Local sex work activist Siouxsie Q announced today that she has decided to resolve her conflict with Chicago Public Media and Ira Glass by changing the name of her podcast from This American Whore to The Whorecast.
Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds every other Friday.
San Francisco native José Sarria is a celebrated performer, advocate, and was the first known openly gay person to campaign for elected office in 1961. When the 90-year-old Sarria began to seriously consider the fate of his personal archives, it was no easy task. The Smithsonian expressed interest, but only wanted his correspondence, and Sarria knew that the public and researchers would best benefit from a complete collection at one institution.
Murals are a long-held tradition in San Francisco, and the city is home to hundreds across the various districts. Leadership High School takes this legacy to heart with their now annual Week Without Walls -- a single week where students are outside of the classroom to work on a project alongside professional artists and learn about mural art culture and history. Last year's inaugural piece was such a success that students have requested in return.
Equality is not equal unless we can all wear comfortable underwear.
This spring, the NYC label Chrysalis is launching its new lingerie collection "by trans women for trans women" in an effort to destigmatize and empower trans bodies. The brand is offering lingerie that acknowledges the diversity of "our existence and provides a solution to our specific needs."
If you missed Jodie Foster's rambly, kinda coming out speech at the Golden Globes the other night, we suggest you skip it and just watch The Onion parody instead, which reports that Foster's speech is inspiring LGBT youth to come out to their parents in vague, confusing riddles, such as, "I just want to let you know that I'm here and I love who I love, and I'm not who you never thought I wasn't going to be."
San Francisco might not be gay enough for Oakland, but when it comes to travel destinations, S.F. is still No. 1 in the ol' U.S. of Gay.
GayCities, the world's largest LGBT community-driven city guide, recently announced the winners in its annual Best of GayCities 2012, and San Francisco nabbed not one but two distinctions.
Femmepire Records is an interview series on femme identity. Click here for the elevator pitch and first interview.
Here's Jewelle Gomez, the dynamo femme activist, poet, playwright, and author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories. Her adaptation of the book for the stage Bones and Ash: a Gilda Story, was performed by the Urban Bush Women company in 13 U.S. cities. Find her at her website linked above and on Twitter @VampyreVamp.
Can you tell whether someone is male or female just from their voice? One of the more obvious cues our brains have when determining a person's gender is whether their voice is high- or low-pitched. But a new study shows that the way we pronounce words, specifically the letter "s" can have just as much impact on how people perceive our gender.
The concept behind the hot new Tumblr, the Hawkeye Initiative, is simple: In order to demonstrate just how much superhero comics distort the bodies of female characters, fans take real comic art and redraw it, replacing the female characters with Hawkeye, perhaps the least interesting character ever to grace the pages of a Marvel comic.