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A Letter from President Obama Supervisor Harvey Milk
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Official Harvey Milk Day Statement by Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk, Co-Founder and President of the Harvey B. Milk Foundation
ABC News’ Robin Roberts interviews President Barack Obama, May 9th, in the Cabinet Room at The White House. I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
ferred legal r ights upon gay and lesbian couples were a solution.
I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the conversation, consider it, and weigh in yourself on behalf of marriage equality.
But over t he c ou r s e of s e ver a l yea r s I’ve t a l ked to fr iends a nd fa m i ly about t h i s. I ’ve t hought a b out me mb er s of my s t a f f i n long-ter m, committed, same-sex relationships who are raising kids together. Through our ef forts to end the “Don’t A sk, Don’t Tell” policy, I’ve gotten to know some of the gay and lesbian troops who are serving our country with honor and distinction.
I ’v e a l w ay s b e l i e v e d t h a t g ay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. I was reluct a nt to u se t he ter m m a rr iage bec ause of t he ver y power ful trad it ions it evokes. A nd I thought civil union laws that con-
What I’ve come to realize is that for loving, same-sex couples, the denial of marriage equality means t hat, i n t hei r eyes a nd t he eyes of t hei r ch i ld ren, t hey a re st i l l considered less than full citizens. Even at my ow n d i n ner t a ble, when I look at Sasha and Malia, who have fr iends whose parents a r e s a me - s e x c ou p l e s , I k no w it wou ld n’t d aw n on t hem t h at t heir fr iends’ pa rent s shou ld be treated dif ferently.
So I decided it was time to af f irm my p er s on a l b e l ie f t h at s a me sex couples should be allowed to marry. I respect the beliefs of others, and the right of relig ious institutions to act i n accorda nce w it h t hei r own doctrines. But I believe that in the eyes of the law, all America ns shou ld be t reated equa l ly. And where states enact same-sex mar r iage, no federa l act shou ld invalidate them.
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Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary
Golden Gate Bridge at Twilight
By Betty L. Sullivan and Jennifer L. Viegas Careful now. We’re dealing here with a myth. This city is a point upon a map of fog; Lemuria in a city unknown. Like us, It doesn’t quite exist. —Ambrose Bierce Rising out of the fog, the Golden Gate Bridge may very well be the gateway to Lemuria, a hypothetical lost kingdom covered by ocean water. The bridge exists in myths, in our dreams,
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and in our everyday lives. It’s a beautiful constant in a sea of turbulence, a grounding force that reminds us of our past and present hopes, along with our future potential. It is ours to claim. As you celebrate the bridge during its 75th anniversary year, consider what it has meant over the decades to LGBTQ individuals from around the world seeking sanctuary in San Francisco. Perhaps you are one of those seekers. Like the Statue of Liberty, it signals that personal freedom is within reach.
Harvey Milk looked to the bridge for such inspiration. Photographer Dan Nicoletta captured the moment on December 2, 1978, when the ashes of Milk were scattered in the Pacific near the Golden Gate Bridge. Strange de Jim, who collaborated with Nicoletta, wrote that Harvey’s lovers, known as the “Milk Widows,” participated in the memorial. The memory of Milk therefore has a place among the waves and sunsets. (Accounts also tell us that a small amount of Milk’s ashes were reserved for placement under the historic marker found in front of his camera shop on Castro Street.)
Milk probably would not mind that Bridge Beach, also known as North Baker Beach or Nasty Boy Beach, is found within shouting distance of the bridge’s base. It offers stunning views of the orange vermillion beauty that connects San Francisco to Marin County. Located below Fort Scott in an area with three coves, the beach is a favorite meeting place to catch some rays, listen to the waves, and maybe get lucky by meeting someone to spend time with. During Bierce’s lifetime, a structure like the Golden Gate Bridge would (continued on page 10)
On May 22, my uncle would have been 82 years old, however, he gave us his life 32 years ago knowing that the first of any civil rights movement, who so clearly and loudly proclaim their right to equality, most often meets a violent and sudden end. I am frequently asked if I am deeply saddened that my uncle Harvey did not get to see all those elected officials who would come to stand on his shoulders, or all the places where the light of equality burns brighter than the darkness of antiquated prejudice, and I have long replied that he did see those open and proud candidates running for office and winning, and he did see those cities and states and nations that would etch equality into both their laws and their societal values, for he could not have given his life without seeing and visualizing that dream, for he would have left us with a compass of hope, hope born of bullets, not smashing into his brain, but smashing our masks and our fear of authenticity. 82 years ago Harvey came into this world with all the promise and potential that my grandparents Minnie and Bill could have imagined, and he also came into a world that soon would be rocked by a global war driven at its very core by fear, division, and separation. My uncle was profoundly affected by the capacity of communities and nations to turn on each other when the narrative of lies and the myths of prejudice were fed around the globe during WWII. He also was able to see at a young age, visible through his college writing, that we could learn through collaboration, understanding and inclusiveness that we are not weakened by our differences, in fact, that our potential is only reached when the full diversity of all those that make up our communities is celebrated. And today it is this celebration of our diversity that Harvey dreamed, the celebration of all of us, not in-spite of our difference, but because of our differences. Today is the celebration not of a people or community or nation being better than another, but a celebration of the knowledge that we are so much less when we do not embrace, with(continued on page 3)
Celebrating Harvey Milk Day 2012 H a r ve y M i l k Day i s celebr ated globally on March 22nd in memory of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978. In 2009, California’s legislature and t hen g over nor A r nold S c hw a rzenegger established Harvey Milk Day as a “California Day of Specia l Sig n i f ica nce.” T h is ma rked the f irst time in the nation’s histor y that a state of f icially recognized and celebrated, with an annual observance, the contributions of an openly LGBTQ person. Events such as fundraisers, rallies, and street fairs are held throughout May in various US cities and international locations (harveymilkday.
c o m /e v e n t s) . I n 2012, a key focus in Ca l ifor n ia w i l l be d iscussion a nd pla n n i ng for t he i mplement at ion of t he st ate’s new law requir ing LGBTQ history instruction in public schools.
by Kit Kennedy
How is it possible to know someone so well whom you have never met? A candle lit. Resisting the closet. An armband with pink triangle. Witness the City’s namesake park, granite columns and foxglove. In those (and these) times can a person sustain a halo? Yes, a hat for Harvey. Afterglow of hope and iconographic as the Bridge.
Sa n Fr a nc i sco’s Ha rvey Milk Day Celebration & Fundraiser will be on Sunday, May 20th, 4:0 0 PM – 7:30 PM at I n f usion Lounge, 124 Ellis, featur ing emcee Donna Sachet and hosts Stuart Milk and Anne Kronenberg. Tickets: milkday2012sf.eventbrite.com.
Kit Kennedy is the Bay Times poet in residence. (Harvey Milk icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM Trinity Stores)
Playing for Harvey Fur ious they’d been prevented f r om c r a c k i n g d ow n at C it y Hall, dozens of police followed protestors to the Castro. They beat bartenders and patrons lying prone in the Elephant Walk and anyone caught on the sidewalks. Protestors were regrouping when t he police chief cornered the of f icers and ordered them out.
Harvey Milk Heidi Beeler On M ay 22, 1979, L GBT activist Cleve Jones contacted the S a n Fr a nc i s c o G ay Fr e e dom Day March ing Band & Tw irling Cor ps, request ing t hat we p e r for m for t he f i r s t pu b l i c celebr at ion of H a r vey M i l k’s bir t hday. Held si x mont hs a ft er M i l k ’s a s s a s s i n at ion , t he birthday celebrat ion had been planned as a rallying point for the grieving community. W h a t h a d n’ t b e e n p l a n n e d wer e t he W h it e N i g ht R iot s t h at er upt e d t he d ay b efor e. Dan W hite, t he for mer superv isor a nd ex- cop who g un ned dow n Mayor George Moscone and then Harvey Milk in their of f ices, was conv icted of on ly manslaughter. The Castro expressed its outrage as Milk had taught them, gather ing by the thousands on Castro Street and ma rch i ng on Cit y Ha l l. T h i s t i me, t he y d id n’t stop at t he front steps to ma ke speeches. They shattered t he glass doors, throwing concrete chunks, and set squad cars ablaze.
With 61 of f icers and 10 0 pro testors hospitalized hours earlier, Jones was afraid Har vey’s bir t hday celebrat ion wou ld turn violent. Too late to cancel, he ca l led Jon Si ms a nd asked the Band to k ick of f the part y in an attempt to keep the mood festive. T he Freedom Band had made appearances w it h t he Cast ro’s f irst open ly gay super v isor throughout its f irst year. In Ju ne 1978 , it debuted ma rching behind Harvey’s car in the on ly SF Gay Freedom Pa rade he would ride in as supervisor. It performed w ith Sharon McNight a nd Sylvester for f undr a i ser s suppor t i ng M i l k ’s No on Prop 6 campaign, the antig ay teacher s i n it iat ive. W hen Jo s e S a r r i a s ol ic it e d a l a r g e donat ion for new uniforms for t he Ba nd, it wa s Ha r vey who pr e s ent e d t he g i a nt c hec k at the Beaux A rts drag ball. The n ight P rop 6 was defeated on Novemb er 7, t he B a nd le d a v ictor y march to ca mpa ig n headquarters, play ing “Happy Days A re Here A ga in.” W hen Milk and Moscone were assassinated only 20 days later, Band d r u m mers beat a dirge march
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for the f irst cand lelight v ig il to City Hall.
