families. The Housing for All initiative by Supervisors Ahsha Safai, Jeff Sheehy, and three others, as the San Francisco Chronicle reported, would increase the city’s gross receipts tax on commercial property owners, generating about $70 million a year for low- and middle-income housing. District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, who’s running for mayor, joined District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee and gathered enough voter signatures to get their initiative on the ballot, which would seek a bigger tax increase on commercial property and generate $146 million a year for child care subsidies. In effect, city leaders have created conflict where none existed, and now housing advocates find themselves competing against child care supporters. This is a false choice: families need housing before they can utilize child care subsidies. Elected officials have been promoting various housing plans for years, and now, when everyone agrees that more housing is needed, especially below-market-rate and affordable units, those plans are being threatened by Kim’s child care proposal. Child care is the centerpiece of Kim’s mayoral campaign and supporting a ballot measure gives her an additional platform. Initiative races aren’t subject to the same campaign spending limits. So, while Kim’s supporters can only give a maximum of $500 individually to her mayoral campaign, they can contribute unlimited amounts to the ballot measure campaign, which of course will prominently feature Kim (and Yee) in its materials. When Kim ran for state Senate against Scott Wiener she championed free tuition for City College. While that ballot measure passed, Kim fell short in her bid for higher office.

Of course, Sheehy will be able to do the same with the housing measure. Competing interests like these impede city leaders from completing housing projects. Just when we thought there was enough support on the board to fund housing initiatives, Kim and Yee throw a curveball. Kim, who has demonstrated her ability to get developers to increase the number of affordable units in their projects, is now in the strange position of opposing a housing measure. Because the initiatives rely on the same revenue source, only one can succeed. Veteran gay rights activist Cleve Jones took to Facebook the other day to bemoan the situation. “The folks who run the show at San Francisco City Hall are forcing SF voters to choose between housing and childcare,” he wrote, adding that both are needed. He went on to add, “This shit is cynical, manipulative ‘liberalism’ at its worst.” Who knows? Maybe both initiatives will fail. If that’s the case, voters can look ahead to more squabbling and housing project delays.

Santa Clara should ban gun shows

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors endorsed the concept of banning gun shows at the county fairgrounds put forward by gay Supervisor Ken Yeager. County staff and


the county counsel will now look at existing state law and craft some options for the board, which could vote on a proposal as soon as next month. This is not the first time the county has sought to ban gun shows at the fairgrounds. But the last effort in the 1990s was overturned by the courts because it did not include all county property. Yeager looks to avoid those pitfalls. “Even though guns are banned from county buildings, they’re not banned from all county property like parking lots, parks and the fairgrounds,” Yeager told KGO. Yeager is looking at possibly carving out an exception for a county park that has a gun range, but his main goal is forbidding gun shows, not infringing on people’s Second Amendment rights. The February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, prompted Yeager’s action. But in a news release he also reminded people that Santa Clara County came close to having its own mass shooting in 2001 at De Anza College, when a young man was arrested after a photo clerk alerted authorities to his cache of bombs and guns. “We can’t eliminate the threat of mass shootings, but we have a responsibility to do everything we can to reduce the risk of them,” he said in a news release. The Santa Clara County Fairgrounds currently hosts two gun shows a year, which bring in about $12,000 to the county. In South San Francisco, the state-owned Cow Palace will host a gun show in April. State lawmakers, including gay former state senator and mayoral candidate Mark Leno, tried unsuccessfully for years to pass legislation to ban gun shows there. Our Resist columnist, Christina A. DiEdoardo, has some ideas for putting pressure on Cow Palace officials in her piece this week. We support the Second Amendment, but see no reason for non-military personnel to have access to assaultstyle weapons. We also don’t think that county- or state-owned buildings should be used for selling guns. The amount of money generated does not justify the death toll from mass shootings and other senseless acts of gun violence. Gun shows should not be held on public property. t

Coming out against underage LGBTQI tobacco sales by April Roeseler


n less than two years, California’s Tobacco 21, or “T21,” law has proved to be a powerful weapon in the war on illegal tobacco sales to underage youth. Signed into law by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2016, Tobacco 21 prohibits tobacco retailers from selling tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under 21. Research now shows that illegal tobacco sales to underage youth have dropped almost in half, down to 5.7 percent in 2017 from 10.3 percent in 2016. This news is a welcome breath of fresh air to the California Department of Public Health. The department had just 45 days to enact a massive outreach campaign, and now more than 98 percent of tobacco retail store owners, managers, and clerks are aware of the T21 law. Happily, the majority of them support it. Conversely, it’s disappointing to note it’s the “tobacco only” stores that still have the highest rate of illegal tobacco sales to minors. California was the second state in the nation, after Hawaii, to enact such a statewide law and since then a handful more have followed suit. Stopping the illegal sale of tobacco products and ecigarettes to underage youth is, indeed, a national issue but it’s not without opposition. Tobacco companies constantly bombard teens with thick-assmoke persuasive advertising. The flashy tobacco marketing tools used by Big Tobacco infer smoking is a way for teens to fit into social groups and feel “normal” in an often chaotic time of life. One underage community specifically being targeted by Big Tobacco is LGBTQI youth.

California’s Tobacco 21 law has resulted in fewer underage youth purchasing cigarettes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high rates of tobacco use among LGBTQI youth is due in part to the aggressive marketing by tobacco companies that sponsor events, bar promotions, giveaways, and advertisements. Using the guise of community support, tobacco companies financially support gay Pride festivals and other LGBTQI community events and contribute to local and national LGBTQI and HIV/AIDS organizations. Evidence indicates LGBTQI adolescents are especially susceptible to tobacco use. According to LGBT Healthlink, tobacco use is the most serious, yet, preventable health crisis facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in their teens and 20s.

Approximately 40 percent of LGBTQI high school students actively use at least one type of tobacco product, a rate that’s 33 percent higher than among heterosexual students. LGBTQI youth are also twice as likely to be daily smokers and they have higher rates of tobacco-related health issues throughout their lifetime. The Tobacco 21 law can’t make the insistent Big Tobacco marketing any less appealing, but it does make it much harder for young people to get their hands on tobacco products. The age limit reduces peer-to-peer access to products because teens under 18 are less likely to socialize with 21-year-olds than with 18-year-olds. California’s T21 law is a crucial step toward eradicating illegal tobacco product sales to underage youth. However, tobacco use of any kind is a formidable foe that isn’t wafting away any time soon. The health risks of smoking cannot be overstated, yet despite having one of the lowest percent of smokers in the nation, 3.2 million Californians continue to smoke cigarettes. Most smokers want to quit, and about 60 percent of smokers try to quit each year, but the rate of quitting attempts has not increased much in decades. Many smokers try to quit without any help, which means that they are not using evidence-based treatments, such as cessation counseling and nicotine replacement therapy. For anyone of any age wanting to quit smoking, CDPH recommends visiting the California Tobacco Control Program website, or visit the Helpline at April Roeseler, BSN, MSPH, is chief of the California Tobacco Control Program at the California Department of Public Health.



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Leno secures LGBT backing in SF mayor’s race by Matthew S. Bajko


n his bid to become San Francisco’s first gay mayor, Mark Leno has picked up the support of two groups aimed at electing LGBT people to office, as well as two out former Democratic speakers of the state Assembly. Both the nationally focused Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and Equality California, the statewide LGBT advocacy organization, are set to announce Thursday endorsements of Leno’s mayoral campaign. Meanwhile, Leno’s campaign will announce Thursday he has received the support of gay former Los Angeles Assemblyman John A. Perez and lesbian former San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, who both served as speaker of the state Legislature’s lower chamber. Perez is now vice chair of the UC Board of Regents, while Atkins is set to become the first woman and first out speaker pro tem of the state Senate later this month. A former San Diego city councilwoman, Atkins served as interim mayor in 2005. As a former assemblyman and senator, Leno served with both Perez and Atkins in the Statehouse. In a phone interview Tuesday with the Bay Area Reporter, Leno said he was grateful for having their support. “They have great and far-reaching respect and admiration for their leadership and accomplishments,” said Leno. In a statement, Perez noted the historical significance of Leno’s bid for mayor. “I’m incredibly proud to support Mark, who has dedicated his life to fighting not only for LGBTQ people but for all those without a voice,” stated Perez. “Whether it was reforming our broken criminal justice system, or lifting up workers by passing the $15 minimum wage bill, Mark has always stood up for justice and equity for all people. I know he will bring that same dedication to serving the people of San Francisco as mayor.” Leno also thanked the Victory Fund and EQCA for their support. The group’s endorsements mean both will be encouraging their members to donate to Leno’s campaign. “It certainly reflects upon my legislative accomplishments over the past 18 years, including many legislative firsts and being a part of the efforts to lead California to have the most legal protections for our community,” said Leno, who championed same-sex marriage and pushed for transgender rights, in particular, while in Sacramento. In a statement released by Leno’s campaign, EQCA Executive Director Rick Zbur stated, “San Franciscans are looking for a mayor who can unite the city behind a bold vision for the future – one in which everyone has a shot at success. They’re looking for a fighter who won’t back down to City Hall lobbyists, special interests or even the president of the United States. They’re looking for Mark Leno.” Leno is one of eight candidates running in the special mayoral election on the June 5 primary ballot to serve out the remainder of the term of the late mayor Ed Lee, who died unexpectedly in

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December. Whoever wins will serve through January 8, 2020 and will need to run for a full four-year term on the November 2019 ballot. The other leading candidates in the race are District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, District 5 Supervisor and board President London Breed, and former supervisor Angela Alioto, a lawyer who twice before has run for mayor. Also in the race are Republican Richie Greenberg; queer pro-affordable housing development advocate Amy Farah Weiss; social worker Ellen Lee Zhou; and massage therapist Michelle Bravo. This week a judge ruled that Breed could not include “acting mayor” on her ballot designation after Leno filed suit in state court. Due to her being board president, Breed automatically became acting mayor upon Lee’s death. A majority of her board colleagues in late January, however, voted to make former District 2 supervisor Mark Farrell mayor until the winner of the June election is declared. On Monday Leno’s campaign claimed Breed had “folded under increasing legal pressure” in agreeing to change how her job title appears on the ballot. But in a Facebook post Tuesday, Breed accused Leno of “misleading” voters about the issue, writing that the two campaigns had been working together on a mutually agreed upon change to her ballot designation. Because of the timing of when the board voted, Breed said only a judge could make the change. “As I have said repeatedly, I am fine with changing my ballot title to ‘President, Board of Supervisors,’ and was willing to work in good faith with my opponent to do so, out of court,” wrote Breed.

EQCA doesn’t rule out PAC support

Leno has also been attacking Breed over the formation of a political action committee that is supporting her campaign and includes a number of local lesbian leaders behind it. On her campaign website Breed has pledged not to “solicit, accept, encourage or coordinate with any independent expenditure effort” and that she “will denounce any campaigns, independent or otherwise, that attack any candidates in this race.” As for Leno, he has repeatedly pledged to “denounce, renounce

and reject” any super PAC funding on his behalf in the race. That would include by EQCA, which has its own PAC and spent heavily in the 2016 race between gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Kim. Leno told the B.A.R. that he expects EQCA not to fund a similar independent expenditure effort in the mayor’s race. Asked if it would abide by Leno’s request, EQCA spokesman Samuel Garrett-Pate told the B.A.R. that the organization “is currently exploring all our options for communicating with our members about supporting his historic candidacy.” As for the Victory Fund, because it is a membership organization with a specific mission, Leno will accept donations from its members to his mayoral campaign account up to the allowable limit of $500. Leno had already received support from a number of out elected leaders from around the state, including gay state Senators Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Garden), gay Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager, and gay El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto. The city’s more progressive Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club did an unranked dual endorsement of Leno and Kim in the race. Among the LGBT leaders backing Kim are gay former supervisors Harry Britt and Tom Ammiano, who also served in the state Assembly. As for the more moderate Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, its PAC voted down a suggestion it suspend its bylaws to do an unranked dual endorsement of both Leno and Breed. Its members will now vote Monday, March 12, on a ranked endorsement in the race. Leno told the B.A.R. he is working to secure the club’s first choice endorsement. Under the city’s instant voter runoff system, voters can rank up to three mayoral candidates on their ballot. As the candidates with the least votes are eliminated, their voters’ second and third place votes are tabulated until a candidate secures 50 percent plus one of the vote to be declared the winner.t Web Extra: For more queer political news, be sure to check http:// Monday mornings at noon for Political Notes, the notebook’s online companion. This week’s column reported on a lesbian candidate running for a southern California state Senate seat ending her bid. Keep abreast of the latest LGBT political news by following the Political Notebook on Twitter @ Got a tip on LGBT politics? Call Matthew S. Bajko at (415) 8298836 or e-mail

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the landlord hold the security deposit for the benefit of the tenant. Within a reasonable time after notification of either party’s inTrans manager tention From to terminate pagethe 1 tenancy, or before the end of the lease term, the landlord shall notify the tenant in writing of his or her oplosing him after working 15 years tion to request an initial inspection and of Outlet,” Rey,atpointing hisat or her right to said be present the inspec- out that Ross towas strategist tion. Pursuant law,aatkeen a reasonable time,and butpartner no earlierworking than two weeks before the at Outlet. “Most termination or theheend of lease date,the thecomimportant, cares about landlord, or anand agentthe of thepopulations landlord, shall, he munity upon the request of the tenant, make an iniserves. He is so dedicated. tial inspection of the premises prior to any “It’s a huge gain for Santa final inspection the landlord makes afterClara the


County’s LGBTQ community,” he added. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to create the LGBTQ affairs office in June 2015 at the urging of gay Supervisor Ken Yeager. Last year the board designated $1 million for LGBT programs for


to twice the amount of the security, in addifollowing the initial inspection until termition to actual damages. nation of the tenancy to remedy identified Fiscal Year 2017-2018. dedication and contributions to In short, the landlord should return the deficiencies. security deposit charged and,he since Yeager soughtdays theafter funding No later thanhad 21 calendar the al-excessthe community. I know will be a deniedasset an inspection, all the tenant has vacated the premises the money landlocation, which included tohe/shegreat to the Offi ceremainof LGBTQ deposit. I suggest that you prolord shall the tenant,among by personal de- ser-ing security hire furnish Ross’ position, other Affairs.” livery or by first-class mail, postage prepaid, vide this article to the landlord with a vices. county is theindicating second localrequest forMaribel Martinez, director a full refund. If that does not of the a copy of anThe itemized statement government inof, theany nation, ce of Affairs,a could suggest thatLGBTQ you find yourself good not the basis for, and theentity amount secu- afterwork, IOffi San Francisco, to have ofantheemployee be reached by press time.of trial lawyer with expertise in matters rity received and the disposition security,focused and shallexclusively return any remaining on the transgen-landlord tenant Ross law. holds bachelor’s and masportion the security toand the its tenant. Along derofcommunity issues. ter’s degrees in health education Christopher B. Dolan is owner of the with the itemized statement, the landlord Ross’ salary is $95,854. from State University of New York Dolan Law Firm. Email questions to help@ shall also include copies of documents a program manager College at Cortland. The former showing“Having charges incurred and deducted by

focused on the unique needs of the transgender community fills a much-needed gap in expertise for our county,” Yeager said in a March 7 news release announcing Ross’ hire. “I am thrilled that we have such a qualified individual filling this role. I have long admired Anthony’s

East Coaster moved to California 16 years ago for its LGBTQ community and beaches. “I wanted to move to a cool gay beach town, so I moved to Santa Cruz,” said Ross, who lives there with his two dogs, Tony and Emma. “I love it here. I love the beach.” t

those in the West, South, or Midwest. African-Americans Although more than half of new have higher PrEP need HIV diagnoses in 2016 occurred in It is widely acknowledged that the South, this region was home to African-Americans have the highhas the potential to dramatically just 30 percent of PrEP users. est HIV incidence and lowest PrEP reduce new HIV infections; howevAfter adjusting for population size, usage rates, but this is harder to er, significant disparities in the use New York, Massachusetts, Rhode quantify because prescription data of PrEP exist across the country,” Island, Washington, and Illinois had often don’t include information on said AIDSVu principal scientist the highest rates of PrEP use. AIDSrace or ethnicity. Patrick Sullivan. “Expanding acVu does not break down that data by At CROI, Smith presented results cess to PrEP is a core component of city, so it doesn’t show the contribufrom a new CDC analysis of PrEP Getting to Zero campaigns in cities tion of cities like San Francisco with use and need by race/ethnicity. and states across the country and is large numbers of PrEP users. The new state-level estimates one of four key focus areas in the “The AIDSVu maps provide us suggest that 1.45 million AmeriNational HIV/AIDS Strategy.” with a clear visual that confirms cans were at substantial risk for Men accounted for 93 percent with data many things we already HIV and eligible for PrEP in of PrEP users in 2016. Although COME for JOIN A 19 CLOSE-KNIT UNITED A PASSION TO: 90,000 PrEP knewCOMMUNITY and suspected,” HIV preven- BY 2015. But only about women account about pertion advocate Damon Jacobs told prescriptions were filled between cent of all• new HIV diagnoses serve the underserved • gain inter-professional expertise the Bay Area Reporter. “We are startSeptember 2015 and August 2016, nationwide, they made up only 7 • thrive in integrated behavioral • pursue social through ing to see new infections decline in justice meeting just 8 percent of the need. percent of PrEP users. About twohealth settings community health some communities that have strong Approximately 500,000 Africanthirds of PrEP users are in the 25-toPrEP uptake, and I hope that in the Americans and nearly 300,000 La44 age range, a group that accounts LEARN MORE: | QUESTIONS: (415) 422-2806 or near future we will focus our attentinos nationwide could potentially for just over half of diagnoses. tion and resources in areas where People in the Northeast were CHANGE THE WORLD FROM HERE See page 8 >> there are clear disparities.” around twice as likely to use PrEP as


