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Man pleads not guilty in Sonoma threat, flag case

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Former SF police commissioner Julius Turman dies


by Alex Madison


ulius Turman leaves behind a legacy of generosity and love, said his close friend Brett Andrews, CEO of the Positive Resource Center. Flags at City Hall flew at half-staff Monday in honor of Turman, a gay man who had just stepped down from the San Francisco Police Commission and was found dead in his home Sunday, May 13. He was 52. Mr. Turman had served as president of the See page 17 >>

LGBT Pride in Cuba


or the 11th year, Cuba’s National Center of Sexual Education spearheaded activities to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. On May 12, several thousand participants, including a group from the San Francisco-based Rainbow World Fund, joined in Havana for a short but spirited march.

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Above, the Cuban flag was carried in the march. Havana activities were augmented by the free distribution of thousands of rainbow-colored items – flags, bracelets, stickers – from the Rainbows for Cuba project, initiated by gay San Francisco activist Michael Petrelis, who was also there for the march decked out in a rainbow cape.

man whom Sonoma County sheriff ’s deputies said threatened to bomb gays and allegedly stole rainbow flags from the Guerneville Plaza flagpole pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance this Sonoma Co. Sheriff’s office week. Vincent Joseph Vincent Joseph O’Sullivan O’Sullivan was taken into custody by deputies from the Sonoma County Sheriff ’s Guerneville substation May 12 after he allegedly threatened to “bomb the gay people in Guerneville” at a local grocery store, authorities said. See page 17 >>

Castro groups relinquish $100K city grant for Pink Triangle Park by Matthew S. Bajko


San Francisco monument to LGBTs killed by the Nazis in World War II will no longer see an infusion of cash to repair its damaged elements now that two neighborhood groups have relinquished the city grant awarded to the project. Last spring the city’s Community Challenge Grants program had announced it was awarding $100,000 to the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District to pay for the renovation and greening of the Pink Triangle Park and Memorial Rose Garden located at 2454-2458 Market Street. The roughly 3,000 square foot triangular park is situated at the northwest corner of Market and Castro streets (bordered by 17th Street). It features a memorial consisting of 15 pylons created by artists Susan Abbott Martin and Robert Bruce. The CBD had partnered with the Eureka Valley Foundation, an offshoot of the Castro/ Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association responsible for the upkeep of the mini park, to use the grant money to address maintenance issues at the park and build a new ADA-accessible entrance.


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The walkway and rose quartz triangle are shown at the Pink Triangle Park and Memorial Rose Garden.

But, as the Bay Area Reporter previously reported, the park group informed the CBD last fall that the grant money should be returned to the city. John Goldsmith, the president of the See page 16 >>

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Protesters try to disrupt Milk plaza meeting by David-Elijah Nahmod


small but vocal group of protesters attempted to disrupt a community meeting Tuesday night as the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza unveiled semi-final architectural designs for the new Harvey Milk Plaza and transit station at the corner of Castro and Market streets. The protesters, who were holding up signs that said, “Polish not Demolish,” did not elicit a response from other meeting attendees. “The neighborhood doesn’t want this,” said John Goldsmith, a 26-year resident. “What is its carbon footprint? We didn’t ask for this – it’s a significant LGBTQ site already.” There have been mixed reactions to the plaza redesign from the beginning.

Designers and the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza envision a sweeping new public space, while others were critical of initial renderings and wonder how the space will avoid becoming a magnet for homeless people. The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza started on the project last year, planning to incorporate plaza changes with accessibility improvements led by the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency. At Tuesday’s meeting at Sanchez Elementary School, most attendees seemed happy with the redesigned proposal, which comes after four possible designs were displayed at previous forums. At the earlier meeting attendees filled out comment cards on what they liked and didn’t like

Courtesy Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza/Perkins Eastman

A rendering of the semi-final design for Harvey Milk Plaza shows the entrance at Castro and Market streets, left.

about each design. Those comments were used by Justin Skoda and McCall Wood from the design firm of Perkins Eastman to come up with the

semi-final proposal. Perkins Eastman won the design competition for the project, following an online vote.

Significantly, the stairs and elevator remain at the Castro-Market corner, set back to allow better circulation with approximately 100 square feet of additional area, Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza member Erin Elliott told the Bay Area Reporter in an email. The entrance is below an elevated “public square”-type feature. Before construction can begin, the proposal must be submitted to the San Francisco Public Works, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Civic Design Review, and SFMTA. “Each will have a review period and then they’ll make and take suggestions,” Skoda told the B.A.R. Skoda also addressed the removal of mature trees and the reduction of See page 12 >>

Lesbian senator barnstorms in Bay Area by Matthew S. Bajko


ith conservative donors bankrolling a multimillion-dollar effort to defeat her come November, lesbian U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) barnstormed through the Bay Area last weekend to bolster her own campaign coffers. The various local fundraisers Baldwin held coincided with her receiving an award from Equality California at its annual gala in San Francisco held Saturday, May 12. The statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization presented Baldwin, the first openly LGBTQ person to serve in the United States Senate, with its Equality Leadership Award. “We better work our tail off to reelect her in November because of all that toxic money against her,” said gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) in introducing Baldwin.

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Senator Tammy Baldwin speaks at Equality California’s San Francisco gala May 12.

Saying she was “so humbled” to receive EQCA’s honor, Baldwin spoke to the power of having LGBT people serve in elected office, as they serve as role models and are a sign of the

“tangible progress” that the LGBT community has made in recent decades. When she first ran for a U.S. House seat in 1998, Baldwin noted how just being an out candidate was seen as progress. “If you don’t have a seat at the table you are probably on the menu,” said Baldwin, adding that, “being in the halls of power is at the heart of our power to make real change.” The same day as Baldwin was being honored, Republicans back in Wisconsin endorsed conservative state Senator Leah Vukmir in their party’s August 14 primary that will decide who competes against Baldwin in the fall. National LGBT rights group the Human Rights Campaign, which endorsed Baldwin, criticized the state party for backing “an anti-LGBTQ extremist.” HRC Wisconsin state manager Wendy Strout stated that Vukmir “has

no place in the United States Senate” and predicted that “Wisconsinites will not stand for a candidate who is a threat to our progress and the values we hold dear.” In an email to its supporters, Baldwin’s campaign pointed out that, “From supporting tax breaks for the rich to restricting a woman’s access to health care, Vukmir has a long record of touting dangerous and out-oftouch policies.” Honored by EQCA with its Amplify Equality Award, gay Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside) used his address at the gala to also beseech the audience to support Baldwin’s bid for a second term in the Senate. Noting how they are two of just seven LGBT people in Congress, Takano called Baldwin “a trailblazer and a hero to millions” who is helping lead the resistance in Washington, D.C. to the homophobic policies of the Trump

administration. “This year we all must fight for her. We have to have her back,” said Takano, the first openly LGBTQ Californian and first openly LGBTQ person of color to serve in Congress. “Re-electing Tammy Baldwin to the Senate must remain a priority.” Also receiving Equality Trailblazer Awards from EQCA at the gala were the regional Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and local business leader LaVerda Allen, 86, co-founder of the Allen Group, for their support of LGBT rights in the workplace. In 1994, BART became the second transit agency in the country to provide domestic partner benefits, while Allen has been a straight ally and pioneering AfricanAmerican, woman contractor. According to EQCA, this year marked the first time the San Francisco gala sold out. EQCA raised more than $500,000 at the event.t


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Queer Ancestors Project to unveil anthology by Alex Madison


o matter how far the LGBT community has come in terms of equality and acceptance, safe spaces and understanding the struggles and resistance of LGBT ancestors will always be incredibly important to the continued progress of the community, said Celeste Chan. Chan, a queer Asian-American femme, is the director of the first creative writing program through the Queer Ancestors Project, which has been around since 2010. The free, nine-month program that launched in September 2017, took 20 youth, ages 18-24, on a journey back in time to explore the stories of LGBT people before them and, in turn, an exploration of themselves. “Queer and trans people have been deliberately cut off from their history and from their own sense of power and agency,” Chan, 38, told the Bay Area Reporter in a recent phone interview. “I want queer and trans youth to know that queer culture is itself a history of resistance. During these Trump times, when it seems like history is going backward, it is more and more necessary for us to know what we’re capable of and to know we have a history behind us.” On Saturday, May 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Strut, the men’s health center in the Castro, the program will celebrate its conclusion and unveil “Tender: Queer Ancestors Project Anthology,” a collection of poems, essays, stories, and visual art by the 20 participating

Courtesy Celeste Chan

Young people work on “Tender: Queer Ancestors Project Anthology,” which will be unveiled Saturday.

Bay Area artists. The event will include readings from the artists and a festive environment. The participants met twice a week at various locations throughout the city, including the San Francisco LGBT Community Center and SOMArts, to explore LGBT texts, become inspired, share experiences, and, of course, write. As guiding texts for the program, Chan chose stories of LGBT resistance focusing on marginalized communities like Leslie Feinberg’s “Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman,” a jaunt through the history of gender expression and rebellion. And James Baldwin’s “My Dungeon Shook: Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation,” which Chan said

speaks to the issues surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement today. Chan said she wanted the participants to be able to find an ancestor they could relate to. “For young people who have been written out of history, it’s a powerful act to go back and connect and say ‘wait, people like me have always existed and don’t just exist in hate crimes and homeless statistics,’” Chan said. “I want them to know they are a part of history too and their own stories and lives matter.” Throughout the nine months, Chan witnessed change in each of the young artists. She watched as the group became closer and more vulnerable as they shared their struggles with one another. Aside from the challenges that come with

being a young LGBT adult, some of the artists are also struggling with homelessness and living in one of the most expensive places in the country, Chan said. A safe space to express and bond with other LGBTs was somewhat of a life-changing experience for two members of the program, Isabel D. Trevino and Sho Nakashima. For Trevino, 23, who did not give an identity, the experience not only improved her creative writing skills, but was eye-opening when it came to discovering more about her own community. Trevino came out to her family about a year ago and said the Queer Ancestors Project helped guide her through the emotions associated with that. “The whole QAP thing has helped me therapeutically,” Trevino, who is a health psychology major at California State University, East Bay, said. “Having a program with individuals who understand your problems is very important and brings awareness and wokeness to individuals who feel hopeless or like they have nowhere to go.” Trevino’s personal experiences as a young LGBT person were the inspiration for her five-page fictionalized story in the QAP anthology called, “Liquid Courage.” The story follows a young girl who abuses drugs and alcohol in order to express her feelings for another woman. Nakashima’s personal experiences also inspired his two poems featured in the anthology. Nakashima, 24, who identifies as genderqueer, moved to San Francisco from his hometown in Michigan less than a year ago, a place

where he said it was very hard to find queer, safe spaces. He talked about the way the program has redefined his definition of what it means to be queer and the importance of queer spaces and history. “I’ve expanded and grown in so many ways,” he said about the program. “As queer and trans people we are constantly expanding our own definitions of what it means to be queer.” His poems: “Quarantine Room” and “Uji Uji” surround obstacles he faced in his life as an LGBT person. Having a space that fosters conversations about resistance and inspiring LGBT leaders was a process he called, “empowering.” The 20 youth, Chan, and community members alike will reunite for the Strut event celebrating the anthology, published by Foglifter, an LGBT publishing company that publishes an LGBT literary journal in San Francisco. The event will also celebrate the closing of the Queer Ancestors Project print exhibition, which has been on display since January. The event is free and open to the public. Strut is located at 470 Castro Street. The next creative writing program is open to LGBT youth and will run August though December and again January through May. The program is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s WritersCorps program. Applications for the first round are due July 15 by 5 p.m. Contact Chan at diy. for more information. t

Ex-Bay Area politico wins OR primary for Congress by Matthew S. Bajko


lesbian former Bay Area councilwoman will take on a longtime Republican incumbent in a rural Oregon congressional district this November having won her Democratic primary race Tuesday. Jamie McLeod-Skinner, 50, the first lesbian elected to the Santa Clara City Council, on which she served eight years beginning in December 2004, is seeking the Beaver State’s expansive 2nd Congressional District seat. Covering Oregon’s eastern inland areas, the district hugs the border with California and includes the theater town of Ashland, the city of Bend, and La Grande outside of the Umatilla National Forest.

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Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Congressman Greg Walden (RHood River), 61, has held the seat since 1999 and is seeking a 10th

two-year term this fall. Seven Democratic candidates had pulled papers to compete in the May 15 primary to be their party’s candidate in the general election. McLeod-Skinner bested them all with 40 percent of the vote Tuesday, according to the unofficial returns. Walden easily won his primary against two GOP challengers with nearly 78 percent of the vote. He is expected to win come November, as the 39,932 votes cast for all of the Democratic primary candidates fell well short of the 61,180 votes cast by Republicans. Nonetheless, McLeod-Skinner is pitching herself as a “rural Democrat” in touch with the district’s needs. She has garnered local media attention for traveling around the district with her

2-year-old Doberman, Moshi, riding along in her blue Jeep Wrangler. “Thank you to everyone who helped us win tonight,” McLeodSkinner wrote on Twitter late Tuesday. “Honored to be your rural Democratic nominee for Congress. We have a lot of work to do but, together, we can beat Greg Walden.” McLeod-Skinner moved to southern Oregon as a child. Her wife, Cass Skinner, comes from a multi-generational ranching family in eastern Oregon’s Jordan Valley. The couple married last May and are raising Skinner’s four children ranging in age from 12 to 21. They split their time between Redmond and Ashland. A graduate of Cornell University, McLeod-Skinner in the late 1990s worked for the International Rescue

Committee in Bosnia and Herzegovina and then in Kosovo. The agency in 1998 sent her to work in its San Jose office; she then took a job with the city of Sunnyvale. In 2008 she went to work for the Santa Clara Valley Water District as an environmental planner. In 2013 McLeod-Skinner enrolled in law school at the University of Oregon, graduating in 2016. She had been hired as the city manager of Phoenix, Oregon but was fired last year after a local election brought new leadership to the town’s City Council. Also winning her primary Tuesday was bisexual Oregon Governor Kate Brown, 57, who has led the state since 2015. The only LGBT governor in the country, she will face-off against Republican state Representative Knute Buehler, 54, of Bend in November. t

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n LGBT person has never been elected to statewide office in California, although a couple have tried. For much of the past year, it looked like gay state Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) had an easy path in his race for state insurance commissioner. No Republican was running against him, and he had a minor Democratic opponent. That all changed a few months ago when two things happened: Democrat Dr. Asif Mahmood ended his bid for lieutenant governor and announced he was running for insurance commissioner under his “I’m a physician, not a politician” tagline; and former Republican Steve Poizner decided to run for the job he once held, but this time as an independent. In these final weeks of the campaign, Lara is battling the wealthy Mahmood as well as Poizner’s claims that an “independent” is better suited to overseeing the insurance industry. In fact, Poizner is just as political as Lara; he realized that he has no chance of winning a statewide race right now running as a Republican. Lara made headlines last year when he introduced Senate Bill 562, designed to make California the first state to effectively implement a single-payer, universal health care system. It passed in the Senate but the Assembly balked, and the bill died. Lara, however, has not given up on the idea, although he and other lawmakers realize it likely will take years to accomplish, and will cost billions of dollars. But we think the long view is worth it if the state can incrementally develop a universal health care system. Having an insurance commissioner as an advocate for a single-payer health plan will benefit consumers and put the insurance companies on notice that their business model must change. In terms of his work on behalf of the LGBT community, Lara wrote in our questionnaire that “One major issue in the insurance world for the LGBT community is combatting ongoing practices of discrimination from health insurance companies, who are regularly denying coverage for critical services such as hormone therapies and gender-affirming surgeries. These practices continue despite being outlawed by the Insurance Gender Non Discrimination Act back in 2005. ... I will be committed to protecting LGBT consumers from this sort of pernicious discrimination.” Lara plans to collaborate with groups that share his allegiance to consumers, patients, working families, and the state’s most vulnerable communities. Lara is an inspired choice for insurance commissioner because it will put him in a position to push for real change that hopefully will lead to statewide universal health care.

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Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom

Governor: Gavin Newsom

No one should be surprised that Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom turned a traditionally sleepy office into a platform for gun control, legalized cannabis, and equality. Few will forget how, back in 2004, just 36 days into

his first term as San Francisco mayor, Newsom upended the status quo by ordering city officials to issue marriage licenses to samesex couples. The “Winter of Love” galvanized the marriage equality movement that 11 years later culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. Newsom has never backed down from his commitment to equality for all. Since becoming lieutenant governor, Newsom has spearheaded ballot measures on gun control and legalizing marijuana for adult use. As governor, Newsom wrote in our questionnaire that he will lead the effort to develop 3.5 million new housing units that are needed by 2025. “There is no silver bullet to solve this crisis,” he wrote. “We need to attach the problem on multiple fronts by generating more funding for affordable housing, implementing regulatory reform, and creating new financial incentives for local jurisdictions that produce housing while penalizing those that fall short.” His ideas include increasing investment in affordable housing tax credits, implementing stronger tenant protections and expanding rent control, and holding local jurisdictions accountable for housing production. Newsom supports high-speed rail, although he has expressed concerns with the long-term funding plan – “particularly that projected federal and private funding hasn’t materialized,” he wrote. On education, Newsom’s plan calls for making it easier to access and afford a higher education. He wants to equip students with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curricula and said on his website that California should be leading the way on requiring computer science courses in all high schools. During this campaign, Newsom has been confident, and polls show him in the lead. The other Democratic candidates, with the exception of former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, don’t have broad public support. The two Republicans in the race are horrible options. It’s time for a forward-looking governor who can continue programs that work, and develop new ones to help every resident.

Lieutenant governor candidate Eleni Kounalakis

office to convene a blue ribbon panel on the status of LGBTQIA issues. While the state does have some of the most progressive laws protecting the queer community, it’s great that Kounalakis knows more can be done.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla

Secretary of State: Alex Padilla

As California’s chief elections officer, Padilla has spent his first term expanding access to the ballot by giving voters more options for when, where, and how to cast their ballots. In his first two years, two million new voters were registered. He’s launched online pre-registration for 16- and 17-year olds – the teens who are breathing new life into gun control advocacy across the country and here in California. He is implementing automatic voter registration so that anyone who is eligible will be automatically registered to vote when they apply for or renew their driver’s license or state ID. He deserves to be re-elected as secretary of state.

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State Controller Betty Yee at SF Pride parade.

Controller: Betty Yee

A straight ally to the LGBT community all her professional life, Betty Yee has long worked in financial positions of state government. As controller, she monitors the revenues and manages the state’s cash, and informs the Legislature about how these affect budget projections and estimates. She found about $4 billion in public funds that had been directed to unallowed purposes or subject to waste. Yee has not had to resort to any external borrowing to pay the state’s bills. In short, just the type of state elected official California needs: competent and resourceful. She should be re-elected.

Lieutenant Governor: Eleni Kounalakis

Eleni Kounalakis, a straight ally, has significant LGBT support. She has been endorsed by Equality California, the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, the Stonewall Young Democrats, and the Tulare County Stonewall Democrats. Two of her senior campaign team identify as LGBTQ and she has an active base of volunteers in the community. She served as ambassador to Hungary under President Barack Obama, where she was chief of mission at an embassy staffed with nearly 400 people. She currently chairs the California Advisory Council for International Trade and Investment. “I know what it takes to lead a government organization and how to run a successful business,” she wrote in our questionnaire. The lieutenant governor position includes seats on several powerful state bodies, such as the California Coastal Commission and the UC Regents board. Kounalakis also said that she would serve as chair of the Commission for Economic Development. “I’ll use this position to work to expand our economy and grow the number of good-paying jobs, increase the supply of affordable housing, fight to provide universal health care, and ensure affordable higher education,” she wrote. She also said she’d use the power of the

State treasurer candidate Fiona Ma

Treasurer: Fiona Ma

As treasurer, Fiona Ma said she ensures that the state has access to the capital necessary to complete the projects Californians deserve while also helping to create good jobs and keeping the economy growing. This includes securing the financing necessary to support California’s infrastructure projects, as well as address transportation, public schools, housing, water quality, and pollution issues. Ma is a former San Francisco supervisor and certified public accountant, and current member of the state Board of Equalization. See page 14 >>


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Recommendations on SF, CA ballot props


here are nine San Francisco propositions, one regional measure, and five state propositions on the June 5 ballot.

SF props

Proposition A would allow the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to sell revenue bonds to build clean power facilities.

Proposition A: Public Utility Revenue Bonds. YES. This would amend the City Charter to authorize the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to issue revenue bonds to build or improve clean power facilities, with approval by two-thirds of the Board of Supervisors. Prop A was put on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors and faces token opposition. Vote Yes on A. Proposition B: Prohibiting Appointed Commissioners from Running for Office. YES. This is a Charter amendment that would require appointed members of boards and commissions established by the Charter to forfeit their appointed seat at the time they file to run for state or local elective office. This is a sensible measure that codifies what was once a practice of former mayor Willie Brown and has been followed sporadically since he left office. If you’re an appointed official and want to run for office, you should relinquish your seat when you file candidacy papers. Vote Yes on B. Proposition C: Additional Tax on Commercial Rents Mostly to Fund Child Care and Education; Proposition D: Additional Tax on Commercial Rents Mostly to Fund Housing and Homelessness Services. NO. It’s unfortunate that the proponents behind Props C and D couldn’t come together with one ballot measure, probably with a slightly higher tax, to fund both child care and housing programs. Instead, we’re left with one group pitted against another. Since both measures depend on revenue from the same gross receipts tax, only the one with the most votes can be enacted. Yet the city is in dire need of both programs. Choosing between Props C and D is a false choice. The supervisors should go back to the drawing board and go through the legislative process to craft one plan that voters can approve. Vote No on Props C and D.