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W he n t he B a n d a s s e m b l e d a t Castro and Market for the party,
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angr y crowds were already gathe r i n g. T he B a n d s t a r t e d w it h a r o l l - o f f a n d p l ay e d “ H a p p y Days,” “California Here I Come,” “San Francisco,” and the Band’s a nt hem to com i ng out , “ I f My Friends Could See Me Now.” The music t ur ned t he crowd’s a nger back into a celebration of Harvey and his hood, and they discoed in the streets before the main stage, lifting 20,000 voices to sing Happy Birthday. Far left, Author Vince Emery with his new book The Harvey Milk Interviews includes 12 things that you did not know about Harvey. Photo by Rink. Right, Stuart Milk receives the Medal of Honor on behalf of Harvey.
N o w, H a r v e y M i l k ’s b i r t h d a y part y has been transformed into Ha r vey M i l k Day. On M ay 19, 2012 at 1 pm, the Band will kick of f t he pa r t y held by t he C a s t r o/ Upp er M a rket C om mu n it y Benef it Dist r ict at Ja ne Wa r ner Plaza, a parklet named for a Gay c op love d by t he C a st r o. How far we’ve come, Ha r vey. Happy Birthday to you.
Use the News Foundation huge, warm smile, and instantly creating an entourage of mostly men with a smattering of women all sharing hilarit y and a sense o f o p e n n e s s t h a t s o on wou ld e le v at e H a r ve y to b ec ome a n elected Supervisor in the neverend i ng pol it ica l d ra ma of Sa n Francisco.
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Ha r vey ’s Cou rage a nd Charisma Live On I remember Harvey Milk mostly from bathhouses and bars where he didn’t drink more than a coke or another non-alcoholic drink. I r ememb er h i m c om i n g i nt o bars like the In Touch w ith his
P o l k S t r e e t w a s t h e c e n t e r, but t he C a st r o w a s emer g i n g because of cheap and st able r ent s a nd hou s i n g cost s , w it h a lmost t wo - dozen bars from Turk Street to Union Street inc lud i ng t he P S , Bu zby ’s , Pol k Gu lch, Rendez vous , New B el l and t he W h ite Swa l low. T here were many more, including The Palms, where Sylvester sang his sou l f u l d i sco h it s. Way ne Fr iday wa s t hen a ba r tender a nd most of my memories are of him holding court at the farthest end of the bar at The New Bell Saloon, which also featured David
Kelsey play ing opposing piano and organ. On Sunday’s a group called Pure Trash joined Kelsey and t he music and crowd were magic. Harvey would sometimes bou nd i nto t he ba r br i m m i ng with joy, and usually after a visit to the baths. He instilled those around him with his zany urban humor. T here were so ma ny emerg i ng voices in our L GBTQ community, moving us toward freedom. T hey i nc luded A r m i stead a nd h is Ta les of t he Cit y, Rober t a Achtenberg, Carole Migden and R icha rd Hong isto, who wou ld become Supervisor, Sherif f, Assessor and Police Chief. He was a lway s a n out spoken advocate for gay r ight s. T he t i mes were c h a n g i n g a nd H a r ve y st a r t ed m a k i n g w aves a s he mor phed from a hippie to a polit ica l insider who built a movement that
changed ever ything here for all San Franciscans. I was closeted for the most part t hen, a lt hough being w idely known in the Polk Street, downtow n a nd Fi l l more ba r s d id n’t g i ve me muc h c ov er. H a r v e y posed a threat to my fears and paranoia and kept me from fully embracing him. He was open, honest and proud. He was ready to f ight for our LGBTQ r ights and those of all oppressed people. T hat sca red men l i ke me who thought we were to be seen a nd not hea rd. A f ter t he ba r s c lo s e d , you wou ld of t e n f i nd Ha r vey w it h h is entou rage du jou r, a l most a lw ay s i nc lud i n g Wayne Friday, who became the ea rl iest a nd most ef fect ive op erative in Harvey’s rise to political success. They would move en masse to The Grubstake at Pine a nd Pol k , wh ic h w a s op en 24 hours and late night was home
to drag queens, hookers, pimps, hust lers, prostitutes and people f rom ever y ot her wa l k of l i fe. You could tell Harvey was there as you approached the diner because of the laughter and joy emanating from within, and it was all about his pushing us out the closet and into the mainstream. T here a re about h a l f a dozen American tragedies that are embedded in my memory, with the a s s a s s i n at ion of H a r ve y M i l k and George Moscone is just below the same fate dealt John F. K e n ne d y a n d M a r t i n L ut he r K i n g. I w a s at my r est au r a nt Zot t’s i n t he f i na ncia l d ist r ict and about to open when the telev i sion c a r r y i ng some s por t i ng event was interr upted w ith Dianne Feinstein announcing the tragic event. That day I cried for t he loss of a not her t r u ly g reat American.
Rink Remembers Harvey Milk Bay Times photographer Rink shares his memories of Harvey Milk. H a r v e y M i l k w a s mor e c om plex than he appears in movies, books, plays and in some activi s t s’ i m a g i n a t ion s w he n t he y speak for him on current issues. A n example of t hat was M i l k’s opposition to the Vietnam War and support for military service for low-income youth.
I had a l so photog r aphed , a nd been i nvolved i n , f u nd r a i s i n g a nd work i ng bac k st a ge for on and of f Broadway plays, where Milk and I had mutual friends. We spoke about politics and the ar t s, protect ing t he copy r ight s and usage of our photog raphs, and dozens of other subjects that Milk was able to connect with in his future ef forts in gay and lesbia n l iberat ion, Sa n Fra ncisco politics, and in running a business. He shared his opera, ballet, a nd sy mphony t icket s w it h me
when he became more involved in coalition building meetings.
that resulted in women being invited to march for the f irst time.
I staged benef its for Milk’s political campaigns at my Twin Peaks f lat and at t he Savoy Tivol i in Nor t h B ea ch. I photog r aphed his campaigns. My f irst photography show was in the window of Milk and Smith’s store.
He was quick to anger when followers of New Age guru Werner Erhard challenged him when he ran for supervisor. Milk felt that the group was authoritarian and was attempting to co-opt lesbian and gay liberation. Overall, howe ver, he w a s a w a r m a nd friendly activist whom I, and so many others, miss.
M i l k wa s a st rong fem i n ist. When I invited him to join me at t he 1974 Gay Parade plann ing meet i ng, he mou nted a t i r ade
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He was an outsider, so I helped Milk by introducing him to the
people I had met in San Francisco since my arr iva l in 1969. I welcomed M i l k and h is lover Scott Sm it h when t heir Castro C a mer a stor e op ened . He i n v ited me to dinners at the Sausage Factor y, lunch at the New York City Deli, and Café Trieste in Nor t h Beach for l ive opera. I h a d worke d on Wa s h i n g t on D.C .’s C a pit ol H i l l a nd M i l k asked me about the behind the scenes maneuvers that got legislation passed.
Scott Smith and Harvey Milk in the kitchen of their house on Castro Street.
(MILK continued from page 1) out qualification, all members of our unique and varied humanity. My uncle’s legacy has many monuments, all those openly LGBT elected officials, all those who live an authentic and open life, all those strong allies that fight to keep us embraced, and the books and the plays, and the operas, and the movies— both the Academy Award-winning 1984 documentary The Times of Harvey Milk and 2008’s MILK— have given new generations the central story of Harvey, of his dream, of his willingness to give his life for that dream, and by telling his story, young people just starting out in life, those of us in the middle of life, and
even the elders of our communities were all given a strong reminder of hope, the hope to full fill our potential of equality. President Obama said it best, “Harvey gave us hope, All of us, Hope unashamed, Hope unafraid” when he gave me Harvey’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. Even more monumental has been the number of openly LGBT Presidential appointments made in these past two years and the unprecedented level of inclusiveness this White House has shown, not just to Americans but the global LGBT community. My uncle was very much with us as we watched the President and then Speaker Pelosi sign the Matthew Shepard Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or when the President’s Department of
Mayor George Moscone, Harvey Milk, Anne Kronenberg and State Senator Milton Marks at Harvey Milk’s Inauguration at City Hall
Justice declared LGBT Americans a suspect class giving us a higher level of scrutiny for discrimination protection in Federal courts. We were standing on his shoulders when the President, always true to his word in standing on the side of justice and reconsidering his beliefs in the light of dignity and human rights when he endorsed Marriage Equality last week, becoming the first US sitting US President to make that courageous move. These are the tangible monuments to Harvey’s legacy that have the impact to effect change, real societal change. Today California is joined with fair minded communities across the country and out onto the global stage in celebrating not only the birthday
of my uncle but also his dream, a dream that remains alive in so many of us. The Harvey Milk Foundation set out this year to grow the recognition of Harvey’s story and the hope it inspires and to encourage a national and global celebration of that hope with a group of some 25 dedicated volunteers from around the country, mostly young, mostly filled with the belief in the possible. With no paid staff, the Foundation set out to reach around the globe in the belief that Harvey Milk Day can give hope to everyone, everyone who has ever felt different, or has felt that they did not belong, or were not welcome as who they really are. It is a day of recognition and appreciation of our own authenticity and that of others, a day to collaborate and reach
out to those who still struggle with either self-acceptance or societal acceptance. A day to put hate and separation in their place, a place of learning of wrongs righted and reminders not to repeat them, a day to create the dream and vision of what is possible, even in the all too many places around the world where it is still so hard to visualize that dream, as it was in the time is the US when my uncle spoke out over 38 years ago. I humbly thank all of us who work collaboratively in dreaming what my uncle dreamed, for seeing, visualizing and making great efforts today, for what tomorrow can become!