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s defense attorneys and prosecutors scramble to develop alternatives to money bail for criminal defendants following a state appeals court decision, the local Ducal Court, a drag fundraising group, will hold mock bail hearings next weekend for 10 community members who will be “arrested.” Called “Ducal Jail for Bail,” the purpose of the March 17 event is to raise funds for local nonprofits. Organized by the Grand Ducal Council of San Francisco, the council’s Olivia Hart, also known as Franklin Geib, will host. “We’re setting up a table and blocking it off to call it a jail,” Hart told the Bay Area Reporter. “The ‘defendants’ will be in an enclosed area of Jane Warner Plaza. The

defendants will be asked to call friends, family, and co-workers so they can ‘make bail’ and be released.” Each person will have a set amount of bail money they need to raise. “We will not be nasty if they don’t make bail,” Hart noted. “They will all be released.” The funds raised will benefit Larkin Street Youth Services, Castro Country Club, Raphael House, Pets Are Wonderful Support, and the Success Center. Participating community members scheduled to take part include Katie Conry, Khalil Riley, Beth Bicoastal, Brian Basinger, Just Jeff, Terry Beswick, Shaun Haines, the Reverend Diana Wheeler, the Reverend Lyle Beckman, Grand Duke Madd-Dogg, and Grand Duchess Miss Shugana. Collette Le Grande, aka Robert Hill, who served as Grand Duchess 17

and 33, is one of two celebrity judges. Landa Lakes, aka Jay Miko Thomas, who served as Grand Duchess 36, is the other celebrity judge. Hart noted that Ducal Jail for Bail was in keeping with the charity court’s mission statement of raising funds for worthy causes. “For 45 years we’ve been raising money one dollar at a time,” she said. “We mainly give to organizations not getting funding from the government. Cancer, AIDS, alcoholism, even the puppies, even animal shelters.” Hart said that she was not aware of the latest developments in the bail reform movement, which was reported in the B.A.R. and other outlets. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra recently decided his office would not appeal a court ruling that judges should consider defendants’ ability to pay and alternatives

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Franklin Geib will be emceeing Ducal Jail for Bail as Olivia Hart, his drag persona.

to monetary bail. His decision was hailed by bail reform advocates. Hart said that she got the idea for

the mock bail fundraiser from the Leukemia Foundation. “I was ‘arrested’ and called friends to raise bail – I raised around $300-$400, I can’t recall the exact amount,” Hart said. Hart said she would look into the bail reform movement, adding that it sounds to her like a good thing. She pointed out that Ducal Jail for Bail was not meant to denigrate the bail reform movement. “It’s all in good fun,” she said. “It’s all to raise funds for the important causes of San Francisco. Perhaps next year I’ll think about naming it differently.”t Ducal Jail for Bail takes place March 17, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Jane Warner Plaza, at Market and Castro streets.

Studies: Lesbian couples earn less; more likely to break up by Alex Madison


ey findings of two studies, each the first of its kind, found that lesbian couples earn about 68 percent of what gay male couples make and gay male couples are the least likely to break up among lesbian and heterosexual couples. A new Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center report studies marriage patterns after the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in 2015, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. The report claims .48 percent of all joint filers were same-sex couples, about 250,450 in 2015. Adam Looney, a fellow with


Urban-Brookings who worked on the report, said this is the first time a study has recorded the major changes after the Supreme Court’s ruling, including the number of same-sex filers. “There is very little information as to how the Supreme Court’s ruling affected the filing or number of same-sex marriages,” he said. “Our goals were in the midst of this social change to provide documentation of people who were affected by the changes and the characteristics of same-sex people and where they live.” Looney said although the findings were thought to be true for a long time by many people, the

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report provides researched documentation. He found the most striking findings to be the geographic concentration of samesex married couples in metropolitan areas and the income gap of lesbian couples compared to gay male couples. When comparing the incomes of all joint filers nationwide between the ages of 25 and 55 in 2015, females in same-sex relationships earned about 68 percent of what male-male couples earned. That’s roughly 10 percentage points less than the widely cited “wage gap” that women earn on average, $0.78 for every $1 men earn. As well, household income for male samesex couples was, on average, higher than household incomes of different-sex couples. Other key findings found the highest portion of same-sex filers live in states that had legalized same-sex marriage prior to 2013, in coastal states, and in certain metropolitan areas. To read the tax study, go to http:// full.



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benefit from PrEP, but only 7,000 prescriptions were known to have been filled for blacks and 7,600 for Latinos during this period. That is, just 1 percent of eligible blacks and about 3 percent of Latinos were using PrEP. There was a smaller but still considerable gap between the 300,000 white people who could



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improving the lives of our citizens with an effort to increase inclusion and justice. I want to make sure that there are no barriers to any community or person exercising their civic duties or their rights as they relate to law enforcement.” He added that he’d like to see cooperation among community groups and law enforcement. “As a native San Franciscan, I want to see a greater collaboration with, and inclusion of, community stakeholders; to improve training, policies, and practices to reduce the use of force; and to encourage stronger mechanisms for transparency and accountability,” Henderson stated. “My vision is a model for other cities and states to follow that defines San Francisco as a city where no community has

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Breakup study

Another study, conducted by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, compared relationship breakups among same-sex and heterosexual couples over a 12-year period in Vermont, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2009, the fourth state to do so. It found women in same-sex relationships were twice as likely as male, same-sex couples and 1.5 times as likely as straight couples to end their relationships.

“Other studies on heterosexual couples have found that women have higher standards for relationship quality than men,” study author Esther Rothblum, a professor of women’s studies at San Diego State University and visiting scholar at the Williams Institute, said in a statement. “We suspect that similar dynamics may be at play with the lesbian couples in our study, leading to the higher dissolution rate. At the same time, we found that older couples were less likely to break up, and having children had no impact on the break-up rates.” This is the first time a study has compared relationship breakups among same-sex and heterosexual couples over a 12-year period in the same geographic area. Another author of the study, Kimberly Balsam, a clinical psychologist and psychology professor at Palo Alto University, said the study was important because it “is crucial in combating stereotypes about same-sex couples and can inform policy and program development to support healthy relationships for all couples.” The Williams Institute report was published in Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. t

potentially benefit from PrEP and the 42,000 – or 14 percent – who received prescriptions. Looking at gay and bisexual men, who account for a large majority of new HIV diagnoses, about 814,000 were eligible for PrEP, of whom 38 percent were black, 29 percent were white, and 27 percent were Latino. In addition, about 258,000 heterosexuals – two-thirds of them women – and 73,000 people who inject

drugs were eligible for PrEP. “One of our most powerful tools for HIV prevention remains largely on pharmacy shelves,” Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, said in a CDC news release. “PrEP can be a potent prescription that strengthens prevention options for people who are at high risk for HIV infection.” t

to fear law enforcement and where arrest and use of force by law enforcement agencies are a last resort, not first options.” Prior to his post at the DPA, Henderson served as deputy chief of staff and public safety liaison for former mayor Ed Lee, who died in December. In 2016 he ran unsuccessfully for Superior Court judge. He previously served as chief of administration for then-District Attorney Kamala Harris, who’s now California’s junior U.S. senator. In that job, he served in “the highest position ever held by an AfricanAmerican or LGBT male in the history of the office,” according to his bio. Henderson has more than a decade of experience as a prosecutor, handling cases ranging from nonviolent misdemeanors to homicide. Farrell, who is serving as mayor until the winner of the special June 5 mayor’s race is declared, received Henderson’s name from

the Police Commission as its pick to head the DPA. The mayor submitted an appointment letter Monday to Board of Supervisors Clerk Angela Calvillo, who will prepare a motion and refer Henderson’s nomination to the chair of the board’s Rules Committee. The chair, Supervisor Ahsha Safai, will schedule a committee hearing within 30 days. That panel may then recommend Henderson to the full Board of Supervisors. If the board doesn’t take up the appointment within 30 days, it will be deemed approved. In his letter to Calvillo, Farrell wrote, “I am confident that Mr. Henderson will serve our community well.” Safai didn’t respond to an email Tuesday asking whether he’d support Henderson. Henderson’s salary will be $226,000. t


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Queer women and allies pack tech confab

by Sari Staver


hen there are long lines of women waiting to get into bars in the Castro at 10 on a Friday morning, it can only mean one thing: the Lesbians Who Tech Summit is back in town. Beginning March 1 and continuing through March 3, more than 5,000 queer women descended upon the neighborhood where the nation’s largest LGBTQ technology community held its fifth annual gathering at the Castro Theatre. With over 35,000 members and chapters in more than 40 cities worldwide, the annual gathering featured dozens of lesbian technologists offering tips about getting ahead in the male-dominated tech field, as well as some well-known

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Lesbians Who Tech welcomed thousands of queer women and their allies to its fifth annual conference in the Castro last week.

women allies who offered their perspective on the tech world.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed, a 43-year-old African American woman who is running for mayor, described her childhood in public housing in the Western Addition. Raised by her grandmother, who came from a family of sharecroppers, Breed said family and teachers “believed in me.” “Nobody succeeds on their own,” she said, noting that tech industry leaders often mentor younger colleagues. “As business women and public servants, we’re all in this together.” Despite progress, women still typically have to “climb and claw” their way through a glass ceiling, while hoping that the next generation of girls can “achieve their professional dreams” more easily, Breed said. In San Francisco, said Breed, the

rapidly growing tech industry has kept the city’s unemployment rate below 3 percent. Still, she said, “a large number of women” are either pushed out or left out of the economic success shared by so many others. Three-fourths of the tech jobs are filled by men and only 5 percent by people who are AfricanAmerican or Latino, she said. The “world-class companies” created in San Francisco “can’t be considered successful” if minorities are excluded, Breed said, adding that city leaders must “challenge” the tech industry to do better with the hiring and promotion of minority and LGBT people. Breed said that “first and foremost” the city must provide “affordable places” for people to live. Between 2010 and 2015, eight jobs

were created for every new home built, she said. Breed pledged to implement policies that would provide 5,000 new homes annually and make San Francisco a city “where nobody is forced to live on the streets,” she said. She is pushing for additional expenditures for mental health and substance abuse treatment as well as safe injection sites, she said. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, told the audience that many people in the country “feel that technology is hurting our country.” In a conversation with lesbian Recode executive editor Kara Swisher, Sandberg said that not only do people feel they may be “left behind” if See page 12 >>

HIV confab focuses on implementation

by Liz Highleyman


he annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, taking place this week in Boston, was short on breaking news about HIV treatment and prevention, instead focusing on how to ensure access to existing effective therapies for everyone who needs them. The more than 4,000 conference attendees heard about the ongoing scaleup of HIV treatment in low-income countries, as well as efforts to reach heavily affected populations such as gay men of color, people who inject drugs, and transgender women worldwide. “Even in a single country, we’re really looking at micro-epidemics,” said

CROI vice chair Dr. Sharon his administration, funding Hiller from the University of cuts for the National InstiPittsburgh. “Even in wealthy tute for Allergy and Infeccountries with – at least on tious Diseases and global paper – the best financed AIDS programs, and a health systems, many people proposed “conscience” rule are still not being served well that would allow health care because they don’t have acproviders to discriminate cess to care, lack insurance, against patients – includor face other structural ing LGBT people and those Liz Highleyman barriers that contribute Dr. Susan living with HIV – based on to the continuation of the Buchbinder their religious beliefs. epidemic.” “President Trump’s On the last day of the misguided budget promeeting more than 200 HIV researchposal, and his administration’s aters and clinicians released an open tempts to scale up policies in defiance letter to President Donald Trump of evidence, will only undermine the denouncing the “deterioration of global AIDS response and should evidence-based policymaking” under be stopped,” wrote the signatories,

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including Dr. Diane Havlir, chief of HIV/AIDS at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Several studies presented at the meeting looked at new prevention and treatment options, including broadly neutralizing antibodies, vaginal rings for HIV prevention, and MK-8591, a long-acting nucleoside analog being tested for both treatment and PrEP. During the conference the Food and Drug Administration approved ibalizumab (to be marketed as Trogarzo) for salvage treatment of people with highly resistant HIV. The first approved biological therapy for HIV, the monoclonal antibody will be priced at around $118,000 annually, far exceeding the cost of existing HIV

therapies, according to members of the Fair Pricing Coalition.

Evolution of the epidemic

This was the 25th anniversary of CROI, and experts reflected on the evolution of HIV care and treatment since the early 1990s. “The early days of HIV were a difficult time, but you start by doing what’s necessary, then you do what’s possible, and one day you find yourself doing the impossible,” conference chair Dr. Judith Currier from UCLA said at the opening session. Dr. Carlos del Rio of Emory University gave an overview of the evolving U.S. epidemic, noting that half of black gay See page 13 >>

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LGBT chambers to talk policy at SF summit

by Matthew S. Bajko

annually rotates its summit between its LGBT chamber members. Seattle hosted the gathering in 2017, and it is expected that the LGBT chambers in Los Angeles and Long Beach will team up to co-host the 2019 summit. This year’s summit theme is “Welcome Home.” “It is because GGBA is the very first LGBT chamber of commerce ever to be formed. It is 44 years old now,” Ackerman explained about the reason for picking the theme. The summit kicks off Thursday night with a reception for attendees and GGBA members inside San Francisco City Hall. The special guest is Alex Orfinger, executive vice president of the American Business Journals, which publishes 40 business journals across the country. The daylong gathering next Friday at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco begins at 8:30 a.m. with the lunch taking place at noon. Tickets to attend cost $125. To learn more about the summit and to register online, visit https://


part from business concerns like creating better access for LGBTowned firms to government contracts, social issues like housing and homelessness will also be front and center when LGBT business leaders from around western North America gather in San Francisco next week. The Western Business Alliance LGBT Economic Summit & Conference will take place in the city March 15 and 16. Hosted by the Golden Gate Business Association, the world’s oldest LGBT chamber of commerce, it will gather together members from 22 LGBT business groups in the western U.S. and Canada. Topics one would expect to hear discussed at such an event, from assisting LGBT millennial entrepreneurs to removing barriers to transgender economic development, are on the agenda. But one breakout topic this year will focus on how to take a regional approach to addressing LGBT homeless issues and solutions. “It is something not only San Francisco but Seattle and other cities in our region are working to figure out how to address,” said GGBA President Dawn R. Ackerman, who is president of OutSmart Office Solutions Inc. Noting that 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT, Ackerman said the issue is critically important to the LGBT business community. Members in the various chambers are all interested, she said, in how, as business owners, they can help reduce the numbers of LGBT individuals living on the streets or at-risk of homelessness. “We know a lot of these youth come to the West Coast to get away from places where they are not welcome or are discriminated against,” she said. “How do we give them a leg up and get started when they arrive to our cities?” Speaking to the Bay Area Reporter by phone late last month from Bordeaux, France, while sipping a glass of the region’s famous Sauternes wine during a trip part business and part vacation, Ackerman said she was excited to return home in time to welcome the expected 200 LGBT business leaders from other chambers to the summit. “It is going to be amazing. We have been working on this for months,” she said.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, met Golden Gate Business Association President Dawn R. Ackerman when he visited San Francisco last month.

Attendees are coming from as far as Dallas, Texas and Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as from several chambers “East of the Rockies,” such as the GGBA’s sister chamber in Atlanta. It is a chance to mingle with other LGBT business leaders and make professional connections, noted Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce President Daniel Dunlop. “From chamber to chamber consultative conversations to member to member introductions, we have built a superhighway of communication and connection that enhances our knowledge and extends our reach,” stated Dunlop, president and executive producer of Dunlop Productions. “As sister chambers, we truly know what it means to have family on the East and West Coast!” The GGBA has scheduled its Power Lunch IV to coincide with the summit this year; the series

began in 2015 as a way to showcase local LGBT entrepreneurs. Upwards of 800 people are expected to attend next week’s lunch co-hosted by former city and state lawmaker Mark Leno, who is running to be San Francisco’s first gay mayor, and lesbian cofounder and CEO of Equator Coffees and Teas Helen Russell. Among this year’s guest speakers are two California statewide elected officials: Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Padilla is seeking reelection this November while Jones is running for attorney general against incumbent Xavier Becerra. “It is important someone like the secretary of state be able to see the power of the LGBT business community and our economic power,” said Ackerman. “California’s insurance commissioner is working very hard to get LGBT businesses included in medical supply chains and to increase those numbers every year. Dave Jones has been instrumental in making that happen.” The Western Business Alliance, which formed in 1994,

Gym deal for Oakland LGBTQ center supporters

Supporters of the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center can sign up at a discounted rate with a locally owned gym not far from the facility in the East Bay city’s Lakeshore district. The Oakland location of Fitness SF is offering center volunteers and subscribers to its newsletter a special deal through March 31. The gym, at 600 Grand Avenue, is waving its enrollment fee and charging $39.95 a month. New members must pay first and last month when they enroll. The LGBTQ center is located on the other side of I-580 from the gym at 3207 Lakeshore Avenue (entrance on Rand Avenue). It officially opened its doors in the fall, and as the B.A.R. reported last week, just received its nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service. Anyone interested in taking advantage of the gym special must first sign up for the center’s emailed newsletter via its website at https:// When the newsletter is sent, click on the advertisement for Fitness SF Oakland to be taken to the online enrollment page. Anyone with questions can contact the gym’s general

manager, Elias Hernandez, via email at or by calling (510) 451-4653.

