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Monday, August 1, 2016

Up Your Alley: #KinkThanksgiving Is the Alternative to Pride (NSFW)

Posted By on Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 4:34 PM

  • Peter Lawrence Kane
Apple just announced that it'll be releasing a rainbow flag emoji this fall, as part of a suite of new id eograms that looks mostly like it's plugging in a few holes in the existing emoji-verse than anything else. (There's also a single-mom-with-son, for instance.)

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Friday, March 1, 2013

This American Life Lawyers Force This American Whore Podcast to Change Its Name

Posted By on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM


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.

See Also: This American Life Tells Local Podcaster: No Whores Allowed

Ira Glass Responds to SF Weekly 's Post on This American Whore Podcast

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Recent Acquisitions: Gay Icon, Performer, and "Empress" José Sarria

Posted By on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 7:30 AM


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.

See Also: John Steinbeck's Cold War Armenian Legacy
Exploratorium Film Seeks to Capture the Rhythm and Drama of the Embarcadero

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Local Crowdfunded Campaign of the Week: Murals, Queer Embraces, and Karma

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

At any given point, there are hundreds of San Francisco-based campaigns on funding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Tragically, the volume and quick turnaround often mean that some of these don't meet their fundraising goals, whether they are good ideas or not. This is why we've decided to give a boost to some local campaigns that we've deemed worthy of your hard-earned cash.

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.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Chrysalis Launches New Lingerie Collection by and for Trans Women

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM


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."

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Video of the Day: The Onion Mocks Jodie Foster's Quazi-Coming Out Speech

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 8:30 AM


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."

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10 Reasons You Should Come Out of the Closet

S.F. Voted Best "Pride City" by Gay Travelers

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

San Francisco Voted Ultimate "Pride City" by Gay Travelers

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM


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.

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Gay People Love Vodka (Infographic)

Breaking: Oreo's "Gay" Cookie Agenda Crumbles

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Femmepire Records: Jewelle Gomez on Adornment and the Point of Feminism

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 7:30 AM

  • Irene Young

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.

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Art Beat: Dia Dear on Performing Queerness

The "Perfect Man" According to San Francisco Women

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pronunciation of the Letter "S" Influences How People See Your Gender

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 9:41 AM


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.

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Being Transgender No Longer a Medical Disorder, DSM Revised

Femmepire Records: Genderfuck Girliedrag with Jolie O'Dell

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Hawkeye Initiative Pokes Fun at Sexist Comics, but Is It Backfiring?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 9:30 AM

On left, the extraterrestrial Teen Titan, Starfire; on right, the image redrawn for The Hawkeye Initiative by Lauren Armstrong
  • On left, the extraterrestrial Teen Titan, Starfire; on right, the image redrawn for The Hawkeye Initiative by Lauren Armstrong

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.

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Love and Rockets Celebrates 30 Years of Queer, Punk Comic Genius

Good Vibrations Sex Summit Is a Veritable Sex-Nerd Orgy

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