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National News Briefs compiled by Dennis McMillan
Denver, CO – Colorado Governor Attempts to Support Gay Civil Rights – 5.14
Washing ton, DC - Ma r r iage Ca mpa ig n Launches to Get Cong ress on Record – 5.14
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper called lawmakers into a special legislative session to resolve a bill supporting civil unions for same-sex couples, along with several other bills. Well, that was a start at least. Hickenlooper’s announcement on the f inal day of the 2012 regular session was sparked by what he called an “overwhelming need” to discuss the civil unions measure. It died v ia legislative maneuvering from the GOP.
Following President Obama’s historic statement in support of marriage equality, the Human Rights Campaign is encouraging members of the House and Senate to join him in expressing their support, asking if they agree with the statement: “Gay and lesbian couples should not be denied the ability to pledge their love and commitment through the civil institution of marriage. I believe that two committed adults of the same-sex should be able to receive a government-issued marriage license, while religious institutions retain their right to determine which marriages they will perform or recognize.”
Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty blocked the bill before it reached the House. Democrats accused him of refusing to call civil unions for a vote, even though it had enough support to pass. Minutes before the decision, President Barack Obama announced he now supports same-sex marriage. Obama says he has concluded t hat it is impor t ant for h im to a f f ir m t hat he t h in k s sa me-sex couples should be able to get marr ied. He says he came to the conclusion over the course of several years of talking to family and friends. Obama has previously said his personal views of gay marriage were evolving, a stance that frustrated gay rights supporters. But Obama revealed his support for gay marriage in an interview with A BC News. Hurrah!
In addition to making this information available on HRC’s website, support for marriage equality will be noted in HRC’s 112th Congressional Scorecard, along with key votes and bill sponsorships. LGBTQ individuals and families have many concerns that Congress needs to address, like the lack of a federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, protections from violence, and health and safety. “The American public has expressed interest in where their elected of f icials stand on the issue of marriage for gay and lesbian couples,” said incoming HRC President Chad Grif f in. “Now Congress should [follow Obama] too.” Don’t hold your breath, folks! Source: HRC
Source: Denver Post
Sacramento, CA – Transgender Advocacy Day Approaches – 5.14 With Transgender Advocacy Day fast approaching on May 2021 in Sacramento, it is important that activists work together to advance legislation that will help transgender Californians live safely and authentically. Transgender Law Center is urging legislators to support AB 1856 (Foster Youth: Cultural Competency) and AB 1081 (Trust Act). The passage of these bills would improve the lives of two important populations in our community - our youth and undocumented trans people. “Please join us in supporting AB 1856, which would require that existing training programs for foster youth caregivers include information related to cultural competency and best practices of serving LGBT youth,” urges TLC’s Isabella Rodriguez.
Boston, MA – More Reasons to Despise Governor Romney– 5.11
Providence, R I - Governor Takes Action to Recognize Out of State Same-Sex Mar riages – 5.14
Eric Fehrnstrom, Mitt Romney’s “most trusted” adviser, has outed a transgender woman, thereby ending her career in politics. When a political activist, Althea Garrison, was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the fact that she was transgender was an open secret. But Fehrnstrom was the first one to put that information into print, and former Herald reporter Robert Connolly remarked, “I can remember his glee when he found the birth certificate.”
Rhode Island’s governor has declared the state will recognize samesex ma r r iages per for med elsewhere, g iv i ng g ay couples t he sa me rights as heterosexual ones when it comes to health insurance and a number of other benef its.
Another very important bill is AB 1081, the Trust Act. Over 60,000 Californians have been deported due to the controversial “Secure Communities” program known as “S-Comm,” an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation program that has devastated families and undermined trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement.
This is yet another nail in the political coffin of Romney, with America now knowing the Mittster’s ugly secret having physically bullied a gay student, John Lauber, back in prep school. Matthew Friedemann, his close friend, recalled Romney pinning Lauber to the ground, repeatedly clipping his hair with scissors. The incident was recalled similarly by five students. Romney has also bullied an anti-bullying commission while Governor. Lately he was furious that his name appeared on a press release touting a gay pride parade, and moved to curtail the activities of a 14-year-old advisory commission on gay and lesbian youth. The commission chairwoman, Kathleen M. Henry, said the governor planned to issue an executive order “revoking our existence.”
Source: Transgender Law Center
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It is vital we stand up for the LGBTQ youth in foster care so that the law creates safe homes where they can thrive, develop healthy relationships and prepare themselves for the future that lies ahead of them.
The order sig ned by Gov. L incoln Chafee directs state agencies to recognize marriages performed out of state as legal and treat same-sex married couples the same as heterosexuals. Same-sex couples married outside R I — where civil unions are allowed, but gay marriage is illegal — have not been allowed certain rights because state law is not clear on the subject. In 2007, then-Attorney General Patrick Lynch issued a nonbinding opinion recognizing out-of-state same-sex marr iages. Chafee said his sig ning of the executive order is “ follow ing through” on that opinion. Same-sex spouses of state employees and anyone covered by an insurance company reg ulated in R hode Island w ill be entit led to health and life insurance benef its, according to queer rights advocates. Both partners in a same-sex couple will be able to list their names as parents on a child’s birth certif icate, and same-sex couples will be entitled to sales tax exemptions on the transfer of property, including vehicles. Source: Washington Post
Local News Briefs SF Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to Hold AIDS Candlelight Memorial in the Castro 100,000 people in 115 countries will be celebrating the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, “Promoting Health and Dignity Together,” on Sunday, May 20. Health, faith and community-based organizations in some 115 countries will use the event to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS, to support those living with HIV and affected by its impact - spurring calls to greater action from all actors in the HIV response. With at least 500 events being held worldwide, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial will also be commemorated in SF then, 8pm, Harvey Milk Plaza, corner of Castro & Market Streets. “We’re bringing the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial back home to where it all began in the Castro,” co-organizer Guard TheO Pressed tells Bay Times. “In the vision of the global network of people living with HIV, the Candlelight remains one of the most important and visible civil society led efforts against HIV and AIDS as it demonstrates the invaluable role of communities, including those people living with HIV and those affected by it.” The theme focuses on the fact that the HIV response will only be successful when it is an effort that is supported by, and addresses the needs of, all those affected by HIV, including all people living with HIV key populations, such as men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, and sex workers, as well as women and young people. Source: Interview by Dennis McMillan
Medical Pot Patient Advocates Succeed in Pelosi Proactive Response Nearly 50 patients peacefully demonstrated in front of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s district office, having gathered thousands of voter signatures urging her to help end the federal crackdown on SF’s dispensaries and California’s medical cannabis laws. Behind the effort is the Patient Advocacy Committee of the SF Medical Cannabis Task Force and the Harvey Milk LBGT Democratic Club, co-sponsored by Axis of Love SF. These efforts gave Pelosi the political safe space to openly question the Obama administration, something she’s not done until this patient petition. “Many thanks to everyone who participated in this effort,” said Patient Advocacy Network Executive Director Degé Coutee. “Please support our work at cannabissaveslives.org.” Rep. Pelosi then issued a statement: “Access to medicinal marijuana for individuals who are ill or enduring difficult and painful therapies is both a medical and a states’ rights issue. Sixteen states, including our home state of California and the District of Columbia, have adopted medicinal marijuana laws – most by a vote of the people. I have strong concerns about the recent actions by the federal government that threaten the safe access of medicinal marijuana. I have long supported efforts in Congress to advocate federal policies that recognize the scientific evidence and clinical research demonstrating the medical benefits of medicinal marijuana and that prevents the federal government from acting to harm the safe access of medicinal marijuana provided under state law. I will continue to strongly support those efforts.” Source: Interview by Dennis McMillan
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Happy Harvey Milk Day 2012! Harvey Milk hired me in 1977 to run his campaign for Supervisor in District 5. It was the first time supervisors were elected by district, rather than citywide, and Harvey felt his time had finally come. I was young and totally inexperienced; Harvey taught me everything I know about politics and advocacy. Harvey courageously fought for equality for lesbians and gay men. He spoke of hope. Hope that the world we live in would exist without hate and bigotry. He urged all lesbians and gay men to come out of the closet, to stand proud and embrace the diversity that makes us each unique and special individuals. Less than one year after taking office, Harvey’s life was tragically taken, but the hope he inspired in us remains bright today.
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As I ref lect on next week’s posthumous celebration of Harvey Milk’s 82nd birthday, I ask myself, “What has changed in the 32 years since his assassination?” Harvey Milk fought for our basic rights as human beings and he dreamed of a better tomorrow filled with the hope for equality and a world without hate. Harvey urged all lesbians and gay men to come out of the closet, to stand proud and embrace the diversity that makes us each unique and special individuals. When Harvey bravely spoke out, he was doing it for all of
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gional, national and global organizations so that story, style, and collaborative relationship buildfor a just tomorrow, envisions governments that celebrate the rich and universally empowering diversity of humanity, where all individuals – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly, the young, the disabled – all who had been excluded can fully participate in all societal rights without exception. I hope you will be able to join me in celebrating Harvey’s birthday this coming Sunday, May 20th from 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Infusion Lounge, located at 124 Ellis Street. The Harvey Milk Foundation is hosting this event with all proceeds goas the Mistress of Ceremonies for a fashion show featuring twenty-five Bay Area designers using custom-printed Harvey Milk fabric. Christopher Collins, “Project Runway” fashion-celebrity, will lead the group judges. The event promises to be a star studded, fun filled evening - Tickets can be purchased at m i l kday2012sf.eventbr ite.com. Hope to see you all there.
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Vice President Joe Biden moved the clock ahead, and in doing so becomes our Bay Times Person of the Week.
