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News, The Snitch The Bubbles Situation: T.L. Bartender Fired For Refusing to Serve Queer Fellow

The Bubbles Situation: T.L. Bartender Fired For Refusing to Serve Queer Fellow

Meet Bubbles. Bubbles, also known as Anthony Torres, is what you might call a unique-looking individual. Bubbles has blond dreadlocks, a fu manchu, and a healthy chest. By most standards, perhaps even our own, Bubbles is what the churchgoing set…
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Music, All Shook Down Meet Brooklyn's Up-And-Coming Queer Punk Band, PWR BTTM

Meet Brooklyn's Up-And-Coming Queer Punk Band, PWR BTTM

While band names aren't the most important part of a musical act — the music is, duhhhh — they do have some weight. That's why when we heard about the New York duo PWR BTTM we were so intrigued.…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Ezra Furman and The Boy-Friends Keep It "Fluid" at the Rickshaw Stop

Live Review: Ezra Furman and The Boy-Friends Keep It "Fluid" at the Rickshaw Stop

Ezra Furman and The Boy-Friends The Rickshaw Stop Sunday, Dec. 6 Ezra Furman is a transformative performer. The last time I saw him wield a guitar was in February 2013 at a San Francisco acoustic Sofar Session. He was…
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News, The Snitch Why Do So Many Left-Wing, Gender-Nonconforming Queers Love Disney?

Why Do So Many Left-Wing, Gender-Nonconforming Queers Love Disney?

For decades, the Walt Disney Company has been one of the most powerful influences on childhood development, shaping young minds from a very early age. It's cute that we all remember the lyrics to those fairytale songs still today,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Drag Queens Say Farewell to Mission Institution Esta Noche

Drag Queens Say Farewell to Mission Institution Esta Noche

Another one bites the dust. Mission gay bar, Esta Noche, has closed its doors to make way for, you guessed it, another swanky cocktail bar geared toward 20-somethings with disposable income. The venue, which for the past 33 years…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Femmepire Records: Celeste Chan on Unapologetic, Riotous Femmedom

Femmepire Records: Celeste Chan on Unapologetic, Riotous Femmedom

Femmepire Records is a series of interviews on femme identity. Click here for the elevator pitch and first interview.Celeste Chan is co-founder of Queer Rebels, a local production company focused on queer of color artistic histories. For those of you…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Has Some of the Gayest Buildings in America

San Francisco Has Some of the Gayest Buildings in America

Recently, California Home+Design decided to honor gay and lesbian history by creating a gallery of the "Gayest Buildings in America." No, the buildings themselves aren't gay, but they do hold special meaning for our LGBT community.  Inspired by the panel…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Femmepire Records: We're All Transgender

Femmepire Records: We're All Transgender

Femmepire Records is a series of interviews on femme identity. Click here for the elevator pitch and first interview.Here's Cate!In a few words, define femme. I think femme is an expressive disposition wherein one is drawn to things that are stereotypically…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Naomi Wolf Talks Criticism, and Yes, Vaginas

Naomi Wolf Talks Criticism, and Yes, Vaginas

When I went to study cadavers at UCSF, we had the opportunity to touch, hold, and examine a number of organs in the human body. We passed around hearts and lungs like foreign fruits. When it came time to take…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Femmepire Records: Interview with Kelly

Femmepire Records: Interview with Kelly

Femmepire Records is a new series of interviews with queer people of the femme(inine) persuasion. In the queer community, femmes often get lost or subsumed or ignored because femininity connotes straightness, unlike more masculine or androgynous presentations of gender, which…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist 10 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Lesbians

10 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Lesbians

I watched Farewell, My Queen recently, mostly because I thought there'd be lesbian action in it. Spoiler: There's not! Unless you count one fervent forehead touching and a lot of lingering eye contact. But the film did make me realize…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Pioneering Queer Activist Jack Fertig, aka Sister Boom Boom, Dies at 57

Pioneering Queer Activist Jack Fertig, aka Sister Boom Boom, Dies at 57

Jack Fertig, aka Sister Boom Boom, well-known in San Francisco as an early AIDS activist and pioneer of queer rights and awareness, died Sunday night at age 57 after a battle with liver cancer. Sister Boom Boom was Fertig's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Yesterday's Male Ironworker Is Today's Female Comedian -- Morgan Leads <i>Girl Junk</i>

Yesterday's Male Ironworker Is Today's Female Comedian -- Morgan Leads Girl Junk

Joey was a career ironworker in New Jersey who suffered a two-story fall on a job site that left him near death. Yet as paramedics showed up and co-workers surrounded him, his chief concern was not dying. It was being…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Catholic <i>Corpus Christi</i> Protesters Beware: Any Publicity Is Good Publicity

Catholic Corpus Christi Protesters Beware: Any Publicity Is Good Publicity

Back in 1985, Jean-Luc Godard released a movie called Hail Mary that made Catholics breathe fire. (Paradoxical metaphor noted.) It was a modern-day retelling of the immaculate conception where a woman named Marie gets pregnant even though she is a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Author Jolie O'Dell on Android Photography, Hook-Up Apps, and Women in Tech

Author Jolie O'Dell on Android Photography, Hook-Up Apps, and Women in Tech

Jolie O'Dell is one of my favorite San Francisco writers. In the brief time we've known each other, we have eaten lunch at a strip club, gone trampolining at the House of Air, and played charades at the Palace Hotel…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Silence = Death: GLBT Historical Society Acquires Prints by Local Activist Photographer

Silence = Death: GLBT Historical Society Acquires Prints by Local Activist Photographer

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 each week. Patrick Clifton now spends his days teaching high school in the East…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sister Spit Covers Sex, Sondheim, <i>Valencia</i> on Film, and Angry Monkeys from New Jersey

Sister Spit Covers Sex, Sondheim, Valencia on Film, and Angry Monkeys from New Jersey

"I've been thinking a lot about Adrienne Rich," began the legendary queer author Dorothy Allison. The crowd was hushed, the silence nurturing reverence. "I've been thinking about the stories we all share." Allison's Southern cadence rolled off her tongue as…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist What Defines a "Real" Woman? Who Decides? Why Does It Matter? Welcome to Girl Talk

What Defines a "Real" Woman? Who Decides? Why Does It Matter? Welcome to Girl Talk

The physical world loves binaries. Day and night. Life and death. Action and reaction. The social world also loves binaries. If you're not white, then you're black. If you're not straight, that means you're gay. You're born either male or…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Porn Producer and Performer Courtney Trouble Defies Body-Type Norms in Her Work

Porn Producer and Performer Courtney Trouble Defies Body-Type Norms in Her Work

I met Courtney Trouble in Las Vegas during the Adult Video News Awards. She was on a sex-positive panel discussing a number of queer-porn related topics. I knew she was up for some awards and I was curious about this…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: Dykes, Divination, and Devotion

The Sweet Spot: Dykes, Divination, and Devotion

She has "tomboy" tattooed on her knee in a delicious shade of bubblegum pink. The tattoo rests along side all the scars still evident from her days as a scrapper. These days, Brynn Gelbard is still challenging the forces that…
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