Milk vodka bottle set for release

The commemorative bottles of Stolichnaya vodka honoring the late gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk are expected to first be revealed at two East Coast fundraising events next month and be officially launched in San Francisco in May, the B.A.R. has learned. Milk’s election to his board seat in 1977 made history for being the first time an LGBT person won elective office in the city as well as the state of California. He and then-mayor George Moscone were assassinated inside City Hall the morning of November 27, 1978 by disgruntled former supervisor Dan White. Over the last four decades Milk has become a global icon for the LGBT community. Each year California celebrates Harvey Milk Day on May 22, which was the day Milk was born in 1930. As the Business Briefs column first reported in January, Stoli’s special Milk bottle will be the first time it has honored an LGBT individual with such a tribute. A limited release of 50,000 bottles will be produced so that they are seen as a collector’s item. Guests at both the Imperial Court of New York’s 32nd annual Night of a Thousand Gowns event April 7 and the Harvey Milk Foundation’s Diversity Honors Awards fundraiser April 27 are likely to get a sneak peek of the Milk bottle and its label. The public rollout will likely take place on Milk Day in San Francisco.

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A San Francisco-based, gayowned artisanal chocolate company that launched in 2015 has earned several awards this year and will be taking part in the 12th annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon this weekend. After Michael Benner graduated from the now-shuttered California Culinary Academy and Ecole Chocolate, he and his husband, Curtis Wallis, opened Michael’s Chocolates. As the Business Briefs December column noted, they partner with local storeowners to sell their selection of caramels and bars rather than operating their own retail location. See page 12 >>

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Disarm the gun show

by Christina A. DiEdoardo


ometimes the battles we need to fight come to us and sometimes we need to go to them. Over the last year, the Bay Area has been the theater of operations for several of the most dramatic actions against the fascists, from the Battles of Berkeley to what seemed like the entire city of San Francisco coming together last August to force Joey Gibson and Patriot Prayer to flee to Pacifica to counterdemonstrations against those trying to persecute immigrants. The enemy appears to be getting the message that our community isn’t a safe space for them. Here, as in other places around the country, they’re realizing that given even minimal notice, local antifascists will almost always be able to out-mobilize the fascists and – when necessary – outfight the latter, as Gibson learned to his cost

in Berkeley when he unwisely tried to crash through antifa lines. This is likely why, as of press time, we’re not seeing public preparations for a repeat of last year’s “Turn Up 4 Trump” demonstration (which turned into the Second Battle of Berkeley when it took place March 4, 2017). Since it appears for the near future that the battles will no longer be coming to us, I’d suggest that we use this time to figure out how we can use our resources to go to our comrades in other areas who need our support as they fight the next round of decisive engagements. In some cases, this means doing local events that are part of a national effort, such as last year’s March for Science in San Francisco, which will reportedly return April 14 as part of a unified Bay Area March for Science. In others, that may mean locally organized events in solidarity with out-of-state comrades. For example, due to California having some of the strictest gun

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A Crossroads of the West gun show at the Cow Palace in January 2013 drew record crowds and was one of the first gun shows in California after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that killed 20 students and six educators.

laws in the country, one might think there was little space for local activism in support of the young people who survived the February 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida, and

who have been the bane of the National Rifle Association ever since. However, from April 14-15, the Cow Palace in Daly City will host the Crossroads of the West gun show.

State legislators (including gay former state senator and now mayoral candidate Mark Leno) have tried to ban the shows at the state-owned Cow Palace for over a decade. But each effort failed due to opposition in the Legislature or a governor’s, as was the case under both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown. While California, according to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, is one of a handful of states to close the so-called gun show loophole, which exempted unlicensed firearm dealers from having to keep records or perform background checks, the show’s glorification of the spread of deadly weapons is hardly in keeping with the present cultural moment – and since Sacramento politicians are unable to act, it appears to be up to us. Contact the Cow Palace’s CEO Lori Marshall at lmarshall@ and its rentals and See page 12 >>

Blame all around as lawsuit roils Outgames by Roger Brigham


he final chapters of the Outgames legacy will be recorded not by athletes on playing fields, nor by conference rooms full of academic activists wielding resolutions and declarations, but by courtrooms of attorneys and litigants, struggling to find some meaning and some justice in the rubble of the ruins. A class action suit filed recently in federal court in Miami representing athletes who were stuck with expenses after the last-minute cancellation of the Miami Outgames seeks $5 million ( php?sec=news&article=73389), but it is uncertain what assets, if any, are held by the Miami host organization; by Ivan Cano and Keith Hart, the president and treasurer for Miami Outgames, respectively; or by the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association, which sold the brand license to Outgames organizers. All have virtually disappeared from social media and the GLISA website has been abandoned. GLISA’s only substantial income came from licensing fees, but Miami failed to make all of its

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Miami Outgames treasurer Kevin Hart

license payments. And when GLISA was engaged in talks with the Federation of Gay Games about a possible merger of their global quadrennial events, GLISA pointedly refused to have evaluation of its assets as a condition for negotiations. What is certain to be documented in the flood of affidavits and

testimony is the overwhelming paucity of expertise, accountability, and oversight provided by GLISA and Miami Outgames – expertise, accountability, and oversight that could have provided registered athletes with some kind of assurance but that was never part of the game plan for anyone involved in staging these Outgames. The money-grubbing fiasco known as the Miami Outgames depended on the failure of successive institutions to provide any safeguards or checks. A whistleblower anywhere along the way could have stopped the whole mess in its tracks. • GLISA could have publicized that the Outgames had defaulted on its license payments. Instead GLISA kept silent and complicit, hoping to salvage whatever partial payments Miami might cough up and to keep its brand alive long enough to land a bidder (sucker) for 2021. So much for the role of human rights defender GLISA portrayed itself as. • Any number of Miami

Beach municipal committees could have informed the press and the city commission that organizers were refusing to provide timely, accurate, and complete answers for any of their questions and were failing to file required financial reports. The first such failure should have triggered warnings; the second failure should have forfeited any municipal assistance. Instead, those committees failed to safeguard the interests of local taxpayers footing the bills. They kept postponing action month after month, effectively kicking the can so far down the road they eventually lost their way.

• The original Miami bid organization could have done a better job of researching the product on which it was bidding. It later claimed its registration projection of 15,000 was based on numbers provided by GLISA (in this case, the used car salesman) and accepted them without question. Cursory research would have shown those numbers to be rooted in fantasy and the projections never attained by any LGBT sports event – most especially not by any Outgames – and that in fact every successive Outgames has been See page 13 >>


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police report filed by the former San Francisco worker accused by a transgender woman of blocking her from a women’s bathroom in 2016 reveals new details. Tanesh Nutall, 52, recently filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against the city, the Department of Police Accountability, and others, claiming that Mary Ivas, a longtime investigator with the Office of Citizen Complaints, had referred to her as “a fucking man” and “a fucking freak.” But in a police report filed just after the incident, Ivas “was visibly upset” and told Officer Alexandra Medina “I feel like I’ve been assaulted,” Medina wrote in the February 18, 2016 report. Ivas said that she’d gone to use a restroom at 25 Van Ness Avenue, where the DPA is headquartered, and the restroom required a key code to enter. She said that she “was stepping into the restroom when an unknown black male,” who was later identified as Nutall, “began running toward her”

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Tanesh Nutall

and asked her to hold the door open. Ivas, thinking that Nutall “was a male in women’s clothing,” responded by saying, “No, this is a women’s bathroom” and shut the door, the report says. When Ivas left the bathroom, Nutall was outside with another person and yelled at Ivas, “You called me a freak!” Ivas reported that “she felt threatened” because both Nutall and Natalie Thoreson, the other person present, “were physically large people in her personal space, and yelling at her.”

She said that she told Nutall, “I never called you a freak. I told you it was a women’s bathroom.” Ivas then walked “quickly” away from the pair toward the DPA office, but the two “followed very closely behind her, and she was scared.” As she started opening the office door, “she felt two hands on her back physically pushing her forward” into the room, the police report says. Ivas told Nutall and Thoreson to leave, but Nutall demanded her name. Other DPA investigators came out of their offices, and the agency’s deputy director, who’d heard the commotion, got Nutall and Thoreson to leave the office. Ivas, who wasn’t injured, hasn’t responded to the B.A.R.’s interview requests. The paper obtained her police report through a public records request. Nutall did not respond to a request for comment. The Office of Citizen Complaints was renamed the Department of Police Accountability in November 2016. t

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LGBT judges

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a record for the state’s bench and a slight increase from the 50 LGBT judges listed in the demographic judicial data for 2016. There continues to be no LGBT judges on the state’s Supreme Court, as all six of the current members identify as heterosexual on the report. That could change if Brown names an LGBT appointee to fill the court’s one vacant seat. Based on a separate annual report released March 1 by the governor’s office on the demographic data for judicial applicants and appointees in 2017, Brown named eight LGBT judges to the bench out of 26 LGBT applicants. Between 2011 and 2017 he has appointed a total of 27 LGBT judges out of an applicant pool of 100. In 1979, at the start of his second term as governor, Brown appointed the first openly gay judge to serve in California, noted gay San Francisco Superior Court Judge Joe Quinn, who was appointed by Brown, as was his husband, appellate Justice Jim Humes. “At this point, he has appointed more members of the LGBT community than all other California governors combined,” Quinn told the Bay


News Briefs

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16th Street in San Francisco. Similar to one the LGBT legal group held on the Peninsula last week, the evening will give people an opportunity to meet new people and get an update on Lambda Legal cases that affect the LGBT community.

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Tech confab

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they don’t qualify for jobs in the tech sector, but that citizens are wary of the internet, following news that hackers used the websites and social media platforms, including Facebook’s, to plant fake news ahead of the 2016 election. Facebook has become “more proactive” and is working hard with state election commissions to prevent similar situations in upcoming elections, she explained. While there is widespread

Area Reporter. “We have momentum. But we need to keep identifying and promoting strong candidates.” For years LGBT bar associations across the state have been vocal about the need to increase LGBT judicial representation in the Golden State. It was the subject of a report issued in 2015 by five LGBT legal groups in California; at the time there were 41 LGBT judges on the state bench. At its annual gala March 2, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom Co-Chair Peter Catalanotti told the B.A.R. that the group was pleased to see the increase in LGBT judges over the last three years. “Obviously, we still have work to do, but it’s moving in the right direction,” he said. Catalanotti said he wasn’t sure that the legal groups’ report had an effect in terms of the slight increase in the number of out judges, but did say he felt it raised awareness of the issue. “In that it was effective,” Catalanotti said. According to the latest report compiled by the Judicial Council of California on the diversity of the judiciary, three of the state’s six courts of appeal had out judges serving on them in 2017. The 1st District has a gay and a lesbian judge among its ranks, while the 4th District has a lesbian jurist.

Brown appointed all three as the first gay or lesbian judges to serve on their respective appellate court. Fifteen of the state’s 58 trial courts – there is one for each county – had at least one LGBT judge serving on its bench last year. Across the state there were 20 lesbian and 27 gay superior court judges. For the second year in a row there were two bisexual judges serving on trial courts, one in San Bernardino and one in San Joaquin counties. (The report does not identify the names of the judges, as the demographic data is reported anonymously, and the report for 2016 was the first to include the two bisexual judges.) The state continues to have just one out transgender judge, Victoria Kolakowski, who serves on the Alameda County bench and is married to B.A.R. news editor Cynthia Laird. The LGBT judges accounted for less than 4 percent of the 1,678 total judges serving on the state bench as of the end of 2017. The Los Angeles Superior Court, with 11 gay and three lesbian judges, continued to have the most LGBT judges of any trial court. (There are now at least 15 due to the appointment in late December of lesbian Judge Susan J. De Witt to the L.A. bench.)

The San Francisco Superior Court had the second highest, with four lesbian and three gay judges counted in the 2017 data. There are actually eight out judges on the bench due to lesbian Judge Teresa M. Caffese joining it in mid-December. As the B.A.R. reported in January, Caffese’s appointment maintains the number of gay and lesbian jurists on the local bench at its historic high of eight. Neither Caffese nor lesbian Judge Angela Bradstreet nor gay Judge Roger Chan drew opponents for their court seats on the June 5 primary ballot, so the trio will automatically be elected to six-year terms that begin in January 2019. San Diego had the third highest number of LGBT judges, with two lesbians and four gay men serving on it, according to the latest report. In fourth place is San Bernardino, which now counts five LGBT judges on it due to the appointment in December of gay Judge Joel S. Agron. (The 2017 report showed there were one lesbian and two gay judges on the San Bernardino bench in addition to the bisexual jurist.) Alameda County now stands in fifth place with its four out judges. In addition to Kolakowski there are two lesbian jurists and one gay

judge on the East Bay court. That makeup could change if retired Alameda County deputy public defender Karen Katz, who is bisexual, defeats lesbian Judge Tara M. Flanagan in their race on the June primary ballot. Flanagan won election to the court’s #11 seat in June 2012. The superior courts in Contra Costa, Orange, Riverside, and San Mateo counties each have one lesbian and one gay judge, while Santa Clara County has two lesbian judges. The courts in El Dorado and Fresno counties both have one lesbian judge, while the courts in Imperial and Mendocino counties each have one gay judge. In its release last week, Brown’s office for the first time identified Judge Marco D. Nunez as the first openly gay judge ever appointed to the Imperial County Superior Court. When Brown appoints the first lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender judge to a court in the state that is usually mentioned when he makes the appointment. But the announcement about Nunez’s 2016 appointment made no mention of his sexual orientation. The full 2017 judicial demographic report can be downloaded online at http://www.courts.

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agreement that a workplace where women should be able to work without sexual harassment, the #MeToo movement has complicated corporate life, said Sandberg. A recent survey showed that half of male managers said they were “afraid” to share certain work-related activities, such as dinner, with women colleagues. “Access must be equal,” said Sandberg. “If you’re not comfortable having dinner with women [at your company] then you shouldn’t have dinner with men either.” The fact that over 94 percent of the top jobs in tech are held by men does

not mean men are more qualified or more talented, she added. “Diverse organizations are more effective,” she said, but trends like decreasing numbers of women studying computer science make that goal difficult. In the 1980s, women comprised 35 percent of those studying computer science, a number that is less than half that now. In a telephone interview with the Bay Area Reporter following the close of the summit, Lesbians Who Tech CEO Leanne Pittsford said the 2018 gathering was “the most attended tech conference for women” in the world. Last year, the organization sent

40 Edie Windsor Coding scholars to coding school, paying half their tuition. The program, named after the late Windsor, who successfully challenged a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act and used to work at IBM, will continue and improve by offering students additional support while in school and helping them navigate into a successful career, Pittsford said. The group also held international summits in Paris, Mexico City, and London and launched a 50-city tech jobs tour with adviser Megan Smith, a lesbian who served as chief technology officer under President Barack Obama.