“Meet the Press” was an off the cuff
Accounts vary, but published reports say the vice president apologized to Obama for declaring his own support for same-sex marriages in an off-script statement. Did his comment force Obama to move forward?
slip-ups, but he isn’t likely to suffer
Some say the president was just waiting for the right time to make his own statement, and thereby completing his own “evolution” on the same-sex marriage issue.
remark did accelerate the presi-
“Biden was being Biden” is the comment former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell offered, suggesting the vice president’s statement on NBC’s
one, ref lecting his own personal beliefs. Biden is known for gaffes and any ill effects. The outcome was the same, regardless. By all accounts, inadvertently or not, Vice President Joe Biden’s dent’s coming out with his own firm statement. Obama acknowledged he would have preferred to make his revelation “in my own terms . . . But all’s well that ends well.”
The Week in Review Politically Correct? By Ann Rostow I never thought I’d see the day that I would shrug off news coverage of marriage equality with an attitude of , “Yeah, yeah, whatever,” but last week it happened! My favorite subject, once ridiculed, then marginalized, and later compartmentalized into a gay issue, has become the conversation du jour - dominating the media for a solid week. Back and forth the pundits went, speculating on whether or not President Obama’s newly articulated support for equality will help or hinder him on the campaign trail. Typically, the TV hosts found a spokesperson for each side of the fence. And while normally I’d call that a copout, in this case the often disingenuous “search for balance” is justified. We simply don’t know how Obama’s marriage position will play out among voters. I was one of those GLBT journalists who thought the President could easily keep his true convictions in the closet until after November. Why take the risk? First, he has our community’s votes already. Second, everyone knows he backs same-sex marriage anyway. And finally, just over a tenth of the electorate consists of Independents who oppose same-sex marriage rights. Put enough of those swing voters in swing states, and they might turn the election. But Obama’s courage has put me to shame. And since he and his advisors are presumably sharp strategists, I can only hope that they agree that the President will improve his chances by making a strong stand. Indeed, with our community putting on the pressure, Obama could have looked calculating had he ducked the issue for the next six months. Here’s the most important result of last week’s decision. The question of marriage equality has evolved, if you will, from a fight between GLBT activists and the religious right, into a partisan battle between Democrats and Republicans. With the exception of Democratic candidates in red or purple states, major Party leaders (including Harry Reid and Steny Hoyer) have fallen into line behind the President, and the Party platform is now likely to include a marriage equality plank. Other Democrats, who have been struggling to walk a fine line between “equal rights for all” and “the right to marry,” will now find it much easier to join Obama on the solid ground of marriage equality. And The Survey Says? One thing that has struck me over the last week is the incoherence of national polling on marriage equality. Haven’t you noticed? Every survey spins out a different message. Only 38 percent back marriage equality in one poll. But it’s 51 percent in the next one. Much of the confusion reflects different questions, and it’s clear that some respondents keep their true feelings to themselves. Witness the 61-39 antigay vote in North Carolina, where polls told us that a majority supported either marriage or civil unions. Um, either those polls were a bunch of hooey, the voters didn’t understand the amendment, or the famous Bradley effect went viral throughout the state. The Bradley effect, by the way, is the aforementioned tendency for people to give politically correct answers to pollsters before going right ahead and making a bigoted vote as was seemingly the case in the 1982 California governor’s race between (African American) Tom Bradley and (white) George Deukmejian. Interestingly, Deukmejian was closing the gap as the election approached, so the poll-
ing may not have been as anomalous as it seemed at the time. Nevertheless, the phenomenon is a constant in gay elections and the “Bradley” moniker has stuck, rightly or wrongly. Whether the polls are accurate or not, the trend in our favor is indisputable, as is the demographic shift that shows younger voters entering the electorate on our side as older voters take their antigay views to the Great Beyond. These numbers led George W Bush’s former pollster Jan van Lohuizen to dash off a memo to Republican candidates last week, warning them to put on the kid gloves when discussing marriage rights. Newport News In other exciting developments, Colorado Republicans managed to kill a civil unions bill that would have won had it been given a vote. And Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chaf fee invited marriage equality into the Yacht Club State through the back door by signing an executive order recognizing same-sex marriages. Yes, we’re still on that subject. In 2007, Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch issued an opinion (much like Eliot Spitzer did in New York back in the day) interpreting state law to mandate marriage recognition for gay couples. You may not be able to marry in Rhode Island. But hop over the border to Massachusetts or Connecticut and presto! You’re married in Rhode Island. Sort of. Now, Governor Chaf fee’s order means that state agencies have a clear directive to treat married gay couples the same as straight ones. It’s not as satisfying as legalizing marriage, but it’s not chopped liver. What’s wrong with chopped liver, anyway? A bit of research suggests that the dish became a pejorative a) because people don’t like it, or b) because it’s a side dish. Well, it can’t be the second option, otherwise we’d be able to say things like: “What am I? Cole slaw?” And the first option doesn’t make much sense either, does it? I mean “chopped liver” isn’t universally disliked. Why not: “What am I? Okra?” That would work on both counts, a slimy, tasteless and generally disgusting side dish. I also learned that “schmaltz” actually means “fat,” usually duck fat or chicken fat (used for preparing chopped liver). Hmmm. We’ll have to think about that one - on several levels. Who Moved My Meat Thermometer? After several hours of squinting at my dark computer screen, I just found a button (F2) that backlit the display. Who knew? I really hate becoming a technological imbecile, particularly considering the fact that I began my career on the cutting edge of the information industry, working for an online money market news and data company in the late 1970s. (We called it a “computerized information system” and it ran through dedicated phone lines.) Don’t worry. I have no intention of rambling down memory lane. That said, I am not really in the mood for my gay news agenda, which includes the ins and outs of two pending bills in the House, more blather (from me) on marriage equality, a return to the Connecticut Supreme Court decision on workplace discrimination that I skipped over last week, and the Virginia legislature’s decision to reject a very qualified gay judicial nominee because he has publicly advocated an end to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Sounds like a hard slog, doesn’t it?
I’m also hungry, so I took time out to scavenge in the kitchen. There, I found a pack of ravioli in the refrigerator that says: “use or freeze by April 27.” Ooops. Being the sort of person who eats things off the f loor, when appropriate, I decided to prepare the aging pasta. I dutifully proceeded to read the directions, which suggested that the ravioli be boiled three or four minutes, or to “an internal temperature of 165 degrees.” What’s wrong with these people? I’m speaking of the people who write inane things on packaging, like “not for human consumption” on cans of motor oil. How can someone measure the internal temperature of a ravioli? I suppose it’s possible, but who would do so? No one. So why include this useless detail? For the record, after a time-consuming search I dug out the meat thermometer, and even after six minutes those things were only 140 degrees but I took them off the stove anyway. I mean, really. It’s not as if they were filled with raw blowfish. They were “five cheese.”
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Among the long list of complaints is the section that would prohibit same-sex weddings on military bases, even in states where marriage is legal. Another section that meets with Obama’s disapproval would allow military authorities to overlook otherwise impermissible personnel actions when based on religious or moral beliefs. The administration has a host of other problems with the bill, and while no one section would be a deal breaker, Tuesday’s statement threatens a veto unless most of the objections are resolved. You may recall that the antigay stuff was removed from the Senate version of the Defense budget, but it managed to squirm its way back in once it returned to the House. I don’t follow the Hill that closely, but I assume the Senate will block the antigay provisions again. I hope so. We also have problems with the House version of the Violence Against Women Act, a statute that has been reauthorized without incident for nearly 20 years. Gone now, are protections for Native Americans, immigrants and lesbians, omissions that combined to earn a veto threat from the President. I gather that the bill’s author has since added back the Native Americans and the immigrants, but refuses to add a provision against sexual orientation discrimination. I can’t remember her name, sorry. But I did hear her explain that there’s no need to make a reference to every group because the bill “covers everyone.” Does that work for you? Why add back two other groups and leave the battered lesbians out in the cold? Again, I assume the Senate will fix the problem. They’ve already reauthorized an intact version of the bill. We’ll see, A House vote is also scheduled for Wednesday night.
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God Help Us So, in the category of people I don’t know who say mean things about gays, I can now add Manny Pacquiano, a boxer and Filipino politician who I guess I may have vaguely heard of in the past. Mr. Pacquiano recently opined that: “God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally mar(continued on page 10
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Do Ask, Do Tell Zoe Dunning The June 5 primary election is just around the corner. If you are registered as Vote by Mail (absentee), you should have received your ballot. You also probably receiving several “slate cards” on your door and in your mailbox with recommendations on how you should vote. These can come in
handy, particularly for the Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC) race, which has 30 candidates running in Tom Ammiano’s east side Assembly District 17. What average voter is going to 30 campaign websites and doing the research on where each candidate stands on the issues important to them? We typically will not, so instead voters look for a simple shortcut for how we decide on who will receive our votes. Hence the Slate Card Machine was born. Now, as a candidate for DCCC, I understand first hand all the effort it takes to land on a slate card. For each Democratic club, newspaper, and special interest group, you are typically given a questionnaire that asks your opinions or accomplishments on topics important to that group. You are then usually interviewed in person for 5 minutes by a PAC or Executive
Committee that makes recommendations to their general membership. This is followed by a membership meeting, where each candidate gets 1 – 3 minutes to pitch your case for their endorsement vote and hope they select you. (Oh, and if you are Carole Migden you always get to speak first.) If you are lucky enough to receive that group’s endorsement, each endorsee needs to pony up between $250 - $1000 for offsetting the cost of the printing and postage of the slate card. It adds up if you are lucky (!) enough to receive a dozen or more endorsements. Be careful when reading these slate cards – voter beware! Pay attention to who is paying for it and which candidates are being promoted. I have recently seen ads from a collaboration of three candidates touting their endorsements by two Democratic
clubs, and recommending you “Vote the Entire DCCC Slate” – the slate of names listed being the favorite candidates of the three, not the DCCC slate of the club whose endorsement they are highlighting. Perfectly legal? Yes. Misleading? Well, let’s just say those two Democratic clubs are none too pleased. Honoring Harvey with a Ship In other local news, there is a bit of a controversy over Supervisor Scott Wiener’s non-binding resolution before the Board of Supervisors supporting an effort to name a U.S. naval vessel after Harvey Milk. Many don’t realize Harvey was a Navy veteran and served four years during the Korean War. He was a diver, which is one of the most physically demanding and well, butch, professions in the Navy (go Harvey!). By all indications he was very proud of his service and
(ROSTOW continued from page 9) and manipulate the Euro, because my God is smart. I think He would let the Bush tax cuts expire.