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A yes vote on Proposition E would prohibit retailers from selling flavored tobacco products in San Francisco.

Proposition E: Prohibiting Tobacco Retailers From Selling Flavored Tobacco Products. YES. Last year, the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance prohibiting the sale in San Francisco of flavored tobacco products, including menthol

cigarettes and candy-flavored tobacco products. In response, supporters of Big Tobacco filed a referendum requiring that the ordinance will not go into effect unless a majority of voters approve it. A yes vote means you approve of the ordinance passed by the Board of Supervisors. A no vote means you want to allow the sale of flavored tobacco products in San Francisco. Tobacco products are flavored to taste like candy, fruit, chocolate, and other foods in packaging designed to look very similar to popular candies, in an effort by the tobacco companies to draw in young users to what is a potentially deadly habit of nicotine addiction. Health organizations like the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, and the American Cancer Society are in support of Prop E. Big Tobacco targets the LGBT community with giveaways and discounts to get gays hooked on cigarettes, a troubling history going back to the 1990s. Vote Yes on Prop E.

Proposition H: Policy for Use of Tasers by San Francisco Police Officers. NO. This measure is unnecessary since the Police Commission has already approved a policy earlier this year for officers to carry and use Tasers. Under Prop H, any change to the Taser policy would have to go back to voters for approval. This is not an effective way to manage the police department. Prop H undermines the Department of Justice recommendations on police reform that Chief William Scott has begun implementing. It is an endrun by the powerful San Francisco Police Officers Association to set policy for the department. That’s the Police Commission’s job, not the voters’. Vote No on Prop H. Proposition I: Relocation of Professional Sports Teams. NO. Allen Jones, a San Francisco man who identifies as a homosexual, put this measure on the ballot because he was upset that city officials wooed the Golden State Warriors from Oakland to San Francisco. Prop I is nonbinding and will not stop the Warriors from coming to San Francisco; the arena is already under construction. Jones may be sincere in his belief that cities shouldn’t recruit teams from other cities and risk economic loss stemming from those relocations, but this measure does nothing to prohibit that. Vote No on I.

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Regional measure Proposition F would provide city-funded legal representation for residential tenants in eviction lawsuits.

Proposition F: City-Funded Legal Representation for Residential Tenants in Eviction Lawsuits. YES. This ballot measure would adopt a policy that San Francisco shall provide legal representation to all residential tenants facing eviction. Too often, tenants lack the financial resources to effectively fight an eviction, despite many city programs and policies to help protect them. What they need is the professional guidance of an attorney. Prop F would provide a lawyer for a tenant within 30 days after the tenant receives an eviction notice or immediately upon receipt of a lawsuit seeking eviction. San Francisco has a housing crisis, and the city needs to do everything it can to keep people housed. Nonprofit housing groups and teachers’ organizations such as the AIDS Housing Alliance, Coalition on Homelessness, and United Educators of San Francisco are in support. Vote Yes on Prop F. Proposition G: Parcel Tax for San Francisco Unified School District. YES. This proposal would authorize the city to collect an annual parcel tax of $298 per parcel of taxable property in the city beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2038, adjusted annually for inflation. The money would be used to increase the salaries and benefits of teachers and para-educators; increase staffing and funding at highneed schools; increase the salaries and benefits of other district employees; invest in technology; and fund charter schools. It has broad support. San Francisco is an expensive place to live, and we want to retain quality educators. Vote Yes on Prop G.

Regional Measure 3: Bay Area Traffic Relief Plan. YES. This measure would increase tolls on all Bay Area toll bridges (except the Golden Gate Bridge). Tolls would increase by $1 in 2019, an additional $1 in 2022, and an additional $1 in 2025, for a total increase of $3. After 2025, tolls could be increased for inflation. The funds would be used to purchase new BART cars and extend BART to San Jose and Santa Clara; widen Highway 101 through the Marin-Sonoma Narrows to accommodate new carpool lanes; improve State Route 37, which serves Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma counties; expand ferry service; improve Interstate 680/State Route 4 and other routes; and extend Caltrain to downtown San Francisco. The measure must pass by a majority of votes cast in nine Bay Area counties. Traffic congestion is a major problem, and public transit agencies like BART, Caltrain, and the ferries need resources to expand their service. Vote Yes on Regional Measure 3.


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Proposition 68: General obligation bonds for parks, water quality, and flood protection. YES. This proposition allows the state to sell a total of $4.1 billion in general obligation bonds for various natural resources-related programs. It has wide public support. Vote Yes on Prop 68. Proposition 69: Legislative Constitutional Amendment to require transportation revenues be used for transportation purposes. YES. This proposition amends the state constitution to require that the Legislature spend revenues from the new diesel sales taxes and transportation improvement fees (Senate Bill 1) on transportation purposes. It protects transportation funds. Gas tax money and vehicle registration fees (for zero-emission vehicles) should be spent on road infrastructure and public transit investment. Vote Yes on Prop 69. See page 17 >>

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8 • BAY AREA REPORTER • May 17-23, 2018


Next SF mayor could name an LGBT adviser by Matthew S. Bajko


early two years ago the late San Francisco mayor Ed Lee created the nation’s first mayoral adviser on transgender initiatives when he hired longtime transgender advocate Theresa Sparks for the City Hall role. When Sparks retired in the fall, transgender advocate Clair Farley took over the job. And under the direction of Mayor Mark Farrell, elected in January by a majority of the Board of Supervisors to serve in an interim basis, Farley has been working to form a transgender advisory panel to assist the city in meeting the community’s needs. But she has also worked on a number of LGBT initiatives in recent months, such as the renaming of Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport in honor of the late gay supervisor Harvey Milk and an agreement with sister city Cork, Ireland to jointly advocate for LGBT equality on the world stage. And other issues of concern to the LGBT community will be jockeying for the mayor’s attention in coming months, from funding in the budget to the establishment of LGBT cultural districts in various neighborhoods. Plus, all three of the leading mayoral candidates in the special election on the June 5 primary ballot to serve out the remainder of Lee’s term have their own plans relating to LGBT issues and the community. For that reason, the Bay Area Reporter asked the trio during recent editorial board interviews if they would expand the parameter of Farley’s role and designate her their adviser on LGBT initiatives as opposed to her job title being solely focused on transgender issues. All were open to the idea but stressed that, if they took such a

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Clair Farley is currently the mayor’s adviser on transgender initiatives.

step, they would want to ensure the transgender community did not get overlooked under the expanded umbrella of the job. “Given the significant increase in hate crimes against our community in the past year, given the target this president has put on our back, given the sometimes mistaken presumption that our community has been fully accepted and that our battles have been won, I think your suggestion ... is one I would seriously consider,” gay former state lawmaker and supervisor Mark Leno told the B.A.R. Board President London Breed, who briefly served as acting mayor following Lee’s sudden death December 12, didn’t raise any objection about creating such a role on her mayoral staff. “I am fine with that, I am totally open to that,” she said. District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim said she would want to consult first with LGBT community members before making such a hiring decision.

“Well, either we could expand the office, with staff, or we could just expand the purpose,” said Kim, whose district includes the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods where transgender and leather LGBT cultural districts, respectively, are being formed. “But I would want to sit down and talk to the community about how we did that, so that it was done in a way that didn’t diminish the role that this position has given for the transgender community who, you know, have so many barriers here in San Francisco. We want to address those issues, whether it’s employment, housing, also the criminal justice system.” As for Farley, she acknowledged to the B.A.R. that her duties have included a broader array of issues than those solely impacting transgender residents of the city. “As a city we need to be responsive to the whole community,” said Farley. But with transgender individuals disproportionately impacted by homelessness, unemployment, and physical violence, she said any expansion of her office’s role shouldn’t result in a diminished focus on the needs of the transgender community. “In working with the most vulnerable in our community, we find that transgender initiatives are the most needed,” she said.

Mayoral AIDS czar unlikely to return

As for naming a mayoral adviser on HIV issues, all three candidates questioned if there was a need for a separate AIDS czar position at City Hall. The last time such a person advised the occupant of Room 200 was during the mayoralty of Gavin Newsom.

With the Department of Public Health committed to coming close to ending the transmission of HIV by 2020, it is possible there is no longer a need for an AIDS czar on the mayor’s staff. All three of the candidates suggested it is a role that an employee within DPH could assume as a way to keep City Hall apprised of progress on the Getting to Zero plan. “It is quite possible that that position filled could lead to the goal line. I’d have to see once I am closer to it as to what the value added would be,” said Leno. Breed also told the B.A.R. she was uncertain of the need for an AIDS czar but could see possibly designating someone within the health department to such a position for the purposes of overseeing the allocation of funding to meet the goals of Getting to Zero. “But I do think we need to make sure that the dollars are being used for the purpose intended, that it’s effective, that it is the right plan, and that does, I believe, may include a person who’s primarily responsible for that purpose,” she said. “Does that person need to be on the mayor’s office staff? Maybe, maybe not.” Kim also did not rule out the merit of having an AIDS czar as mayor. “Well, it does feel, you know, it feels like we are slowly getting there, and that leadership has actually come from the community, it has come less from the mayor’s office,” she said. “Although, we have been funding and supporting that work,

of course, but it’s being really led by our community stakeholders and leaders on the ground. If people felt that there was a need for a czar, then I would certainly consider it, but I do think that the Department of Public Health has been doing a good job of bringing our community-based organizations together to address this issue.”

Pride Month bill advances

The state Assembly Monday (May 14) approved on a bipartisan vote of 59-0 legislation that would establish June as Pride Month in California. Assembly Bill 2969 is co-authored by all eight members of the Legislative LGBT Caucus and supported by Equality California, the state’s LGBT advocacy group, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The bill, which would designate June as Pride Month by statute, will now be taken up by the state Senate. “We have codified many other cultural celebrations into statute; it’s time to add Pride to that list,” stated gay Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell), chair of the LGBT caucus and lead author of the bill.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 the out Republicans on the June ballot endorsed by Log Cabin CA. 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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Vote NO on E Prop E is a ban on ADULT choices

California recently changed the tobacco purchase age to 21, and the real solution is to strictly enforce the new Age 21 law, punish retailers and other sources who violate the law, and focus the millions of dollars the City and County receives for youth tobacco prevention education to actually educating our kids on the harms of tobacco use.

Banning choices is not what San Francisco is all about

Support San Francisco’s longstanding spirit of not restricting freedom of choice. We’ve never been about telling adults what they can and cannot do. Let’s not start now.

Respect everyone’s choice of how to live their life

Smoking and vaping is a choice, and even if we don’t approve of the choices adults make we shouldn’t tell adults who to be and what to do. Proposition E goes too far by limiting choice and telling adults what to do.

Stop the Prohibition Proposition On June 5th you can help stop City Hall’s misguided ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes, hookah tobacco, most vaping liquids, and other tobacco products.

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t Affirmation confab draws LGBT Mormons to SF 10 • BAY AREA REPORTER • May 17-23, 2018

by Brian Bromberger


GBT Mormons and their allies met in San Francisco recently, and talked about working to gain greater acceptance in a religion that shuns them. The conference, held May 4-6 at the Harvey Milk Recreational Center, brought together members of Affirmation, the world’s largest support group for LGBTQ Mormons and former Mormons. “Affirmation works for the understanding, acceptance, and self-determination of individuals with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions as full, equal, and worthy persons within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and society,” according to Brandt Hill, co-chair of the group’s Bay Area Regional Conference. The event drew 160 attendees, many from Utah, where the Mormon Church is based, but also from across the country. They heard keynote addresses from LDS historian Greg Prince; Encircle board Presidents Barb Young and Will Spendlove, and breakout topics about parenting, trans and intersex issues, and sexual health, courtesy of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Strut health center. Attendees also heard from outgoing National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell, herself a former Mormon, and Gary and Millie Watts, parents of a gay son and lesbian daughter. At the conference’s opening reception at Salesforce Tower, Jeff and Katherine Wise talked about their gay son, Talmage, who inspired them to start a support group in 2015 for Mormon parents that became known as the Hearth. The Hearth has sponsored, organized, and hosted events featuring speakers delivering fireside talks. It also has fellowship and services to

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Hearth Founders Katherine and Jeff Wise talked about their organization at the opening reception for the Affirmation conference.

build and strengthen an accepting, inclusive LGBTQ community. The support group was a significant step for the couple, as Jeff Wise was a bishop, one of the spiritual leaders of LDS. Craig Mangum, president and cofounder of the Out Foundation, a network of LGBTQ alumni of Brigham Young University, spoke at the reception about the organization’s purpose as a gathering place for queer alumni who felt alienated from BYU and wanted to express their concern for the well-being of current queer BYU students but had no way of showing their support. In a 2017 study conducted by the Princeton Review, BYU ranked fourth among colleges most hostile to queer students. Out Foundation finances grants for queer students, provides network events and alumni gatherings, documents BYU’s queer history,

and gives a platform for alumni to tell their stories. Mangum and other speakers said that suicide is the leading cause of death in Utah for people aged 15 to 24, with LGBTQ youth three times more likely to report suicide. Spendlove talked about Encircle’s mission as a resource center to embrace and sustain every LGBTQ youth and family. “Encircle seeks to deepen and enrich the conversation among communities of faith and LGBTQ-plus people,” he said at the reception. “By teaching individuals to love themselves and empowering families, Encircle helps cultivate an environment where LGBTQ-plus individuals can thrive.” Its programs and services meet people wherever they are in their lives with cultural competency and sensitivity, using community partnerships, best practices, and innovative techniques to create a family connection where there may no longer be one, as well as free counseling on site with licensed therapists. Encircle has 11 support groups with storytelling, art classes, writing workshops, and music nights, with the help of 600-plus volunteers. There is an Encircle in Provo, Utah, with a new one opening in Salt Lake City this fall. Carson Tueller, president of Affirmation, said the organization sponsors 20 gatherings in nine countries. Affirmation hopes to open a new chapter in San Francisco, and, during the conference, officials were trying to ascertain if there was enough interest to do so. This year the big focus was to get leaders and members trained in suicide prevention. Prince, a scientist and independent Mormon historian, talked about his forthcoming book on

the intersection of the LDS Church and LGBTQ issues, to be published at the end of the year by University of Utah Press. Prince spoke of how former LDS President Spencer Kimball in 1976 said homosexuality was a crime against nature and a sin equal to or greater than adultery. The church embraced the behavioral model that said homosexuality was chosen and thus can be rejected by a person. Prince called for a paradigm shift in that there has been a gradual accumulation of scientific data that shows homosexuality cannot be changed, and that both genetic and epigenetic (biological processes working on a fetus) factors determine sexual orientation, which is immutable. In the last few years, the Mormon Church has started to recognize that homosexuality may be inborn but still teach that queer people shouldn’t act on it, a teetering point according to Prince that is homophobic and not sustainable. Throughout the conference, in talks with attendees (who didn’t want to be named), they said that those who go to church are responsible to change the culture, not the doctrine. “Be vocal, stand up for your beliefs, stand for truth, but don’t be hostile,” one person said. Others have left Mormonism, rejecting the church’s doctrinal authority and don’t want to give any money until the problem is fixed. Many queer people have left because they don’t feel safe and fear possible violence. Others maintain a spiritual connection outside the church: “my status as an excommunicated gay man doesn’t say anything about my relationship with God,” one person said. Two parents of gay children,

Kristin Montgomery from Seattle and Julie Packer from outside Sacramento, said most Affirmation members have rejected the official teaching of the Mormon Church on homosexuality. This issue has also caused many to reexamine Mormon teachings on other issues, and they have even termed themselves “Cafeteria Mormons,” who, like “Cafeteria Catholics,” pick and choose their beliefs. Montgomery considers herself a cultural Mormon, but is no longer active in the church. “I feel like my ancestors came across the plains and sacrificed, so that is who I am,” she said. Packer has opted to stay, “and make change from within. I need to be one of those people who understand the situation that LGBTQ kids in the church face and make it as safe as possible for them. Change is happening at the grassroots, and hopefully, someday it will trickle to the top leadership.” They see no hope with new church President Russell Nelson, a 93-yearold heart surgeon, and both women said that any change is at least 20 to 30 years away. Honoree Millie Watts said that it wasn’t until her son came out to her that “I started thinking for myself after letting the church tell me what to do about everything.” Kendell said she was fortunate that she had supportive parents, a strong indicator of better outcomes for LGBTQ children. Kendell urged the audience to remain hopeful since “in my lifetime queer people have gone from complete stigma, degradation, and invisibility to legal marriage, which I never would have thought possible.” t

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ransgender television writer and producer Our Lady J has been announced as a celebrity grand marshal for the San Francisco Pride parade, along with Jose Gutierrez and Luis Camacho of the House of Xtravaganza. Gavin Grimm, the young trans man from Virginia who unsuccessfully fought for the right to use the boy’s restroom at school, will be a special guest, according to a news release from the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee. “We are thrilled to welcome these talented and inspiring individuals into our extended Pride family,” George Ridgely, executive director of SF Pride, said in a news release. “Our theme this year, ‘Generations of Strength,’ encourages us to celebrate not only the decades of art and activism that have led up to the present day, but to showcase the brave work of today and tomorrow.” Our Lady J is a writer and producer on Ryan Murphy’s dancemusical TV series, “Pose,” which will premiere next month on FX. Prior to that, she wrote and produced for the Amazon hit “Transparent.” She’s also the first out trans woman to perform at Carnegie Hall. Gutierrez began his dance career at New York’s La Guardia High School of Music and Arts. Under the name Jose Xtravaganza, he began perfecting the craft of vogue. In 1990 he was chosen to be a member of Madonna’s Blonde Ambition world tour. Camacho made a name for himself in the New York City ballroom scene, where he won several trophies at vogue balls in the 1980s. Grimm, who, with his parents,

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fought school administrators for the right to use the boy’s restroom, was to have his case heard before the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices, however, announced that it was sending the case back to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to be reconsidered. He graduated from high school in 2017 – still unable to use the same restroom as other boys. San Francisco Pride takes place June 23-24. For more information, visit

API Pride stage seeks talent

In other San Francisco Priderelated news, the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center will present this year’s API LGBT Pride stage and invite up-and-coming API LGBT and non-LGBT artists to perform over Pride weekend. The API community stage, which will be open Sunday, June 24, from

The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club’s annual Howard Grayson LGBT Elder Life Conference will take place Saturday, May 19, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Cadillac Hotel, 380 Eddy Street in San Francisco. Conference convener Sue Englander said that this year’s conference “responds to the avalanche of hazards to ourselves and the broader community,” including immigrants, people of color, free speech advocates, home owners, Medicare and Affordable Care Act recipients, and others. Scheduled speakers include Paula Lichtenberg of the Bay Area Coalition Against the Briggs initiative (the 1978 state ballot measure that would have banned gays and lesbians from teaching in public schools); estate planner and attorney Paul Melbostad of Goldstein, Gellman, Melbostad, Harris and McSparran (full disclosure, Melbostad is counsel for the Bay Area Reporter); trans elder activist Felicia “Flames” Elizondo; and gay musician Blackberri. See page 16 >>

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FDA approves PrEP for adolescents by Liz Highleyman

18 to 24 accounted for 14 percent of new HIV diagnoses in 2016, according to the latest SF DPH HIV epidemiology report. No adolescents age 13 to 17 were found to be HIVpositive that year, and no children under 13 have been diagnosed with HIV in San Francisco since 2005. The FDA approved Gilead Sciences’ Truvada (tenofovir DF/emtricitabine) for pre-exposure prophylaxis in July 2012 for people age 18 and older. Truvada has long been approved for HIV treatment for both adults and pediatric patients, but until this week the prevention indication did not extend to adolescents.