“At Lesbians Who Tech, we are committed to helping the tech sector reflect the diversity and talent” of the nation, Pittsford said. “We lead by example,” she added, “by having quotas that make sure our speakers are 50 percent women of color and 15 percent transgender and gender nonconforming. “We are what the face of technology actually looks like,” Pittsford said. “But we still have a long way to go when it comes to diversity in the tech sector. If we keep pushing for change, one day we will create a tech sector that reflects the people who live in this country.” t

Michael Benner, left, and his husband, Curtis Wallis, displayed confections from Michael’s Chocolates at last fall’s Queer-Street Marketplace at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center.

the country’s superior chocolatiers. The industry group has four different categories based on an award system of three, four, five, and six stars. The honors are based on the combined total number of gold and silver awards received by each entrant in the previous year’s TasteTV Chocolate Salons held in four different West Coast cities, including two events in San Francisco, as well as the awards entrants win in individual categories such as best caramels, toffees, and bars. “We have only participated in two salons, so we are thrilled to have made the list,” the couple noted in a Facebook post. The public will be able to taste

confections from Michael’s Chocolates and other producers at the artisan chocolate show taking place Sunday, March 11. It is being held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the SF County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Avenue. Adult tickets cost $20 in advance or $30 at the door; tickets for children 6 to 12 years old cost $10. To purchase tickets online, visit http:// For a list of where to purchase Benner’s chocolates, or to order online, with free delivery in the Bay Area, visit t

from freeway overpasses. The event is free, but SURJ is requesting attendees confirm in advance so that they have enough banner material for everyone to work with. For more information, see their event listing at events/208005273084260/.

from #DefendJ20 in Washington, D.C. will make one of their two scheduled Bay Area stops. The group will discuss the case’s “role in the changing landscape of political repression in the U.S.” The group will also speak at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12, at Station 40, at 3030 16th Street, Suite B in San Francisco. t

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operations officer Diana Colvin at and ask them to cancel the show. If they refuse to do so, then those who aren’t willing to see gun culture continue to be glorified as our nation recovers from one mass shooting after another should protest on site on both days of the show. Let’s show them that the NRA and its sympathizers


Business Briefs

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The company’s lemon burst bonbon won a Good Food Award for 2018. And it is one of the 2018 International Chocolate Salon award winners for the Best Chocolatiers and Confectioners in America. Michael’s Chocolates earned a four star award to be designated one of

aren’t any more welcome here than Gibson and his fascists, especially given that there’s often an overlap between the two groups.

wheelchair accessible and the PSL is requesting a donation of $3-$10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

‘No Borders in Women’s Struggle’

Raise your banner

At 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, at 2969 Mission Street in San Francisco, the Party for Socialism and Liberation will host a panel discussion entitled “There are No Borders in the Women’s Struggle.” The space is

At 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Bethany United Methodist Church at 1270 Sanchez Street in San Francisco, Showing Up for Racial Justice San Francisco, or SURJ SF, will conduct a workshop on how to make and hang banners

GAPA to mark 30 years

The Gay Asian Pacific Alliance will mark its 30th year in the spring, and early bird tickets are now available for Legacy: GAPA’s 30th anniversary banquet and gala. Organizers said that the event, to be held Saturday, May 12, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Century Club of California, 1355 Franklin Street in San Francisco, will


At 5 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Hasta Muerte Coffee at 2701 Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland, activists

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smaller than the one that preceded it. It could have restricted its sports offerings to those sports with governing LGBT organizations who agreed to run the tournaments and help market the sports. It did none of those things. • Miami organizers improperly used the nonprofit license of the local tourism group. Two revelations are contained in that statement: the first, that Miami Outgames failed to deliver on its promise to obtain nonprofit status; and the second, that GLISA did not have such status. But this fact was never made clear. That led donors and sponsors to incorrectly believe their contributions were tax-exempt, and that the money would be safeguarded by the regulations a nonprofit organization must follow. • The ever-changing Outgames board of directors could have actually directed instead of blindly accepting


Oakland deaths

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also said that Rivers told police that she had mental health issues. Maria Sabatini, who at the time of the killings was an Oakland Fire Department investigator, said that she’d determined the fire in the garage had been intentionally set and there had been a can of gasoline in the garage. Officials didn’t indicate there was any fire damage to the house beyond the garage. Defense attorneys Timothy Rien and Melissa Adams on Tuesday suggested another suspect may have escaped police notice as officers responded to the scene. Court documents have listed Benny Wright’s name as Toto M.


HIV confab

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and bisexual men will become infected with HIV if existing trends continue. Del Rio said there is “no simple answer” to explain disparities in the

the actions of its officers. This was a group that was supposed to provide oversight but provided nothing but rubber stamps. The directors were told nonprofit status would be sought, they were told they would be given regular accurate and comprehensive reports, they were told much and they could have asked more. Instead they accepted delays and delays upon delays, they did not provide oversight, and individual directors rather than alerting the city or the public just resigned and said nothing. • Collectively, LGBT news media and local mainstream media failed to ask even the most basic of questions they should have asked any organization or event with even a pretense of being legitimate. Except for one article in a year ago and a few articles on the last two years, the sparse coverage provided in news media consisted of verbatim re-publication of fluffy news releases and photo coverage of a handful of

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promotional fund-easing events. Events, by the way, that actually lost money. Those puff pieces and fabulous photo spreads did not expose the sham – they enabled it. Put it all together and the World Outgames were a class action suit waiting to happen. And who knows – maybe a criminal case or two. Eleven years ago, the Montreal Outgames ended up in bankruptcy court, having lost millions in sponsorships and registration fees while lying to the public, to sponsors, to athletes, to vendors, to governments. What’s novel about the Miami Outgames is that anyone could be surprised that once again, organizers are in court. This was never about sports, and it was not really about human rights. It was about exploiting personal contacts and naive idealism to fleece individuals. And that is the Outgames legacy, captured one final time in courtrooms. Fitting.t

Diabu. He was Wright’s adopted son. Khari Campbell-Wright, Wright’s surviving son, told the Bay Area Reporter in 2016 that he knew Rivers. “I didn’t know the confines of what was going on,” but “she was involved in a motorcycle gang,” CampbellWright said at the time. Outside the courtroom Tuesday, Campbell-Wright, 21, said that he doesn’t know how Rivers knew his family, and he had “no idea” what the motive in the killings may have been. However, he’s sure the killings were premeditated, because “Ms. Rivers didn’t stay at my home. ... There’s no way she was supposed to be there at that time of night.” He said that he’d once had “a brief conversation” with Rivers a few

months before the killings, after his stepmother introduced her to him. “I just want justice for my family,” said Campbell-Wright, who now lives in Los Angeles. He’d been at school in Mississippi when the killings occurred. The preliminary hearing was set to continue Wednesday morning. At the end of the hearing, the judge is expected to determine whether there’s sufficient evidence to hold Rivers to stand trial. Rivers made headlines in the 1990s when she transitioned while working as a teacher at a Sacramento-area school. Along with the murder charges, Rivers also faces counts of arson of an inhabited structure and possession of metal knuckles, and special allegations including using a knife and a firearm. t

epidemic in the South, but poverty, lower education level, structural racism, lack of health insurance, and failure to expand Medicaid all play a role. He suggested that the scale-up of PrEP could actually increase the racial disparity because African-American

men are using it less. [See story, page 1.] Several speakers acknowledged San Francisco as having among the best records of success in addressing the epidemic.t

Legal Notices>> SUMMONS (FAMILY LAW) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, NOTICE TO RESPONDENT: HONGJUN XUN, You have been sued. Read the information below and on the next page.


You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL-120 or FL-123) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnerships, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. For legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. Get help finding a lawyer at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, at the California Legal Services website ( or by contacting your local county bar association. NOTICE: Restraining orders are on page 2: These restraining orders following are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment entered, or the court makes further orders. These orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. FEE WAIVER: If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. The court may order you to pay back all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for you or the other party. The name and address of the court are: SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, UNIFIED FAMILY COURT, 400 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102; The name, address, and telephone number of petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, is: Jeremy T. Paz, 1859 Fulton St, Apt1, San Francisco, CA 94117, 415-846-8770 Clerk of the Superior Court by Annie Toy, Deputy. STANDARD FAMILY LAW RESTRAINING ORDERS: Starting immediately, you and your spouse or domestic partner are restrained from: 1. Removing the minor child or children of the parties, if any, from the state without the prior written consent of the other party or an order of the court; 2. Cashing borrowing against, canceling, transferring, disposing of, or changing the beneficiaries of any insurance or other coverage, including life, health, automobile, and disability, held for the benefit of the parties and their minor child or children; 3. Transferring, encumbering, hypothecating, concealing, or in any way disposing of any property, real or personal, whether community, quasi-community, or separate, without the written consent of the other party or an order of the court, except in the usual course of business or for the necessities of life; and 4. Creating a nonprobate transfer or modifying a nonprobate transfer in the manner that affects the disposition of property subject to the transfer, without the written consent of the other party or an order of the court. Before revocation of a nonprobate transfer can take effect or a right of survivorship to property can be eliminated, notice of the change must be filed and served on the other party. You must notify each other of any proposed extraordinary expenditures at least five business days prior to incurring these extraordinary expenditures and account to the court for all extraordinary expenditures made after these restraining orders are effective. However, you may use community property, quasi-community property, or your own separate property to pay an attorney to help you or to pay court costs. NOTICE – ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE: Do you or someone in your household need affordable health insurance? If so, you should apply for Covered California. Covered California can help reduce the cost you pay towards high quality affordable health care. For more information, visit Or call Covered California at 1-800-300-1506. WARNING: California law provides that, for the purposes of division of property upon dissolution of a marriage or domestic partnership or upon legal separation, property acquired by the parties during marriage or domestic partnership in joint form is presumed to be community property. If either party to this action should die before the jointly held community property is divided, the language in the deed that characterizes how title is held (i.e., joint tenancy, tenants in common, or community property) will be controlling, and not the community property presumption. You should consult your attorney if you want the community property presumption to be written into the recorded title to the property.

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In the matter of the application of: ALAN DARREN CHOI, 200 BRANNAN ST # 207, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner ALAN DARREN CHOI, is requesting that the name ALAN DARREN CHOI, be changed to ALAN DARREN NAKAGIRI. 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 22nd of March 2018 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: H J TRADING CO, 1630 45TH AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed PYONG HWA KANG. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/07/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/07/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BOWTIES AND BUBBLY EVENTS, 251 CARL ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed ALEXANDRA HOLLAND. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/07/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/07/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: 9K TRAVEL, 9 KIMBALL PLACE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JAMES F. TOSCHI. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/05/18.

FEB 15, 22, MAR 01, 08, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038002300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DZINE CABINETRY INSTALLATION, 128 UTAH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed DZINE, INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/26/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/13/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: STUDIO HEIMAT, 690 MARKET ST #2003, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed SFHEIMAT, 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 02/13/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DIVINE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR, 88 HOWARD ST #2309, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed MILANO SOMA INC. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/06/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/06/18.

FEB 15, 22, MAR 01, 08, 2018

2019-2020 BUDGET

Your Voice Matters to Us

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency invites you to share your needs and priorities for Muni, parking and traffic, bicycling, walking and taxis. The SFMTA is considering fare and service changes as part of the budget process. Board of Directors Meeting 03/20/2018, 1 PM City Hall, Room 400 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

If you can’t attend the meetings, you can email questions or comments to or contact 311. For free interpretation services, submit your request 48 hours in advance at (415)701-4387.


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Legal Notices>> FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037978500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SF SIREN, 551 HAYES ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed SF SIREN CO (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 10/16/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/3018.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SF SIREN, 244 WEST PORTAL AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94127.This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed SF SIREN CO (CA).The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/03/17.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/30/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SF SIREN, 2086 CHESTNUT ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123.This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed SF SIREN CO (CA).The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/06/17.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/30/18.

FEB 15, 22, MAR 01, 08, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037970300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HONEST HERB, 1770 POST ST #140, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94115.This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed BRIGHT CIRCLE, 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 01/25/18.

FEB 15, 22, MAR 01, 08, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037998400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BAYSHORE SHELL, 319 BAYSHORE BLVD., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed BAL STATIONS, INC. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 07/12/04. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/09/18.

FEB 15, 22, MAR 01, 08, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037988200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: VIOLET’S, 2301 CLEMENT ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed TAVERN PROJECT LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/29/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/02/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: UVA ENOTECA, 568 HAIGHT ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed UVA RESOURCES LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/02/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/02/18.

FEB 15, 22, MAR 01, 08, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-037994700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THOMPSON MOTORCARS, 553A CLIPPER ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed THOMPSON SALVAGE LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/07/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/07/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PREGO PROPERTIES LLC, 1212A UNION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed PREGO PROPERTIES LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 12/01/12. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/05/18.


The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: BOWTIES AND BUBBLY EVENTS, 251 CARL ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117. This business was conducted by a general partnership and signed by ALEXANDRA HOLLAND & MEGHANN DODGE. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 03/18/15.

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To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JONATHAN MATTHEW SILVERMAN. A Petition for Probate has been filed by ARTHUR SILVERMAN, in the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. The Petition for Probate requests that ARTHUR SILVERMAN, be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Mar 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m., Dept: Probate, Rm. 204, Superior Court of California, 400 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94102. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the latter of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined by section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: Mr. Arthur Silverman, 180 Red Fir Rd., P.O. Box 7903, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546; Ph. (415) 465-6616.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BABY’S EATERY AND PALABOK, 4609 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed PATRICK JOHN ALVIR. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/08/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/14/18.

FEB 22, MAR 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038002000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BARBER & GENT; ORIGINAL GRAPHIC ARTS, 3239 MISSION ST #A, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed IVAN GOMEZ. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/12/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/12/18.

FEB 22, MAR 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038001800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: QUICKDRAW PERMIT CONSULTING, 584 CASTRO ST #466, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JEREMY S. PAUL. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 06/15/89. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/12/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SHANGHAI SUPERSMART INTERNATIONAL TRADE, 560 7TH AVE #1, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed VIVIAN H. WANG. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/05/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/05/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CASA MAYAH RESTAURANT, 294 TURK ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102.This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed RODOLFO MAAY. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/13/18.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/13/18.


FILE A-038007000

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CABLE CAR COFFEE, 902 MARKET ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed ASMEROM B. GUEBRMICAEL & SIMON H. ZERAI. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/15/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/15/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ENGINEER.AI, 600 CALIFORNIA ST, 11TH FLR, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed SD SQUARED NORTH AMERICA LIMITED (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 11/06/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/12/18.

FEB 22, MAR 01, 08, 15, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038005000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FOLIOAVENUE; PANCOAST BITCOIN, 3053 FILLMORE #118, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed GREENFORCE CLEAN TEAM CO. LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/14/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/14/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: OPEN SKY COMMUNICATIONS, 520 27TH AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed OPEN SKY COMMUNICATIONS, LLC (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 02/16/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BALLAST COFFEE, 329 W PORTAL AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94127. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed KICK-START COFFEE, LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/01/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/16/18.


The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: CITY PIZZA & YUCATAN FOOD, 294 TURK ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by RODOLFO MAAY. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 01/07/15.


The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: CABLE CAR COFFEE, 902 MARKET ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by SIMON H. ZERAI. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 11/03/16.


In the matter of the application of: WUN KWAN SIU TAM, 389 HOLYOKE ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner WUN KWAN SIU TAM, is requesting that the name WUN KWAN SIU TAM AKA WUN KWAN SIU AKA WUN KWAN SIU TAM, be changed to WUN KWAN SIU TAM. 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 17th of April 2018 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as:TOGETHER WEDDING COMPANY, 1463 POWELL ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94133.This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed YI CHEN.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 02/20/18.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DEJAVU PIZZA & PASTA RESTAURANT, 3227 16TH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed AUNG KYI. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/26/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/26/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PACIFIC VENTURES & INTRODUCTIONS, 2905 HARRISON ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110.This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed MA ANNA SOFIA GARCIA.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/14/18.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/15/18.


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MAR 01, 08, 15, 22, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038021200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: A YEAR IN AMERICA, 4175 CESAR CHAVEZ ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94131. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed LAUREL ANNE ANDERSON. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/01/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/23/18.

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The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: JIFFY DOG, 300 DE HARO ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by ALEX TAO. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 02/23/17.


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ome people in the art world say that #MeToo has gone too far. What modern misogynist will be yanked from museums next? Gauguin? Picasso? I say, sure, why not? Let’s set them aside for awhile, give them a rest, make room for what we never see, which means art by almost any woman you can name.” – Holland Cotter, The New York Times. See page 20 >>

by David Lamble


here’s a rule of thumb that low-budget films depend to a disproportionate degree on their titles to get even the slightest traction at the box office. If that’s true, then the backers of one new film, “Leaning into the Wind,” are in for plenty of heartache, while the other, “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” just might turn into a sneaky sort of indie hit. See page 16 >>

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, “The Retriever” (2008-present).

Snapshots of exciting new operas by Philip Campbell

West Edge Opera’s Jason Sarten, J. Raymond Meyers and Julia Hathaway in composer Cyril Deaconoff’s “The Last Tycoon.”