I think that God (if He cared about such things, which He doesn’t) would want us to pass the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act. I think He would oppose the Ryan Budget. I think He would call for the But I’m including this item because development of a European Central SFBayTimes10x8 Week 4:Layout 1 5/9/12 4:33 PM Page 1 I’m sick of people getting away with Bank with the power to issue bonds
Well, I’m only joking in a sense, because as I mentioned in parentheses, no one can turn a transcendent mystery into a bleak repository of mundane dos and don’ts. But that’s what our friends on the Christian Right do all the time, not just with gay issues, but with everything. Their “God”
This is why I have long since given up repeating bizarre homophobic quotes. It’s pointless. Pacquino modified his comment, the Washington Post reports, adding that he’s “not against gay people,” but simply believes that “same-sex marriage is against the law of God.”
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rank bigotry by attaching their political positions to “God,” as if “God” is a specific entity who has set down uncontested rules and regulations for a civil society. All you have to do is toss out the G-word, and everyone is obliged to “respect your religious convictions.” Why?
ried, only if they so are in love with each other. It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old.”
wore his diver-insignia belt buckle every day. His family is supportive of the resolution, as is Anne Kronenberg, his good friend and colleague. But there are some in the LGBT and peace communities that knew Harvey to be against the Vietnam War and believe he would not want a ship named after him. Personally, I think it would be a tremendous honor and would spread his legacy internationally as the ship pulls into ports of call all over the world and sailors proudly wear their “U.S.S. Harvey Milk” shoulder insignia on their uniforms. The resolution passed committee on May 14 and will go before the full Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 22. I encourage everyone to show up and testify if you want your perspective heard.
But do I go around expressing my views as a function of religious faith? Do I demand some extra measure of deference for these positions based on their theological roots? No, I do not!
wants conservative justices on the Supreme Court, Palestinians out of Jerusalem, an end to the capital gains tax, and the abolition of the Department of Education. Doesn’t their God have anything better to worry about? You shouldn’t be able to say that God supports conservative Republicans and then accuse all the Democrats of trampling on your “religious freedom.” But they get away with it time and again. My God is disgusted with all of them. --A new column by Ann is available every week at sfbaytimes.com. You can reach her at email@example.com.
have just been a myth, a gleam in ambitious designer Joseph Strauss’ eyes. Like gay marriage, who would think that it could ever become something within our grasp? It took a lot of hard work and community effort, but such dreams can become reality. Read more about upcoming plans for Harvey Milk Day, pages 2-3, and the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary in our commemorate pullout section, pages 11-14.
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Golden Gate Bridge Timeline • 1846: Entrance to San Francisco Bay is named Golden Gate by Captain John Fremont. • January 5, 1933: Official start of Bridge construction. • May 27, 1937: Bridge opens to pedestrian traff ic followed by vehicular traffic the next day. • March 22, 1957: News accounts report “undulating” motion of the Bridge after a 5.3 earthquake hits Daly City. • February 22, 1985: One billionth car crosses the Bridge. P HOTO BY P HY L L IS C OSTA
• May 24, 1987: Bridge closes for 50th Anniversary. • September 3, 1998: US Postal Service issues commemorative stamp. • April 12, 2002: The Lone Sailor Memorial statue is dedicated at the Bridge’s Vista Point. • March 11, 2009: Largest crane barge on the West Coast passes under the Bridge.
Events for Saturday & Sunday, May 26th–27th
• April 11, 2011: Security features of the Bridge are upgraded.
• Presidio – Photography exhibit on military history at the Golden Gate (also open Saturday)
(An extensive timeline, entitled “Key Dates” is available: goldengatebridge.org)
• Fort Mason Center – Outdoor art installation (also open Saturday) • Ghirardelli Square – Panel exhibit telling the story of the Golden Gate Bridge • Pier 39 – Music and dance festival highlighting the 1930s • Art installations at Fort Point (also open Saturday) • Interpretive talks and self–guided walks • Bike trips to the Bridge for youth, a YMCA program (Saturday, May 26) • Displays of historic Bridge artifacts (also open Saturday) • Bridge–related art show at SFMOMA’s facility at Fort Mason Center (also open Saturday) • Photography exhibition in the Presidio (also open Saturday) • Music and displays at Fisherman’s Wharf (also open Saturday)
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• Film night in the Presidio with movies featuring the Bridge (Saturday evening)
Bridge Facts & Figures • Constructed from 1933-1937, the Bridge was then the longest suspension bridge ever built. • The color of the Bridge is known as International Orange (orange vermillion). • The strait spanned by the Bridge, known as Chrysopylae, meaning “Golden Gate,” was named by Captain John C. Fremont in 1846. • The total length is 1.7 miles, including the approaches. • Towers are 756 feet above the water and 500 feet above the roadway.
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• Eleven workers died during construction. Safety nets suspended under the Bridge saved 19 workers and they are known as the members of the “Half Way to Hell Club.”
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• Three closures have been declared due to winds over 70 mph. Two other closures were for visits by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and French President Charles DeGaulle.
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• There are about 600,000 rivets in each tower and the towers weigh 44,000 tons each.
Arts&Entertainment Elles, Mansome and Hysteria Tackle Sex and Gender Issues Film
Gary M. Kramer Three new f ilms addressing s e x a nd g ender i s s ue s op en i n t he Bay A rea over t he next t wo weeks. Here’s a rundown of what to watch: E l l e s (o p e n i n g M ay 18 ) i s a n NC -17 fe at u r e ab out s e x— a nd it feat ures g raph ic sex—but it’s not sex y. T h is most ly eng ag i ng s t or y c o n c e r n s A n n e ( Ju l i e t t e B i n o c h e) , a n E L L E m a g a z i n e freelance writer who is interviewing fema le col lege students who work as escorts. Work ing on the stor y “changes” Anne; her bourgeois l ife is what g irls l i ke L ola (A na ï s Demoust ier) — who g rew up in housing projects with acrylic s we at er s — d e s i r e. S c ene s of Lola having rough sex, or A licja ( Joanna Kul ig) gett ing ur inated on are contrasted with Anne doing laundr y, making dinner, and d o i n g p i l a t e s . I s A n n e ’s hu s band likely to be one of Lola’s or A licja’s clients? Does Anne overstep her bou nd s w it h t he g i rls? Elles forcibly suggests these questions. This glossy f ilm, co-written and directed by Malgorzata Szumowsk a, ma kes most ly fa m i l ia r poi nt s about power a nd cont rol a nd how women, housew ives or whor e s , a r e e qu a l l y e x ploit e d . W hen L ola says escor t ing, w it h its earning potential, is like smoking —hard to g ive up —it ma kes sense, but it’s hard ly revelator y.
M or e a f fe c t i n g i s t he s a d ne s s A nne feels about her l ife as she develops empat hy for t he g i rls, and tries to instill the same values on her kids. Her empowerment is t he key to t he f i l m, a nd t he luminous Binoche’s fearless performance—she masturbates and fellates—makes viewers care for her. Taking on the topic of what makes a man, Mansome (opening May 18) is Morga n Spurlock’s entertaining, but not especially illuminating, documentar y about mascu l in it y. T he f i l m feat ures Wi l l A r nett and Jason Bateman having a spa day while episodes focus on ma le g room ing: moustaches, beards, body hair, and even eyebrow threading. The point of all t h is ma le ca re is how it a f fect s identit y, creates conf idence, and makes guys feel sexy. The best vig nettes dea l w it h products such as “Fresh Ba l ls,” wh ich prevent “ bat w i ng s” (t he s c rot u m st ic ki ng to one’s leg). T here i s a l so a fa sc i nat i ng epi sode i nvolv i ng s p e c i a l i s t M r. C a r m i ne c r e ati n g h i s u n ique h a i r piec es . But some stor yl i nes — one i nvolv i ng Beardsman Jack Passion in compet it ion, or R icky, a metrosexua l— a re eit her repet it ive, or go on too long. Many of these same points are made succinct ly, and e ven h i l a r iou s ly, i n i nt er v iew s w it h fol k s r a n g i n g f r om Z a c h Galif ianakis to John Waters. Yet how and why men have become so va in is on ly super f icia l ly explored. Do guys feel more secure using products, gett ing t heir ba c k s w a xed , or wea r i n g m a le
pantyhose? Perhaps. But Mansome trades only in generalities, and it never addresses gay men pr imping and preening. Spurlock shows guys who are Botox-ed, or using m a le m a k eu p — but h i s f i l m i s only skin deep. Hyster ia (opening May 25) is a charming pif f le. Set in 1880, the f ilm concerns what one character descr ibes as, “t he plag ue of our time,” an overactive uterus. Yes, Hysteria chronicles the invention of the v ibrator. Mortimer Granv i l le ( Hugh Da nc y) i s a doctor who wants to treat pat ients and
make his ow n way in the world. He eventua l ly lands a job working for Dr. Dalr ymple ( Jonathan P r yce) doi ng v u lva ma ssage for his “hysterical” patients—women who are unhappy and/or dissatisf ied—and he develops a stif f right hand treat ing dozens of women. He also f inds himself unexpectedly desir ing Dalr ymple’s “Socialist” and “disagreeable” daughter Cha rlot te ( M agg ie Gyl len haa l), who, of c ou r s e, nee d s s ome of Mor t i mer’s ser v ices. Hyst e r i a i s ha rd ly novel despite it s subject m at t er. T h i s g ent le f i l m pl ay s
more like a chaste romantic Victorian comedy than a sexy farce. It is pretty and witty, and most of the laughs come from one-liners by the rich, “eccentric” (read gay) L ord E d mu nd St. Joh n Smy t he ( Ruper t Everet t). Smy t he helps de v i s e t he “ de v ic e t h at m a ke s [things] feel all warm and tingly right down to the bone,” which is somet h ing t he f i l mma kers hope to do to audiences. The f ilm will certainly tickle the fancy of undemanding viewers, but others will require a bit more stimulation.