The new approval covers youth weighing more than 35 kg, or 77 pounds, about the average weight of boys and girls at age 11. Doctors may prescribe approved medications as they deem appropriate, and some providers were already offering PrEP off-label to youth under 18. But the new approval should make PrEP available in more places and make it easier to obtain insurance coverage. LYRIC’s PrEP for youth program, a collaboration with the health department and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, is aimed at adolescents and young adults up to age 24. In California, minors age 12 and over can receive PrEP without permission from a parent or guardian. Young people of all genders and sexual orientations are eligible. The program features navigators who will help set up appointments, accompany clients to get PrEP, and help them stay on track while taking PrEP. LYRIC primarily works with Dimensions Youth Clinic, a special clinic for LGBTQQ youth at the Castro-Mission Health Center, as well as the Cole Street Clinic and SFAF’s Strut, LYRIC Executive Director Jodi Schwartz told the B.A.R. SFAF officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment. “My generation did not live

through the AIDS crisis and, fortunately, grew up in a time when antiretroviral treatment allows people to live long and healthy lives,” said Chad (who gave only his first name), a LYRIC youth advocate and MPH student. “It is important for me to empower youth to access PrEP while remembering the queer history that made medications like this possible. PrEP is an indispensible tool and great option for those who want to live and love on their own terms.” People seeking PrEP first need to get an HIV test to ensure they are not already infected, as well as a hepatitis B and kidney function test, as Truvada should not be used by people with kidney problems. HIV testing should then be repeated at least every three months while taking PrEP, along with regular tests for sexually transmitted infections. PrEP is covered by Medi-Cal and San Francisco has set up a PrEP fund for youth. Gilead offers patient assistance and copay programs to help people afford Truvada for PrEP. To date, this has only been available to those age 18 and older, but that may change with the new approval for adolescents. Clinical trials of adults have shown that, when taken consistently, Truvada reduces the risk of HIV infection for men who have sex with men by around 90 percent, with infection

rates approaching zero for people who take it at least four times a week. A study of young gay and bisexual men age 15 to 17 in six cities showed that many adolescents can do well on PrEP, but they do better with more frequent monitoring and support. Adherence was high when participants were seen every month, but dropped off when monitoring was extended to every three months. Three new infections occurred during a year of follow-up – about twice the rate seen in a parallel study of men age 18 to 22. Side effects were mostly minor and similar to those observed in adults taking Truvada. “The approval of oral PrEP for adolescents is a milestone in HIV prevention for youth,” lead researcher Sybil Hosek, Ph.D., of Stroger Hospital in Chicago told the B.A.R. “This indication allows prescribers to feel confident in the safety and tolerability of PrEP for sexually active youth. It is critical that we as providers do all we can to simplify access to HIV prevention for adolescents and young adults.”t

and then-mayor George Moscone were assassinated a year later by disgruntled ex-supervisor Dan White. There would also be a portrait of Milk, added accessibility for the disabled, and “Castro’s Perch,” a flight of stairs leading up to the top of the canopy at the station entrance, where visitors would be able to take photos or just gaze upon the neighborhood. As before, Skoda and McCall emphasized that the new plaza would honor the struggle for LGBTQ rights. Howard Grant, a gay retired architect who designed the Castro Muni station and several others, was not happy with the proposal and was supporting the protesters. “What is the compelling reason

to demolish and replace a busy transit hub?” Grant asked. “Ostensibly it was to better honor Harvey Milk. But there are ample opportunities to make the memorial more impressive and memorable within the plaza envelope. The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza have never demonstrated why that is not possible and have not expressed any concern for the disruption to hundreds of Castro residents and tourists who use the Castro station daily.” Grant also feels that the money being spent on the redesign could be put to better use. “If Harvey Milk were able to raise $10 million today, would he spend it on housing for homeless youth, low income AIDS/

HIV survivors, community services, or demolishing and replacing a vibrant transit hub?” he said. The Friends group is in the process of raising $10 million for the project. Others at the meeting took a different view. “I’m delighted,” said Daniel Bergerac, who sits on the steering committee of The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza and is president of Castro Merchants. “I think what we see today will go through the city – the final design may not exactly be like today, but that’s how design works.” “The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza have been receiving

community input since January 2017,” said Andrea Aiello, executive director of Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District and president of the Friends group. “We have created a new plaza based on input from literally thousands of people. The images revealed tonight take into account all this feedback. There is overwhelming support to rebuild Harvey Milk Plaza and to create a fitting tribute to Harvey Milk.” As before, comment cards were handed out to meeting attendees so that they could offer their opinion on the final design. Those comments will be posted at https://www. t


he U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week approved Truvada PrEP for adolescents, making the once-daily HIV prevention pill more widely available to a group with a disproportionately high risk of infection. The Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center, or LYRIC, a San Francisco agency that serves LGBTQ youth, recently launched a PrEP for youth program to encourage more adolescents and young adults to take advantage of this effective prevention method. “PrEP has been shown to be safe for preventing HIV in adolescents, yet youth have faced a number of barriers accessing PrEP,” Dr. Albert Liu of the San Francisco Department of Public Health told the Bay Area Reporter. “This approval is a terrific step in expanding access to this important prevention option for youth in our community who are vulnerable to HIV.” Young people age 13 to 24 accounted for 21 percent of new HIV diagnoses in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over 80 percent were young gay and bisexual men, with young black and Latino men being most heavily affected. In San Francisco, young adults age


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planted open space as revealed in several of the proposals. “The plantings will be disturbed because of the nature of construction and excavation,” he said. “New plantings will be put in. Palm trees’ lifespan are 25 years, they will be replaced with regular street trees. Some city agencies may want specific types of vegetation.” The final design will include inspirational quotes from Milk, who became the first openly gay person to be elected to office in California and San Francisco when he won a seat on the Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk


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To find out more about LYRIC’s PrEP for youth program, contact (415) 703-6150 or prep4youth@ A youth PrEP support group meets Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. at Dimensions clinic, 3850 17th Street.

Advocates promote hepatitis testing at rally by Liz Highleyman


n advance of Hepatitis Testing Day Saturday, May 19, public health officials and advocates will hold a rally Friday to raise awareness about hepatitis B and C and encourage people to get tested. “You can save your life with a free hep C fingerstick test, with results in 20 minutes, leading to linkage to care and a cure if you’re positive,” Robin Roth, co-chair of the San Francisco Hepatitis C Task Force told the Bay Area Reporter. Over years or decades, hepatitis B and C can cause serious liver disease, including cirrhosis, liver cancer, and the need for a liver transplant. But they often have no symptoms at early stages, and many people are not aware that they’re infected.

“Too many people living with hepatitis C have no idea, as this chronic infection can cause no symptoms for years, while silently causing damage to the liver and the rest of the body,” according to Dr. Annie Luetkemeyer, director of the Hepatitis Co-infection Clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. “The great news is that HCV can be cured in as a little as eight weeks with welltolerated treatment that is highly effective in nearly all patients.” The rally, sponsored by the Hepatitis C Task Force, Hep B Free, and End Hep C SF, will offer free hepatitis B and hepatitis C virus (HBV and HCV) testing. A new UCSF mobile van will provide FibroScans, a test used to determine the level of fibrosis, or scarring of the liver that can lead to cirrhosis.



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Speakers will include gay former state assemblyman Tom Ammiano, lesbian San Francisco Health Director Barbara Garcia, and community advocate award winners. Free box lunches and T-shirts will be available while they last. “We encourage everyone highly impacted by hepatitis C, including people who use drugs, baby boomers, men who have sex with men, and trans women, to talk to their health care providers about getting tested,” Garcia told the B.A.R. “We know we can eliminate hepatitis C in San Francisco, and testing and treatment are crucial components of the plan.” HBV and HCV are transmitted primarily through blood. Both can be spread via shared drug injection equipment or unsafe medical procedures. HBV is more easily transmitted by sex and from mother to baby than HCV; HCV sexual transmission occurs mainly among HIV-positive gay men. Hepatitis B prevalence is highest among Asian-Americans. Baby boomers – many of whom have no known risk factors – have the highest rate of HCV, but new cases are rising among younger people who inject drugs. According to recently published estimates from End Hep C SF, nearly 21,800 San Francisco residents – or 2.5 percent of the city’s population – are HCV antibody positive, meaning they’ve been exposed to

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the virus. Of these, around 16,400 are thought to have active infection, and within this group up to 12,300 are untreated and at risk of transmitting HCV. People who inject drugs account for about twothirds of active infections. “Hep C causes more deaths than over 60 other reportable infectious diseases, and it is the leading cause of death for HIV and HCV co-infected people,” said Roth, a member of the faculty of the new HIV and hepatitis navigation specialist certificate program at City College of San Francisco. “If you don’t get tested, you can’t get cured.” Hepatitis B can be prevented with a vaccine, which is now routinely given to infants and

recommended for anyone at risk, including men who have sex with men and people with multiple sex partners. The disease can be treated with antivirals, but it is rarely cured. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C, but new directacting antiviral medications can cure almost everyone in two or three months. But in order to be treated or cured, people first have to find out whether they have one – or both – of these viruses, advocates said. “So many people don’t know they have hep C. It’s the deadliest communicable disease, but it kills slowly,” said Pauli Gray, a community advocate award recipient and hepatitis C wellness coordinator at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “Support us as we fight hep C and the stigma that feeds it.”t The National Hepatitis Testing Day Rally takes place May 18, from noon to 1 p.m., on the steps of San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

Correction The May 10 article, “Rainbow flags disappear in Guerneville,” misidentified Flag Supporters founder Beth Streets as a lesbian. She is a straight ally. The online version has been corrected.


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AHF files two lawsuits against Gilead by Alex Madison


our Californians living with HIV, including one in Marin County, are suing the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences over its continued distribution of what they say is a toxic HIV medicine while it kept a safer version of the drug on its lab shelf to turn a higher profit. Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation announced the lawsuits in a news release last week. Two separate lawsuits were filed May 8 in a Los Angeles County Superior Court by patients living with HIV who say Gilead knew that the drug tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, known as TDF, was “highly toxic” and could cause possibly fatal damage to kidneys and bones. The suits also allege that the Foster City-based drug maker “deliberately and maliciously” withheld its safer and newer alternative HIV drug, TAF, from consumers “in order to extend the patent life, and sales, of its existing medications

Gilead Sciences is being sued by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and several people living with HIV.

that included TDF.” And that it used deceptive marketing strategies to promote TDF to health professionals and consumers. One of the cases is a personal injury lawsuit that was filed by two Californians living with HIV who suffered bone and kidney damage. The second is a class action lawsuit

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filed by two other HIV-positive Californians on behalf of all Californians who were prescribed or have taken the company’s drugs: Viread, Truvada, or Atripla from October 26, 2001 through the present. Truvada is widely used for HIV prevention known as PrEP. AHF has long questioned what the consequences of its longtime usage may be. Both cases claim the company failed to warn patients of the damaging side effects of the drug and misrepresented the medication as a “miracle drug.” The complaint says Gilead knew as far back as 2001 from its own research that TDF was highly toxic in the doses prescribed and risked permanent injury. “A company I trusted with my life took advantage of that trust by misrepresenting the side effects of TDF, calling it the ‘miracle drug’ and using other deceptive marketing strategies,” Michael Lujano, from Los Angeles, one of two plaintiffs in the personal


group of women business founders who work in the fields of cannabis and sex concluded that “sin pays” at a recent panel discussion in San Francisco. Six women participated in the panel discussion May 4, organized by Lydia Friedman, CEO of http://, a soon-tolaunch sex-positive website. Over 100 people, including a handful of men, attended “Sex, Drugs, Success – An Evening with Female CEOs of Sin Businesses,” held at Covo, a co-working space in the South of Market district.

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Nenna Joiner, left, owner of Feelmore Adult Gallery, and Fivestar, co-founder of Luster Productions, were among the women executives at a recent forum who discussed success in “sin businesses.”

Obituaries >> Philip Mark Cortland May 16, 1955 – May 10, 2018 Philip Mark Cortland died May 10, 2018, in San Francisco, just six days before his 63rd birthday, after a long fight with Stage 4 lung cancer. A San Francisco native, Mr. Cortland was born May 16, 1955. He was the husband of Arlo Hale Smith, former BART director and San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee member.

“This is a night of badass successful women who’ve drawn their own blueprints for success with a lot of inspiration and perspiration,” said Friedman in her online advertisement. Friedman said she got the idea to sponsor the panel after seeing how few women-owned businesses received venture funding for their start-ups. “I’ve met so many successful CEOs who’ve built their business through grit and determination,” Friedman said in introducing the panel. Amanda Reiman, Ph.D., vice president of community relations for the cannabis company Flow Kana, said she has always been “fascinated by how people decide what is deviant” and what isn’t. Reiman, who has worked in the cannabis industry for over 20 years, said, “morals and values ebb and flow. What is sinful and naughty today” won’t always be so, she said, citing the case of the cannabis industry, which has entered the mainstream following voter approval legalizing recreational use of the product in several states, including California. Nenna Joiner, the founder and owner of Oakland’s Feelmore Adult Gallery, which sells adult pleasure products, urged the attendees to “normalize” their business by being visible within their community, suggesting that they volunteer their time, rather than just write a check. “Find a place for yourself and don’t hide what you do,” said Joiner, an African-American lesbian who

Mr. Cortland mostly grew up in Oregon. He served in the U.S. Army, starting in 1973, and was in the Signal Corps. After the Army, he moved back to San Francisco, where he mostly worked for a paper distributor. He retired due to disability in 2012. Mr. Cortland met Smith in 2011 at the Lone Star. He lived with Smith from 2013 until his death. The couple were married by Supervisor Jeff Sheehy on January 3, 2018. Mr. Cortland was a lifelong Democrat who argued online with supporters of President Donald Trump. Smith will miss him dearly. Another casualty of the tobacco industry. (As was Smith’s mother, Helen.)

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is currently raising money for the AIDS/LifeCycle ride. Before entering the adult industry, Joiner worked in technology, where she earned a six-figure salary. “I gave it all up to start my own business,” she said. She urged women who want to See page 16 >>

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Queers never die – Degenderettes and the art of resistance by Christina A. DiEdoardo


ver the last four years, members of the northern California chapter of the Degenderettes have held space for trans and queer people at countless demonstrations, helped defend Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley from Milo Yiannopoulos and his fascist fellow-travelers, set up a room where people can break objects for cathartic purposes, and made some of the most dramatic protest art seen in the Bay Area in decades, from fully-articulated (and massive) puppets to clothing that drives bigots to distraction. What motivates all this, as a panel of several Degenderettes told a crowd of nearly 200 people at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library Saturday, May 12, is a simple desire. “We’re here to survive,” said Mya Byrne. “We make ourselves visible and present in a great deal of public spaces because it’s needed.” Saturday’s forum at the library was to talk not only about the group, but its work, samples of which went on display in the “Degenderettes Antifa Art” exhibition at the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center on the third floor of the main library, in March. The exhibition has been controversial in some quarters. In late April, a group of Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists, or TERFs, demanded the library cancel the exhibition entirely or, at a minimum, remove certain items it claimed promoted violence against women. From my perspective, the gall required on the TERFs’ part to make such a claim is simply staggering. For



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Attorney General: Xavier Becerra

Attorney General Xavier Becerra has been on the front lines of the resistance to President Donald Trump and his administration. Both on LGBTQ and immigration issues, Becerra has led the charge, often being the first state attorney general with a lawsuit challenging the administration’s actions. He has appeared at numerous LGBT events, talking about how important the community is and how he will fight for us – and he’s backed up that rhetoric with action. Just last week, he filed comments to oppose the Trump administration’s decision to stop collecting crime data on LGBT teenagers at the federal level. On immigration, he is leading the national effort to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He sued the Trump administration over its effort to curb sanctuary jurisdictions that threaten local law enforcement’s ability to protect communities and joined amicus briefs to oppose the administration’s discriminatory travel ban. On health care, Becerra is leading a coalition of states to protect the

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A Pride banner and two “Trans Dykes Are Good and Pure” shields are part of the “Degenderettes Antifa Art” exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library’s main branch.

those who aren’t aware, TERFs are bigots who claim trans women are men, trans men are women, and nonbinary genders are a fantasy. As a direct and proximate consequence of this belief, many TERFs actively engage in or support measures to physically threaten or harm trans women in particular, ranging from doxing (disseminating our private information with the intent to cause harm) to harassing our employers and families to – on occasion – explicitly threatening us with violence or death, either directly or by attacking trans women in crisis with the intent of encouraging them to self-harm. On a tactical and strategic policy level, many TERFs – most of whom are cisgender women, both straight and queer – happily collaborate with homophobic organizations like the Pacific Justice Institute, which has

been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, on PJI’s anti-trans measures, apparently because their shared transphobia overcomes all other considerations from the TERFs’ perspective. To the library’s shame, it capitulated to demands from the TERFs by removing one item from the exhibit, which otherwise remains intact, purportedly because the object “could be interpreted as promoting violence,” according to a tweet posted on the library’s official Twitter account. “I am the person who made the piece that was removed,” said Degenderette Yolkai LeFierce. “It was a Tshirt that said, ‘I punch TERFs.’” LeFierce said they made the shirt to wear at the Dyke March, where they received nothing but positive feedback. “I’m not a violent person,” they said. “But if TERFs come for my friends, they have to come through me first.” LeFierce noted that the context

card, which had been attached to the exhibit, explained this. For LeFierce, who said they were assigned female at birth, the biggest takeaway for them was the contrast between what happened when a trans woman comrade wore the shirt compared to what occurred when they did so. TERFs, who had completely ignored the shirt when LeFierce wore it, rose in outrage when a trans woman did. In addition, while TERFs have blasted that trans woman’s identity far and wide, LeFierce says their name has never been connected with the shirt – even when they’ve posted on TERF sites that it’s their creation, LeFierce’s name is always mysteriously excised. “The problem is not the shirt,” LeFierce said. “The problem is transmisogyny, and it’s deadly.” For me, the other issue, as far as the library or other curated spaces go, is that it’s unrealistic at best, and silencing at worst, to expect revolutionary art created by members of marginalized communities, such as that made by the

subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. On the environment, he has sued the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to provide documents he requested on whether EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has a conflict of interest in making environmental decisions. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Becerra to the AG’s post after Kamala Harris won her Senate race. Becerra, a former congressman, has a solid knowledge of state and federal policies. In short, if the Trump administration does something harmful, it’s likely Becerra will challenge it. That’s the kind of fighter we need as the state’s top law enforcement official.

Trump’s agenda to undermine the rights of LGBTQ people in schools and to shift funding from public education to religious schools and other schools that discriminate against LGBTQ students, families, and educators.” As state superintendent, he won’t have direct policy-making power, but can sponsor legislation that would help school districts build affordable housing for teachers and school employees.

In our questionnaire, Cohen wrote that she would continue to support LGBT initiatives, and noted that many in the community face disproportionate economic challenges, like every other community. “I will work to ensure that our state’s tax system supports their needs and that they have equal representation and rights at the board,” she wrote. Last year state lawmakers drained the BOE of almost all of its power after audits revealed


Degenderettes, to consist exclusively of hugs and flowers. If art is a mirror of a society and its times, it would be shocking if the art of trans and queer people who are literally under attack didn’t look like what the Degenderettes have created. Removing a piece because a bigot thinks it might be “interpreted” as encouraging hostility toward bigots, as the library did here, is roughly like sending Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica” to storage because the Luftwaffe’s feelings are hurt. Moreover, the art featured in the exhibit often has a practical purpose. I can still remember seeing the Degenderettes and their “Trans Dykes are Good and Pure” shields in action in February 2017 during the First Battle of Berkeley, when they, myself, and over 1,000 others occupied Sproul Plaza and sent Yiannopoulos running for the hills. That night, those shields weren’t just an artistic statement – they protected a lot of people, so it was nice to see a few of those types of shields in the library exhibit. That said, even if trans women had the luxury of leaving the TERFs and non-governmental fascists like Yiannopoulos to one side for a moment (which we lack), we’d still be faced with the reality of having to confront the most openly transphobic regime in American history just to stay alive. Despite all this, Byrne and their comrades with the Degenderettes are undeterred. “We will not be silent,” they said. “And we’re pretty damn loud, especially if you give us a bullhorn, which people do for some reason. “Maybe, because we’re cute,” they added with a laugh. The exhibit runs through Thursday, July 19.t Got a tip? Email me at christina@

that some board members had engaged in questionable practices, but allowed it to retain the authority to oversee property tax collection. As long as the BOE exists, it will have elected members. Cohen is an advocate for transparency, accountability, and reform. State insurance commissioner candidate Ricardo Lara. Photo: Courtesy Lara for Insurance Commissioner campaign.t


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State superintendent candidate Tony Thurmond.

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond

This race is between Assemblyman Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) and charter schools advocate Marshall Tuck. Thurmond is the clear choice. He has demonstrated leadership on LGBTQ issues and is endorsed by Equality California. In our questionnaire he said that if elected, “I intend to be the loudest voice in California against Betsy DeVos and Donald

Board of Equalization, District 2: Malia Cohen

San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen has been a longtime ally to the LGBT community. She’s not afraid to take on Big Tobacco and the soda industry. She advocated restoring funding for gender affirming surgeries as part of Healthy San Francisco, which led to the development of a separate program to provide gender affirming surgeries to uninsured trans adult residents. She also supported and secured over $2.5 million for the city’s Getting to Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate new HIV transmissions by 2020.

