A gay man who says he witnessed another man being beaten and taunted with anti-gay slurs in a Tenderloin liquor store became a victim himself after he called police.
Leo Volobrynskyy, 30, a San Francisco resident originally from Odessa, Ukraine, is now missing a tooth and has at least 14 stitches in his mouth after an incident at a liquor store near Geary and Larkin streets, he told The San Francisco Examiner on Sunday. His cellphone was also stolen during the incident. Read More
Frameline 36 — this year’s edition of the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival running Thursday through June 24 — has the broad theme “Find Your Story.”
Second only to concepts of male and female, and sometimes blurring that line, LGBT people — frequently appended with Q, I and other initials — represent a thoroughly diverse spectrum of humanity. Read More
President Barack Obama drew cheers from camera-wielding admirers — but also plenty of jeers from the disparate fringes of San Francisco activism — as his motorcade swept through downtown Wednesday for two campaign fundraisers. Read More
Local supporters of same-sex marriage viewed Thursday’s federal appeals court ruling declaring part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional as yet another step toward legal equality for gays and lesbians.
Reaction was understandably positive in the Bay Area, which has been a battleground for gay rights both legally and culturally. Read More
A documentary about a play that recasts Jesus Christ as a gay man has unsurprisingly drawn the ire of Christian groups, but prominent LGBT politicians plan to stand behind the film when it’s shown this weekend at the Castro Theatre.State Sen. Mark Leno, Supervisor Scott Wiener and gay-friendly theologians say they plan to show up to defend the rights of filmmakers to display their work. Read More
Middle-aged gay men in the Castro are being drugged at bars, dragged to their homes and robbed by crooks posing as potential lovers.Sgt. Chuck Limbert, the LGBT liaison to the Mission Police Station, which patrols the Castro, said the crooks apparently flirted with their victims and slyly slipped drugs into their drinks. When the victims became woozy, the robbers walked them home and pillaged their belongings, he said. Read More
Much has been made of Asian voter influence in Tuesday’s mayoral election, but it’s also important to note that the geographic support of Ed Lee’s stretched citywide — including into the home district of his closest competitor. Read More
While old-fashioned bullying remains a problem in area schools, especially for LGBT teens, tormenters are increasingly relying on the Internet and mobile phones to harass their victims. Read More
The Filipino and LGBT communities are entrenched in the history of the western South of Market area, but establishing special districts for them has created a rift in the neighborhood. The Western SoMa Community Plan, presented to the Planning Commission on Thursday, would establish development guidelines and design standards for a 205-acre area loosely bordered by Mission, Third, Townsend and 13th streets. Read More
Sean Chapin, the man who asked the San Francisco Giants to make an It Gets Better video, is now petitioning the 49ers to become the first NFL team to make one.
Chapin, a self-proclaimed Niners fan, posted a letter to the team at www.change.org/petitions/49ers-please-make-an-it-gets-better-video.
The It Gets Better project aims to curb youth bullying, especially against LGBT kids. Read More