He describes his pieces. “Werk Of A r t” wa s created as pa r t of t he aud it ion process for Season 2 of Br avo -T V ’s Work O f Ar t. H i nes was one of 40 artists selected out of 4,000 hopefuls. “Ultimately I did not make the f inal cut of 15 participants,” he relates.
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Matthew Hines Displays Strange Fruit Art
Sister Dana Van Iquity Magnet, the Castro hub of health and wellbeing for gay/bi men, is displaying Matt Hines’ “Strange Fr uit” ser ies. H ines uses decon-
st r ucted moder n my t holog ies to convey the wonder and horror of life in the 21st century using collage from discarded items found on t he st reet s of SF. Or ig i na l ly f r om A k r on , Oh io, H i ne s w a s raised in the staunch heart land, which bred an active imagination and an innate desire to create, he says. A fter receiv ing his BFA in
Painting in 1996 from the Columbus College of Art and Design, he moved to the Bay A rea, and has “not looked back since.” “ I h av e b e e n d r aw i n g s i n c e I c ou ld hold a p enc i l , a nd h ave come to the realization that it is the only thing that brings me true joy,” Hines tells me. He is inspired by com ic book s, fa sh ion mag a zines, Greek Mytholog y, and the c u lt of c e lebr it y. Cu r r ent ly he f i nd s h i msel f i n f luenced by t he work s of M a net , Tou louse-L autrec and Bacon.
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“T he creat ive process a lways beg ins w ith a desire to inter pret s ome p er s on a l ex p er ienc e i n a ma n ner t hat w i l l resonate w it h t he v iewer,” he elabor ates. H i s t e c h n i q u e b e g i n s i n g r a ph it e , then ink, followed by blocking in passages w it h acr yl ic, f i n ish i ng with the collage elements.
Artist Matthew Hines at Magnet
His philosophy in life? “Change is growth, learn from your mistakes, and str ive to create light in this world.” He attempts to convey the tr ials, tr ibulations and triumphs of life as a HI V-posit ive man in the 21st century.
“ It G et s Bit ter ” stems f rom h is v i s cer a l f r u st r at ion a nd d i s ap pointment with the “It Gets Better ” ca mpa ig n. “E ssent ia l ly we are leaving our youth to fend for themselves against horrif ic abuse w it h a paper t h i n prom i se t hat eventua l ly life w il l ‘get better,’” he st ates . “ T he abu s e endu r ed by L GT BQ yout h event ua l ly manifests itself in self destructive means. There is no excuse for this neglect to continue. It is my belief our children need our protection now.” “Candy Ass Land” depicts the plight of the queer community in the age of HIV, and is based on the classic children’s game “Ca ndyl a nd.” T he g a me wa s or ig ina l ly created in 1945 for c h i ld r en w it h p ol io t o pl ay ; his version is for PWAs to cont empl at e t he les s on s lea r ned from t he v i r us. “ B efore” is a
“Earths Zero Through X” depicts va r ious i nca r nat ions of h i msel f from possible parallel universes, ra ng ing from t he Daw n of Creat ion pa st t he Rena issa nce a nd i nto t he f ut u r e i n outer s pa ce. This is available as a limited edition signed print for $50 to benef it the A I DS L ifecycle (contact mattsf firstname.lastname@example.org). “39 Miles” is his take on the 49Mile Drive signs, while exploring how the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Hines says he would like his viewers to leave with the feeling of being a little less lonely in the world.
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Adam Lambert “Trespassing” M issing M ichael Jackson? L ook no fur t her. Ada m is stepping into t he shoes of t he show ma n a nd yes, he CA N f ill them. This is a retro-esque, yet new, way to hit the dance f loor t h i s su m mer. L a mber t h it s on a l l fou r c yl i nder s her e a nd s how s he w i l l be here for t he long r u n. A l l 15 t rack s are catchy, hot as but ter melting in a pan. I’m feeling like a proud mot her a fter hav ing to beat him up on that last release. Thank you, Ada m, for steppi ng up to t he icon plate! Best Cut: “Pop That Lock” Location: Pride ever y where USA.
Beth Ditto “Beth Ditto – EP” Oh my gawd. Beth goes all disco Madonna on us, resinging “I Wrote the Book” and offering this little sample of the new bad girl. A long, long cry from her punkier days when she graced the stage of our own Bottom of the Hill, on the return with this new sound, she is more likely to be found at Ruby Skye on Saturday night. Is this a bad thing? It does scare me a bit to lose the alterna-Ditto, but we all can roll with the changes as long as the heroine worship is limited and the drama queen rating is high. Best Cut: “I Wrote the Book” Location: Yep, Ruby Skye
Jason Mraz “Love is a Four Letter Word” Four letters for the fourth release from the now longhaired and road worn Mraz. After the pop-machine of the previous albums, this is a turn into a more reserved, deeper man. Compiled in between long tour schedules of the last few years, the album is surprisingly cohesive and a bit beautiful. Don’t look for mega hits here, but perhaps the glimmer of an artist becoming more of a musician than a machine. Best Cut: “ I Won’t Give Up” Location: Backyard Sunday Afternoon, Twin Peaks
Once Removed… is Ronald Henr y S ch m idt ’s stor y of g row i ng up as a Roman Cat hol ic – ser v ing a s a n a lt a r b oy a nd at tend i n g Catholic schools, but eventually coming out and, as an “out” high school teacher, f ight i ng for h is students’ rights. The author tells of his long struggle to admit his sexuality to himself – as the husband of a mentally troubled wife, fat her of t wo sons a nd lover of several wonderful men. How ma ny of us have been l i ke t welve-yea r- old Ron, at tend i ng t he lo c a l Y s w i m m i n g p o ol t o watch naked men dive of f the diving board? Or watching a beautiful older boy twist through the water and com ing up out of t he pool, resulting in an “explosion” ripping through him? Ron spent h i s yout h deeply i nvolved in his Church. He felt his “salvation lay in complete dedication to God” and pledged himself to celibacy. Yet, at the same time, he was continually confronted by his carna l thoughts. Even books he r ea d i n h i s C at hol ic s c ho ol c ou ld br i n g on s uc h “ d a n g erous” thoughts. A book about savages (being taught by Franciscan monks), portrayed in full nudit y on the pages of his book, led him to feel that “God must be killing me for rel ish ing t he na ked heathens.” As an adult, Ron became a high school English teacher. He present s fa sci nat i ng gl i mpses of h is h igh school c l a sses’ encou nter s with gay topics. In one such scene, he describes his students watching Zef f irelli’s Romeo and Juliet. When Romeo played suggest ively w it h one of his male companions, one student called out, “Faggot!” Ron immediately stopped the f ilm, for a lively discussion regarding the student’s comment. W h i le R on w a s t e a c h i n g h i g h school i n Mor g a n H i l l Un i f ied School D ist r ict (t he la st f i fteen
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yea r s of h is teach i ng ca reer), a thirteen-year-old g irl in his dist r i c t c o m m it t e d s u i c i d e . T h i s led Ron to confront his school’s principal, to discuss how to avoid more su icides – especia l ly of young gay and lesbian students. “ I a m my sel f g ay,” he told t he pr i nc ipa l , who r ea c ted i n horror. This conversation eventually led Ron to become ver y act ive in GL BT student workshops and sensitivity training.
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T he “ I nv isible M inor it y ” workshops he created w ith a PF L AG mot her were ver y successful throughout Santa Clara County, except for Live Oak High School. Several students from that school complained to Ron they were still b ei n g cont i nu a l ly h a r a s s ed for their perceived sexualit y. So, he took the students to an attorney in order to f ile a lawsuit. Six long yea r s l ater, t he D i st r ict set t led and paid the students $1.1 million (including attorney fees), the largest amount awarded to that date in such a case. R on c lo s e s h i s b o ok w it h t wo very moving scenes: his two sons marching with him at a 2009 San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, and, later, driv ing him to the air port to f ly to Paris and his current lover. “Have a great time Dad! You deserve it!” I strongly recommend to all readers this moving, beautifully written story of one man’s struggle for self-acceptance.