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nnovative and aptly named West Edge Opera presented a second year of the company’s ambitious programming venture “Snapshot” in the East Bay and San Francisco recently. Showcasing excerpts from five new works by West Coast composers at the historic Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall in Berkeley and the Taube Atrium Theater in the Wilsey Center for Opera in San Francisco, the 2018 edition proved, again, there’s life in the old form yet. See page 18 >>

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16 • Bay Area Reporter • March 8-14, 2018

Wintertime book season puzzle by Roberto Friedman

column’s end, but don’t peek.


e do try to keep up with the profusion of review copies that make it to our desk, but we don’t always succeed. Below are six newly released books that have piqued our interest, followed by passages from each of them. Match the title to the prose, and win a prize: the satisfaction of a job well done! Answers at

Here are the sources:

A: “Agnes Martin: Pioneer, Painter, Icon,” by Henry Martin (Schaffner) B: “The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan,” by Patricia Bosworth (Harper) C: “The Rest of It: Hustlers, Depression, and Then Some, 1976-1988,” by Martin Duberman (Duke)

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Here are the passages:

1. “When we weren’t in the Village, we would spend hours necking in Jason’s brother’s car. Long hours kissing and dry-humping. At first I felt awkward and dissatisfied as he gave me lessons as to how to go down on him. He’d say, ‘Lick it like a lollipop,’ and I’d hold his swollen penis in my hand and lick it and suck on it until he came in my mouth, and then I would gag because I hated doing that.” 2. “Patricia was rumored to be a lesbian. She wore track suits, kept her hair very short, and wore no makeup. But that also described my grandmother, so I wasn’t sure how this was evidence of anything.” 3. “In 1953 Robert Rauschenberg bought and lovingly erased, stroke by stroke, a drawing by Willem de Kooning. It is difficult not to see in this action a small victory won for Rauschenberg as a queer artist. De Kooning was, at the time, the most emulated, lauded and respected abstract artist in New York.” 4. “I was twenty-three, really into


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magical thinking, and under the sway of the idea that some mysterious force had led me to this place. “Marea and I introduced ourselves, and I asked, ‘What’s your horse’s name?’ “‘White Mare,’ she said, seeming relieved to have a reason to look at the mare’s neck and tug affectionately on a tuft of mane. ‘Her other name is Valkyrie.’ “Of course it was.” 5. “Always the diligent historian, I promptly asked Gore [Vidal] how big [Jack] Kerouac’s cock was. ‘Average size,’ he urbanely replied, not missing a beat. ‘But what surprised me was that he was circumcised – the Lowell working class isn’t supposed to do that.’ “When I pushed for more details, Gore – with trademark hauteur and no apparent irony – obliged: ‘I felt

he and I owed it to American Literature to go to bed together.’” 6. “Giving her girls an assignment, she references another movie: ‘the one with Jodie [Foster], and the little dog, and the girl in the hole in the ground.’ Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991): her assistant supplies the title. The joke lies not only in the light reference to a creepy film (protested by the LGBT community at the time of its release for its transphobic depiction of the serial killer) but also in the character’s claim to be on a first-name basis with Jodie, a nod to the star’s singular status and lesbian fandom.”t

Here are the answers:

Pencils down. Pretty proud of yourself? Here’s the downlow. 1. B; 2. E; 3. A; 4. F; 5. C; 6. D.

Foremost was her inventive genius that a world blinded by her beauty could not recognize, as far back as her youth in Austria with her homemade gadgets. This film explores Lamarr’s life, including her escape from a loveless marriage, on the eve of the Nazi-fication of Austria, for a new career in Hollywood. But her intellectual contributions were denied their due, even when she offered them in the service of her new home during WWII.

Director Alexandra Dean gets the most out of a peculiar mix of on-camera interviews, archival footage and recently discovered Back in 1974, Mel Brooks was audiotapes of Lamarr explaining looking to make a second underherself posthumously. At times the-radar comedy to follow up on going by the stage names Hedwig the unexpected success of “The Kiesler and Hedy Kiesler, Hedy Producers,” an audacious, dark Lamarr left behind more than one show-biz spoof in which a venal lifetime’s worth of accomplishshyster gets old ladies to give him ments. Sadly, until this film, her money for afternoons of piggyback legacy could be summed up with a rides. Brooks, with the help of black pithy quote from Wikipedia: “The stand-up comedy artist Richard ladder of success in HolPryor, produced a faux lywood is usually agent, Western, “Blazing Saddles,” actor, director, producer, which was a series of inside leading man. And you Hollywood jokes. One of are a star if you sleep them had an unscrupulous with them in that order.” land swindler (TV star Opens Friday. Harvey Korman) turn red Now for the story of in the face whenever somea contemporary oddball body called him Hedy who’s had a bit more sucLamarr. “That’s Hedley,” cess in claiming credit for he would snarl. The joke exploring facets of our was a cruel pun on the planet invisible to most name of a once-gorgeous eyes. “Leaning into the Austrian-born starlet who, Wind” follows 60somestill alive in 1974, had by thing naturalist artist that time lost her looks, Andy Goldsworthy as he her money, and even conroams the natural world trol of the patent on a vital in remote areas of Scotwar weapon. land and France. Even before she left her Director Thomas Nazi-threatened Austrian Riedelsheimer provides childhood home, it was a kind of sequel to his clear that Hedy Lamarr 2002 eco-doc “Rivers (1914-2000) was not just and Tides” by revealing another pretty face. The a mind and sensibility future screen star had a special enough to need serious side, an ability to a translator even for compete with the boys in viewers who speak his the laboratory as well as in native English. Content front of the cameras. As a may elude even the most scientist, she discovered diligent. Even if you’re underlying theories that a Goldsworthy fan, you have paved the way for Andy Goldsworthy, Magnolia Pictures such digital-age breakmay need to see this one more than once to throughs as WiFi, GPS and Artist Andy Goldsworthy is the subject of director get a handle on its seBluetooth. What did she Thomas Riedelsheimer’s “Leaning into the Wind.” crets. Good luck! Opens get for her trouble? Mostly heartache, as her techno Friday.t innovations were ripped off by men tied to the American war machine. Lamarr was a Hollywood movie star hailed as the most beautiThis week, Victoria A. Brownworth’s Lavender Tube column, “First ful and glamorous in the world. openly gay lead character arrives,” introduces Alan Cumming as Dr. But that was only the surface that Dylan Reinhart on CBS’ “Instinct.” Find it online at tragically obscured her true talents.

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18 • Bay Area Reporter • March 8-14, 2018

Inactive shooter on campus by Richard Dodds


hould the day come when “Office Hour” can’t claim to be ripped from today’s headlines, it will be a cause for celebration. Julia Cho’s oddly toned play has a timeliness that is beginning to feel timeless, and while it was chosen for Berkeley Rep’s season before the recent high school massacre in Florida, the added relevance curiously enough does not produce much in the way of added impact. This is a case where timeliness does not translate into meaningfulness as the play stutters its way through a scenario in which a sullen college student who writes disturbing stories has pretty much convinced the faculty and his fellow students that a latent shooter is in their midst. “I’m going to ass rape you until you bleed, Dad,” is a typical line in one of his short stories for a creative writing class. While other faculty members (Jeremy Kahn and Kerry Warren) are lobbying for his expulsion, an earnest young writing instructor makes it her mission to connect with her frightening charge. For most of the play’s 80 minutes, Gina and Dennis are alone in a sterile conference room at an unnamed university. Gina tries various tactics to provoke the defiantly silent Dennis into just audibly communicating. And she finally pushes a right button by invoking their shared Asian parentage. She assumes the role of an archetypal hectoring Korean mother with barbed comebacks to Dennis’ defenses of all of his life choices. Although it plays something like a Margaret Cho comedy routine, the scene feels more authentic than


Snapshot 2018

From page 15

Known for unusual performing venues (warehouses, deserted train stations, etc.), this year West Edge’s upcoming Summer Festival will play in the Craneway Conference Center in Richmond, part of an old Ford assembly plant, and proudly feature indoor plumbing for the first time. The amenities of the sleek and intimately configured Taube Atrium Theater served an enthusiastic audience luxuriously well for “Snapshot 2018.” The performers also enjoyed


many other moments, and it shows Jackie Chung at her best in a mostly thin performance as Gina. The scene also gives us the first chance to see Daniel Chung’s Dennis outside his hunched, hoodied shell as he becomes for a moment a defenseless boy under his mother’s needling. He’s good in this scene, and increasingly so as we get further into the character’s self-loathing head. “I have to be dead,” he says. “The thought that this is life is unbearable.” Alternately, he does feel his life has a purpose, albeit a melancholy one. “I was born to be hated,” he says. “Society needs me. The loser exists for a reason.” But Cho’s play begins to go off the rails as she tries to find ways to infuse a long conversation with shock value without ever committing to it. One scene devolves into Dennis pulling out a handgun and shooting Gina, but after a quick blackout, the characters return to as they were. Audience gasps taper off as we realize that the rug will always be pulled out from beneath any violent melodrama, and if we are to see these scenes as iterations of possible scenarios, that falls apart as it grows into Keystone Kop absurdity. Playwright Cho and director Lisa Peterson scored mightily with the sweet and savory “Aubergine” several years ago at Berkeley Rep, but the results are considerably less rewarding with “Office Hour” as the play culminates in a fluttering finale of false revelation.t Kevin Berne

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A creative writing instructor (Jackie Chung) tries to connect with a disturbed student (Daniel Chung) in a scene from playwright Julia Cho’s “Office Hour” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

the best setting the high-tech venue could afford. Attending in San Francisco’s hub for the arts in Civic Center may not have been exactly off the beaten path, but it proved a very comfortable fit. General Director Mark Streshinsky opened the program with a restatement of the Company’s creative mission, and announced exciting future plans. Each new piece then started with video clips of the composers describing their work, which can also be viewed in their entirety on West Edge’s excellent website. It was a clever and concise set-up. Bold and equally adventurous

contemporary chamber-music ensemble Earplay provided sympathetic orchestral support. The group’s conductor Mary Chun said all of the writers did their own orchestrations. She and West Edge Musical Director Jonathan Khuner conducted the remarkably varied scores with fine and insightful detail. “The Last Tycoon,” music by Cyril Deaconoff and libretto adapted by David Yezzi, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel of the same name, was the opener. The composer is articulate and obviously experienced in the

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West Edge Opera’s Jason Sarten and Molly Mahoney in composer Brian Rosen’s “Death of a Playboy.”

world of opera. His approximately half-hour sampler was intriguing, and provided a promising glimpse of a work still in progress. Deaconoff ’s style incorporates musical elements of the story’s era, and also displays his own proficient voice. Mary Chun conducted soprano Julia Hathaway, tenors J. Raymond Meyers and Jacob Thompson, and bass-baritone Jason Sarten. Even with the bare-bones staging, they created a believable Jazz Age atmosphere. “452 Jamestown Place,” music and libretto by Katherine Saxon, followed. Her description of the relatively brief excerpt was slightly hampered by an almost selfdeprecatory delivery. The piece itself was a disturbing and musically inventive portrayal of a young woman with multiple personalities. Soprano Heidi Moss navigated the demands of the part with strong vocal technique and convincing acting. Jason Sarten listened to her unhinged outbursts with understandable concern. Jonathan Khuner conducted. “Dynamo,” music by Larry London and libretto by William Smock, closed the first half. Their extended soundbite firmly established the relevance of scenes from the life of inventor Thomas Edison to the Silicon Valley world of today. Altogether the piece was more traditional in approach and slightly less gripping than the other operatic snippets, singers Moss, Thompson, Sarten and tenor Darron Flagg, with conductor Khuner, still gave their committed best. The audience responded favorably, and there was definite evidence of a potentially successful future opera. After intermission, two of the strongest entries finished the show. The recital was not a competition, but both works were prize-worthy. “She Who is Alive,” music by Erling Wold and libretto by Robert Harris,

is set in a dystopian world where a coldly frightening warlord interrogates a dissident female scientist prisoner. The smooth arpeggios of Wold’s deceptively pretty music serve as an ambiguous background to the disquieting questions, a little like Philip Glass in an ominous mood. We want to hear more of this tantalizing score, in the context of a finished production. Molly Mahoney was realistic in her portrayal of the confused prisoner. J. Raymond Meyers was suffering from some cumulative vocal fatigue, but still chilled the rapt audience as the bloodless inquisitor. Khuner conducted the rich-sounding Earplay ensemble. “Death of a Playboy,” music and libretto by Brian Rosen, centers on a private argument about Hugh Hefner, and includes the clueless observations of various mourners at his funeral. Rosen is a San Francisco-based composer-performer specializing in musical theatre works. His experience shows to great effect in the somewhat glib but remarkably timely libretto. Rose McGowan couldn’t have articulated the conflicted feelings of thankfulness and outrage shared by two former Playmates better. Angry and rueful Rose, beautifully portrayed by mezzo-soprano Molly Mahoney, and less wounded and more forgiving Bernice, realized perfectly by soprano Julia Hathaway, made a nuanced case for Hefner’s complicated legacy of sexual liberation and objectification of women, seen from Rosen’s male perspective. Jason Sarten was amusing as the baffled husband. Mary Chun conducted the entertaining score, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if “Death of a Playboy” turns out to have legs. It surely comes at just the right moment. More info on “Snapshot 2018” and Summer Festival 2018 can be found at westedgeopera.orgt


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The Retrieval

From page 15

Women are feeling and flexing their power, the power that rightfully belongs to them as human beings and as the majority of the population. What a heartening thought that is, especially during Women’s History Month, and with the arrival of two thoughtful gallery shows that address female presence – and its absence – through different prisms. According to a 2014 report, 64,000 black women and girls had gone missing nationwide, victims of sex trafficking, kidnapping or other kinds of abuse and violence. Then there are those who number among the metaphorically missing: black women who have been unrecognized, overlooked, or simply erased from the annals of history. In “The Retrieval,” Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle’s moving solo show at the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Main Gallery, the African American artist casts a spell “unghosting the ghosted.” Dancing to the music of the African Diaspora in her studio, Hinkle wields handmade brushes almost as large as her own body to channel the spirits of the disappeared for her ongoing series “The Evanesced.” Lined up in three long tall rows on the far wall of the gallery are over 60 mesmerizing India ink and charcoal drawings, layered with meaning and imagery on translucent Dura-Lar paper, some with silhouettes limned in white acrylic paint. “Smoke Women” emerge from or merge with swirling fog, tornados of grey and clouds of ash like shapes rising from embers of a dying primal fire. One sees arms reaching for the sky, multiple faces peering through the haze, squatting women, regal eminences, beings that are half-human, half-deity, a traveling angel hoofing it down the road, vulnerable bodies dismembered or upside-down hurtling toward Earth – all emblematic of vanishing selves. It’s as though one has stumbled onto a ritual ceremony, an impres-

sion reinforced by soft chanting that wafts through the room. Hinkle conjures ghostly presences whose majesty can be felt in art that mourns absences impossible to quantify. Rooted in writings and recordings black women left behind and investigations of conquest, colonialism, and the abuse of power, the artist has invented a cosmology and language all her own that’s expressed in “The Retriever,” a nomadic Kentifrican Ashentee Healer who carries incense smoke and fire, “renders the invisible visible,” and negotiates between the living and the dead. This enigmatic figure wearing dreadlocks and draped in beads and vibrantly patterned African fabrics, turquoise linen hiding her face, is prominently displayed in the center of the gallery, and also appears in a performance video that follows her sojourn from the Tenderloin to the steps of City Hall, tending to the wounded psyches of abused and disappeared souls along the way. Through April 7. It wasn’t so long ago that the Guerilla Girls posted billboards all over New York City asking the question, “Do women have to be naked to get into the Metropolitan Museum?” That was in the late 1980s, when less than 5% of the artists in the Modern Art sections were women, but 85% of the nudes are female. Have things changed? The answer is not enough. “Women in Art: GREAT artists who just Happen to be Women” at Chloe Gallery in North Beach calls attention to a male-dominated art history, and the disproportionately small amount of exhibition space allocated to female artists compared to their male counterparts, while providing something of an onsite corrective, at least for the month of March. The free-ranging, expansive show features the works of 11 women – all painters, save one – representing 200 years of Modern and Contemporary Art in an array of styles from figuration

and landscape to Pop, Realism and Expressionism. The exhibition’s top-liner, pioneering feminist artist Anna Walinska, was a prescient early-20thcentury modernist who painted the forerunner of the pink pussy hat, left New York at 19 to study painting in Paris where she was Gertrude Stein’s neighbor, traversed the world solo aboard prop planes in the 1950s, and kept a diary of her adventures. She combines elements of Cubism, the saucy denizens of ToulouseLautrec’s demimonde and the warm intimacy of Bonnard in her striking portraits of family, friends and, on occasion, herself. On the other side of the spectrum in terms of era is the 20-something American painter Isabel Emrich, who owes a debt to the grandmother who once carted her up to the cliffs above the ocean on the Southern California coast to paint outside. Emrich’s fluid paintings, poised at the intersection of abstraction and figuration, explore the luminous properties of water, and the sensation of being submerged and enveloped by the sea. Also included are works by the gallery’s owner, Amy Nelder, a modern still-life painter, whose teasing, romantic vignettes – a tossed-aside high heel here, a half-empty bottle of champagne there – imply off-canvas love affairs. The impetus for putting together the exhibition, says Nelder, was to find a vehicle for explaining women’s rights and empowerment to her eight-year-old daughter. “There have been enough men who’ve walked into my public studio over the last nine years who looked at my work, proclaimed themselves amazed by my virtuosity, then said, ‘Wow! I never thought this was painted by a woman!’ I think we’ll keep doing this every March until I don’t hear that anymore.” Artworks by sculptor Paige Bradley, Carrie Graber, Renee DeCarlo, Cheryl Kline, Cristen Miller and Jennifer Vranes, among others, are on view. Through March 31.