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Pink Triangle Park

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foundation at the time, had insisted that the grant award was never finalized. He refused to sign off on the paperwork and told the B.A.R. he had concerns with which group would have oversight of the grant. When the CBD submitted the initial grant application last year, it did not include the foundation because its board had yet to form, CBD Executive Director Andrea Aiello had told the B.A.R., and EVNA had signed off on it. Once notified by Goldsmith of the park group’s stance, CBD officials notified the grants program of the situation. Then, in March, Goldsmith was forced to resign as president of the park foundation. The group’s board then elected Gary McCoy, a former supervisor aide who now works for



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injury suit, said in a statement. “Gilead shelved a far safer drug called tenofovir alafenamide fumarate simply to increase its long-term profits.” Marin County plaintiff Ricardo Wohler, 52, a gay man who lives in Sausalito, spoke with the Bay Area Reporter over the phone about the serious side effects he experienced after 12 years of taking TDF. He first started taking TDF in 2005 and slowly began losing teeth almost 10 years later, having never been informed of the potential side effects. “I didn’t know, but I had a suspicion


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start a business to “quit everything else you’re doing” to pursue the dream. “It won’t be easy or pretty,” she said, “but I had the best time of my life” once I dedicated myself to something I wanted.


the city’s Recreation and Park Department, as its president and board chair. In April, the park board and the CBD were in talks to again use the grant money to repair the park. But after representatives of both groups met with Martin and several residents who helped create the memorial to discuss the scope of the work, the decision was made to return the city funds and start anew. “While we were completely onboard with the Community Challenge Grant with the Castro CBD, we all realized we had an incredibly tight timeframe and didn’t want to sidestep a full community process for a redesign,” McCoy told the B.A.R. in a statement. “We’d like to solicit design ideas through a submission process. The agreement to step back from the CCG grant was amicable, and we are excited to be repairing relationships that have

drifted over the years.” The foundation, having now split off as its own 501(c)3, is in the process of changing its name to Friends of Pink Triangle Park. McCoy said the move is to clear up confusion on what the foundation’s purpose is. “Our main priorities as an organization right now are beautifying the park, raising funds to continue regular maintenance, cover the costs of planting, pay our water bill, and replenish the rose quartz in the pink triangle,” stated McCoy. Martin maintains legal ownership of the artwork in the park, and her attorney had sent the foundation a cease and desist letter in March due to concerns over proposed changes Goldsmith had suggested be made to the monument. He had told the B.A.R. the changes he discussed came directly from a report the CBD had commissioned in 2016 that

determined five of the pylons were unstable and made recommendations for how to address each. In an emailed reply this week, Martin said she is confident in the park group’s current plans for managing the site. “I am excited that the original impetus of this effort – volunteer participation and community consensus – will propel the next phase,” she wrote. Goldsmith, who no longer has any involvement with the park group, told the B.A.R. he was “glad to hear that” the grant money would be returned to the city. “It is dead in the water. They have to start all over,” he said of the grant process. As for the CBD, it had inquired with the city grant program if it could use the money to repair an AIDS mural on 16th Street that was

damaged by a graffiti artist last year. Known as “The Hope For A World Cure” mural, it was created in 1998 by Elba Rivera and Clif Cox in collaboration with a number of other artists under the purview of Precita Eyes Muralists. But because it is on private property, the grant money could not be used for such a purpose. The same restriction prevented the CBD from seeking permission to apply the grant money toward repairing the Duboce Bikeway mural behind the Safeway building. “The funds were awarded in August 2017, they need to be encumbered by the end of the fiscal year. It is now May, and too late for that to happen,” Aiello explained to the B.A.R. The park group is having a community workday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, May 19, to weed the site and lay mulch. t

it could be from the medication,” said Wohler, who is a real estate agent. “I talked with my doctor, and he said there was no way it was the medicine and that there was no hard data to support that.” In three years, Wohler lost 17 teeth and suffered severe bone loss in his jaw, an experience he said changed his life. “Losing my teeth was one of the most traumatizing things to ever happen to me,” he said. Wohler said he lost a tremendous amount of time, having to get substantial dental work, unearned income, and still owes money for his dental work. He decided to enter the

lawsuit when he was informed of Gilead’s knowledge of the potential side effects of TDF that it withheld from the public. Although Wohler does not have kidney or other bone loss, he is not confident that it won’t be discovered down the road. The personal injury suit claims that the federal Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to Gilead over its TDF marketing practices in 2002 and 2003. The letter, according to the suit, reprimands Gilead, saying it violated the law by giving doctors and patients false and misleading information regarding TDF’s side effects. The warning letter

states that salespeople falsely claimed TDF had “no toxicities,” was “benign,” and was “extremely safe,” according to the suit. The second FDA letter required Gilead to retrain its salespeople to give accurate information about the side effects associated with TDF, the suit states. AHF filed both lawsuits with co-counsel Michelle Rutherford of Rutherford Law and says it is funding the litigation but will not accept any financial recovery in excess of its actual costs. “For far too long Big Pharma has been abusing the financial and legal benefits they’ve been given under the

guise of fostering research and development,” said Liza Brereton, an attorney for AHF representing the plaintiffs, in a statement. “These lawsuits, however, make clear that Gilead’s perverse motive of outsized profits and increased market share is not in line with patient health and safety. Under these circumstances, the laws must be read to protect public health from corporate greed.” Gilead had no comment. Ryan McKeel, associate director for public affairs for the company, wrote in an email, “We are thoroughly reviewing the complaints and will not provide comment until that process is complete.”t

Fivestar, a lesbian who uses one name, is a co-founder of Luster Productions and is known for directing and producing BDSM films for She said that entering the adult film industry seemed natural to her, “having grown up queer, which is considered forbidden and a “sin” by society, she said. “Throughout my life, I always wanted to push the boundaries.”

“These are amazing times” for women who want to work directing and producing adult videos, said Fivestar. She urged women to make connections in the industry by networking. “That’s how I made the best business connections,” she said. Dale Sky Jones, CEO and chancellor of Oaksterdam, Oakland’s cannabis educational facility, said

she has always considered herself “naughty,” in part because she always liked pornography as well as “things that made me feel good.” The cannabis industry has gained more mainstream credibility than the sex industry, said Jones. “It’s not about sex and drugs,” she explained. These are both “important civil rights issues.” Serene Martinez, founder and

CEO of Pink Bunny, a sex toy store, said, “I sell joy.” In starting the business, Martinez said she was “determined to do something better” than the existing outlets selling sex toys. “We only sell non-toxic products that everyone can afford,” she said. Now in the business for over 20 years, Martinez added, “We try to do our best to have only the highest quality” products. t

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The conference will also honor the memory of lesbian activist and trans ally Kaye “Nana” Griffin and celebrate the leadership of Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community’s Crystal Jang. Grayson was a black LGBT and labor activist who died in September 2011. He died alone in a hospital, and none of his family or friends was informed. Englander pointed out that Grayson’s death troubled many and underscored the challenges of aging in the LGBTQ community. The club started the conference as a tribute to Grayson and to educate LGBTQ elders and their allies. The event is free, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, email

Crawfest benefits Larkin Street Youth Services

The Crawfathers will hold their third annual San Francisco Crawfest Saturday, May 19, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the northeast corner of Fort Mason Great Meadow. The event will benefit Larkin Street Youth Services, a nonprofit that helps homeless youth, including those who identify as LGBTQ, get


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KIT housing, medical care, education, and job training to its clients. Organizers said the festival will feature a traditional Louisiana crawfish boil, with the crawfish flown in overnight from the Pelican State. A minimum donation of $35 includes all you can eat crawfish and all you can drink beer and wine (must be 21 or over with ID). All proceeds will benefit Larkin Street, with a breakdown of $20 to cover food, drink, and admission, and $15 as a minimum donation. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit and click on “Events.” Trans woman’s case heads to mediation

A scheduled hearing in federal court for a transgender woman’s discrimination lawsuit against the city of San Francisco was canceled Monday as the case was referred to mediation. Tanesh Nutall is suing the city, saying her rights were violated after a February 2016 incident in which an employee of the city’s Department of Police Accountability, formerly known as the Office of Citizen Complaints, allegedly blocked Nutall from using a women’s restroom and called her a

“fucking freak” and a “fucking man.” At the time, Nutall, 52, was an employee of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and was attending a training that had been organized by the city’s Department of Public Health at its building located at 25 Van Ness Avenue. Nutall is being represented by the Transgender Law Center. Mediation will begin in August, according to Ilona Turner, one of her attorneys in the case. The city filed a motion to dismiss the case, the topic of the canceled hearing. TLC did not respond to a request for further comment. The city attorney’s office did not respond to a request for comment. Nutall is involved in a second lawsuit against the city, which was filed on her behalf by the state Department of Fair Employment & Housing. On May 8, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn denied the city’s motion to dismiss the case and that lawsuit will proceed. Nutall spoke with the B.A.R recently and expressed her hopes for the outcome of the suit. “All city employees should undergo sensitivity training, it should be mandatory,” she said. “I want my community, my brothers and sisters, to feel safe going into public government buildings.”

She is disappointed with the city’s motions to dismiss both cases. “I heard about San Francisco all my life and knew it was a place I could be myself without being ostracized, and now that has been taken away from me,” she said.

Interim Pulse memorial opens in Orlando

Nearly two years after one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history occurred at the LGBT Pulse nightclub, a temporary interim memorial has opened to the public in Orlando, Florida. Forty-nine people were killed June 12, 2016 when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire inside the popular nightspot. Another 53 people were injured. Mateen was killed in a shootout with police. OnePulse Foundation, the official nonprofit managing the design, construction, and operation of a permanent museum and memorial to the June 12, 2016 tragedy, announced last week that the temporary memorial has opened. It will provide a place for commemoration and reflection, officials said. “Everything you will experience here is intentional. It has purpose,” said OnePulse Foundation Executive Director Barbara Poma, who also owns the nightclub. “I know we all

reflect on the way our Orlando community responded immediately after the tragedy, but this interim memorial is a true testament to how people continue to respond.” The interim memorial is open while planning and design of the permanent memorial are underway. As part of the interim memorial design, the iconic Pulse sign has been enhanced and a new fence placed around the perimeter of the nightclub itself. It will remain standing until the permanent memorial and museum designs are selected. Along the fence, features, including panels and murals, honor the 49 people who were taken and commemorate the days following the tragedy when Orlando and supporters around the country and throughout the world came together to grieve and support the families, survivors, and first responders. The Pulse fountain, which had been destroyed by gunfire, has also been restored. In July, the foundation is expected to begin its search for architects and designs for the permanent memorial and museum. For more information, visit www. t Alex Madison contributed reporting.

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Proposition 70: Requires legislative supermajority vote approving cap-and-trade reserve fund. NO. This legislative constitutional amendment would require that in 2024 cap-and-trade revenue be deposited in a new state fund that can only be spent by two-thirds vote of the Legislature. This will weaken the cap-and-trade program’s ability to fund the reduction of greenhouse gases by separating its budget and



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police oversight panel when he announced his resignation in December. His final day was May 4. For many in the community, his death came as a shock, but Andrews said Mr. Turman was suffering from an “increasing illness over the last few months,” although Andrews would not disclose the type of illness out of respect for Mr. Turman’s family. He died peacefully in his home, Andrews said, and was found by friends early Sunday morning. His body did not go through the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office, a clerk confirmed. The San Francisco Police Department said it did not have any further information regarding his death. Mr. Turman did not have a partner at the time of his death and is survived by his father, who lives in Mr. Turman’s home state of Michigan. The Bay Area Reporter spoke with some of Mr. Turman’s close friends and colleagues, who talked about the significant impact he made on the LGBT community and beyond. Aside from his great sense of humor, incredible generosity, and brilliant legal mind, what friends emphasized was his endless devotion to equality and justice. “He had such a unique ability to serve,” said Andrews in a phone interview with the B.A.R. Andrews knew Mr. Turman for over 15 years. “There was always a time when he was donating his time, offering his pro bono services to friends and families and good causes. That’s what most people knew about Julius, but they had no idea the extent to which he had contributed to the community both on a personal level and through his legal expertise.” Mr. Turman was a labor and employment attorney and a former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey. Mr. Turman stepped down from the Police Commission about a



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O’Sullivan, 55, who was charged with making criminal threats that constitute a hate crime, entered a not guilty plea Tuesday, May 15, in Sonoma County Superior Court, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported. He remains in custody on $55,000 bail. Judge Jamie Thistlethwaite ordered O’Sullivan to stay away from an unnamed victim and the Guerneville Safeway, according to the paper, which also said the district attorney’s office sent charges related to the flag thefts back to the sheriff ’s office for further investigation. The sheriff ’s office began its investigation April 26, according to a statement by Lieutenant Eddie Engram on website, after a rainbow flag was stolen from the flagpole in Guerneville Plaza. Soon, the office became aware of threats to manufacture a pipe bomb. As the Bay Area Reporter noted last week, several of the rainbow

holding it captive to a supermajority vote for approval. Prop 70 grew out of an oil industry-backed effort to derail the state’s clean energy program to curb harmful air pollution. Vote No on Prop 70. Proposition 71: Sets effective dates for ballot measures. YES. This legislative constitutional amendment will allow approved ballot measures to take effect about six weeks after Election Day. Right now they take effect the day after the election unless the ballot measure

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sets a later effective date. Most of the time this works out, but sometimes election results are not clear and millions of ballots are not counted until days or weeks later. Prop 71 would allow counties to finish counting ballots and the secretary of state to certify results before ballot measures go into effect. This makes sense to us, especially as more people vote by mail. Vote Yes on Prop 71. Proposition 72: Permits Legislature to exclude newly constructed rain-capture systems

from property tax reassessment. YES. This legislative constitutional amendment allows the Legislature to exclude the value of a newly constructed rainwater capture system from a property’s taxable value. The Legislature has already passed a law to carry out Prop 72 should it be approved by voters. Drought is now part of life in California, and this measure would allow people who conserve water a tax break, as it does for solar systems. It has wide support. Vote Yes on Prop 72. t

year before the end of his second term. Friends said he wanted to make way for a leader with a new and fresh perspective. He joined the commission in 2012 and became its president in 2016. As president, Mr. Turman helped enforce reforms to the San Francisco Police Department recommended by the U.S. Department of Justice, strengthen relations between SFPD and the public, and wrote rules for bodyworn cameras along with making revisions to the city’s use-of-force policies. Mr. Turman was also involved in developing a new policy for police officers to use Tasers, which was approved by the commission in March. Police Chief William Scott said in a statement, “ Commissioner Turman was a tremendously intelligent and compassionate man who cared deeply about this department. He worked to help us increase trust and respect and was relentlessly focused on bringing forth the best practices, policies and procedures to the San Francisco Police Department.” Gay District 8 Supervisor, Jeff Sheehy said in a statement Mr. Turman led the Police Commission with “great honor and distinction,” and “led the modernization and reformation of [the] police department.” “Julius was an inspirational leader in the LGBTQ community,” Sheehy stated. “[He] dedicated his life to the pursuit of justice.” Mr. Turman was the first African-American co-chair of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club from 2006 to 2007. Martha Knutzen, a lesbian, knew Mr. Turman from her time with the Democratic club. Knutzen didn’t know Mr. Turman was sick and said his passing was shocking. She spoke about his strong leadership abilities, dedication to civil rights, and his deep understanding of the intersectionality of race and sexual orientation, which were apparent in his work.

He led the club through the contentious 2008 state Senate race in which Mark Leno, a gay man who is now running for San Francisco mayor, defeated lesbian incumbent state Senator Carole Migden. “Julius handled it with such grace,” Knutzen told the B.A.R in a phone interview. “Everyone has a strong opinion about those things and I remember it didn’t get very ugly.” Both Knutzen and Andrews talked about Mr. Turman’s welcoming spirit, which was illustrated by the parties at his home in Potrero Hill. “The excuse to party was just wonderful,” Andrews said. “He understood the value of community and the value of coming together, sharing food, sharing experiences, and celebrating triumphs.” Andrews shed tears in his interview with the B.A.R. and Knutzen talked about everyone’s deep sadness from Mr. Turman’s passing. “What’s so sad is how that light is gone,” Knutzen said. “When someone is so funny and humorous, anyone you talk to is very sad.” Gabriel Haaland, a trans man and union activist, posted on Facebook about Mr. Turman’s involvement in the And Castro for All group that picketed Badlands over its alleged discriminatory racist practices in 2004-2005. “Julius was the attorney for And Castro for All, and successfully brought an action for mediation through the Human Rights Commission in 2006,” Haaland wrote. (A 2004 report by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission found that the bar was discriminating against African-Americans, but the findings were never official because the HRC executive director at the time did not sign off on the staff report. Badlands owner Les Natali and the complainants eventually reached a confidential settlement.) Mr. Turman served as a cochair for Bay Area Lawyers For

Individual Freedom, the LGBT bar association, from 2004-2006. “Julius’ passing is a true loss to the legal community and BALIF. He was a terrific co-chair and great leader,” Kelly McCown, who was Mr. Turman’s co-chair at the time, said in a statement. “He was opinionated but always diplomatic, charming as well as humorous, and a tenacious fighter for the LGBTQI community. He will be sorely missed.” Mr. Turman served as a community grand marshal of the San Francisco Pride parade in 2008. He also served on the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee’s board and briefly as its legal counsel. “Julius was an exemplary community leader who contributed both his time and his knowledge to the organizations he cared about,” George F. Ridgely, SF Pride executive director, said in a statement. “We join San Francisco in honoring his memory, and our hearts go out to Julius’ friends and loved ones.” Mayor Mark Farrell released a news release stating, “Julius was a civic leader, proud defender of human rights and a fierce advocate for equality and justice. Julius always spoke forcefully, yet truly, and he gained the well-earned respect of his colleagues and peers for his clear passion and dedication to serving the people of this city. I am profoundly saddened by his passing.” Thomas Mazzucco, who succeeded Mr. Turman as Police Commission president, said in a statement, “Julius was dedicated to breaking down barriers and building bridges between people. Julius cared about the relationship between the SFPD and the people of our great city. He was a true San Franciscan and has earned the right to be called one of our finest.” t

flags have been taken from the plaza flagpole, including one just after the article was published. As the sheriff ’s office’s investigation progressed, deputies developed probable cause that O’Sullivan was a suspect for both the flag thefts and the threats. Sergeant Spencer Crum said the investigators connected the flag vandalism with the threats based on two different incidents. Crum said deputies reviewed videos taken by surveillance cameras owned by the county and aimed at Guerneville Plaza. “We saw O’Sullivan and another person on the plaza before the theft, then the other person covering the video camera, and at the end, when the camera was uncovered, the rainbow flag was gone,” he said. Then, when O’Sullivan allegedly issued threats at Safeway, investigators concluded the intent was specifically to injure members of the LGBTQ community. Crum said O’Sullivan told Safeway employees he wanted to “bomb the gay people of Guerneville.” The Sonoma County Public

Defender’s office is representing O’Sullivan. Sonoma County Public Defender Kathleen Pozzi told the B.A.R. in a phone interview Monday that the office has represented O’Sullivan in previous cases. Pozzi revealed O’Sullivan was already out on pre-trial probation for a petty theft case April 22. She said that her office had represented him in the past for evading arrest, possession of methamphetamines, and for multiple violations of driving with a suspended license. Pozzi predicted the case would follow the standard procedure and go first to the Early Case Resolution Court, which attempts to resolve cases early. “If it can’t be resolved early, it will be sent to trial,” she said, adding she had “no idea if the case will be resolved in ECR Court.” Flag supporters were relieved an arrest has been made. “I intend to be there every time [O’Sullivan] appears for this case,” said Beth Streets, a straight ally who started a Flag Supporters group that

has been replacing the stolen rainbow flags. She said she was glad that the sheriff ’s office is taking the matter seriously. A spokeswoman for Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, who represents the area, told the B.A.R. last week that Hopkins had asked the sheriff ’s office to treat the flag thefts as a hate crime. Streets said it’s possible that O’Sullivan worked with “three or four people,” but also said she thinks, “The guy in custody was the leader.” Streets has been paying to replace the flags out of her own pocket and estimates between the flags and the reinforced halyard and security box, she’s spent about $250 so far. She said the Flag Supporter group has received about $100 in donations, plus at least two donated flags. “The flag speaks of freedom and love and diversity,” Streets said, “and goes beyond sexual orientation.”t


In the matter of the application of: JAMES STUCKY, 363 LYON ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner JAMES STUCKY, is requesting that the name JAMES STUCKY, be changed to JAMES ASHER. 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 5th of June 2018 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

APR 26, MAY 03, 10, 17, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038107000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE CRAFT [INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE], 935 SUTTER ST #32, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JAMES MATTHEW COTTRILL. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/20/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/23/18.

APR 26, MAY 03, 10, 17, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038081200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EL ALAMBRE, 80 RICE ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed MIGUEL ANTONIO BLANCO CHUC. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/03/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/04/18.

APR 26, MAY 03, 10, 17, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038104500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: STUDIO 252MYA; TECTONIC APPS, 1436 CALIFORNIA ST #7, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed BRIAN GARLAND. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 01/01/17. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/19/18.

APR 26, MAY 03, 10, 17, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038101800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: IRVING PIZZA, 928 GEARY ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed MOHAMAD ALBAWAYAH. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/17/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/17/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: OMIGO, 1159 HOWARD ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed BRONDELL, INC. (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/01/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/20/18.

APR 26, MAY 03, 10, 17, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038101500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: J REILLY CONSTRUCTION, 2127 25TH AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94116. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed J REILLY CONSTRUCTION (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/14/14. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/17/18.

APR 26, MAY 03, 10, 17, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038102600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: WEED HUB, 1510 WALLACE AVE, UNIT B, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed BAY AREA SAFE ALTERNATIVES COLLECTIVE, INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/18/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/18/18.

