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Monday, June 27, 2016

VIDEO: Pride Trashes Dolores Park Into Submission, Evokes Dystopian Metaphors

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 11:22 AM



The above is video footage captured in Dolores Park this morning, in the not-too-distant, post-Pride present, in a reality where humans have abdicated their responsibilities and where trash is the dominant life form.

Instead of green space, there is green and white and brown and glass and trash space, as far as the eye can see, in a new world order populated by beer boxes, plastic bags, and other remnants of late capitalism.

As the early morning sun lights the collection of discarded human ephemera known as trash, the only signs of life are the seagulls, who dance with delight at the bounty before them.

What's most impressive about the stupendous amount of waste left behind in Dolores Park is that it's only one day's work. Supposedly, the park was mostly clean as of Sunday morning. 

The best bit? "There are almost 30 trash cans a mere 20 yards away from this," according to the individual who shot the video.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Police Presence Leads Social Justice Groups to Exit Social Justice-Themed Pride

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 3:05 PM

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Pride weekend is here, and it's secure: Metal detectors will greet visitors to Pride's main stages at Civic Center on Sunday and all festivities will include a heightened police presence, measures taken following the June 12 slaughter of 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Pride's official theme this year is Racial and Economic Justice, a marked step away from corporate partying towards the gay rights' radical social justice roots. To that end, groups representing marginalized people of color — including Black Lives Matter and TGI Justice, which advocates for black trans people — were given prominent placement in the Pride Parade.

But no more. Saying that they are "more afraid of police than terrorists," activists from TGI Justice, Black Lives Matter, and other groups announced earlier Friday that they will withdraw from the Pride Parade.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pink Saturday is Coming Back... Sort Of

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 2:49 PM

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This weekend’s Pride Parade and other related festivities in San Francisco will take on a different tone — as in the beep of a metal detector. Unprecedented security measures are planned following the horrific mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub on June 12.

Attendees at the Civic Center party and elsewhere will be subject to patdowns as well as trips through metal detectors, and there will be a sizable police contingent. 

However, at least one familiar ritual, missing for a few years, has been revived.

“Pink Saturday Unchained” is being held in place of the widely popular street party that had been a fixture of Pride weekend since the early 1990s, according to the SF Examiner.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

With No Sponsor, Pink Saturday Canceled

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 10:25 AM

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  • Pink Saturday June 27, 2015

Pink Saturday
, the raucous street party held the night before Pride, has been canceled this year due to lack of sponsorship, according to the Bay Area Reporter. The event had been a quintessential part of San Francisco’s annual LGBT celebration since the mid-1990s, and was nearly canceled last year before a last-minute intervention.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

In Continuing Bid for Relevance, Infamous Hate Group Plans to Protest at the Super Bowl

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 11:51 AM

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With the Super Bowl and its thousands of revelers in town, there’s no better time to garner attention for good old-fashioned hate speech. A group infamous for staging homophobic protests plans to do just that.

As Hoodline first noted, the Westboro Baptist Church—the late Fred Phelps’ small but media-savvy family clan, best known for picketing the funerals of Iraq war veterans, and for carrying protest signs emblazoned with “God hates fags”—WBC has tweeted their intention to make a scene on game day.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

There's an "Epidemic of Violence" Against Trans People — Even in San Francisco

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 11:04 AM

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  • At least 21 trans people have been murdered in the U.S. this year


A headline on Mother Jones today is depressing but not particularly surprising: “More Transgender People Have Been Killed in 2015 Than Any Other Year on Record.” It’s a poignant reminder on the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance that much legal and social legwork remains to be done — even in notoriously liberal California.

Just this week, a 25-year-old transwoman in San Francisco was assaulted for the second time since January. According to the Chronicle, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission says that 79 percent of transgender people the agency surveyed last year reported being the victims of violence in the city, and 88 percent reported being harassed.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mission LGBT Mural Set on Fire in Third Act of Vandalism

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 12:18 PM

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The Galeria de la Raza's mural celebrating LGBT Latinos was set on fire last night, the San Francisco Examiner reports. It was the third act of vandalism targeting the mural at 24th and Bryant Streets since its unveiling in early June. 

The mural has twice been tagged with spray paint, and has elicited homophobic responses on social media. Last night, it was set on fire with "some kind of fuel," according to the police. The fire was extinguished by a neighbor. According to the Examiner, the fire will be investigated by the arson unit, while the two previous incidents will be investigated as hate crimes. 

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Friday, June 26, 2015

San Francisco Kicks Off Pride Weekend by Celebrating Marriage Equality Ruling

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 10:20 AM

A rainbow flag was unfurled at San Francisco City Hall following the decision - JOE FITZGERALD RODRIGUEZ
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  • A rainbow flag was unfurled at San Francisco City Hall following the decision
Same-sex marriage is a right and must be recognized in all fifty states, the Supreme Court ruled this morning. 

Per the SF Examiner

The marriage ruling is twofold, saying the Fourteenth Amendment requires states issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and that states must recognize same-sex marriage licenses from other states.

The Supreme Court’s historic decision on Obergefell v. Hodges today ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. The court ruled, by a 5-4 vote, that states do not have the right to ban same-sex marriage.

Obergefell v. Hodges arose out of battles against four states’ marriage bans: Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan. Those states’ bans against same-sex marriage now run afoul of the Supreme Court’s interpretation of marriage law.
A celebration is being planned for 6:00 p.m. this evening in the Castro, according to Hoodline. The revelry will likely stretch throughout a packed weekend of Pride events

Happy Pride everyone!



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Thursday, June 25, 2015

BART Police Adopts New Policy For Transgender People

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 11:31 AM

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BART police have adopted sweeping new policy guidelines around interactions with transgender people. According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, it is among the first such policies adopted by a major law enforcement agency.

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Video Captures the Isolation of Being an LGBT Refugee in San Francisco

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 9:44 AM

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Junior Mayema came to San Francisco in November 2014, hoping to flee the racism and homophobia he’d experienced in South Africa. Being both gay and gender nonconforming, he was an easy target for police assault (his wrist was broken), and in Congo, his birthplace, “everything was impossible” because of his identity.

Journalist Brian Rinker (a former intern at SF Weekly) began documenting Junior’s story in April. At that point, Junior was a regular at Cafe Flore in the Castro and living in transitional housing near Divisadero. He received almost $300 per month in government benefits but was having a hard time surviving in San Francisco.

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