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Fun with Don & Mel & Vlad & Lyudmila by Richard Dodds


here’s a whole mess of laughs in John Fisher’s “Transitions,” a new play that often employs the “stick” approach that Vladimir Putin and ex-wife Lyudmila invoke in their discussions on the dirt they have on Donald Trump. “If you throw it hard enough, it sticks,” Lyudmila says. “It at least sits there for a while.” It would be hard to describe “Transitions” as a tightly written play, as its plot lurches in different directions that each have uneven sticking quotients. But the collection of scenes that play like (mostly) comic vignettes does have a cumulative effect that lets the lesser moments slide by and the zany mayhem win the day. More than anything else, the play is about the behind-the-scenes relationship of Donald and Melania. “You’re my most beautiful wife, the most beautiful wife I’ve ever had,” the president says in a clumsy attempt to get laid as the first lady does all she can to deflect his attentions. “I like it spontaneous at the appropriate time,” she responds. Meanwhile, in the Kremlin, Putin is fretting about his American counterpart’s unpredictability. “It’s his job to accommodate me, subtly,” Putin says of the current U.S. president. To which Lyudmila retorts, “The last one was subtle. You hated him.” “But I didn’t fear him,” says Putin. “I can’t be a bully with Trump, because he’ll make a mistake.”

There is insightful geopolitical conjecture here, and the play has it serious moments, especially in the scenes in which Donald and Melania argue about their individual commitments to their 11-year-old son. The discussions get into some dicey territory, as Melanie attacks Donald for having wanted another child even though there were genetic dangers that his 60-year-old sperm might not have been up to snuff, with the results a “special needs” child. It’s intriguing to hear these rumors discussed, but I’m of the old school that we should leave presidential children out of the fray. Poor young Barron also gets drawn into a kidnap plot, one of murkily drawn circumstances and an unsatisfactory resolution that pushes Trump to the verge of a nuclear attack on Russia. But in a kind of twist from the theater of the absurd and/ or ridiculous, a saucy drag queen named Ruby is sent to Russia as part of a cultural exchange, and she has the street smarts to defuse the situation while handcuffing herself to Putin as part of her performance. Fisher, the playwright and director, has also challenged himself by playing both Trump and Putin in semi-quick change fashion. With something like cotton balls stuffed in his cheeks, and wearing a wig of Trumpian proportions, Fisher occasionally communicates a Trump facsimile. But he doesn’t seem bound by strict impersonation, with Ralph Kramden, borscht belt comics, and childlike antics in his repertoire. His take on Putin isn’t nearly

as playful, with heavy-duty Russian solemnity at the forefront. Similarly, the script allows Katie Rubin more room to maneuver as the surprisingly savvy Melania than as the gruff Lyudmila Putin. Rubin communicates both the haughty glamor of the first lady as well as scoring both zingers and tough love directed at her husband. Melania makes an unlikely friend in Ruby, the emissarial drag queen, whom Charles Peoples III plays with confident sass, and who scores with an a cappella performance of the classic Russian ballad “Dark Eyes.” There are other characters floating around, mostly played by multicast actors of lower wattage. Morgan Lange does play Ezekial throughout, but this role of an insolent, incompetent, closeted White House assistant doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, and Lange’s performance doesn’t much help to flesh it out. Considering the abundance of scenes, Fisher’s staging ably keeps matters on track even though the tone of the piece is so variable that it’s hard to guess what is intentional or a misstep. “Transitions” is a transitory piece of theater to be rendered obsolete when we get a 46th president. But in the moment, there is ramshackle charm and even a few meaningful scratches beneath the surface of life with No. 45.t David Wilson

Donald and Melania Trump (John Fisher and Katie Rubin) have a very complicated relationship in Fisher’s new play “Transitions” at Theatre Rhino.

“Transitions” will run through March 17 at the Gateway Theatre. Tickets are $15-$40. Call (800) 838-3006 or go to

Mopping Maupin by Tim Pfaff


was well into Joseph Cassara’s “The House of Impossible Beauties” (Ecco/Harper Collins) before I could identify what reading it reminded me of: Armistead Maupin’s early “Tales of the City.” Don’t get me wrong, Cassara is the vastly superior writer, and “House” is 50 miles deeper than “Tales,” which by comparison is more of a dailynewspaper cartoon. But like “Tales,” “House” has a distinctive gallop, a stride, not a word too many nor a word too few, every character indelible from the first stroke of the artist’s pen. Back when I was scarfing down Armie’s columns in the Muni cars they plunged into rapt passenger silence weekday mornings, we were living where the story was set, looking out the scratched windows after a sentence that made us laugh or cry to see the city Maupin vividly evoked with a minimum of descriptors. No such sentimentality colored my reading of “Impossible Beauties,” which is more 1980s and 90s Nuevo York, Rican and trans. But Cassara’s voice, so pitchperfect that you don’t think of it as authorial because you’re living a story not reading one, recreates that scene as if it too had been an alternative home, despite the fact that Cassara’s too young to have participated. The writing is direct, fluid and so sure of itself that it drops Spanish, including slang, untranslated and unitalicized in both narrative and dialogue, smack into the middle of its hard-working

English sentences so deftly it’s a snap to suss out the meanings. You just get it, which makes you feel intimately part of the scene, not an eavesdropper. It’s prose-onthe-page ventriloquism at its most involving. “House” bustles with incident, telling you just the things you want to know about this ad-hoc family of a half-dozen central characters. Their lives are all about finding self-respect, creating real family, and getting as close to love as circumstances allow. Such are the book’s themes. Cassara’s nearly picaresque tales are chock-full of the business of doing drag (occasionally “mopping” luxury clothes from Saks), becoming gay and being trans in all its stages, becoming savvy prostitutes (skills honed about not getting

injured or killed by johns) and being out with their emotions and extravagantly expressive with their speech. It’s unbridled recklessness with a point. It’s also stick-to-theribs window-shopping into a microworld. Drawn on the haven created by a historical New York “house mother,” Angie Xtravaganza (a down-atthe-heels but real-life Anna Madrigal), the so-named “House” of the title is a ramshackle flat. It’s a teeming haven to a revolving door of characters, snared into its safety in ways that ultimately make them fledge or flee. Cassara makes you one of the girls. The public events are the “balls,” drag cotillions that radically redefined the quaint notion of coming out. “Paris Is Burning” smolders in the background of this novel, about which there’s nothing remotely derivative. Where “Tales” winked at gay sexual shenanigans, “House” dives deep into the cruising (some of it terrifying, some of it belly-laugh funny), the fabric, the frocks, the soliciting, the dangers, the drugs, the sordidness offset by the transitory enchantments of the urban rooftop – and the onset and devastation of AIDS. Almost exactly at the halfway point, the note of defiant merriment sours into dark tragedy. In a climate in which gay boys are already dropping like flies, a cokedout Venus, disobediently florid even among her fellow floridians, gets strangled turning a desperate, unlucky trick.

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“The House of Impossible Beauties” author Joseph Cassara.

Juanito finally gets a trip back to “the Island” to see his runaway Papi and ends up getting whipped

with a belt by the old man seething over his son’s effeminacy and, we later learn, routinely fucked by his old man. Juanito and his all-butforbidden boyfriend Daniel strike out on their own, to the sounds of this from Cassara: “Ain’t nothing had nothing on them. They were louder than love. Louder than love because damn, love ain’t no low drumbeat. Love was so loud, they couldn’t even hear it. Only see it, like light – flashing forward and giving not a single fuck for what stood in its way. There they were, he and his man, hand in hand, so loud you could only see them in a flash.” It’s Milton in a post-lapsarian Eden under the scourge of new plagues. While there’s a love duet as long as the one in “Tristan,” the downward trajectory from there is vertiginous, savage, and excruciatingly ineluctable. What love survives is yours for the characters.t

<< Books

22 • Bay Area Reporter • March 8-14, 2018

Patty Duke’s final words by David-Elijah Nahmod


n the new book “In the Presence of Greatness: My SixtyYear Journey as an Actress,” the late Oscar winner Patty Duke reflects on her extraordinary career and the many legends with whom she crossed paths. Anna, as she preferred to be called, first rose to prominence for her portrayal of Helen Keller in the stage and screen versions of “The Miracle Worker” – it was for her work in the latter that she won her Oscar. “The Patty Duke Show,” a hit TV series, followed. She then starred in “Valley of the Dolls” (1967), a campy melodrama about showgirls in Hollywood. “Dolls” has since become a gay cult film. By the time she died in 2016, Duke had played dozens of roles on stage, in film and on television. With “In the Presence of Greatness,” she shares her observations and personal memories of the many people she knew or worked with, such as the legendary actress Anne Bancroft, her “Miracle Worker” co-star. She also writes of an extraordinary afternoon spent with Helen Keller herself.

The book was co-written with Duke’s close friend Bill Jankowski, who recalls becoming enraptured with Duke’s range as an actress when he first watched “The Patty Duke Show,” then saw “The Miracle Worker.”


“I couldn’t believe this was the same person,” Jankowski told the B.A.R. “I thought she had to be the best actress I’d ever seen.” In 1990 Jankowski saw “Call Me Anna,” a TV movie based on Duke’s 1987 memoir, in which she recounted her battle with bipolar disorder. “I never looked back,” he said. “From then on I had to know everything there was to know about Patty Duke. Every week I scoured the TV Guide and recorded any program in which she was featured. This continued throughout my high school years.” They became friends in 1998 after Jankowski wrote her a letter. It was a friendship that continued until the end of her life. In 2013 Jankowski asked Duke if she would consider writing a book with him about her career. “She was more excited than I had ever expected her to be,” he said. “With my being an archivist of hers, as well as having a degree in writing, she said she knew we would be a good fit working together. Plus by this point there was a 15-year history between us. She knew she could trust me, and we began working on the book the following fall when I flew back to her home in Idaho.” Duke doesn’t hold back as she shares her stories, recalling time spent with her “Patty Duke Show” and “Dolls” co-stars, along with the dozens of other people she’s known and worked with. As she had done before, Duke writes candidly about her battle with mental illness, lifting the stigma of these misunderstood conditions. “Hands down, Anna was the most honest person I have ever met,” Jankowski said. “When she came out publicly as bipolar in 1987, it was still very much taboo. I believe she was one of the very first celebrities to come out as having a mental illness, long before it became a popular thing to do. At the time she was also the President of the Screen Actors Guild, representing tens of thousands of actors. It couldn’t have been easy for her, but the fact that she wanted to help others who were in this awful pain that she was once in was far more important to her than if she’d get the next acting job.” Duke also embraced the gay community. In the chapter devoted to “Valley of the Dolls,” she recalls her 2009 visit to the Castro Theatre, where she appeared in conjunction with a “Dolls” screening. She expressed her affection for Marc Huestis, who produced the event, and wrote of her love for the gay community. “Anna loved her gays,” said Jankowski. “Growing up in show business, she was surrounded by gay people from the time she was a little girl. She never showed any prejudice against gays and lesbians. She played a lesbian in an early lesbian film called ‘By Design’ in the 1980s.” Jankowski noted that in 1986 Duke served as Grand Marshal for the West Hollywood Pride Parade, braving death threats to do so. He hopes that people will remember Duke not only as a powerful actress, but as a mental health advocate who sought to help others. “A few years before she passed she was asked how she’d like to be remembered in an interview,” Jankowski said. “She said she wanted to be remembered as someone who always told the truth. I believe the honesty she shows in this book proves that.”t



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Heaven sent

by Jim Piechota The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels of America by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois; Bloomsbury USA, $30


dream by Tony Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner opens this beautiful literary homage to his theatrical

sensation. In it, an angel breaks through the ceiling of a room where a beautiful dancer lay dying of AIDS. From that image, Kushner wrote a long poem, then developed it into what is now universally known as “Angels in America.” Kushner’s beautiful dancer may be long gone, but the play inspired by him has enjoyed immense success, garnering its creator, now 61, a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993, and has endured through decades of ever-morphing gay culture evolution. For devoted fans and those curious about the production’s evolution over time, theater director Isaac Butler and Slate writer Dan Kois have cogently produced a chronologically arranged oral history dedicated to the years leading up to the play’s historic production (“It’s gonna have five gay men and an angel,” pitched Kushner at the play’s inception) and the years following its ascent into Broadway stardom and beyond. The book isn’t just a typical narrative charting the rise of “Angels of America.” Its true heart is found

in the perspectives and opinions of hundreds of people associated with the play, via interviews conducted by the authors from 2016-17. Beginning with the years 1978-90, a “bad time” according to gay former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, when “the Reagan revolution” reared its ugly head, all the way to the current year, the book is narrated by a diverse chorus of voices. That diversity results in illuminating, often emotionally moving recollections that range from cast animosity and competition to the internal melodrama of the stage, the play’s enduring relevance, and the grim awareness of death as the plague diminished our numbers in droves. This sadness manifests itself in entries like NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt founder Cleve Jones’s commentary on the gay body count lost to AIDS between 1985-95, which, in San Francisco alone, amounted to “about two thousand a year.” The resounding voices of actors, authors, playwrights, critics, scholars, and many more echo throughout this impressive historical retrospective, and join forces with photographs demarcating each era. Backstories merge with memories and opinions as “Angels”

End of the road by David Lamble


don’t know if I’m a bitch or you’re a son-of-a-bitch.” “I guess anything’s possible.” This spicy exchange between a couple married 48 years, skillfully brought to life by film veterans Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, illustrates the best reason to catch Italian director Paolo Virzi’s American film debut “The Leisure Seeker.” The title refers not to a person, but to the couple’s battered but still roadworthy recreational vehicle (RV). Based on Michael Zadoorian’s bestselling novel, “The Leisure Seeker” strays well beyond the conventional middle-class American rules of the road for endof-life issues. John (Sutherland) and Ella (Mirren) are both facing health crises: dementia in his case, cancer in hers. The plan is to gas up the RV and, before their fretful adult kids notice, hightail it down Route 1 from Massachusetts to Key West, FL, to visit the famous Ernest Hemingway house. The movie, uneven but with some true grace notes between

this fabulous duo, is essentially an account of longstanding relationship tensions and resentments that nearly crater the trip before the rubber hits the road. John is a retired English scholar and Hemingway expert who wooed Ella with a series of Cliff Notes, and has for nearly half-a-century ruled their mental roost with his prodigious memory for quoting the great books he has taught. In an amusing pit stop, John infuriates Ella by flirting with a now-married ex-student for whom he displays vastly more interest that he can muster for his wife. John can barely remember his own name, and the literary flourishes, when they come, seem more bewildering than comforting. The fourwriter screenplay is only so-so, giving relatively juicy turns to the leads while leaving the supporting cast with rather pedestrian sitcom-worthy material. Especially shortchanged is Christian McKay as the couple’s mostly peevish son Will, who is left to pout and yell at his sister, “Daddy loved you more than me!” The dramatic highpoint arrives in a botched car-jacking attempt by

was met with outstanding successes in its Broadway debut in 1993 and on to a London tour, an HBO series, and an opera, among other incarnations. “Interlude” sections offer even closer perspectives from the major characters on how they honed their roles and brought different aspects of their stage careers into the theatrical melting pot that became “Angels in America.” A closing chapter featuring quotations on what the play has truly meant to each respondent is a fitting coda to a book that belongs on the

shelves of gay theatre fans and anyone interested in reliving a pivotal piece of gay history. Here and now in the Bay Area, Berkeley Rep will present “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” beginning in April and running through late July at the 600seat proscenium Roda Theatre. The production will be directed by Tony Taccone and feature actor Caldwell Tidicue (alternately known as Bob the Drag Queen, winner of Season 8 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”). Tickets are available at

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a young white-boy duo who dress and behave like refugees from an East Village punk band. Mirren’s Ella comes bouncing out of the RV shotgun in hand, an off-kilter slice of melodrama from which the movie never quite recovers. Having survived a riches-to-rags 50s family, I’ve made a hobby of watching domestic tales in search of characters who are sexier, smarter and capable of making even terminal fecklessness seem an admirable trait. From the heights of Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night” to the antics of Lucy and Desi in “The Long, Long Trailer,” I’ve observed the prison of marriage, whose inmates have drawn life without parole. In a kinder world, John and Ella would be allowed their final scenes in a one-act play in which the kids would appear only as amusing anecdotes. But “The Leisure Seeker” is at its core a deeply serious portrait of a couple who have cast their fate to the kindness of strangers. Anyone looking for more in a road comedydrama should rent “Little Miss Sunshine.”t

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Jeremy Jordan

Broadway & TV star at The Herbst by Jim Provenzano


Laura Rose

eremy Jordan, the multi-talented singer-actor who’s shared the screen and stage with newsboys, superheroes and bank robbers, will sing and talk with accompanist and erudite interviewer Seth Rudetsky on March 18 at the Herbst Theatre. See page 27 >>

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26 • Bay Area Reporter • March 8-14, 2018

Arts Events March 8-15

Ragtime @ Berkeley Playhouse

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Thu 8 Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre Mar. 8 & 9: The Shape of Water (4:30, 7pm, 9:30). Mar. 10: Peaches Christ’s Drag Becomes Her, with a screening of Death Becomes Her ($30-$100, 3pm, 8pm). Mar. 11: Disney’s Frozen (1pm) and Phantom Thread (4:15, 7pm, 9:30). Mar. 12 & 13: I, Tonya (4:30, 7pm, 9:30). Mar. 15: Faces Places (3pm, 7pm) Playtime (4:40, 8:45). $11-$16. 429 Castro St.