APR 26, MAY 03, 10, 17, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038095500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SOCKSHOP HAIGHT STREET, 1742 HAIGHT ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed SOCKSHOP INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/01/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/13/18.


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In the matter of the application of: CRISTIAN GERARDO CALVA GALINDO, 2102 BUSH ST #4, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94115, for change of name having been filed in Superior Court, and it appearing from said application that petitioner CRISTIAN GERARDO CALVA GALINDO, is requesting that the name CRISTIAN GERARDO CALVA GALINDO, be changed to JERRY RAYMOND KLEIN. Now therefore, it is hereby ordered, that all persons interested in said matter do appear before this Court in Dept. 514 on the 21st of June 2018 at 9:00am of said day to show cause why the application for change of name should not be granted.

MAY 03, 10, 17, 24, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038092300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NICE AND BETTER, 3170 21ST ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed HERALD DANILO BERMUDEZ AGUILERA. 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 04/11/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BARKEEP, 230 CASELLI AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed TIMOTHY A. EICHER. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/09/10. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/30/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LES PETITES FLEURS, 599 3RD ST #302, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed GRACE HUBERTS. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/27/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/27/18.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: A.B.C. SPA, 441 STOCKTON ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed LISA LEE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/30/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/30/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GALA, 91 CHARTER OAK AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JORGE SOTOMAYOR. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/24/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/24/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SUE TRUPIN RN PATIENT ADVOCATE, 389 DAY ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94131. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed SUE TRUPIN. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/18/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/20/18.

MAY 03, 10, 17, 24, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038110400 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PLATFORM 248, 248 9TH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed LGNC 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 04/24/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: AAA ENERGY SOLAR, 816 PERU AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed GREEN-TECH DEVELOPERS DBA AAA ENERGY SOLAR (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/25/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/25/18.

MAY 03, 10, 17, 24, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038116500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BEAUX, 2344 MARKET ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed DEVIATE SF, INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/08/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/30/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ELMIRA ROSTICCERIA, 154 MCALLISTER ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed JPMD, LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 09/06/16. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/27/18.

MAY 03, 10, 17, 24, 2018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS

Notice is hereby given to the creditors and contingent creditors of Johann H. Haller, AKA, Hans H. Haller, deceased, that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to submit them complete with evidence of support, to Jeffrey B. Leith, Executor of the estate, at 46 Grand View Terrace, San Francisco, CA, 94114, within 120 days after the date this notice has been first published. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested.

MAY 10, 17, 24, 31, 2018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS

Notice is hereby given to the creditors and contingent creditors of Frieda Berger, deceased, that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to submit them complete with evidence of support, to Jeffrey B. Leith, Executor of the estate, at 46 Grand View Terrace, San Francisco, CA, 94114, within 120 days after the date this notice has been first published. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested.

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TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: Stacy L. Kawula filed a petition with this court on January 11, 2018 for a Request to Set Aside Judgment and Sanctions Pursuant to CCP 128.5 and Fam Code 271. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the Request to Set Aside Judgment should not be granted. Any person objecting to the Request described above must file a written objection nine (9) court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the Request should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the Request without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: May 31, 2018 at Time: 9:00 a.m. in Department: 404 The address of the court is Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, 400 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. A copy of this Request to Set Aside Judgment and Sanctions Pursuant to CCP 128.5 and Fam Code 271 shall be published at least once each week for four (4) successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the Request in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: the Recorder. Date: April 11, 2018 /s/ Roger C. Chan, Judge of the Superior Court. This Order was filed with the San Francisco Superior Court on April 11, 2018.

MAY 10, 17, 24, 31, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038133000 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Y-LEARNING & CONSULTING, 1905 14TH AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94116. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed DEWEY YEE. 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 05/07/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SPARKJOYSF, 2912 DIAMOND ST #359, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94131. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed CHARLES STEVEN PELTZ. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/03/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/03/18.

MAY 10, 17, 24, 31, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038113600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: OLIVE THIS OLIVE THAT, 304 VICKSBURG ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JANELL PEKKAIN. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/19/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/26/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ULTIMATE SPORTS MEDICINE, 3727 BUCHANAN ST #203, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed ROY ALLEN WOOD. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/23/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/03/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SF GATHERING PLACE, 3 STARK ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94133. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed YULIA A. ISKANDAR. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/01/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/01/18.


FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038120900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: URBAN MICE, 790 EDDY ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed GO WEST TOURS (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 05/02/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ORCHIDHOLIC, 686 BRANNAN ST #A, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed EPLANTWORLD, INC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/22/13. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/04/18.

MAY 10, 17, 24, 31, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038104100 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FRJTZ MISSION, 3412 17TH ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed FRJTZ LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 02/18/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/19/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: USHITARO, 1382 9TH AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed HKS OHANA 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 04/26/18.

MAY 10, 17, 24, 31, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038120800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SAIGONSUN AUTO SALES, LLC, 77 CHARTER OAK AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed SAIGONSUN AUTO SALES, LLC. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 03/08/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/02/18.

MAY 10, 17, 24, 31, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038117900 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TIPP RAMBLER, 1928 JACKSON ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed WICK VINTNERS 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 05/01/18.

MAY 10, 17, 24, 31, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038117600 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TRIPLE BK LANDSCAPE GARDENING, 3845 MARKET ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94131. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed TRIPLE BK LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/22/14. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/01/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MARINA GREENS, 1881-1885 LOMBARD ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed WAVI, 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 05/07/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: K-9 KARMA, 209 PERSIA AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed CURTIS CHOW. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/19/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/19/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: WIC MARKET, 4992 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is conducted by a general partnership, and is signed GUIMEI WU & LIFENG WU. 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 04/27/18.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as:APPLY PRESSURE, 760 WEBSTER ST #D, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117.This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed LARRY GEORGE.The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/10/18.The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/11/18.

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The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GOTOTALKING .COM, 2719 VICENTE ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94116. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed HUI HE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/03/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/04/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: OFFBEAT PRODUCTS, 3041 MISSION ST #2076, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed KENNETH LUI. 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 05/08/18.

MAY 17, 24, 31, JUNE 07, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038139200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BENTO BOX COMMUNICATIONS, 2130 MARKET ST #11, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JUSTIN KNEPPER. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/10/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/10/18.

MAY 17, 24, 31, JUNE 07, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038138800 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PALACE OF FINE ARTS GALLERY, 245 JEFFERSON ST, SF CA 94133. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed RICHARD SOFFER. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/10/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/10/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ESSENTIAL ORGANIZING SOLUTIONS, 766 22ND AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed JINA JUE. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/04/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/04/18.


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Notice! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo., your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your Response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (, the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: MARIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael, CA 94903. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or the plaintiff without an attorney, is: Elaine Yang, Esq. 2015 Manhattan Beach Blvd., #100, Redondo Beach, CA 90278, (310) 640-3070 Date: April 09, 2018. Clerk of the Superior Court, by James M. Kim, T. Jones, Deputy.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE KELLY LAW FIRM, 345 FRANKLIN ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed NICOLE C. KELLY. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/08/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/09/18.

MAY 17, 24, 31, JUNE 07, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038129500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BLOCKBUSTERS, 270 DIVISADERO ST #24, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117. This business is conducted by an individual, and is signed PATRICE WILLIAMS JR. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/04/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/04/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PEOPLES BARBER, 133 TOWNSEND, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed PEOPLES TOWNSEND, 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 05/09/18.


The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NEILSON & MACRITCHIE INVESTIGATORS, 1161 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed SPECIALIZED INVESTIGATIONS, 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 05/09/18.

MAY 17, 24, 31, JUNE 07, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038133500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GRUBMARKET WHOLESALE, 1925 JERROLD AVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124. This business is conducted by a corporation, and is signed GRUBMARKET INC (DE). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/01/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/07/18.

MAY 17, 24, 31, JUNE 07, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038139300 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EXCALIBUR FINE MEN’S SALON; SPARGO, A PLACE FOR MEN, ONE EMBARCADERO CENTER, LOBBY LEVEL, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed JB DESTINY PARTNERS LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/10/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/10/18.

MAY 17, 24, 31, JUNE 07, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038106200 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: AGORA LENDING, 222 KEARNY ST #650, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed ETHOS LENDING LLC (DE). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/23/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/23/18.

MAY 17, 24, 31, JUNE 07, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038136700 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GOLDEN STAR TATTOO COMPANY, 850 CLAY ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed GOLDEN STAR TATTOO COMPANY LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 05/09/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 05/09/18.

MAY 17, 24, 31, JUNE 07, 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE A-038105500 The following person(s) is/are doing business as: VENUS CAFE, 700 CLEMENT ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. This business is conducted by a limited liability company, and is signed M&W NOODLE SHOP LLC (CA). The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the above listed fictitious business name or names on 04/20/18. The statement was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 04/20/18.


The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name known as: NATALIA’S BUSINESS, 2 GENEVA AVE #11, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business was conducted by an individual and signed by JAIRO ALONSO GIL. The fictitious name was filed with the City and County of San Francisco, CA on 06/06/17.

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efore Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas returns from hiatus in midJune, the San Francisco Symphony will present the final three guest conductors of the 2017-18 season. For the past two weeks, other maestros have taken the podium at Davies Symphony Hall, making spring at Grove and Van See page 20 >>

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t was a long way to Broadway for Carmen Cusack. After studying voice at the University of North Texas, an improvised two-decade itinerary took Cusack across the pond, over the rainbow, and off to Bali Ha’i before she ultimately landed in New York – and landed a Tony nomination for her 2016 debut on the See page 19 >>

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im Novak (b. Marilyn Novak, 1933) is best-known for her dual roles of Madeleine and Judy in Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco-set “Vertigo” (1958). On May 20, she will appear at the Castro Theatre under the auspices of impresario Marc Huestis to discuss her career. “Vertigo” will be screened. It may be her most famous film, but she made others that caught her shy radiance. See page 26 >>

Movie star Kim Novak is known for her dual roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.”


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terrifying early years of the AIDS epidemic. OT lived through the 1980s and 90s as a gay man, before the advent of the so-called “cocktail drug therapy,” so the scenes of Prior Walter’s descent into disease and distress rang all sorts of bells. Young LGBT people should go see this play to understand their – our – history.

We also related all over the place to the flawed character Louis Ironson: gay, Jewish, intellectual, given sometimes to intemperate ranting, and trapped as a working-class man in the cogs of the late capitalist machine. But what really blew our minds was how shockingly relevant this play from 1990-91 is to our current political climate and national predicament. Of course you can draw a straight line from evil corporate attorney Roy Cohn to his protégé, equally evil real estate developer/ flim-flam man Donald Trump. But even more insidious is how the Reaganite values that triumphed in the 80s – Greed is good! Follow your own selfishness! – have come to infest every aspect of our national policy. There’s no interest in the common good in this administration, only in good corporate returns. Now we have arrived at the logical fall-out from that mindset, which includes a Secretary of Education whose goal is to gut public schools, and an EPA chief out to ravage the environment. The Trump Cabinet is composed of liars, psychopaths and billionaire

French cellist Gautier Capucon shows a new side to his interpretive insights and technique every time he appears with the SFS. His repertoire is varied, but he brings passion to every piece. We have heard him play composers from Schumann and Dvorak to Elgar and Henri Dutilleux, bringing his own stamp to all. With astonishing skill, Capucon proves his understanding every time. It took all of his bravura and

Gallic good looks to sell Camille Saint-Saens’ brief but theatrical Cello Concerto No. 1 last week. On a program that felt like a “Pops” postcard visit to France and the Mediterranean, Capucon’s traversal of the tight little piece offered fresh appreciation of an often-underestimated composer. Returning guest conductor Stephane Deneve filled the rest of the concert with lighthearted fare, including the immediately likable

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Benjamin T. Ismail (Louis Ironson) and Randy Harrison (Prior Walter) in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of “Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches.”

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eeing the “Angels in America” revival at Berkeley Rep last month was among the most powerful theatre experiences Out There has ever had. It runs through July 22, and if you’re interested in the American stage, you must see it. Playwright Tony Kushner’s masterwork is subtitled “A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” and it captures what it was like to be gay during the


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Ness something like a mini-festival of contrasting leadership styles. Recent concerts included guest instrumental soloists – no new faces to DSH, but a pair of talented young returnees. Programs have ranged from dramatic to light-hearted. All have been marked by the Orchestra’s sensitive and professional performance.

thieves from the national till. We have reaped what we have sewn. Yet Kushner is able to create wonder, mythology, and poetry from these degrading ingredients – even a hopeful, life-affirming ending in the face of tragedy. That’s the power of art, of theatre, and of genius. Still, we needed an antidote to the sordid political world all around us last week, and we found it in “RBG,” the documentary from filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen now in theaters that explores the life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Yes, “the


Notorious RBG” has become a pop culture icon, but it’s her legal legacy that will ensure her immortality in American history. In the face of reactionary Supreme Court Justices, RBG has stood up for gender equality and the rights of all minorities, including LGBTQ people. She might be diminutive, but her impact has been gigantic. It was good to be reminded that there are women and men in public service devoted to the common good. In fact, “RBG” reminded us that we know people right here, right now who are working for a better world, in AIDS nonprofits, in social services, in health care, even in the gay press. Our faith in public figures is restored.

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Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg in “RBG.”

first SFS performances of French composer Guillaume Connesson’s “E chiaro nella valle il fiume.” Connesson evokes the beauty of the Italian landscape with a richly orchestrated score that goes in one ear and out the other, leaving a pleasant feeling of nostalgia. The smell of Hollywood is stronger than the scents of Italia, but the composer has a melodic gift, and Deneve is a sympathetic champion. The evening concluded with more big-screen Technicolor tour music: Respighi’s ever-popular “Pines of Rome” (1924). Deneve set to work with obvious pleasure, and the resulting performance knocked the socks off the enthusiastic crowd. Personal taste shouldn’t look down on someone else’s good time. I admit to sharing in everyone’s admiration of the musicians’ virtuosity. Soloists were positioned throughout the hall, and with everyone playing onstage at full-tilt, one could easily be seduced once more by Respighi’s stirring snapshots.

Charisma king

The prior week, another accomplished young soloist returned to the DSH spotlight in his first appearances on a subscription series program. Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, violinist Ray Chen is a charismatically handsome performer who proves he has a prodigious musical gift as well. Growing in maturity, Chen has been building a strong fan-base with his relaxed stage demeanor and startling ability. He probably needs to get a few more miles on him before delivering a fully-individualized statement on something as weighty as Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major, but his recent interpretation showed he has been scrupulously preparing. Giving a fine but slightly under-flavored performance, Chen conveyed a sturdy understanding of the composer’s musical structure. Conductor Juraj Valcuha supported well, and the orchestra sounded plush, but the collaboration between orchestral musicians and guest leader exploded on the second half. A sensational rendition of Prokofiev’s feverish Symphony No. 3 showed the composer was right in thinking it one of his greatest accomplishments. Valcuha sort of keeps his own personality in check onstage, but he urges

The Bay Area Rainbow Symphony seeks musicians and invites orchestral players to audition ahead of the group’s Pride concert, scheduled for Sat., June 9. The program will be Bernstein’s one-act opera “Trouble in Tahiti,” Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, and Elfrida Andree’s Prelude. Rehearsals are Wednesday nights starting May 23. Interested musicians can contact the symphony by emailing For more information, check out

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Violinist Ray Chen.

the players to thrilling, emotive expression. In coming weeks, conductors David Robertson, Semyon Bychkov, and Susanna Malkki lead the Orchestra in programs in May and June. They are all familiar artists to SFS audiences, and share a history of warm rapport. Robertson appears for the first SFS performances and U.S. premiere of Brett Dean’s “Engelsflugel” (“Wings of Angels”), which pays homage to the music of Brahms. That composer’s mighty Piano Concerto No. 1 is also on the bill, performed by pianist Kirill Gerstein. Semyon Bychkov is coming back in performances of Taneyev’s “Oresteia” Overture, followed by Bruch’s Concerto for Two Pianos, featuring famous and admired sisters Katia and Marielle Labeque. Another highly anticipated return brings Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki to DSH, conducting Scriabin’s infrequently performed but wonderful “The Poem of Ecstasy” and Kaija Saariaho’s “Laterna Magica,” inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s autobiography of the same name. Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto in D Major, performed by Nikolaj Znaider, is on the bill. That should hold us quite nicely until MTT’s return later in the month with a semi-staged production of Mussorgsky’s glorious “Boris Godunov.” More info at: www.

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22 • Bay Area Reporter • May 17-23, 2018

Civics lessons take the stage by Jim Gladstone


veryone who attends Berkeley Rep’s final production of its season will find a keepsake booklet containing the text of the United States Constitution at their seats in the Peet’s Theatre, generously provided by the ACLU Foundation of Northern California. With any luck, the shimmery fragments of intrigue and inspiration that emerge all-tooinfrequently in writer-actress Heidi Schreck’s “What the Constitution Means to Me” will rekindle audience members’ own curiosity about the original document. Many of their musings will have more coherence and entertainment value than Schreck’s prove to have. When the Rep made its January announcement that “What the Constitution” would replace a previously scheduled play, one assumed the substitution was going to be, well, another play. But “This is not a play” is among the first things Schreck says when she casually ambles onto the stage, houselights still up. “We don’t know what’s going to happen.” Friends, it isn’t. And what happened inspired a degree of headscratching that could put a fingernail in contact with brain matter. Schreck is certainly well-intentioned in her mix of autobiographical storytelling, provocative – if

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Playwright and performer Heidi Schreck in the West Coast premiere of “What the Constitution Means to Me” at Berkeley Rep.

somewhat pedantic – history lessons, and improvised interaction with charismatic, whipsmart local high school student Anaya Matthews (who alternates performances with a peer, Wisdom Kunitz). She aims to create a vivid emotional connection between the Constitution and an American public that is all-too-passively controlled through its interpretation. But shortly after describing 1787’s Constitutional Convention as a “steamy” intellectual struggle, Schreck throws theatrical convention to the wind. Schreck explains that in the show, she will recreate her teenage debates about the Constitution at American Legion-sponsored competitions, and all-too-briefly takes up a convincingly adolescent vocabulary and enthusiasm, passionately describing the document’s tangled ambiguities – or, perhaps, she suggests, its flexibilities – as “a crucible” and “a penumbra.” Her keen encapsulation of a teen’s desire to demonstrate mastery of the unmasterable provides a glimpse of real acting prowess (Schreck has performed with leading national companies). But all-too-quickly, she’s Caspering her way back through the fourth wall to speak to the audience from her adult perspective again, sharing opinions about the inherent sexism of a document written en-


tirely by men, and anecdotes about family experience with depression and abortion. Local actor Danny Wolohan also slips out of his role as 15-year-old Schreck’s gruff Legionnaire host to tell his own tangential autobiographical stories. As Casper himself might say: Boo! The 90-minute show, theoretically directed by Oliver Butler, reaches its most charming, then most baffling moments in the final third, when Schreck is joined on stage by Matthews for a brief, cheerful debate in which Schreck argues for the creation of a new Constitution, while Matthews defends the value of our endlessly reinterpretable original. But we’re engaged by their joy in sparring, not any profundity in their content. The opening night performance ended with an announcement that there are alternate endings, followed by Schreck and Matthews sitting back-to-back in dimmed light and peppering each other with silly slumber-party questions about favorite animals and other inconsequential, non-Constitutional matters. Then the house lights went up, and it was time to hit the booklets.t “What the Constitution Means to Me” plays Berkeley Rep, through June 17. Tickets from $45.