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Garbage “Not Your Kind of People” Rock? No. Electronic. No. Now after beautiful garbage, absolute garbage, and greatest hits garbage, we feast on a hyper, super revved up, super sonic garbage. If you think this band is ready to sit back and relax, oh you are dead wrong. High energy, frenetic, toxic and all-like-listening-to-oldgwen-steffani-on-us. I like this. I like this a lot. And hey, Gwen isn’t delivering, so I’ll take this 80’s beat anywhere I can get it! Best Cut: “Felt” Location: Fast car, Golden Gate Bridge
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From Broadway With Love
Kathleen Archambeau “I met this woman, I fell in love with her and I’m a public f igure.” Cynthia Nixon Tony Award-Winning Actress
Fo r t h o s e w h o h a v e f o l l o w e d Cynthia Nixon’s career as I have, beg i n n i ng w it h t he f i rst play on Broadw ay I saw her i n, Wendy Wa sserst ei n’s He i di’s C hron i cl es , Nixon is a consummate theater ac-
tor. To prepare for her 2012 role as a ca ncer- st ricken professor in Wit, Nixon shaved her head bald. Not ma ny beaut i f u l 4 6 -yea r- old women wou ld w a l k a rou nd New York City bald, but Cynthia Nixon wanted to live the part. She should know. At age 40, Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy and radiat ion. She went publ ic t wo yea rs lat er, i n 2 0 0 8 , on G ood Mor nin g Amer ica , a nd has since become a breast cancer advocate. But how did she fall in love with a woman? Prior to her public education advocacy work where she met education activist, Christine Marinoni, Cynthia Nixon had only dated and been in long-term relationships w it h men. Sex and the City’s real-life friend, K ristin Davis, the Cha rlot te York cha racter, f ina lly noticed that her costar was spending more and more time with Marinoni. They met in 2003 advocating for better public schools and have been together ever since. At a Rally for Equal Marriage in N YC in 2009, Nixon a nnounced t hat she a nd Christ ine Ma rinoni were formally engaged, citing she had the ring to prove it. In 2011, Marinoni gave birth to their baby boy named Max Ellington Nixon Ma r i non i. Ch r ist i ne’s n ick na me is “Rojo Caliente.” As Nixon descr ibes her lesbia n pa r t nersh ip, “Maybe I’m just lucky, but I feel like Christine is so amazing with our kids…she makes our family so much better.” (U.S. Weekly) C y nt h i a Ni xon , b e s t k now n t o American television audiences for her role as Sex and the City’s Type A law yer Miranda Hobbs will face s t i f f co mp e t i t i o n fo r t h e 2 012 Tony Award for Best Performance
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Fo r 15 y e a r s , C y n t h i a N i xo n lo oke d l i ke a ny o t her up - a nd coming New York actress, taking on juicy heterosexual roles, raisi ng her t wo ch i ld ren, Sa ma nt ha and Charlie, with long-time Engl ish professor boy fr iend, Da n ny Mozes, and garnering nearly every act i ng aw a rd, from E m mys to a Tony, from Screen Actors Guild Awards to a Grammy. That galaxy of awards puts her in the company of only 15 performers. If she wins a n Osca r, she’l l do what on ly 8 others have done. So why did Sex and the City’s only support ing actress to win an Emmy Award shave her head this year?
Happy parents Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni with baby Max Ellington.
by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, compet ing w it h Stocka rd Channing in Other Desert Cities (set in Palm Springs), Nina Arianda in Venus in Fur, Tracie Bennett in End of the Rainbow, and Linda Lavin in T he Lyons. For a performance that the New York Times called “illuminating…Ms. Nixon’s performance cut closer and closer to the bone” and the Hollywood Reporter says of
Nixon that she “gave a shattering per for ma nce…m i xed d r y hu mor a nd w renching pat hos,” our ow n Cy nt h ia Ni xon may w i n yet a n ot her Tony Aw a rd on Ju ne 10 t h 2 012 for her “u ncom mon ly st i rr i ng piece of t heater” i n Broadway’s Wit.
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The Science of Gratitude that lends support to the idea that consciously focusing the mind on positive emotions does in fact do much to strengthen them.
Examined Life Tom Moon, MFT T he g reat moder n ph i losopher Lily Tomlin once said, “Humanit y i nvented l a n g u a g e out of a deep need to complain.” It’s sad a nd i ron ic t h at t he most i ntell igent a nd adapt able species on t he planet is a lso, by and large, t he mo st m i s er able. O u r c om plex forebra in evolved as a tool for anticipating and overcoming da nger s, for protect i ng us from pa in, a nd for solv ing problems. So da nger s, pa i n a nd problems a re what it most ea si ly not ices. What’s pleasant and harmonious tends to slip into the background. Is it possible to correct the brain’s negat ive bias? A new movement i n sc ience, c a l led Pos it ive Ps ycholog y, i s a m a s s i ng ev idence, wh ich sug gest s t h at it i s. Pos it ive Psycholog y focuses on wel l being rather than on patholog y, a nd is producing sol id resea rch
Two psycholog ist s, Dr. M ichael McCollough and Dr. Robert Emmons, are involved in a research project on “gratitude and thankf u l ness” to develop si mple pro cedures for developing gratitude i n da i ly l i fe a nd assessi ng t heir ef fect on well-being. Their studies suggest that a daily, long-term com m it ment to focus i ng at tent ion on t he a spect s of our l ives for which we are grateful result in measurable a nd subst a nt ia l i mprovements in our well-being.
Professional Services creased levels of alertness, enthusiasm, deter minat ion, attent iveness, vitality and life satisfaction, and lower levels of depression and stress. Perhaps most importantly, those who felt grateful were more l i kely to help ot hers and to feel l o v e d t h e m s e l v e s . A p p a r e nt l y g rat it ude encouraged a positive cycle of reciprocal k indness a mong people bec au se one a c t ba sed on g r at it ude encou r aged another.
In one experimental comparison, for instance, those who kept gratit ude jour na ls on a week ly basis exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more opt imist ic about t he u p c om i n g w e e k c omp a r e d to those who recorded hassles or neutral life events. A related benef it was observed in personal goal attainment. Participants who kept gratitude lists were more likely to have made prog ress toward important personal goals (academic, inter persona l and hea lt h-based) over a t wo -mont h per iod compared to subjects who didn’t keep the lists.
I n my ex per ience w it h gay a nd lesbian clients, one resistance to doing these practices is that it reminds some too much of religion, to which many of us are understandably allergic. It’s important to emphasize that this work can be done a s a n ent i rely secu la r, p s y c ho lo g ic a l pr a c t ic e , w ho s e pur pose is to increase subjective well being, and that it isn’t about piety or “ being good.” For those who’d like to explore the work of McCu l lough a nd E m mon s f u rther, T hanks!: How the New Science of G ratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert Emmons of fers an excellent summary of the research. It a lso of fers 10 pract ica l methods for cu lt ivat i ng t he capacit y for gratitude.
Subject s who focused on g r at itude experienced decreased stress in their lives. They reported in-
Tom Moon is a psychotherapist in San Francisco. His website it www.tommoon.net.
and ot her d isabl ing i l lnesses. PAWS Prez Kevin Kosik thanked the 550 volunteers who serve client s w it h pet ca re a nd feed i ng. The winning habitat was “Pugs in a Barrel” made by William Duf f A rchitects. ( Donate or volunteer at pawssf.org).
A long Nutcracker” by t he Band on Dec. 8th & 9th). Before that, the Band is “On the Road Again” June 3 rd at Oakland’s Lake Merr it t Ba nd st a nd nea r Ch i ld ren’s Fairyland for free! Donate to keep the music alive at sf lgf b.org.