The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot @ New Village Café The Tenderloin Museum presents the world premiere of Collette LeGrande, Mark Nassar and Donna Persona’s stage story of the historic preStonewall San Francisco uprising of Tenderloin drag queens, with a dozen performers. $60 (meal included). 1960s attire and drag encouraged. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru March 17. 1426 Polk St.

Diasporic Alchemy @ SOMArts Cultural Center Opening reception and performances for a new exhibit, Transforming Ancestral Traditions into Ritual Futurisms, featuring shamanic and mythological subjects. 6pm-9pm. Thru April 5.

International Women’s Day & Women’s History Month Comedy @ Ashkenaz Celebrate women at a smart comedy night with Priyanka Wali, Eloisa Bravo, Mary Carouba, and Lisa Geduldig. $15-$20. 8pm. Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley.

Jazz Search West @ Various Venues New weekly jazz singer/musician showcases and competition. Various dates thru Semi-Finals April 18 and Finale April 24 at Yoshi’s Oakland.

Lucia Berlin: Stories @ Z Below Word for Word’s staging of short stories by the acclaimed late author. $20-$75. Wed-Thu 7pm. Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. Thru Mar. 11. 470 Florida St.

Ocean Filmfest @ Cowell Theatre 15th annual aquatic film festival, with features and short films from around the world. $8- $220 (full fest pass). Thru Mar. 11. 2 Marina Blvd, Fort Mason.

San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Symphony Hall The Symphony performs works by Tippett, Gershwin and Rachmaninoff, with pianist Simon Trpceski. $15-$165. 8pm (10am open rehearsal). Also Mar. 9 & 10, 8pm. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts on Mar. 22-25 concerts of works by Berg and Mahler ($15-$159). 201 Van Ness Ave.

Fri 9 Bamboozled @ City Club, Berkeley Central Works Workshop’s production of Patricia Milton’s new play about a Daughter of the Conferacy swindled out of historic heirlooms. $30-$35. Extended thru Mar. 25. 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

Ébene Quartet @ Herbst Theatre French music ensemble reutrns for a concert of works by Haydn, Fauré and Beethoven. $40-$65. 7:30pm. 401 Van Ness Ave.

Empowerment in Print: LGBTQ Activism, Pride & Lust @ GLBT History Museum

Soulskin Dance @ Dance Mission 5th anniversary season includes the world premiere of To Command, a foray into technology, with dance projections and live music. $20-$25. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 5:30pm. Thru Mar. 11. 3316 24th St.

Spirited Probabilities @ Southern Exposure Group exhibit using the space as a canvas. Thru Mar. 31. Tue-Sat 12pm6pm. 3030 20th St.

Terry Dyer @ Hotel Rex The young vocalist performs his autobiographical cabaret show, with pianist Dee Spencer. $40-$75. 8pm. 562 Sutter St.

Weightless @ Z Space World premiere of Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses’ genre-bending rock show take on Ovid’s tale of Procne and Philomela, sisters who fight gods and distance to reunite; set in a nightclub speakeasy, with different nightly opening acts. $10-$150. Thru March 18. 450 Florida St. http://

New mini-exhibit of periodicals from the collection. March 8: Colorful & Unconventional: A History of San Francisco’s Queer Art Scene, a panel talk on many artists, from Minor White to Jerome Caja. March 15: Designing Women: A Lesbian Couple in the Arts & Crafts Movement : Architectural historian Inge Horton and novelist Linda Ulleseit will present their research on architect Emily Williams and her partner, metalwork artist Lillian Palmer. $5. 7pm. Also, Angela Davis: OUTspoken, 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.

Art, Truth, Pain, and the Body, a graphic art exhibit of historic works from the 1500-1600s. Thru June 17. Berkely Art Museum, Pacific Film archive, 2155 Center St. Berkeley.

It’s Only a Play @ New Conservatory Theatre

Magnificent Magnolias @ SF Botanical Garden

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.

Marsh Madness @ The Marsh 3-day solo performance festival, with a competition for cash and a show booking. $10-$150 (full pass). Thru March 11. 1062 Valencia St.

A Number @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Caryl Churchill’s inventive drama about human cloning. $33-$65. Thru May 6. 2081 Addison St. Berkeley.

Ragtime @ Berkeley Playhouse Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’ musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s novel about early 1900s New York immigrants gets a local production. $22-$40. Thru Mar. 18. Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley.

RAW Dance Presents @ SAFEhouse for the Arts March 8 & 9: Sam Stone, Juliet Paramor and Vertika Srivastava. $10-$20. 8pm. 145 Eddy St.

Polk Gulch March @ The Gangway

Various Events @ Oakland LGBTQ Center

Join Juanita MORE!, Cleve Jones and many others in a march and wreath-laying ceremony for the Gangway and other gay bars that are gone. 4pm-6pm. 841 Larkin St. events/1762909980441825/

Social events and meetings at the new LGBTQ center include film screenings and workshops, including Bruthas Rising, trans men of color meetings, 4th Tuesdays, 6:30pm. Film screenings, 4th Saturdays, 7:30pm. Game nights, Fridays 7:30pm-11pm. Vogue sessions, first Saturdays. 3207 Lakeshore Ave. Oakland.

A Streetcar Named Desire @ Marines’ Memorial Theater

Fri 9

Sat 10 Agony in Effigy @ BAM/PFA, Berkeley

Visit the lush gardens for winter Magnolia displays, plus many other trees and plants. Free entry with SF proof of residency. $5-$10 for others. 7:30am-closing. 9th Ave at Lincoln Way.

Maria Diamond @ Hotel Rex The veteran vocalist performs favorite songs evocative of Paris, Berlin and New York, with pianist Barry Lloyd. $30-$50. 8pm. 562 Sutter St.

Maria Muldaur @ St. Cyprian’s Church The veteran vocalist performs a concert with Jazzabelle plus other guests. $20-$25. 8pm. 2097 Turk St.

Mission Youth Arts Festival @ Potrero del Sol Park Free outdoor performances by several youth performance ensembles, presented by Dance Mission and Dance Brigade. 1pm4pm.

Out of Site @ North Beach Seth Eisen and James Metzger’s group performance event and walking tour of local LGBTQ historic sites and people; see queer history come alive, from colonial days to the ‘70s. Different times thru March 25. (Part 2 May 12-27 in the Tenderloin).


African American Shakespeare Theatre Company’s new production of Tennessee Williams’ dramatic classic. $35. Mar. 10, 11, 17, 18. 609 Sutter St.

Wed 14 LGBT Book Club @ Dog Eared Books

Sun 11

Group members discuss Ahmad Danny Ramadan’s The Clothesline Swing. 7pm. 489 Castro St.

Joshua Bell @ Davies Symphony Hall

Performance Festival @ CounterPulse

The acclaimed violinist performs works by Meyer, Mozart and Beethoven with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. $30-$210. 7:30pm. 201 Van Ness Ave.

Liz Callaway @ Venetian Room The Tony-nominated Broadway star of Miss Saigon, Baby, Merrily We Roll Along and Cats makes her solo Venetian Room debut. $55-$65. 5pm. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St.

Mon 12 Alex Girard @ Strut Muse, the artist’s exhibit of gendershifting photo portraits. Thru March. 470 Castro St.

Launchpad for new experimental dance and performance works, many with queer themes, including Valeria Reding, Mica Sigourney/Silk Worm, Ruairi Donovan, and others. Thru Mar. 18. 80 Turk 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 5:30pm7pm). 401 Van Ness Ave.

Thu 15 Iron Shoes @ Ashby Stage, Berkeley

Ramekon O’Arwisters shares his crochet art technique in a week of workshops. $30. 9am-12pm. March 12-15. 551 23rd St., Richmond.

Shotgun Players and Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble perform Michelle Carter, Janet Kutalas and Erika Chong Shuch’s new music play of updated Eastern European fairy tales made radical for our times. $7, $25$40. Thru April 15. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

Fantasy Life @ SF City Hall

ODC Dance @ YBCA

Tabitha Soren’s 15-year project photographing Oakland A’s players through their careers. Extended thru March 23. Ground Floor & North Light Court.

47th annual home season for the innovative modern dance company. $25-$80. ($150 and up for March 16 gala at the St. Regis Hotel). Mar. 1518. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St.

Crochet Jam @ NIAD Art Center, Richmond

Sonnets to Orpheus @ SF Conservatory of Music Left Coast Ensemble concert with several works that explore the myth of Orpheus, including Eric Moe, Claudio Monteverdi and a new work by Aida Shirazi. $15-$30. 50 Oak St. Also March 17, 7:30pm at The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley.

Tue 13 Deborah Roberts @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery Exhibit of the artist’s collage portraits of African American girls. Thru March 17. 464 Sutter St.

Perfectly Queer @ Dog Eared Books Award-winning novelist Michael Nava, plus Dino Foxx, Maya Chinchilla, and Cathy Arellano, from Queer Latinx publisher Korima Press, read from their new works. 7pm. 489 Castro St.

Subliminal Sanctuary @ Jules Maeght Gallery Paintings and sculptures by Yesnik Evad (Dave Kinsey) and Cecile Granier de Cassagnac. Thru April 28. 149 Gough St.

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.

PunkkiCo @ ODC Theater Raisa Punkki and company performs Controle, her new work about online vs. real life identities. $15-$50. Mar. 15-17, 8pm. 3153 17th St.

My Stroke of Luck @ The Marsh Diane Barnes’ solo show about recovering from a stroke. $20-$100. Mar. 15-29, Thu 8pm & Sun 2pm. 1062 Valencia St.

Steven Saylor @ Book Passage The prolific gay author of Roman history novels and mysteries reads from his latest, The Throne of Caesar. 6pm. 1 Ferry Bldg., SF.

What They Said About Love @ The Marsh Berkeley Steve Budd’s ‘Best of SF Fringe’ solo show rumination on finding love. $20-$100. Thu 8pm, Sat 5pm, Sun 2pm. Thru April 21. 2120 Allston Way.

The Wolves @ Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley Sarah DeLappe’s drama about the drama surrounding a girls’ soccer team. $10-$49. Thru April 8. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. To submit event listings, email Deadline is each Thursday, a week before publication.

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Jeremy Jordan

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The series of informal fun concert talks, produced by Mark Cortale, benefits Project Open Hand, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. Beneath the boyish smile and bashful demeanor is a powerhouse vocalist with a broad range and the acuity to infuse an entire spectrum of emotions into one song. In a Bay Area Reporter interview, Jordan discussed his love of performing, and a bit of the ups and downs of show business. “Seth will spring a few things on me,” said Jordan of his upcoming event with Rudetsky. “But it’s more like an interview-and-sing situation. We’ll sit down and chat and do some songs.” Check out the numerous YouTube clips of Jordan from New York’s 54 Below and at various charity concerts. Whether paired with Jeremy Jordan sings “Let It Go” at a recent benefit concert. musical theatre colleagues Jonathan Groff and Cheyenne Jackson, sions of hits and standards, includor even stripping down for ing some Disney songs written for the sexy cabaret series, JorJeremy Jordan in a cute PR shot for Newsies. princess characters. dan transforms songs with Equally adept as leading man or his own personal style, from cial justice issues. But Jordan said he self. When I do those little one-off sidekick, Jordan has endured a few intimate intervals to the trirefrains from getting too invested in gigs like at 54 Below, it’s just me sort career bumps along the way, like beumphant closing notes of his social media. of on the fly being a ham and trying ing almost cast in roles taken instead version of “Let It Go.” “If I offend people by accident, to be funny to make people laugh.” by his quasi-nemesis, Jonathan Asked about his impresthose are the things you have to be That combination of skill and Groff (the two performed a duo sive four-octave vocal range, careful with on social media. Espenuance makes his live performances about their rivalry). Jordan said, “not includcially in this kind of climate, where a treat. Like his colleagues, Jordan is ing falsetto; you don’t count everybody is connected, and be“I know I have the vocal chops in deft at balancing musical gravitas that.” cause of that availability of informathe bank,” said Jordan. “So my priwith wit. In several of his cabaret Jordan, 33, born in Cortion, you have to be a little cautious. mary goal in those kinds of shows and concert performances, Jordan pus Cristi, Texas, has been a It’s backfired a few times. But mostly is to just mess around with people performs what could be considtalented singer since his high people are respectful and positive.” and just make it as entertaining as ered ‘camp’ choices (Disney prinschool choir days. His musiFame can be a fickle thing, but possible. Even if you do what people cess songs and “Total Eclipse of the cal theatre degree from IthaJordan continues to be honest and expect, try to do a different take on Heart,” for example) and empowers ca College was followed by uplifting with his fans. it, in a way that evokes a different them with a serious engaging style. regional theatre credits, until Jeremy Jordan at 54 Below “As I’m in it more, it effects me emotion.” “People want to be taken on a Jordan got a big professional in New York City. less, or I learn how to deal with it. I Ten months out of the year, Jorjourney,” said Jordan. “Whenever I boost in a production of Rock decided recently to just put kindness dan is on a Canadian set for Supersee a show, I want to get lost in it. I of Ages. Playing Jimmy Collins in Season out there, to not post rants. girl, so don’t expect to book tickets think that’s the key to it.” “I always knew I could sing a little 2 of the short-lived musical-the“So many other people do it, and in a new musical for now. Conversely, Jordan can also take a bit, being a kid. But I was super shy. atre-themed Smash is another of that’s their thing. But I think: Be fine “We shoot a lot, so no show has fit standard hit and turn it into a comic I started singing seriously in high his broadcast credits. Asked about with where you are in the physical into that window. These little contreat. school, so I always knew that it was performing for the camera versus world, not online. Take stuff outcerts are fun, until there’s Broadway “I just try to keep people on kind of in there. After I got training in a theatre or cabaret show, Jordan side, meet people in real life.” in Vancouver.” their toes,” he said. “Give ‘em the in college and experience in the real discussed range and interpretation At his March 18 show, Jordan While he’s played gay (in a Conunexpected. The worst is sitting in world, I think I improved a lot.” of songs. says to expect some levity and a few necticut production of The Little the audience when you can predict Jordan has also played Tony in “That’s kind of the hallmark of a lesser-known songs. Dog Laughed), and his character what’ll happen. I try to surprise myWest Side Story, was the first to well-rounded performance,” he said. Asked if he has a lengthy memoWinn may still have a manplay Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie in “You need to have all those powrized repertoire, Jordan said he still crush on Superman, Jordan Finding Neverland, and costarred in ers within you. I purposely strive to likes to brush up on his hits. is married to actress Ashley a title role in the musical Bonnie & create different aspects of a perfor“There are a good amount of Spencer. Clyde. mance, even within each song. You songs I can pull out of a hat and sing He’s shown support for Fans of Newsies know Jordan find the funny moments, the serisomewhat reliably. But there are a the LGBT community time starred as Jack Kelly in the hit ous moments, the big and intimate lot more songs I can’t do that to!” and again, including the 2016 Broadway musical about striking moments, and within characters. So expect some favorites and surcontroversy of his teenage newsboys. That role garnered JorPeople are nuanced in life, so why prises. cousin being sent to an East dan both a Tony and Grammy nomshouldn’t your characters or perfor“There will be lots of humor, Texas ‘ex-gay camp.’ ination. The actor had a particular mances be equally different? We can because we’re both a couple of In 2016, Jordan alerted affection for the show and the 1992 turn on a dime with our emotions. hams.”t fans on social media, and he Disney film it’s based on. Jordan has That makes characters and songs endured some criticism. But said that he practically wore out his more relatable.” eventually, his speaking out Jeremy Jordan with Seth VHS copy (His filmed stage perforIn films, Jordan starred in the helped get her released. Rudetsky at The Herbst Theatre. mance is available on DVD). filmed production of the show Sunday, March 18, 5pm. Like his Supergirl coFor fans who are more TV-orientNewsies, the ambitious music ro$50-$150. 401 Van Ness Ave. star Melissa Benoist, Jordan ed, Jordan’s witty portrayal of Winn mance The Last Five Years, and the sometimes shares informaSchott on Supergirl has grown a big fun music-filled comedy, Joyful tion and opinions on various Jeremy Jordan in The Last Five Years fan base. Noise as Dolly Parton’s grandson. causes, from the environwith Anna Kendrick. “He has his moments of brilAnd while you can listen for his ment to fundraisers and soliance,” Jordan said with a quiet voiceovers in the TV adaptation of pride. “He lends a unique lightDisney’s Tangled (as Varian), it’s in hearted –but also smart– voice to the cabaret and concert platform the show that I really enjoy.” that Jordan unleashes ripping ver-

Jeremy Jordan in Supergirl with Melissa Benoist.

Jeremy Jordan in Bonnie & Clyde with Laura Osnes.

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Fri 9

Uhaul @ Oasis

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Thu 8 Charles Busch @ Oasis The master of drag theatre stops in with his new show, My Kinda '60s, a Broadway, pop and standard set of songs. $30-$45. 7pm. 298 11th St.