Waging war on governmental stupidity by Tim Pfaff


n a couple of weeks last month, Ronan Farrow came out publicly, won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Harvey Weinstein for The New Yorker, was named one of  Time’s 100 most influential people, and saw the publication of his book, “War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence” (Norton). Shortly thereafter, North and South Korea took their biggest steps toward one another since the Korean War armistice, people gave Trump credit for it and he snatched it, and it was revealed that over Easter, secretly, Mike Pompeo, then still CIA director and a fiercely embattled nominee for Secretary of State back home, had gone to meet Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang for talks. The cross-timing was such that Farrow, appearing on a string of talk shows that has marked one of the newsiest book tours ever, talked. In hours of Congressional hearings,

Pompeo had demonstrated his gift for obfuscating inarticulately. Farrow spoke lucidly on Pompeo, who was narrowly confirmed between the author’s appearances on the talk shows, and on the Korea business as a whole in complete, grammatically intact, substantive sentences

that didn’t preclude his saying he found it all terrifying. Farrow also was unfailingly civil, appropriately funny and poised as a raptor. At the grand old age of 30, he agreed with the sane people that our hope – a word he uses with evident sincerity – lies with the younger generation, in which he did not expressly include himself. His book’s like that. Urgent, informed and not without a sense of humor sly enough to put his elders in their places and gentle enough to leave you thinking that, bad as things are, you’re not wasting your time reading it despite the world’s hanging by a thread. You could be spending more time with the people closest to you, but they’d likely not be as unrelentingly interesting, even entertaining, as Farrow. He’s interviewed every living Secretary of State, all of whom talked to him willingly, and some of whom let him talk their truth to power in ways they, by their stations, could not or did not. And he even recounts the obligatory bathroom meeting (his job interview) with his mentor, Richard Holbrooke, though it needs saying that Farrow was standing outside the bathroom door as Holbrooke showered, and that this behavior was routine for Holbrooke and not, appearances to the contrary, at all Weinstein-ish— or, you can be sure, that would have made it into this book, too. Farrow worked, in official capacities, in the State Department, for four years beginning in 2009 – sub-ambassadorially, to be sure, being precocious while making color Power Points and scuffing his shoe leather, without which his tales would lack color if not credibility. Anyone who, like him, has waited in a hot, windowless office of a military regime arguing for visa privileges will understand. As recently as the late Obama Administration, when comparatively low-profile John Kerry was doing things like brokering the Iran Deal – and Farrow was already deep into this 450-page book – “War on Peace” would probably have been read primarily by the people who

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“War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence” author Ronan Farrow.

already knew its contents, from their vantage point, and would have argued it with face- and ass-saving “expertise.” Today, in the still wake of the Trump-Tillerson dismantling of the State Department – even now still lacking an ambassador to South Korea – this deadly serious, witleavened book meets a public nearly desperate to hear its message. Like its namesake, “War on Peace” is in no small part an adventure story. There are breath-holding (his and the reader’s) sand-in-his-shoes Pakistani stories. Many of his interviews with SecStates for this book read like Meetings with Remarkable Madmen (and stuffed shirts), some of the women acquitting themselves marginally better. Importantly, this is not a dumpon-Trump book, of which we’ve had our fill. Farrow traces the hacking away at diplomacy, mostly giving way to the military, as a process long in the devolving. The bravery of this book does not inspire nostalgia for the administrations of William Jefferson Clinton or Barack Hussein Obama, either. But neither is it ever wantonly destructive, and Farrow allows for human decency beyond his own.

There are no dull stretches in this startling yet intellectually honest, responsible book. (Unlike, say, with “Fire and Fury,” there are academically correct endnotes along with its index.) But there is, as he emphasized in one of his more trenchant TV appearances, a through-line that he would prefer be the attentiongetter. In short, it is that everywhere the U.S. has reduced its influence or withdrawn, China has stepped in, cagily and with imperial, subcutaneously malicious intent. Speaking as someone living just south of China, and daily feeling its reach and grasp, I urge heeding Farrow’s view of our present and future, which augurs to make us sorrier than about Putin. One can only hope Farrow’s war on profligate governmental stupidity will turn out to be a paean to diplomacy and not a dirge on its death. If we all end up in camps, hope you’re in the same barracks with Farrow. To borrow from his mother’s ex, going to bed with Farrow (the book) has been the most fun I’ve had without having sex. It’s also revived a nearly lost feeling: that I want to go on.t


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Propaganda ministries in the museum by Sura Wood

n the mid-20th century, long before social media and the Internet, posters that adopted the bold graphics and snappy slogans of the advertising industry were a powerful tool of psychological warfare and the instruments of choice for mass persuasion – make that propaganda – and mobilizing public opinion. “Weapons of Mass Seduction: The Art of Propaganda,” a new show at the de Young Museum, with a title that would make Don Draper (“Mad Men”) proud, has the odd distinction of quoting both Winston Churchill, who promulgated the “V” for Victory sign, and Nazi Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, an evil genius who knew a thing or two about “The Big Lie.” Covering the eras of two World Wars, from around 1910 through the 40s, the exhibition also includes some oddball films from unusual sources, and propaganda kimonos. Yes, you heard that right: these garments come in a variety of patterns, from parachutists descending from the sky into enemy territory, and a line of rifle-toting soldiers in teacup blue, to khaki green tanks storming through the waves to confront foes on the shore. Eye-catching, colorful recruitment posters such as a 1917 lithograph for the U.S. Navy with an All-American sailor riding a torpedo on the ocean as if it’s a bucking bronco, and another from the following year for the U.S. Tank Corps of a neon hellcat leaping out of the flames with the tagline, “Treat em Rough,” encouraged young men to choose their favorite brand of macho and sign up. Other graphics and newsreels were dispatched to promote fundraising for the war effort and self-sacrifice on the part of civilians, and to caution against

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the other that looms large in Bavarian artist Julius Ussy Engelhard’s alarmist poster “Misery and Destruction Follow Anarchy” (1918). “Rest Assured – the Amputations Are Proceeding Methodically” (194142), a color lithograph produced in German-occupied France, serves up a slime green octopus endowed with a repulsive horror-film likeness of Churchill’s face, his blood-red lips squeezing his iconic cigar, and a dozen tentacles extending greedily to continents across the globe. Propaganda shorts made by the Walt Disney Studio, which devoted

90% of its output to the war effort from 1942-45, are anything but subtle. From this vantage point, it’s frankly disconcerting to see Donald Duck headlining the rambunctious anti-Nazi cartoon parody “Der Fuehrer’s Face.” Originally called “Donald Duck in Nutzi Land” and set to the strains of a hit novelty song, it finds our hero encountering goose-stepping storm troopers and an oompah-pah band, later toiling on a munitions factory assembly line, where he’s forced to give the Hitler salute to every picture of the Fuehrer coming down the conveyer

belt. Will his nightmare ever end? It’s one thing for Disney to draft his beloved characters for the cause, but quite another when the Nazis appropriated Donald Duck, Popeye and Mickey Mouse, portraying them as Allied fighter pilots dropping bombs on quaint French farm houses in “Nimbus Released.” The pernicious black & white short, widely disseminated in Vichy France in 1944, was a low blow, even for them.t Through Oct. 7.



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“Loose Lips” that might inadvertently aid the enemy lurking among us. “Army Command” (1940), a dramatic monochrome lithograph where the shadow of an oversized helmeted soldier with his finger to his lips looms over a small gathering on a street, is enlarged on a wall in the darkened entry to the exhibition. It’s a noirish, paranoia-inducing sight. Jim Ganz, curator of the FAMSF’s Achenbach Graphic Arts collection, adds depth to this small show by including wartime propaganda from both the Allies and Axis powers, which effectively exposes the insidious nature of propaganda itself. Its techniques bypass the rational mind, appealing to a mob mentality, gung-ho militaristic jingoism, and a reflexive dehumanizing of the adversary. No matter which side they’re on, people have proven to be susceptible to images and ideology that exploit prejudices and incite hatred and suspicion of “the other.” As primal fear is a potent method of turning off the brain, demeaning racial stereotypes and denigration of the opposition as animals, ogres or vermin were deployed by good and bad guys alike, illustrating that two can play at this nasty game of manipulation. The Nazis depicted Franklin D. Roosevelt as a monstrous King Kong, while the Japanese caricatured him as a demon with fangs and hairy, inordinately large hands. It should be noted the FDR was not above utilizing virulent propaganda to justify his campaign for incarcerating Japanese Americans in internment camps during WWII. In “Scare Tactics,” one of the show’s most affecting sections , some especially vivid specimens are on parade, like a giant, hulking, gorillalike beast wielding a machete in one hand and a lit cherry-red bomb in


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24 • Bay Area Reporter • May 17-23, 2018

Shallow ‘Seagull’ in a hurry by Erin Blackwell


he first proscenium arch was permanently installed in the Farnese Theatre in Parma, Italy, exactly 400 years ago. The proscenium, whether arched or not, is the frame through which a theater audience observes the characters in a play. This frame focuses the action and tames theater’s native zest for anarchy. Europeans outdid themselves inventing stage machinery to create illusions of place and depth of perspective. This aesthetic evolution could be said to have reached its culmination in the playwright Anton Chekhov, as directed by Constantin Stanislavski, at the Moscow Art Theatre. A new film of his 1896 play “The Seagull” opens Friday at the Landmark Clay. “The Seagull” was the first of Chekhov’s three great plays that changed the course of Western theater. Something called “subtext” was born. Characters no longer speak their thoughts, but say things to avoid revealing their inner feelings. These feelings are nonetheless kept on a permanent boil, like the samovar that sits at the center of each of these plays, promising the warmth of community to charac-

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Saoirse Ronan as Nina, and Corey Stoll as Boris, in director Michael Mayer’s “The Seagull.”

ters stuck in subjective isolation. The scene is always a country estate, where the layers of the old class system can be studied as an archeological dig even as old privileges come unglued to make way for the Russian Revolution. In “The Seagull,” the title character is killed in Act II by young Konstantin, who tries to give the

dead bird to his love object Nina, who is repulsed by this sad, mad offering. Konstantin’s mother’s lover, the urbane Trigorin, has an idea for a short story: “A young girl lives all her life on the shore of a lake. She loves the lake, and she’s happy and free, like a seagull. But a man arrives by chance, and when he sees her, he destroys her, out of sheer

boredom.” Trigorin is that man, Nina is the seagull, and Chekhov’s comment that the play is a comedy should not be taken too literally by people who don’t understand the sublime distancing effect of the proscenium arch. Director Michael Mayer has whittled down the text to fit a 99-minute run time, making room for intrusive music of the Philip Glass school to actually drown out the dialogue. Gone is the leisurely, summery rhythm of intimate speech across the impassable distances of human relationship, replaced by manic jump cuts leading nowhere in particular except onward in an attempt, I guess, to forestall the audience’s impatience with these Russians’ need to unburden their souls to one another. The jerkiness is worst at the beginning, which includes a snippet of the fourth act as a framing device, which is cosmetic not dramatic, and a ghastly mistake. In this whittled-down world, Annette Bening as the actress Irina Arkadina looms large. Her self-centeredness is a quality the audience recognizes as its own. She moves from comic to tragic in her last two big scenes: first, cruelly shattering her son Konstantin with insults be-


fore reconciling; next, coaxing her lover Trigorin back to her and away from his infatuation with Nina. Corey Stoll’s Trigorin is a simple construct: a workaholic writer eager to exploit Nina for writerly insights into the psychology of young women. Billy Howle’s Konstantin is a boyishly handsome, frustrated mama’s boy. Saoirse Ronan as Nina, the contested muse of both writers, is oddly uninspiring, but she pulls out the stops for her final scene of despair and madness. Elisabeth Moss as Masha makes an indelible claim on the audience’s attention from out of left field, with her unrequited love of Konstantin, who doesn’t know she’s alive. She not only says she’s in mourning for her life, she falls easily into tears at the thought of her own suffering. In a hard-minded moment she defends her drinking habit as a common vice she practices unhypocritically. If everyone played with her brio and depth, if the characters weren’t reduced to bare outlines, and if the film itself were less self-conscious about taking up people’s time and more focused on the ineffable mysteries of the human condition, Chekhov would be better served.t

Summer flicks by David Lamble


hether you know it or not, the summer movie season is upon us. It’s four months (MayAugust) with 101 narratives and docs, including the latest from queer dierctor John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”). “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” is a sassy adaptation of a Neil Gaiman story about a gaggle of British teens circa 1977 who, in the spirit of punk, happen upon a party of aliens. Alex Sharpe heads an all-star ensemble: Nicole Kidman as a human, and Elle Fanning and Ruth Wilson as extraterrestrials. Or for those with a pranky disposition, there’s the return of Canada’s Bruce LaBruce (think a maple-leaf-style John Waters) with “The Misandrists,” the tale of a man who stumbles into the secret lair of the “Female Liberation Army.” The film’s trailer hails it as “a movie by the FLA and Bruce LaBruce.” Both films are set for a national rollout later this month.

Caution: the summer titles I’m previewing are all on the release schedule of major studios. Sometimes the Bay Area gets shortchanged in these big plans. Don’t despair: most of these adventures in celluloid will eventually turn up on the calendars of the Castro or the Roxie. Here’s May: “Beast” Jessie Buckley is a young woman on the island of Jersey whose romantic fling (Johnny Flynn) could be a serial killer. Michael Pearce directs his first feature. “Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat” Fans of this brilliant downtown NYC artist should appreciate this addition to his canon, following the doc “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” and Julian Schnabel’s biopic “Basquiat.” Sara Driver provides this latest dive into the sensibility of an 80s shooting star. “Breaking In” Gabrielle Union is a mom who discovers that her late dad’s house offers the “Panic Room” serious competition in the security department. Union has to rescue

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her kids after they’re taken hostage. James McTeigue directs. “Class Rank” 80s teen heartthrob Eric Stoltz directs this melodrama about a wunderkind (Olivia Holt) who, upset that she’s only #2 in her high school, decides to get a pal (Skyler Gisondo) elected to the school board to reboot the system. “The Day After” South Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s adventures of a philandering book publisher (Kwon Hae-hyo) whose new assistant (Kim Min-hee) gets involved in a messy adultery scandal. “Film Worker” Former Stanley Kubrick assistant Leon Vitali explains how he went from playing the stepson in “Barry Lyndon” to jack-of-all-trades aide and gopher for the director. Vitali created mechanisms through which Kubrick could remotely watch over an ailing pet, and ran print checks on the his final feature, the Cruise/Kidman vehicle “Eyes Wide Shut,” following Kubrick’s untimely death. “I Had Nowhere to Go” Douglas Gordon honors fellow experimental filmmaker Jonas Mekas, the Lithuanian-born writer-director and founder of NYC’s Anthology Film Archive. Fleeting imagery accompanies audio of Mekas reading his memoir. “Life of the Party” Melissa McCarthy, a mom who regrets not earning a college degree, enrolls with her daughter (Molly Gordon). Gillian Jacobs and Maya Rudolph costar. McCarthy’s husband, co-writer Ben Falcone, directs. “Measure of a Man” Blake Cooper is an overweight teen who spends a long, hard summer in this coming-of-age drama from Jim Loach, son of director Ken Loach. Co-stars Donald Sutherland, Judy Greer and Luke Wilson. “Terminal” This stylized film noir has Margot Robbie, so fiery as a disgruntled figure skater in “I, Tonya,” as a waitress leading a double life. Simon Pegg co-stars. “Book Club” Multiple Oscar winners Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen are book club companions whose romantic lives get a boost after they share “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

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Above: From “Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat.” Below: From “The Gospel According to Andre.”

“First Reformed” Inspired by the work of two masters (Robert Bresson’s “Diary of a Country Priest” and Ingmar Bergman’s “Winter Light”), veteran Paul Schrader (“Taxi Driver”) returns with this tale of an upstate New York preacher (Ethan Hawke) whose thinking is upended after he encounters a radical environmentalist. With Amanda Seyfried and Cedric the Entertainer. “On Chesil Beach” UK novelist Ian McEwan adapts his 2008 novel about newlyweds (Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle) in pre-Beatles England. Florence and Edward’s limitless affections hit a snag when

it’s time to take their marriage to bed. Directed by Dominic Cooke, co-starring Anne-Marie Duff and Emily Watson. “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” Director Wim Wenders sits down with Pope Francis, the first pope to star in a profile by the director of “Wings of Desire.” “Saving Brinton” Iowan Mike Zahs uncovers nitrate film reels from the early years of cinema. The film follows Zahs as he works to exhibit the films where they were first screened. “Sollers Point” McCaul Lombardi is a recently paroled inmate who lives with his dad (Jim Belushi) in Baltimore. Director Matthew Porterfield’s films (“Putty Hill”) blur the lines between fiction and nonfiction. “That Summer” This compilation from Goran Hugo Olsson is an alternative version to the Maysles Brothers’ documentary “Grey Gardens.” In 1972, Lee Radziwill engaged the artist Peter Beard to film her eccentric, cat-loving aunt and cousin Big and Little Edie Beale: rediscovered footage. “The Gospel According to Andre” Kate Novack directs this portrait of fashion-world star André Leon Talley. Fran Lebowitz and Anna Wintour are among the talking heads. “Mary Shelley” The parallels between the life of Mary Shelley and the treatment of the monster in “Frankenstein” are staples of literary criticism. Elle Fanning plays the author, and Douglas Booth her outof-wedlock lover and eventual husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Haifaa Al-Mansour directed. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” George Lucas’ characters are back in this “Star Wars” reboot from Ron Howard. Alden Ehrenreich plays the young Han Solo. Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover and Woody Harrelson also star. “Summer 1993” After her mom’s death, a young girl (Laia Artigas) moves in with her uncle and aunt. Catalan writer-director Carla Simón crafted this family tale from her own experiences.t (Continues next week.)


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Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen, Coffee House Press, $16.95 Same-Sexy Marriage by Julie Marie Wade, A Midsummer Night’s Press, $16.95 The Sexy Storm by Edward Van de Vendel, A Midsummer Night’s Press, $13.95


n “Not Here,” his second book of verse after 2014’s “This Way to the Sugar,” Minneapolis-based poet Hieu Minh Nguyen presents a slowly simmering cauldron of intensity, emotion, and queerness. Within this stunning collection, he examines relationships, pain, racial inequality, homophobia, identity, trauma, recovery, and the dynamics of culture, and braids them into impeccably constructed passages that demand attention. The author, who personally designed his own book-jacket art, opens this collection with the first installment of a series of interconnected poems called “White Boy Time Machine,” which chronicles the lives of boys as their lineage


Kim Novak

From page 19

Novak had come to Los Angeles from Chicago and worked as a refrigerator trade-show model, “Miss Deepfreeze.” Her voluptuous beauty got her an unbilled bit in RKO’s “The French Line” (1953), starring Jane Russell. An agent took her to Columbia, where she was signed to a long-term contract and well-cast in “Pushover” (1954), as a moll for whom cop Fred MacMurray goes rogue. Her mysterious aura impressed Harry Cohn, the infamous studio head. He was looking for a replacement for Columbia’s longterm but fading “Love Goddess,” Rita Hayworth, and decided Novak was the one. She made two minor films, then Otto Preminger borrowed her for “The Man With a Golden Arm” (1955), an early, powerful look at drug addiction starring Frank Sinatra. She impressed as his sympathetic girlfriend. The film was a smash. Cohn then gave her Madge in gay playwright William Inge’s “Picnic,” (1956) a part created on stage by Kim Stanley. Joshua Logan directed this haunting study of small-town Americana set in Kansas. Novak perfectly caught Madge’s restlessness – a girl tired of “just being pretty.” Itinerant, virile William Holden arrives on a railroad car, and nothing is the same again. He and Novak had great chemistry, and in a celebrated, erotic sequence, danced to


Carmen Cusack

From page 19

Great White Way, pretty much embodying the title of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical “Bright Star.” Last in San Francisco for a Curran Theater reprise of her career-making role in that bluegrass-infused show, Cusack returns this Saturday night for a solo performance at “A Twist of Limelight,” the nonprofit Bay Area Musicals’ annual fundraising benefit. Cusack’s first post-college job was performing for transatlantic cruisers aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2, which led to her settling in England for several years, where she was featured in West End productions of “Les Miserables” and “The Secret Garden.” On her return to the U.S. in 2006, Cusack found herself tugging on Broadway’s coattails as she won

moves through innocence, awkwardly cloaked attraction, and onward into the discovery that their whiteness and their inherent maleness are enough to fester inequality, erupt power struggles, and take whatever lays at their feet. “No matter where we go, there’s a history/of white men describing a landscape/ so they can claim it.” One of the strongest entries here, “Lesson,” involves a son and his troubled Asian mother, who blames the family’s unrest on her husband while he can only stand by and witness the injustice as a “boy inside his mother’s body/shoveling coal into a screaming red engine.” “Attending the Party” is a crushing self-examination of a man’s loneliness and disillusionment with the outside world all around him. Other entries find him marginalized by his ancestry or demonized and stigmatized by his alternative sexuality. Other familial references include poetry examining the origins of the author’s surname, his brother’s legacy, and his memories of sexual abuse, which crowd out any shards of light or joy from a youth steeped in guilt and shame. At nearly 80


tions between a mother and daughter through a series of poems. The narrator describes the typical heterosexual life of her mother and her traditionally valued expectations in direct contrast to her own lesbian life, eschewing a husband for “a condo on the other coast/with the woman I love, where/the beach is our own backyard.” Boosted by an uncanny openness and unfettered honesty, Wade escorts readers through poetry that describes the life of a lesbian living against the grain of her aging parents’ presumptions. Her novella in verse also cleverly plays with the

concept of the “Boston marriage,” and includes comical yet relevant references to Mary and Dick Cheney, Anne Heche, and the fantasy of gay-married life in the New England suburbs. Also of note from the same publisher comes European poet Edward Van De Vendel’s “The Sexy Storm,” which, at 43 pages, is even more diminutive than Wade’s work, yet just as potent. This book’s poetry is fueled by youthful passion and luminous imagery from the perspective of a lovelorn boy in love. In Van De Vendel’s world of boys, taut shoulders shimmer like “bars of pale gold,” memories blare “like a siren,” and impulse rages even in the oddest of moments: “My mouth wants to taste your toothbrush/(from that time you stayed the night and called it a mistake).” This book forces readers to remember their youthful and simmering desires, whether unrequited or fully realized, and to appreciate the sweet burn of that first contact with forbidden lust, and the unmistakable electricity and solid grip of taboo love.t