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Sister Dana Van Iquity would like to wish a belated Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers and muthah-f ukkahs out there! Some mothers are lesbians, so it’s only right to talk about the NATIONA L CENTER FOR L ES BI A N R IGHTS ( NCL R) and their 35 th anniversar y at Westin St . Fr a nc i s on Ci nco de M ayo. Emcee K ate Cl inton w ished everyone, “Happy Lezbo de Mayo,” and credited Sec. of State Hillary Clinton for saying gay rights are human rights. Executive Director Kate Kendell said, “The love in this room is palpable, and that’s what our struggle is about: love,” and presented an award to Glee’s Jane Lynch, say ing, “ W hat Jane does for t he com mu n it y is even mor e i m p or t a nt t h a n he r a c ting.” Jane thanked NCLR for all t he org does, in add it ion to ho ok i n g her up w it h her w i fe, Lara Embry, at an NCLR dinner three years ago. Dogs are mothers, too: the bitches! So PAWS ( Pets A re Wonderful Support) held a fundraiser at the Palace Hotel with four-legged g uests and ow ners attend ing “Petchitecture 17,” where architects competed in desig ning distinctive dog houses to be auctioned of f. PAWS is a volunteer-based organ izat ion t hat prov ides for t he comprehensive needs of companion a n i ma l s for low-i ncome se niors and people with HIV/A IDS
I joined JB ( John Bellemore), his par t ner Carl Peters a nd J UA N I TA MOR E for t he bus r ide of a l ifet ime! A tr icked-out pr ivate bus held 36 partay peeps to ride around EssEf f, to the ocean and across the GGBridge to East Bay spots, boozin’ & cruisin’. We began and ended at QBar. Juanita brought the beats for this fun fund ra iser for J B a nd Ca rl’s A I DS L i fec ycle r ide to L A . The Saturday before the A LC ride, QBar will host another fundraiser. And this year for J M’s June 24 Pr ide J B a n d C a r l’s f u n d r a i s i n g for A ids/LifecycleParty, the bus will haul our drunk asses from place to place. Stay tuned. I attended a music, w ine tast ing & hors d’oeuvres party to benef it t he Sa n Fr a nc i s c o L E S BI A N/ GAY F R EEDOM BA ND in the P a c i f ic He i g ht s home of b a nd member Mar t i Ph i l l ips. Band President Julie Williamson promised t here w i l l be more of t hese lovely soi rees. M a r t i’s daughter C a r ter s a n g t he hel l out t a “A t L a s t ,” a n d S F L G F B m e m b e r s formed four ensembles providing more enter t a i n ment : D i x iel a nd D ykes +3 g ave us New Orlea ns Mardi Gras music. Norton Imper ial F lute Ensemble played classical as well as “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” The Foghorns played outdoors in the fog to “Tijuana Taxi” and other peppy horn t unes. Cla r i net Buf fet’s ten d i fferent clarinets tooted everything from Candide to Bach to “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” (remindi n g me of t he a n nu a l “ Da nc e -
DA NCES FROM THE HEA RT featured Bay Area Dancers United to Fight A IDS in the Richmond/ E r met A I D S Fou n d a t ion b e n ef it, produced by Exec Direx Joe Seiler and Ken Henderson at Fort M a son Center. It ra ised awa reness about, and funds for, HI V/ A IDS prevention and care while promoting the art of dance in the SF Bay Area. This f irst-time ever, col l abor at ive even i ng of d a nce feat u red per for ma nces f rom 10 prominent Bay A rea dance companies: ODC dance, Smuin Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Company C C ont e m p or a r y B a l let , C h r i s t y C ote A r g ent i ne Ta n g o, D i ablo Ba l let , Na L ei Hu lu, A my S eiwer t’s Imager y, Post:Ba l let, and White Tree Fine Art. The choreography was simply stunning! H A RV E Y M I L K DAY i s M ay 22nd! Academy Awa rd-w i n n i ng screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and veteran act iv ist Cleve Jones (founder of t he NA M E S project A IDS Memorial Quilt) will speak at t he screen i ng of M IL K , t he mov ie at the Castro Theatre in honor of the slain supervisor and gay activist’s 82nd birthday. The event i nc ludes a V I P recept ion pr ior to t he screening. Proceeds benef it the Har vey Milk Civ il Rights Academy, a small public elementar y school in t he Castro Distr ict w ith the mission to empower student learning by teachi ng toler a nce a nd nonv iolence, celebrating our diversity, achieving academic excel lence and foster i n g st ron g fa m i ly- s c ho ol communit y connect ions. Tickets (continued on page 21)
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Historically speaking, the Bay Times began in 1979 as a Calendar for the LGBTQ community. The title was Coming Up!
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The Vagina Monologues – The Castro Theatre. $15-65. 7:30pm. (429 Castro St.) www.castrotheatre.com. The NAPAWF Bay Area chapter proudly present an Asian Pacific American women’s production of the Vagina Monologues. My Tia Loca’s Life of Crime – Bindlestiff Studio. $20. 8pm. Thru June 2. (185 6th St.) www.guerrillarep.com. A new play by Roy Conboy that retells the twists and turns of a woman focused on one thing: finding the daughter stolen from her. 4Bidden – The Cellar. $10. 10pm to 2am. (685 Sutter St.) www.cellarsf.com. The premier LGBT night for Ladies every Thursday, a night you won’t forget!
A Celebration of Harold Pinter – Royce Gallery. $30. 7:30pm. (2901 Mariposa) www.roycegallery.com. A recital along with commentaries, prose, quotations and anecdotes drawn from the famous playwright himself. Sister (Spit)hood – La Pena Cultural Center. $10. 8pm. (3105 Shattuck Ave.) www.sisterspit.com. Join Sister Spit co-founder Michelle Tea for a showcase of some of Sister Spit’s greatest performers, from the ‘90s til now! Radically Gay: The Life of Harry Hay – SF Main Library. Free. 9am to 8pm. (100 Larkin St.) www.sfpl.org. Exhibit continues: Curated by Joey Cain; explores the life, ideas and contributions of Hay, who is considered the founder of the modern Gay Movement.
Project Eden’s Annual Gay Prom – White Horse Inn. $10 donation. 3pm to 7pm. (6551 Telegraph Ave.) www.soulfiredmc. com. A fundraising event to benefit Project Eden. Soulplay - Ellen Webb Studio. $75. 1pm to 4pm. (2822A Union St., Oakland) www.ellenwebbstudio. com. A fun, supportive place for women to connect, laugh and learn. An Evening of Healing – Executive Inn & Suites. $20. - $20. 7pm. (1755 Embarcadero, Oakland) www.lisacohenmusic.com. www. marywatkins.net. A rare opportunity to see four dynamic musicians in concert: Lisa Cohen, Mary Watkins, Deborah Tisdale, and Mwamba Blakwomyn. Tales of Pangu: Lifting Up the Sky – CounterPULSE. $10-20. 8pm. (1310 Mission St.) contact@ ethnotec.com. The Gay Asian Pacific Alliance present A creative collaboration of storytelling, music and multi-media in an exciting program that promises to satiate the mind and soul.
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Harvey Milk Day is Tuesday, May 22. See listing below. Source: Milkfoundation.org. www.communitywomensorchestra. org. The Community Women’s Orchestra presents its 27th Annual Spring Concert with proceeds benefiting the Oakland based Women’s Cancer Resource Center. Honey Soundsystem – Holy Cow! $7. 10pm. (1535 Folsom St.) www.honeysoundsystem.com. The hippest Sunday dance party with strong drinks and fun mash-ups. Harvey Milk Exhibit – GLBT History Museum. Free. 11am to 7pm. (4127 18th St.) www.glbthistory.org. Celebrate the life and activisim of Harvey Milk.
Q Comedy Showcase – Stage Werx Theater. $8-20. 8pm. (446 Valencia St.) www.qcomedy.com. Qcomedy showcase with Lisa Geduldig, Matina Bevis, Marie Lake and more. Ted Allen – Kanbar Hall, JCCSF. $10-40. 7pm. (3200 California St.) www.jccsf.org/arts. TV personality and cooking connoisseur Ted Allen will be on-site to discuss his latest book. The Milk Club’s Anniversary Soriee – Beatbox. 7pm to 2am. (314 11th St.) www. outofthebarsandintothestreets. eventbrite.com. Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Harvey Milk Club with the Bay Area’s best DJ’s and performers.
San Francisco’s Harvey Milk Day 2012 – Infusion Lounge. $35 general/$75 VIP. 4pm to 7:30pm. (124 Ellis St.) www.harveymilkday. co. Donna Sachet will host over two hundred guests and a fashion show for this very special day of celebration. Trans Job Fair – SF LGBT Center. Free. 12pm. (1800 Market St.) www.sfcenter.org. A free pro-
fessional networking event that will include a job fair, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and a resource fair. Wheelhouse – TheatreWorks. $19-69. 7:30pm. (500 Castro St., Mountain View) www.theatreworks.org. A traveling rock band cuts back on expenses, hitting the highway in a well-worn Winnebago: When their plan backfires, it threatens the sweet harmonies that hold them together.
weekly comedy variety show happening every Thursday. Tubesteak Connection – Aunt Charlie’s. $4. 10pm. (133 Turk) www.auntcharlieslounge.com. Dance the night away to great music and a fun crowd at one of the best SF dive bars in town. 80’s Night – Cat Club. $6. 9pm
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Mariela Castro will speak at the LGBT Center on Thursday, May 17. Source: Rainbow World Fund. old-fashioned barn dance to benefit Heifer International. I Love This City! – The Lot at AT&T Park. $125-$350. Also May 26. (The Lot at AT&T Park, 3rd St.) www.ilovethiscityfestival.com. An indie music festival with over 40 artists: Steve Aoki, Kill the Noise, Picture Plane, Excision, Holy Ghost!, and more. Nadia Ali & Trevor Simpson – Ruby Sky. $30. 9pm. (420 Mason St.) www.rubysky.com. Special guest DJ’s Trevor Simpson and Nadia Ali play the best house music all night long. Kenji Oshima in ‘Tales of Pangu’, premiering Saturday, May 19. Source: Gus & Mike Photography. Youth Group – Rainbow Community Center. Free. 1pm to 6:30pm. (3024 Willowpass Rd., Concord) www.rainbowcc.org. Weekly youth support group happening every Saturday. Senior Bingo! – Petaluma Community Center. $10 to play. 10pm. (320 Norht McDowell, Petaluma) www.citofpetaluma.net.The theme color is Red! All are welcome! Queer Pop Up Sale – Center for Sex And Culture. Donation. 12pm to 3pm. (1349 Mission St.) www.sexandculture.org. The best local designers will showcase some of their best pieces and vintage finds available for purchase.
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SF City Treasurer Jose Cisneros and Supervisor John Avalos with DCCC candidate Rafael Mandelman at Blush. Photo by Rink
Women of Maitri at Bliss Gala model fashions with emcee Donna Sachet and designer Valvo at W Hotel. Photo by Rink
Flash Mob promoting Men in Black at Powell & Market Streets. Photo by Steven Underhill
Project Inform’s Dana Van Gorder with Juven and Jetro at Phoenix Hotel attending Swimwear For A Cause. Photo by Rink
Panel on stage at Castro Theater for San Francisco International Film. Photo by Steven Underhill
Girlfriends Nancy Woo and Sage Cotton with Maltipoo Milo (dyed blue like the Kennedy’s poodle) at the Palace Hotel for PAWS Petchitecture Party. Photo by Rink
Panelists Sally Hay, Will Roscoe, Phyllis Lyon and Mark Thomson at Harry Hay Exhibit Opening, SF Main Library. Photo by Rink
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