Circle Jerk @ Nob Hill Theatre Dominic Pacifico and Casey Everett lead the interactive downstairs arcade naughty fun before their Mar. 9 & 10 stage shows. $20. 9pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758.

Dennis Peron Memorial Events @ Café Flore Events and celebrations for the late activist for marijuana legality. Mar. 8, 7pm. a 420 Painting session with ($45). March 9, 9pm-12am: Queer Marjuana Trivia Night with Martha T. Lipton. March 10, 9pm-12am: Puff, the music and drag party with DJs Dank and Sergio Fedasz. March 11, 5pm10pm: Dennis Peron Memorial and Celebration of Life. 2298 Market St. at Noe.

Gayface @ El Rio Queer weekly night out at the popular Mission bar. 9pm-2am. 3158 Mission St.

International Women's Day & Women’s History Month Comedy @ Ashkenaz Celebrate women at a smart comedy night with Priyanka Wali, Eloisa Bravo, Mary Carouba, and Lisa Geduldig. $15-$20. 8pm. Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley.

Junk @ Powerhouse MrPam and Dulce de Leche cohost the weekly underwear strip night and contest, with sexy prizes. $5. 10pm2am. 1347 Folsom St.

The Monster Show @ The Edge

Queer Karaoke @ Club OMG KJ Dana hosts the weekly singing night; unleash your inner American Idol ; 8pm. 43 6th St.

Rock Fag @ Hole in the Wall Enjoy hard rock and punk music from DJ Don Baird at the wonderfully divey SoMa bar. Also Fridays. 7pm-2am. 1369 Folsom St. 431-4695.

Royal Variety Show @ Moby Dick Queen Dilly Dally's weekly fun variety show of drag, music and even puppets. 9pm-11pm. 4049 18th St.

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

Thursday Night Live @ SF Eagle Rock bands play at the famed leather bar. $8. 398 12th St. at Harrison.

Tubesteak Connection @ Aunt Charlie's Lounge Disco guru DJ Bus Station John spins grooves at the intimate retro music night. $5. 10pm-2am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor.

Fri 9 Bear Happy Hour @ Midnight Sun Hairy men and their pals enjoy 2-for-1 drinks and no cover. 4067 18th St. 861-4186.

La Bomba Latina @ Club OMG Drag show with DJ Jaffeth. $5. 9pm2am. 43 6th St.

Boy Division @ Cat Club New Wave queer dance night with a Pet Shop Boys tribute. DJs Xander, Tomas Diablo, plus gogos, drinks speicals, and Human League May 13 tickets giveaway. $5-$10. 9:30pm3am. 1190 Folsom St. boydivision_

Cubcake @ Lone Star Saloon Bears, cubs, beers, candy and more, with DJ Chaka Quan. $5. 9pm-2am. 1354 Harrison St.

Dominic Pacifico, Casey Everett @ Nob Hill Theatre The two cute porn studs perform sex stage shows at 8pm & 10pm. $25. Also March 10. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 3976758.

Fantasy Friday @ Divas Weekly drag shows at the last transgender-friendly bar in the Polk; with hosts Victoria Secret, Alexis Miranda and several performers. Also Thursdays and Saturdays. Thursday karaoke night. $10. 10pm. 1081 Polk St.

Friday Nights at the Ho @ White Horse Bar, Oakland Dance it up at the historic (and still hip) East Bay bar. 9pm-2am. 6551 Telegraph Ave.

Friday Night Live @ El Rio Enjoy the weekly queer and LGBTfriendly live acoustic concerts. $5pm. 3158 Mission St.

Gaymer Night @ SF Eagle Video games on multiple screens for a nerd-gasmic night. 8pm-2am. 398 12th St. at Harrison.

Gogo Fridays @ Toad Hall Hot dancers grind it at the Castro bar with a dance floor and patio. 4146 18th St.

Hard Fridays @ Qbar DH Haute Toddy's weekly electro-pop night with hotty gogos. $3. 9pm-2am (happy hour 4pm-9pm). 456 Castro St.

Latin Explosion @ Club 21 The popular Latin club includes drag shows, with gogo guys, drink specials and table reservations available. $10$20. 10pm-3am. 2111 Franklin St., Oakland.

Manimal @ Beaux Gogo-tastic dance night starts off your weekend. $5. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market St.


The weekly drag show with host Sue Casa, DJ MC2, themed nights and hilarious fun. $5. 9pm-2am. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood.

NightLife @ California Academy of Sciences The museum parties return. March 8: Curious Creature, with DJ Jamie Jams, biologist demos and science experts. $12-$15. 6pm-10pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

Picante @ The Cafe Lulu and DJ Marco's Latin night with sexy gogo guys. 9pm-2am. 2369 Market St.

Puff @ The Stud The monthly pot-friendly night with DJ Dank, Mariah Konner's band live, plus prizes and raffles. $5. 7pm-10pm. 399 9th St.

Fri 9

Cubcake @ The Lone Star


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Writers with Drinks @ Make Out Room

Sun 11

SF International Chocolate Salon @ Hall of Flowers

Red Hots Burlesque @ The Stud

Lips and Lashes Brunch @ Lookout

The saucy women's burlesque show hosted by Dottie Lux will titillate and tantalize, with guests Alotta Boutte, Shells Bells, and Caramel Knowledge. $10-$20. 8pm-9:30pm. 399 9th St.

Weekly show with soul, funk and Motown grooves hosted by Carnie Asada, with DJs Becky Knox and Pumpkin Spice. The yummy brunch menu starts at 12pm, with the show at 1:30pm. 3600 16th St.

Star Trek Live @ Oasis

Mother @ Oasis

Back by popular demand, another hilarious stage adaptation of a classic Star Trek episode, “Turnabout Intruder,” with Leigh Crow, Laurie Bushman, Allison Johnson, Ammo Eisu, Sue Casa and others. $27-$40. Fri-Sun 7pm. Thru March 17. 298 11th St.

Heklina's popular drag show, with special guests and great music themes; DJ MC2 plays grooves. March 10 is a David Bowie tribute night with guest Raja. $15. 10pm-3am (11:30pm show). 298 11th St.

Tom Reardon @ Feinstein's at the Nikko The veteran vocalist performs his new cabaret show Anything But Love: Love Songs Vol. III. With a three-piece band and backup vocalists. $22-$45 ($20 food/drink min.) Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

The Playground @ Club BNB, Oakland Revamped night at the popular hip hop and Latin dance club. $5-$15. 9pm to 3am. 2120 Broadway. (510) 759-7340.

Wonder Dave guest-hosts the monthly lit+booze night, with a pop-culture theme, and authors MK Chavez, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Kelly Anneken, Natalia Vigil, Amanda Muniz, Sam DiSalvo. $5-$20. 7:30pm. 3225 22nd St.

Chocolate Salon @ Hall of Flowers Sample delicious chocolate treats from dozens of vendors and chefs. $10-$30. 10am-5:30pm. County Fair Bldg., 1199 9th Ave., Golden Gate Park.

Dandy – in Space! @ Oasis Drag king variety show cohosted by Leigh Crow and Ruby Vixen, with accompanist Kitten on the Keys, a special 'space' theme, and several David Bowie tributes. $10-$20. 7pm. 298 11th St.

Dirty Musical Sundays @ The Edge Sing along at the popular musical theatre night, with a bawdy edge; also Mondays and Wednesdays (but not dirty). 7pm-2am. 2 for 1 cocktail, 5pm-closing. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood.

Vibe Fridays @ Club BnB, Oakland

Weekly Latin night with drag shows hosted by Vicky Jimenez and DJ Carlitos. (Comedy Open Mic 5:30pm). 7pm-2am. 43 6th St.

House music and cocktails, with DJs Shareef Raheim-Jihad and Ellis Lindsey. 9pm-2am. 2120 Broadway. (510) 759-7340.

Drag Side of the Moon @ The Stud

Bribee and Gun Lundemo DJ the popular women's dance night. $15. 10pm-2am. 298 11th St.

Vivvy's Grand Opening @ The Stud VivvyAnne ForeverMore's drag nights takes on pageants, with 8 teams of queens competing. $5. 10pm-3am. 399 9th St

Sat 10 Bacon and Beer Festival @ Jack London Square Enjoy beer, bacon-infused food and with dozens of brweries and restuarants sharing their tasty wares. $45-$65. 21+. Market Bldg., 2pm5pm.

Bounce @ Lookout Dance music with a view at the Castro bar. 9pm-2am. 3600 16th St.

La Bota Loca @ Club 21, Oakland Banda Los Shakas performs live at the LGBT Latinx night. $10. 9pm-4am. 2111 Franklin St.

Drag Becomes Her @ Castro Theatre Peaches Christ's wild drag parody (with Jinkx Monsoon, BenDeLacreme and Heklina) precedes a screening of the comedy Death Becomes Her. $30$100. 8pm. 429 Castro St.

Fri 9

Tom Reardon @ Feinstein’s

Purim Carnal-val @ The Stud

Palace of Trash presents a lipsynch performance tribute to Pink Floyd's classic album, The Dark Side of the Moon. 7pm. 399 9th St.

Game Heaven @ Brewcade Take a break from your burdens with a few rounds of video games and some specialty beers. No cover. 2200 Market St.

Celebrates the Jewish holiday with a Witches' Purim, DJed grooves with Shawna Shawnte and Amber Cita, live klezmer music. $10-$20. 9pm-4am. 399 9th St.

GlamaZone @ The Cafe

Saturgay @ Qbar

Jock @ The Lookout

Stanley Frank spins house dance remixes at the intimate Castro dance bar. $3. 9pm-2am (weekly beer bust 2pm-9pm). 456 Castro St.

Enjoy the weekly jock-ular fun, with DJed dance music at sports team fundraisers. 12pm-1am. NY DJ Sharon White from 3pm-6pm. 3600 16th St.

Shake It Up @ Port Bar, Oakland DJ Lady Char spins dance grooves; gogo studs, and drink specials, too. 9pm-2am. 2023 Broadway. (510) 8232099.

Sugar @ The Cafe Dance, drink, cruise at the Castro club, with DJs Gay Marvine, Taco Tuesday and Matthew XO. 9pm-2am. 2369 Market St.

Pollo del Mar's weekly drag show takes on different themes with a comic edge. 8:30-11:30pm. 2369 Market St.

Liz Callaway @ Venetian Room The Tony-nominated Broadway star of Miss Saigon, Baby, Merrily We Roll Along and Cats makes her solo Venetian Room debut. $55-$65. 5pm. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St.

Polesexual @ The Stud Enjoy the variety show of acrobatic talents. At the offbeat performance night, with DJ Dakota Pendent. $10. 10pm-2am. 399 9th St.

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.

Sat 10

Bacon and Beer Festival @ Jack London Square

San Francisco:


Sun 11

Domingo De Escandal @ Club OMG

Uhaul @ Oasis

Playmates and soul mates...

Sunday's a Drag @ Starlight Room The weekly brunch and drag show with a panoramic view. $45. 11am, show at noon; 1:30pm, show at 2:30pm. 450 Powell St. in Union Square. 395-8595.

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Hump @ Powerhouse DJ Jim Collins spins vinyl grooves at the weeknight event. $5-$10. 10pm2am. 1347 Folsom St.

Kosmetik @ The Stud Weekly grovvy dance time. 9pm-2am. 399 9th St.

Miss Kitty's Trivia Night @ Wild Side West The weekly fun night at the Bernal Heights bar includes prizes, hosted by Kitty Tapata. No cover. 7pm-10pm. 424 Cortland St. 647-3099.

Sun 11

Dandy @ Oasis


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Mon 12 Happy Hour @ The Cinch Happy hour at the historic neighborhood bar. 5pm-8pm. 1723 Polk St.

Karaoke Night @ SF Eagle Sing along, with host Beth Bicoastal, plus prizes, local celeb judges, and $2 draft beer. 8pm-12am. 398 12th St.

Munro's at Midnight @ Midnight Sun

Stag @ Powerhouse Single, or a couple looking for an extra? Cruise it up. $5. 5pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St.

Vice Tuesdays @ Q Bar Queer femme and friends dance party with hip hop, Top 40 and throwbacks, with DJs Val G and Iris Triska. 9pm2am. 456 Castro St.

Wed 14 Sing out with host Bebe Sweetbriar; 2 for 1 well drinks. 8pm-2am. 4067 18th St. 861-4186.

No No Bingo @ Virgil's Sea Room

Comedy Showcase @ SF Eagle Kollin Holtz hosts the open mic comedy night. 5:30pm-8pm. 398 12th St. at Harrison.

Pillows @ Powerhouse

Dick at Nite @ Moby Dick

Glamamore's crafts and drag night. 9pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St.

Grace Towers' weekly drag show at the fun local bar. 9pm-12am. 4049 18th St.

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni's

Fischerspooner @ Regency Ballroom

Sing-along night with talented locals, and charming accompanist Joe Wicht. 9pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Underwear Night @ 440 Strip down to your skivvies at the popular men's night. 9pm-2am. 440 Castro St. 621-8732.

Tue 13 High Fantasy @ Aunt Charlie's Lounge Weekly drag and variety show, with live acts and lip-synching divas, plus DJed grooves. $5. Shows at 10:30pm & 12am. 133 Turk St. at Taylor.

Hysteria Comedy @ Martuni's Open mic for women and queer comics, with host Irene Tu. 6pm-8pm. 4 Valencia St.

Karaoke Night @ The Stud Sing Till It Hurts with hostess Sister Flora; 2 for 1 happy hour, no cover, plus raffle prize drawings. 8pm-2am. 399 9th St.

Karaoke Cocktails @ Ginger's The new basement tribute to the old Ginger's Trois hosts a weekly singing fun. 8pm-12am. 86 Hardie Place.

Naked Night @ Nob Hill Theatre Strip down with the strippers at the clothing-optional night. $20. 9pm. 729 Bush St. at Powell. 397-6758.

Nap's Karaoke @ Virgil's Sea Room

Enjoy drag performers galore at a benefit for Mark Leno's mayoral campaign. $50-$180 (VIP reception). 7pm. 298 11th St.

Sing out loud at the weekly least judgmental karaoke in town, hosted by the former owner of the bar. No cover. 9pm. 3152 Mission St. 8292233.

Thu 15 Comedy Returns @ El Rio

Movie Night @ SF Eagle Enjoy drinks and a flick, with trivia games and prizes. 8pm-2am. 398 12th St.

My So-Called Night @ Beaux

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

Carnie Asada hosts a weekly '90s-themed video, dancin', drinkin' night, with VJs Jorge Terez. Get down with your funky bunch, and enjoy 90-cent drinks. '90s-themed attire and costume contest. No cover. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market St.

The electro-art queer group performs music from their new provocative and groovy album, Sir. $35-$40. 9pm. 1300 Van Ness Ave.

Follies & Dollies @ White Horse Bar, Oakland Weekly drag show at the historic gay bar. 9:30pm-11:30pm. 6551 Telegraph Ave, (510) 652-3820.

Freeball Wednesdays @ The Cinch Free pool and drink specials at the historic neighborhood bar. 8pm-1am. 1723 Polk St.

Rice Rockettes @ Lookout Local and visiting Asian drag queens' weekly show with DJ Philip Grasso. $5. 10:30pm show. 3600 16th St.

Sister Spit @ The Stud The women's and QPOC writing collective closes out their national tour at the famed bar with Mari Naomi, Jamal Lewis, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Wo Chan, Jayy Dodd, Virgie Tovar and Andrea Abi-Karam. $15$20. 7pm-9pm (Hoe is Life follows, 10pm-2am). 399 9th St.

Thump @ White Horse, Oakland Weekly electro music night with DJ Matthew Baker and guests. 9pm-2am. 6551 Telegraph Ave, (510) 652-3820.

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Mica Sigourney and Tom Temprano cohost the wacky weekly game night at the cool Mission bar. 8pm. 3152 Mission St.

Queens for Leno @ Oasis

Laugh along with stand-ups Dan St Paul, Carla Clayy, Victor Pacheco, Judi Leff, and MC Lisa Geduldig. $7$20. 7pm. 3158 Mission St. www.march15elrio.

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Shining Stars

Photos by Steven Underhill Academy of Friends Gala @ City View, Metreon


ans of the Oscar ceremonies got a circus-themed party at the Academy of Friends’ annual party, where thousands are raised for local HIV/AIDs nonprofits. Along with the awards broadcast, guests enjoyed food, drinks, and entertainment, including “Barbra” (Jef Valentine), a Shape of Water amphibian queen (Trangela Lansbury), and the traditional herd of gold-plated statue models. Gay, lesbian and trans Oscar recipients garnered cheers from the party guests. See plenty more photos on BARtab’s Facebook page, See more of Steven Underhill’s photos at

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March 8, 2018 edition of the Bay Area Reporter  

America's #LGBTQ newspaper -- longest continuously published -- highest weekly circulation

March 8, 2018 edition of the Bay Area Reporter  

America's #LGBTQ newspaper -- longest continuously published -- highest weekly circulation