“Moonlight.” She blossomed into an and was soon considered “difficult,” the years, its critical reputation has intensely desirable woman. Critics demanding a bigger salary and betgrown remarkably, as has her perraved, and audiences filled theatres. ter material. formance, although she had been “Box-Office” magazine listed her as Vera Miles, whom Hitchcock had and would again be better. the US’ most popular star, followed used in “The Wrong Man” (1956), She was breathtaking and moving by Holden, Doris Day, Marilyn was his fist choice for “Vertigo,” but as the witch who longs to be human Monroe, Susan Hayward, Deborah she was pregnant and unavailable. opposite Stewart and Jack Lemmon Kerr, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, He borrowed Novak, whom he had in “Bell, Book, and Candle” (1958). Grace Kelly, and Elizabeth Taylor. considered for 1955’s “The Trouble Her joy at shedding a tear when she Her salary didn’t match her fame, with Harry,” but decided she was finally becomes mortal is deeply and she grumbled to no avail. She too seductive. As the object of James touching. The film wasn’t a big looked stunning in “The Eddie Stewart’s obsession, she is approprihit. She and Frederic March were Duchin Story” (1956), a biopic in ately enigmatic. The film did well, good enjoying a May-December which she played the popular piabut was less popular than four of romance in “Middle of the Night” nist’s (Tyrone Power) first wife. She Novak’s previous five pictures. Over (1959), based on Paddy Chayefsky’s was even more beautiful as legplay, but it didn’t do well. Neither did “Strangers When We endary 1920s stage star “Jeanne Meet” (1960), about adultery in Eagles,” who died young from suburbia, with Novak and Kirk drugs and alcohol. She overcame Douglas as the guilty lovers. the poor script to give a compeThey quarreled, and the film was tent performance, although critneither a critical nor a box-office ics sniped. She earned $13,000 success. for it, while co-star Jeff Chandler Her battles with Columbia was paid $100,000. Her agent escalated, and they sent her to claimed she was worth $300,000 MGM for “Boys Night Out,” a per picture. poor comedy in which she played She looked lovely but was a sociologist assessing the behavmiscast in “Pal Joey” (1957), ior of middle-aged bachelors, billed behind Hayworth and including one played by James Sinatra in this uneven but hugely Garner. Made later but released popular version of the Rodgearlier by Columbia, “The Notoers and Hart musical, partially rious Landlady” (1962) cast her as filmed on location in San Frana London cockney opposite Lemcisco. Hayworth showed plenty mon and Fred Astaire, another of fire in her last film for Columdud comedy. She and the studio bia, and stole the notices. Novak parted company. inherited her dressing room, and Outsider Enterprises Her Mildred in the remake praised her predecessor’s kindof “Of Human Bondage” was ness, lamenting that she wasn’t Kim Novak, with William Holden, in a harshly compared to Bette Davis’ good at standing up for herself. publicity still from “Picnic.” 1934 performance, but co-star Novak didn’t have that problem,

Laurence Harvey was no help, nor was director Ken Hughes. Billy Wilder’s tasteless, misogynistic “Kiss Me, Stupid” (1964) further hurt her career, although she kept working, if unable to regain her earlier success. She was well-cast in Robert Aldrich’s “The Legend of Lylah Clare” (1968) as an unknown actress playing a legendary movie star. Most of her subsequent films were poor. She and Marlene Dietrich were trapped with David Bowie in the disappointing “Just a Gigolo” (1978), but she and Elizabeth Taylor were effective trading bitchy barbs as aging, rival film queens in Agatha Christie’s “The Mirror Crack’d” (1980). Quips Novak, “Marina, darling, I see you not only kept your fabulous figure, but added so much to it.” Taylor purrs, “There are only two things I don’t like about you, Lola. Your face.” She had a recurring role on TV’s long-running “Falcon’s Crest” (1986-87) and made her final screen appearance in Mike Figgis “Liebestraum” (1991). Her marriage to actor Richard Johnson lasted barely a year, but in 1976 she wed veterinarian Robert Malley. They live in Oregon surrounded by the animals she has always loved. Columbia seldom used her properly, yet Novak’s acting looks better and better in hindsight. Her best work has a mysterious vulnerability. She was much more than “pretty,” and demonstrated that on several memorable occasions.t

I connected with it. It really does seem like you run away from the things you grew up with, then end up coming back to them.” The show’s four-year development gave Cusack a strong sense of ownership, as the role of Alice Murphy, a small-town girl who has an infant son taken from her custody and is reunited with him much later in life, was gradually shaped around her own strengths and empathies toward the story (Cusack’s own parents were in their mid-teens when she was born). “Helping to facilitate the rewrites, being a part of the whole creative process was really fulfilling,” Cusack recalled. “That’s part of why I did some of the national tour. I’d been building that role for so long, I wasn’t ready to let go of it yet.” Over the year since she left “Bright Star,” Cusack has been involved in a number of projects, including writ-

stown Theater Festival’s world premiere of “Lempicka,” a musical that producers ultimately hope to bring to New York. “I’m never really swayed by what happens to be popular with Broadway audiences,” said Cusack, whose somewhat unconventional career path has treated her just fine. “I look for roles that I genuinely connect with personally. And that changes all the time. Ten years ago I probably would have told you I dreamed of playing Rose in ‘Gypsy.’ Now I think it would be great to do ‘Sunset Boulevard.’ There’s never a fixed answer. I feel like a kid. I want to be a fireman this week!”t

lead roles in the national tours of “Wicked,” as Elphaba, and of “South Pacific,” as Nellie Forbush. But after playing beloved fan-favorites on the road, Cusack had the rare opportunity to make her first appearance on Broadway in a role she’d originated. From its first workshop at Vassar College in 2013 through its world premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe and a pre-Broadway run in Washington, D.C., Cusack was an integral element of “Bright Star,” sharing her New York debut with the show’s unlikely composers. “I’d been following Steve Martin’s banjo-playing for years,” said Cusack. “As a kid, I lived in the American South for the most part: Panama City, Florida; Alabama; Texas. I went to college for classical training, but growing up, I’d been surrounded by gospel, folk, bluegrass, all that swamp gothic music. And as soon as I read ‘Bright Star,’

pages, this is not a meager anthology of featherweight prose, but a sharp exercise in introspection, as Nguyen’s often painful, biting words form a mirror image of his adolescent grief, but also illuminate the ways he is transforming and discovering a way out of his unhappiness, and forging a new path forward. A pair of compact, pocket-sized books of poetry emerges this spring from independent poetry publisher A Midsummer Night’s Press, beginning with lesbian author Julie Marie Wade’s just-published novella “Same-Sexy Marriage,” which tells the story of generational percep-

ing folk and bluegrass-influenced music of her own. She’ll include some originals, along with her distinctive takes on pop songs by the likes of George Michael and Brandi Carlile, and of course some show tunes in this weekend’s performance. “I’m definitely going to do something from ‘Calamity Jane,’” she said. “Doris Day was the first woman entertainer who really got my attention as a kid. Wearing men’s clothes, standing up on a barstool and singing: that looked like fun!” That old tomboy instinct will serve Cusack well in one of her upcoming projects, an LGBT favorite. “I’m going to be playing ‘Victor/ Victoria’” at Los Angeles’ Reprise 2.0 theater in September. Her queer appeal will also be in full force this July as Cusack dabbles in a little Elphaba-on-Elphaba action, playing the lover of fellow “Wicked” vet Eden Espinosa in the William-

A Twist of Limelight stars Carmen Cusack, a benefit for Bay Area Musicals. Sat., May 19, 7:30 p.m. Alcazar Theater, 650 Geary St., SF. Tickets from $45.



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Tom Goss The singer-songwriter’s musical mission

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ith equal parts heartfelt intention and musical invention, Tom Goss writes and performs songs that are unapologetically gay-themed. From bedroom romances to elder families, kids suffering religious oppression, to a dance-worthy celebration of bear culture, Goss focuses his music and his accompanying millionsviewed videos with a purpose that only adds to their lyrical loveliness. See page 28 >>

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He’ll perform The Love Cub, his new show of selected songs from his seven albums, on May 19 in San Francisco at the Hotel Rex’s intimate music venue, his first Bay Area show in four years. “My new solo show incorporates a lot of storytelling, as well as singing and playing guitar and piano, and some video,” said Goss in a phone interview from his home in Los Angeles. “It’s pretty heavily autobiographical, and speaks to my experiences as an artist and as a gay man, a man attracted to bears, and the ups and downs of my life.” Commenting on the popularity of his dance-worthy song and video “Bears,” Goss said, “People write me from all over the world with pictures of it playing in bars. It’s really great that the community has embraced it.” Since then, Goss has become an invited performer to bear gatherings around the world. Conversely, Goss, 37, is more known for softer folkinspired ballads, and songs that directly take on serious themes, like his haunting 2015 cover of “Son of a Preacher Man,” the John Hurley/ Ronnie Wilkins song made popular in 1968 by singer Dusty Springfield. The accompanying video dramatizes the love between two teenage boys, and religious hatred in a small town. On YouTube, thousands of viewers have shared their reactions and similar experiences. “It was a real collaboration that started from a conversation with the director, Michael Serrato,” said Goss, “and the common experience that many gay men and women had. We wanted to speak to it in an honest, powerful, and hopefully behavior-changing way. And that’s important. We want to be telling stories, many of them buried and hidden in the closet. There is a lot of Micheal’s experience Tom Goss in it, but also mine. We


“I definitely didn’t have an attraction to women, but I turned that part of myself off. I was hanging out with so many earnest, Midwestern, beautiful men, getting naked with them, and at tournaments on the weekend, but I wasn’t attracted to them, either.” His move to Washington, D.C. was intended for priesthood at a Roman Catholic seminary, but instead he left, came out as gay, and began playing in local small venues, while discovering his attraction to bears, “hairy, chubby men. My physical attraction was very different than what the world was telling me it should be.” Goss later met Mike Briggs, who became his boyfriend. The two men married in 2010. Goss’ first EP, Rise, soon became an online hit via Logo TV. His second release, the album Back to Love, included another solemn hit, “Lover,” about the partner of a gay soldier killed in Afghanistan. Daren Cornell Another military-themed song, “This is Who We Are,” takes on the now-dismissed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell that also wanted people who aren’t in effected LGBT military members. our community to see it and empaAlong with recording some terrifthize with this experience.” ic covers, Goss has also collaborated The video seems more like a short with other gay singer-songwriters, film, and Goss said that the music including Matt Alber, Gregory actually shifted to accommodate the Douglass, Steve Grand, and model filmed action. Max Emerson. He’s also appeared in “The song was done after the vida few films. eo was shot in many ways,” added Certainly, Goss has no problem Goss. “It was almost like film-scorshowing off his body, and parts of ing. We always set out to create conhis personal life, for fun. A master of tent that’s powerful and impactful, social media, Goss remains earnest and when you actually succeed, it’s and endearing. really rewarding.” “I definitely create with intention,” said Goss. “I’m not an artist From faith to family because I want to be famous. I want Before his success as a musito create substantive content, and cian, Goss’ own life almost took change peoples’ lives and make it a a religious path. Born in Quincy, better place.” Illinois and raised in Kenosha, WisAside from his domestic life, consin, Goss graduated from the Goss said he’s most comfortable University of Central Missouri on a performing. wrestling scholarship, with inten“I really feel most at home and tions of becoming a schoolteacher. most alive when I perform live and Of his time on the mat with people. I love recording and (from 119 weight class in high making the music videos, but singschool, up to 141 by the end of his ing before an audience has a palpacollege years), Goss explained his ble feeling. And when I hear other surprisingly –to non-wrestlers– people’s stories, it inspires me.” non-erotic experience. In another song, the accompanying video for “More Than Temporary” includes a diverse array of older LGBT couples as a reflection of the hope a young gay man feels after his first date. Directed by Christopher Turner, husband of author Armistead Maupin, the video includes that famous couple, and some very familiar San Francisco locales. “I also wrote that while I was in San Francisco in 2014,” said Goss. “It’s always been a cornerstone and mecca for our community, for people searching for a new family to embrace. All the couples in the video are real couples. I always want to represent the entire community, to tell my peoples’ stories. My own community is more vibrant and diverse and colorful than any I’ve even seen, and I want to celebrate that.”t

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Tom Goss performs Saturday, May 19, 8pm at Hotel Rex, $35-$60. 562 Sutter St.


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Red Hots Burlesque @ The Stud The saucy women’s burlesque show will titillate and tantalize, with guests Alotta Boutté, Shells Bells, Bo Vixxen, Violet Streak, and other guests. $10$20. 7pm-9pm. 399 9th St.

Rose & Javi @ Trax

Bradley Roberge

The Haight gay bar’s weekly music video and cocktails night. 9pm-1am. 1437 Haight St.

Al Stewart @ Great American Music Hall

D.A.D. @ Driftwood

Comedy Returns @ El Rio Tenth anniversary show for the popular night, with Diane Amos, (The Pine Sol Lady), Ngaio Bealum, Mark Pitta, Bob McIntyre, and MC Lisa Geduldig, plus a celebratory afterparty with food. $7-$20. 7pm (note earlier time). 3158 Mission St.

Franz Ferdinand @ The Fox Oakland The fun Scottish pop band performs at the beautiful theatre. $38. 8pm. 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

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

Hoe is Life @ The Stud Slutty party for those inclined, or reclined; May 17 is a Quinceanera party. $5-$10. 10pm-2am. 399 9th St.

Jock Strap Happy Hour @ Powerhouse Meet the studly performers at REAF’s upcoming Broadway Bares SF Strips III, with jock straps and lots of skin. $5. $15-$100 raffles and prizes. 7pm-10pm. 1347 Folsom St.

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

Martini Thursdays @ Trax The Haight gay bar offers cheap gin & vodka cocktails. 1437 Haight St.

Michael Feinstein @ Feinstein’s at the Nikko Fifth anniversary celebration of the classy cabaret venue, with the owner himself performing. $64-$105 ($20 food/drink min.). 7pm. May 17-19 8pm. May 20, 5pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

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

Nice Jewish Boys @ Virgil’s Sea Room Keshet’s gay Jewish social group meets up with friends. 7pm. 3152 Mission St.

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

Queer Karaoke @ Club OMG

Latin Explosion @ Club 21

KJ Dana hosts the weekly singing night; unleash your inner American Idol ; 3rd is Kinky Karaoke 8pm. 43 6th St.

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

Royal Variety Show @ Moby Dick

Lick It @ Powerhouse

Queen Dilly Dally’s weekly fun variety show of drag, music and even puppets. 9pm-11pm. 4049 18th St.

Lance Holman’s monthly leather and kink night. $5. 10pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St.

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550 The Country-Western line-dancing two-stepping dance event celebrates 20 years. Free thru April 29; $5 after. 5pm10:30pm. Also Sundays. 550 Barneveld Ave.

Art & Wine Festival @ Jack London Square, Oakland Enjoy tastings from 40+ wineries, plus beer, ciders, food, local artists, and live art demos. $5-$100. 12pm-5pm (VIP reception May 18, 6pm-8pm). Jack London Square, Oakland.

Mask4Mask @ SF Eagle

D.A.D. @ Driftwood Dudes And Disco, the popular groovy night for cubs, dads, and cool dudes, with host Leon Fox, DJs Lester Temple, Michael Romano, and Jim Collins. $5-$10. 9pm-2am. 1225 Folsom St.

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

Flamin’ Groovies @ The Chapel

Fri 18 Beards & Booze @ The Edge The weekly happy hour event for bearded guys and fans with DJ Brian Kent. 4149 18th St., 5pm.

The British singer-composer performs his full classic album, The Year of the Cat, with the Empty Pockets (seated show). $46-$76 (with dinner). 8pm. 859 O’Farrell St.

Extra Saturday beverage party and fundraiser with a coplay superhero kink theme, with kink demos and drag acts, lube and porn raffle prizes. $15. 3pm-6pm. 398 12th St. at Harrison.

Thu 17 Jock Strap Happy Hour @ Powerhouse

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

Creature @ The Stud DJs Ritual, Foozool and Lady Bug on the queer space night. 10pm-4am. 399 9th St.

Fantasy Friday @ Divas

Prism @ Qube Bar & Grill, San Mateo New weekly LGBT night at the East Bay restaurant and bar. 8pm-11:30pm. 4000 South El Camino Real, San Mateo.

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

Sun 20

Dance it up at the historic (and still hip) East Bay bar. 9pm-2am. 6551 Telegraph Ave.

Daytime Realness @ El Rio

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

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

Shot In The City

Thu 17

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

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Vibe Fridays @ Club BnB, Oakland

Mixed Forms @ The Stud Eclectic music genre night. 9pm-4am. 399 9th St.

Mother @ Oasis Heklina’s popular drag show, with special guests and great music themes. DJ MC2 plays grooves. $10$20. 10pm-3am (11:30pm show). 298 11th St.

Nitty Gritty @ Beaux Josh Carmichael with DJ Salazer host the tattoo appreciation night. $10. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market 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.

Tom Goss @ Hotel Rex Society Cabaret presents the L.A.based gay singer-songwriter at the hotel’s intimate cabaret; cocktails and small plates available. $30-$60. 8pm. 562 Sutter St.

Sun 20 Blessed @ Port Bar, Oakland Carnie Asada’s fun drag night with Carnie’s Angels Mahlae Balenciaga and Au Jus, plus DJ Ion. 2023 Broadway.

Broni Mitchell Show @ The Stud The drag performers do a John Waters, Divine and Female Trouble tribute. $7. 10:30pm show. 399 9th St.

Daytime Realness @ El Rio Gay to Breakers, the annual afterparty the day of Bay To Breakers, with Heklina, DJs John Fucking Cartwright, Sergio Fedasz, Carnita and Stanley Frank, drag acts Mahlae Balenciaga, Coco Buttah, Miss Shugana, Intensive Claire, plus BBQ while it lasts. $10. 2pm-8pm. 3158 Mission St.

Disco Daddy @ SF Eagle DJ Bus Station John’s monthly groovy retro T-dance celebrates Grace Jones. $5-$10. 7pm-12am. 398 12th St. at Harrison.

The groovy rock band performs with Roy Loney & The Phantom Movers, The Cairo Gang. $20-$22. 8pm. 777 Valencia St.

Domingo De Escandal @ Club OMG

Hard French @ El Rio

Live From The Chapel @ The Chapel

Family Reunion party for the popular daytime R&B dance party, with DJs Primo, Carnita and Brown Amy. $8-$10. 2pm-8pm. 3158 Mission St.

Lips and Lashes Brunch @ Lookout 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.

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

Brendan James, Mia Dyson and Gregory Douglass perform at a benefit concert for Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. $25-$75 (VIP meet & greet). 6pm-11pm. (See feature in last week’s issue: events/nightlife_events/259661). 777 Valencia St.

Palace of Trash @ The Stud Concept drag performance group present Attack of the Genitaliens! 7pm-9pm. 399 9th St.

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Thu 17 Barbara Lewis: A Second Look @ Lost Art Salon

Arts Events May 17-24

Comhar: The Power of Coming Together @ Dance Mission Afternoon and evening of performance, talk, and ritual drawing attention to health disparities and trauma, with The Medea Project, Embodiment Project, Global Street Dance Masquerade and others. Free. 3pm at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, The Rotunda, 1001 Potrero Ave. 7pm at Dance Mission, 3316 24th St.  

Opening reception for a new exhibit of mixed media works by the prolific painter, photographer and print artist; with Gravel & Gold, a women’s crafts collective. 5:30pm8pm. Reg. hours Mon-Sat 10am5:30pm. 245 South Van Ness Ave.

Oscar-nominated actor-writer Roger Guenveur Smith’s multimedia performance set around a Tenderloin liquor store and the lives of its patrons. $15. 7:30pm (also May 16). 701 Mission St.

Classic & New Films @ Castro Theatre May 17: Barbarella (7pm) and Modesty Blaise (8:50). May 18, 19, 25-28: 2001: A Space Odyssey 70MM print (1pm Sat & Mon, 4:30, 8pm each night). May 20: Picnic (12pm free matinee), Kim Novak in person onstage interview and a screening of Vertigo (7pm), $25$35. May 22: The Times of Harvey Milk (VIP 6pm, screening 7pm). May 23 & 24: Ready Player One (5:15, 8pm) Reg. $11-$16. 429 Castro St.

The Color Purple @ Orpheum Theatre Touring company of the Tony-winning Broadway revival musical based on Alice Walker best-selling novel about African American women in the South. $55-$246. Tue-Sat 8pm. Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru May 27. 1192 Market St.

The Congresswoman @ Exit Theatre Stuart Bousel’s contemporary adaptation of Aristophanes’ play about communities and political corruption. $15. Thu-Sat 8pm. Thru May 26. 156 Eddy St.

Live in the Castro @ Jane Warner Plaza

Sun 20

Casa de Spirits @ YBCA Forum

Live From The Chapel @ The Chapel

An Entomologist’s Love Story @ SF Playhouse

A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ The Flight Deck

Melissa Ross’ comic play about two bug scientists at the Museum of Natural History. $30-$100. Tue-Sun thru June 23. 450 Post St.

Gritty City Repertory Youth Theatre’s student production of Shakespeare’s imaginative fairy forest romantic comedy. $5-$50. Thu-Sat thru May 26. 1540 Broadway, Oakland.

