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SF Weekly Letters July 2-8, 2014 


Follow the Rainbow

Be selective in language choices when dealing with queer issues: As one of the few publications ostensibly covering queer issues in S.F. and exposing the class divide, which is, no doubt, very important, you'd think SF Weekly could choose cover art that was not reductive of our community or insensitive to trans people, and could also avoid using trans insensitive terms like "biological woman" ["Pride of Place," Rachel Swan, feature, 6/25].


Oakland has always been on the map: While I appreciate the attempt to speak about the glaring class/sex imbalances in the LGBT world, I am saddened that in 2014, this shit got past the editor. Not only is the cover capitalizing on a reference to some seriously painful and transphobic stuff, the article belittles someone's gender in the first damn paragraph! Also, the line "they set up shop in Oakland before it became a place to pay attention to," is classist, racist and erases the history of black, Latina, lesbians/queers/etc. who have always lived in Oakland! How does Oakland become more relevant because a bunch of white lesbians got priced out of S.F. and moved over? Never forget that the first pride was a riot, a wonderful explosion of rage initiated by trans women, women of color in fact. Show some consideration.


Blog Comments of the Week

Good points, bad delivery: People overreact ["Woman Detained for Protesting Fake Headdress at Giants Game," Rachel Swan, the Snitch, 6/24]. Horrible that the woman couldn't have explained her point-of-view in a kind manner. I'm sure the woman didn't mean anything bad.

Jami K.

Another reader applauds the woman who called out the people wearing headdresses: Good job, lady. People need to be called out when they are being inappropriate. Ignorance is no excuse.

Djinti D.

Diane von Furstenberg's Google Glass fashion flop: Pretty sure DVF must be secretly a double-agent tasked with further damaging the image of Google Glass ["Diane von Furstenberg Designs New Line of Google Glass," Rachel Swan, the Snitch, 6/23].

Kayvaan G.


In last week's column ["The Most Dangerous Games," Joe Eskenazi, 6/25], professor Philip Porter noted that the 1996 Atlanta Olympic village was gifted to Georgia State University, and had since been demolished. In fact, it still stands. "Significant maintenance is now required," Porter says. But "as this is a private cost, I can't find a reference."


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