Eureka Day @ Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Jonathan Spector’s comedy of vaccination manners set in a tony Berkeley private school. $33-$65. Tue-Sun, various times thru May 20. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley.

Father Comes Home From the War @ Geary Theatre ACT and Yale Repertory Theatre’s production of Suzan-Lori Parks’s epic drama trilogy inspired by Homer’s The Odyssey, reset during the U.S. Civil War. $35-$85. Thru May 20. 415 Geary St.

LGBTQ Youth in France & the U.S. @ GLBT History Museum Discussion about youth queer culture in the two countries, with professors Michael Lucey, Don Romesburg, Nicolas Noguier, Claire Hart, and Jodi Schwartz. $5. 7pm. $5. 4127 18th St.

The Mystery of Love and Sex @ New Conservatory Theatre Center Bathsheba Doran’s play about a young man and woman who are very different, but find ways to connect. $20-$45. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru May 20. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level.

The Queen of Ireland @ SF LGBT Center Screening of the documentary film about Ireland’s marriage equality legislation and Panty Bliss, the drag queen activist; cohosted by the Consulate General of Ireland. Free. 6:30pm screening, 8pm Q&A. 1800 Market St.

Waafrika @ Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley Theatre First’s production of Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko’s drama about a Kenyan transgender teen facing traditional pressures from hir tribe. $20-$25. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru June 2. 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.

Walking Distance Dance Festival @ ODC Theater Seventh anniversary festival features dances by Yara Travieso, Belinda McGuire, Kiandanda Dance Theater, Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener and others. $20-$60. Tue-Sat 8pm, plus free workshops and a dance party. Thru May 20. 3153 17th St.

Fri 18

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami @ Embarcadero Cinema

The outdoor entertainment series returns, with violinist Kippy Marks, Velocity Arts & Entertainment, DJ Strano and MC Donna Sachet. 12pm. Castro St at Market.

Marjorie Prime @ Marin Theatre Company

12 years in the making, Sophie Fiennes’ documentary about the amazing singer. Also at Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. gracejonesbloodlightandbam

New local production of Jordan Harrison’s stunning drama about an elderly woman whose programmed companion brings funny and haunting surprises. $25-$60. Thru May 27. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley

Jesus Christ Superstar @ Victoria Theatre

Me and My Girl @ Gateway Theatre

Ray of Light Theatre company’s new all-women production of the classic Weber-Rice musical/operetta about the last days of Jesus. $15-$40. Thu-Sat 8pm. some other nights and matinees. Thru June 9. 2961 16th St.

Roman Women @ Palace of Fine Arts We Players outdoor environmental drama, a variation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, set amid the historic columns of the park, with live music and walking tour of scenes. $60. FriSun 6:30pm, 7pm. Thru June 3. 3301 Lyon St.

When Pigs Fly @ NCTC Revival of Howard crabtree’s hilarious hit music revue chockful of wacky songs and costumes. Thursday night Happy Hour singalongs, costume crafting nights and more. $20-$55. Wed-Sat 8pm. Sun 2pm. Thru June 10. 25 Van Ness Ave, lower level.

Sat 19 The $18 Billion Prize @ Phoenix Theatre Phelim McAleer’s new drama about an environmental activist, rainforest natives, and oil company invasion, with a twist! $15-$30. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sun 3pm thru June 3. 414 Mason St.

42nd Street Moon’s production of the Tony-winning revival version of Rose & Furber’s rollicking 1930s musical. $25-$75. Wed & Thu 7pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 6pm. Sun 3pm. Thru May 20. 215 Jackson St.

Ross McKee Piano Competition @ SF Conservatory of Music Concert of six student pianists (Josie Chan, April Chen, Ethan Chi, Janice Kim, Austin Phillips and Ethan Yuen) performing for a $6,000 prize. 7pm. 50 Oak St.

Tom Goss @ Hotel Rex Society Cabaret presents the L.A.based gay singer-songwriter at the hotel’s intimate cabaret; cocktails and small plates available. $30-$60. 8pm. 562 Sutter St.

Sun 20 Kim Novak Tribute @ Castro Theatre Marc Huestis presents the legendary actress in-person, and screenings of Picnic (12pm), a gala show with performance, interview, career clips and a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (7pm). $35-$75. 429 Castro St. 429 Castro st.

All the Shah’s Men @ Royce Gallery Arabian Shakespeare Festival’s production of Matthew Spangler’s drama about the 1953 U.S. and British-led coup in Iran. $15-$35. Thu-Sun 8pm. Thru May 20. 2901 Mariposa St.

Angels in America @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre Tony Kushner’s multiple awardwinning two-part epic drama about the 1980s, AIDS and politics, returns to the Bay Area, with Randy Harrison, Stephen Spinella and Caldwell Tidicue. Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika on separate dates, and a few double-header days. $40$100. Tue-Sat 7pm. Most Wed, Thu Sat & Sun also 1pm. Thru July 22. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.

Flash Gordon: Live! @ Exit Theatre Comic stage adaptation of the campy 1980 space opera film loosely based on the comic series. $20. Fri & Sat thru May 26. 156 Eddy St.


Thu 17

Waafrika @ Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley


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Wed 23 Divine Bodies @ Asian Art Museum New exhibit of sculptures and works about the Buddha, humans and their environments; thru July 29. Also, Pema Namdol Thaye’s A Guided Tour of Hell (thru Sept. 16). Free-$20. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. 200 Larkin St.

Wed 23

Litwings @ Book Passage, Sausalito

René Magritte: The Fifth Season @ SF MOMA

Readings with host Erin Byrne, filmmaker Brian Dawson, writer Laurie Doyle, and photographer Bob Holmes. 6:30pm. 100 Bay St. Sausalito.

Perfectly Queer @ Laurel Bookstore, Oakland The LGBT book series features poetry and rpose writes Dale Chase, Luiza GFlynn-Goodlett, Vernon Keeve III and Hilary Zaid. 7pm. 1423 Broadway, Oakland.

Live From The Chapel @ The Chapel Brendan James, Mia Dyson and Gregory Douglass perform at a benefit concert for Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. $25-$75 (VIP meet & greet). 6pm-11pm. (See feature in last week’s issue: http:// events/259661). 777 Valencia St.

Sloane Kanter, Michelle Kilfeather @ Castro Country Club

Tue 22 Lucy Jane Bledsoe @ The Bindery The locally-based lesbian author discusses her new novel, The Evolution of Love, with awardwinning gay author Rabih Alameddine ( The Angel of History); books and cocktails for sale. 7:30pm. 1727 Haight St.

Lady Drag, an exhibit of photos of local drag personalities. 4058 18th St.

WestWorld Popup @ AT&T Powell

Tue 22

New exhibit that visualizes the movement and sound of the music genre, with many live events through the run, including Friday night parties and performances. Free-$16. Wed-Sun. Thru Aug. 12. 1000 Oak St., Oakland.

Art work and ephemera by the creative contraption illustrator and comic artist, thru July 8. Also, Contraption: Rediscovering California Jewish Artists, a new group exhibit of works by 16 artists. 736 Mission St. https://

Hot Chachas, an exhibit of the artist’s South Asianthemed queer multimedia works. Thru May. 470 Castro St.

Exhibit of large-scale photos by women photographers focusing on West Coast communities. Reception, 5:30-7:30pm. Thru May 2019. North Light Court, Ground Floor, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place.

Respect: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom @ Oakland Museum

The Art of Rube Goldberg @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

Anand Vedawala @ Strut

Westward @ City Hall

New exhibit of 70 artworks by the master Surrealist painter; thru Oct. 28. Free/$25. Fri-Tue 10am-6pm. 151 3rd St.

Thu 24

Mon 21

Exhibit of sculptures, videos, costumes and props from the fascinating HBO series about robots outta control. Free. 10am7pm. Thru July 1. 1 Powell St. stores/california/san francisco/118844

René Magritte: The Fifth Season @ SF MOMA

Luna Merbruja @ Dog Eared Books

Mon 21

WestWorld Popup @ AT&T Powell

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

Lucy Jane Bledsoe @ The Bindery

The Mexican-Athabaskan author of Trauma Queen reads from and discusses her work. 7pm. 489 Castro St.

Smuin Ballet @ Mountain View Center for the Arts Works by Helen Pickett, Amy Seiwert and Val Caniparoli are performed in the Dance Series 02 concert. $56-$72. Thu-Sat 8pm. Sat & Sun 2pm. Thru May 27. 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

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32 • Bay Area Reporter • May 17-23, 2018

On becoming kinky

BDSM is one kink that should be discussed beforehand.

by Race Bannon


hroughout the years one of the most common questions I’ve been asked has come from people who don’t consider themselves kinky but have discovered they’re interested in or dating someone who has such interests. Inevitably they ask some version of “How do I satisfy their kinky needs?” This can be a tricky thing to answer. Let me start with some unsolicited advice. Let me also say that I’m sure there are leatherfolk and kinksters who disagree with me on this. So be it. I stand by it as sound advice. If before you seek out potential partners, you already know that kink is an important part of your core sexuality or that being a part of a leather or kink community is vital to your social structure needs, reconsider fishing in non-kinky cruising or dating ponds. Why risk at the least an erotic disconnect and at worst relationship turmoil if it’s unnecessary? The converse is true of course. If you’re reading this and absolutely know you have zero kink tendencies and no wish to explore in that realm, at least as far as you know today, tailor your cruising and relationships accordingly. This advice pertains to kink, but the same advice applies if you already know you’re polyamorous, non-monogamous, or otherwise have deep-rooted sexuality or relationship requirements to be happy. But I’ll stick with kink right now since my space here is limited. Let me also qualify this advice by inserting that not everyone is into kink the same ways. Some people might be the occasional weekend warrior. A weekend warrior might pursue some flavor of kink when the mood strikes, but otherwise kink isn’t a front burner desire. Weekend warrior types may not need kink as an integral part of their

life. While having sexual partners into their kink might be ideal, it may not be a deal breaker. They might be open to hookups or even an ongoing relationship with someone not kinky. Especially if their kink proclivities can be satisfied elsewhere. Others adopt kink as a consistently needed part of their sexuality and, in some cases, their identity. For these people, finding partners who are kinky matters. Yes, there’s a possibility they can figure out a way to play or partner with someone who’s not kinky, but the mental and erotic gymnastics required might be difficult. One must calculate the effort and complexity and decide if it’s worth it. Now, add into this mix the fact that some people don’t come to discover the more adventurous side of their sexuality until later in life. So,

they might already be amid a sex life that hasn’t historically included kink, Or, they might already be partnered to someone not kinky and not want to end that relationship, but still want to explore their newly embraced erotic proclivities. The waters can get even muddier in this territory. So many things to consider. I make no pretense that this is all easy. It can be a struggle at times. Syncing our sexualities with others is an ongoing iterative process as we learn more about ourselves, the range of options available to us, and the people with whom we sexually connect. Who we are sexually is a constantly moving target, at least for most of us. With all that said, let’s assume you’re not particularly kinky and run across someone you have the hots for who wants to get his kink on with you. What do you do if you want to pursue the connection and satisfy their kinky needs at the same time? The first bit of advice will seem too simple, but it should be your first stop as you decide if you can instigate some energy behind your potential partner’s kink. Talk. Talk with them. A lot. Ask questions. What exactly do you mean by liking that kink? Does it matter that I don’t know anything about it? Would it still be sexy for you if you walked me through how to do that with you? If I need to learn something more in depth about it, are you willing to teach me, or do you have any ideas about how I can learn? Some kink doesn’t really require much in the way of technique while other forms absolutely require some


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A casual yet full-tilt rubber bondage couple at Wicked Grounds.

specific information and probably training. The only way you’ll know is by asking questions. If someone you’re interested in isn’t forthcoming when you ask such questions, frankly I don’t think that’s a good sign. Rule number one in kink, in all of sex really, is no one is a mind reader. How are you supposed to know what someone wants and how to do it if you don’t ask and get a useful answer? Sadly, some kinksters operate in an idealized fantasy world where their partner is supposed to automatically know exactly how to take them on their specific erotic journey without any prior communication. Again, none of us are mind readers. Now, let’s say you’re the previously not kinky person who’s decided you’re going to give this hookup or date a go with this more experienced kinkster. You’ve done the initial talking, but you still don’t feel fully prepared. You have more options.

Both photos: Rich Stadtmiller

Left How many kinks do you see? Exhibitionism, leather, flogging, and a ginger fetish with porn actor Connor Maguire at a recent Folsom Street Fair. Right: Kinky boot polish at the Mr SF Leather Meet and Greet in March 2018.

Next stop might be asking around among your friends. If you’re comfortable doing so, ask those in your inner circle if they know anything about that particular kink. What information can they share? If they’re into the same kink, what’s been their experience? How might they operate with someone like you who’s new to it. If the kink requires some technical know-how, might they be willing to show you the ropes (so to speak)? By now you may have noticed that all the exploratory and learning advice I’ve given has been oneto-one interactions. Person to person. Direct communication and teaching. In a world replete with an abundance of websites, books and classes about every variation of sex and kink, I still believe nothing is better than learning directly from another person. Nothing beats real life experience. You can certainly learn a lot from websites and that’s probably where most people learn about much of sex these days, but caution should be used. Cross-reference everything multiple times. Don’t take any one set of information as gospel. If you can supplement your learning with books, there are many good ones out there on a variety of kink topics. Of course, sometimes one-toone, person-to-person sexuality education isn’t readily available. And maybe you aren’t the type to learn easily through websites or books. Luckily, since I’m writing mostly for a Bay Area reading audience, there are gobs of sex and kink education resources here. Ask around about classes. Locally we have the Center for Sex and Culture, Society of Janus, San Francisco Leathermen’s Discussion Group, The Exiles, Good Vibrations, Wicked Grounds, and so many more. Classes on kink topics aren’t difficult to find. But, you know what? Sometimes I overcomplicate things. Maybe this is the entire exchange between you and the more experienced kinkster. “I love to be spanked.” “Oh, hmm. I’ve never done that.” “No problem. Let me pull down my pants and bend over right now and show you. Now, just hit my ass lightly with your hand.” Swat! “Oh yeah. That felt good. A bit harder.” Swat!! “Yes! Okay, you can go a bit harder, but not too much harder. And aim a bit more here (pointing).” Swat!!! “Bingo! Hot! Keep going. You’re doing great!” And that might be all there is to learning how to satisfy your partner’s kink. There are many paths to the same goal. Have fun!t

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Pan Dulce @ Beaux

Wed 23

Drag divas, gogo studs, DJed Latin grooves and drinks. 9pm-2am (free before 10:30pm). 2344 Market St.

Bar of One’s Own @ The Stud Literary salon with featured writer Virgie Tovar. 5pm-8pm. 399 9th St.

Thu 24

Olga T and Shugga Shay’s weekly queer women and men’s R&B hip hop and soul night, at the club’s new location. No cover. 8pm-2am. 2120 Broadway, Oakland.

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

Dick at Nite @ Moby Dick

My So-Called Night @ Beaux

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

Vice Tuesdays @ Q Bar

Fete a Femme @ SF Eagle


Nightlife Events

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Queer Tango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley Same-sex partner tango dancing, including lessons for newbies, food and drinks. $5-$10. 3:30pm-6:30pm. 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley.

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.

Mon 21 Happy Hour @ The Cinch Happy hour at the historic neighborhood bar. 5pm-8pm. 1723 Polk St.

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

Musical Mondays @ The Edge

High Fantasy @ Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

Sing along to shows tunes on video, lip-synched, and live, at the Castro bar. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood.

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.

Pillows @ Powerhouse Glamamore’s crafts and creative drag night. 9pm-2am. 1347 Folsom St.

Piano Bar 101 @ Martuni’s 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 22 Gaymer Night @ Midnight Sun Weekly fun night of games (video, board and other) and cocktails. 8pm-12am. 4067 18th St.

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

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

Classic female burlesque show with Barbie Bloodgloss, Risky Ginger, Sparkles Devine, King Sweet Belize and Violet Streak. $10. 8pm-11pm. 398 12th St. at Harrison.

Freeball Wednesdays @ The Cinch Free pool and drink specials at the historic neighborhood bar. 8pm1am. 1723 Polk St.

Carnie Asada hosts a weekly ‘90s-themed video, dancin’, drinkin’ night, with VJs Jorge Terez. Get down with your funky bunch. No cover. 9pm-2am. 2344 Market St.

Nap’s Karaoke @ Virgil’s Sea Room 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. Gooch

Tue 22

B.P.M. @ Club BnB, Oakland

Follies & Dollies @ White Horse Bar, Oakland Weekly drag show at the historic gay bar. 9:30pm11:30pm. 6551 Telegraph Ave, (510) 652-3820.

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.

Thu 24 The Monster Show @ The Edge

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34 • Bay Area Reporter • May 17-23, 2018

Dorian Ferro The sexy porn pup returns to The Nob Hill Theatre

Raging Stallion

Dorian Ferro

by Cornelius Washington


e’s back! In his first Nob Hill Theater performances, Dorian Ferro scorched the stage, and I predict that his return engagement will put a very erect ‘T’ in Torrid! He’s a man of few words, and more than some persuasion. The Nob Hill Theater gives you the Latino everyone in the industry is talking about, Dorian Ferro.   Welcome back to The Nob Hill Theatre. The audiences love you here. What do you do to/with them to keep them coming back for more? I stay relevant and give them what they want, while I still stay true who Dorian Ferro is. What do you think you’ll do this time, with performance partner, Ziggy Banks, to create a memorable run on the NHT stage? That’s a good question. I have never worked with Ziggy before, but I do know that there is chemistry between us, so that’s a good start for the audience to have a good show. On my end, I am going to try and get as much participation from the audience as possible. A lot of these guys just see us in movies, so for them to get to interact with us in a live sex show will be a perfectly memorable moment.

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Dorian Ferro gogo dancing.

When and why did you begin performing live? What do you love most about the job? I started performing live a few years back. Since I think that it’s hot to perform in front of a camera, I figured it would be even hotter live. Besides, when you have it live and in the flesh, it’s better than on a screen. The audience gets to touch and feel, and it’s one of the aspects I love most about it. You moved to Texas with your family when you were seven years old. How did growing up in that environment affect how you embraced your sexuality, ethnicity, etc.? I moved to a town in the panhandle of Texas when I was 7. It wasn’t until I graduated college that I moved to Dallas. It was very tough to identify my sexuality, because being gay was not accepted by the community. Going to school, functions, and having friends was very rough. Luckily, I have always had a very supportive family who has always supported me with every decision I have made.   I understand that your family gave their collective blessing to your porn career. What’s it like to be that open with your loved ones, when so many others aren’t or can’t be? It’s been a total blessing to have their support, from the moment you tell them your sexual preference to their supporting what you do. All they want for me is happiness, and if doing porn brings me joy, they support me 100% and any other decision I make. Life is so much easier when you have the support of your family! I couldn’t imagine it any other way. I really feel sorry for the other guys who don’t have that support system. How and why did you get into the adult film business? Dorian Ferro is my alter ego, and it was a way of showing that in front of a camera, plus it was a way of getting over my total shyness. Growing up, because of where I grew up and my being gay not being accepted, I became a very shy person. One of the ways for me to get over that was doing adult work, and it has worked in helping me get over that barrier.

What did you look for in a company for your first scenes, and why did you ultimately choose ChaosMen? I chose ChaosMen because I wanted the work to stay local, and I didn’t really know what to expect of the industry. I didn’t want to jump into the pond of big fish right away. I wanted to grow over a period of time. ChaosMen offered me that.  The pay was really good and I am thankful that I chose them, because they helped Dorian Ferro a lot to get where he is at now today.   Describe your fondest live/porn performance memories. When the curtains opened, I was waiting backstage and all these feelings and emotions went through me. I wondered if people were going to like me, if there were even people outside, was I going to perform well? The adrenaline was intense, but, as soon as those curtains opened, something just came over me, Dorian Ferro came out and, ‘Showtime!’   What have you refused to do on-set that, in retrospect, you’re glad you didn’t do? For the most part, I haven’t really refused to do anything on set. I am a team player. Of course, the team knows what Dorian likes and doesn’t like and they are all pretty good at following my rules. So, with that being said, there are no lines crossed.   How have you evolved, as a gay man, since you began your porn career? I’m more comfortable with myself and my sexuality. Now, I celebrate being gay and am open about it. Before, I was shy and not really happy with myself.   How has your sexuality evolved? I’ve gone from being a shy boy to performing live sex shows. I am very

comfortable with my evolution. It’s what keeps a relationship healthy and, so far, I have not had any problems with keeping a relationship. Why and how did you decide to begin filming bareback porn? What has the response been from your fans? I have only filmed bareback when I first started, with ChaosMen, and that was a couple of scenes only. This was years ago. I worked with ChaosMen because their qual-


ity wasn’t an issue. We always had to get tested before a scene, within a reasonable time frame, to make sure that everything was good to go. From there, I moved to safe sex with Falcon Studios.t Dorian Ferro performs with Ziggy Banks Thursday May 17 at Double Circle Jerk Night ($20, 9pm) and Friday & Saturday, May 18 & 19 in solo shows (8pm) and sex shows (10pm). $25. 729 Bush St.

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