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July 23, 2014

The iconic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (think militant gay rights activists in flawless makeup) made their mark this year in a nation with many LGBTI rights challenges

Last month, a delegation of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from San Francisco, Paris and Berlin pinched into their stilettos and sauntered onto Chinese soil for the very first time in the Sisterhood’s history.

July 11, 2014

'...When people sit down to eat a hamburger, the last thing they want to be thinking about is two guys having sex'

US pundit Bryan Fischer is prepared to begin a boycott if Burger King sells its 'gay burger' nationwide.

The fast-food giant revealed The Proud Whopper, a limited edition product sold only in San Francisco for a week.

According to Right Wing Watch, the director of issue analysis for the anti-gay American Family Association denounced the product.

July 9, 2014

'Can we have a straight Pride?' 'Are you a bigot if you believe in traditional marriage?' and 'Do you want a gay president?' are just a few of the questions Jesse Waters mocked parade-goers with at San Francisco Pride

Conservative news channel Fox New sent Bill O’Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Waters to San Francisco Gay Pride to ‘investigate’ the event.

While he spoke to all the right people including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, some drag queens and scantily clad boys, Waters' approach to pride-goers reinforced homophobic stereotypes and bordered on the insulting.

In the video footage, he’s seen asking two tall drag queens if they’re sure they don't like girls.

July 8, 2014

CEO Tim Cook is in the video showing Apple employees showing their Pride in San Francisco

Apple has become the latest company to flaunt their pro-gay views with a new video celebrating Pride.

It shows its employees, including CEO Tim Cook, at San Francisco Pride on 29 June.

The company says thousands of employees from around the world marched in the parade, from cities including Munich, Paris and Hong Kong.

‘We believe that inclusion inspires innovation,’ Apple said in a statement.

During the parade, Apple handed out free music gift cards and set up an LGBT station on iTunes Radio.

July 4, 2014

Police officer Chris Kohrs has become local celebrity in gay neighborhood

More has been learned about the police officer in in San Francisco  previously known only as The Hot Cop of Castro Street.'

His name is Chris Kohrs and a Facebook page has been dedicated to his hunkiness.

July 3, 2014

Several homophobic social media users are boycotting the fast food giant for their 'fag burgers'

Burger King is under fire for their new 'gay burger'.

The fast-food giant revealed The Proud Whopper, a limited edition product sold only in San Francisco for one week only.

Customers in the city got their first taste of the burger during Sunday’s pride parade, but for some that first bite was very bitter.

Some social media users were outraged by the burger, a standard Whopper with a rainbow wrapper with the message: ‘We Are All The Same Inside’.

July 2, 2014

Fast food giant has revealed the Proud Whopper, a burger with a very special message for Gay Pride

Burger King is to start selling gay burgers.

The fast-food giant has revealed The Proud Whopper, a limited edition product only sold for one week in one city.

San Francisco customers got a first taste of the burger during Sunday’s pride parade, wanting to see what made this patty different from any other.

When diners unwrapped the rainbow wrapper and got the taste, they found it was exactly the same as any other burger.

To emphasize the point, the interior comes with a second message: ‘We Are All The Same Inside’.

July 1, 2014

Just days after a CNBC host speculated about his sexuality, Apple computers boss Tim Cook has given a send off to 5,000 Apple staff before they marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook made a surprise appearance before the San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, paying tribute to those marching under the slogan ‘Apple Pride’ with 5,000 employees.

Cook posed for photos with Apple staff before the parade and tweeted a photo of Apple’s entry in the parade to his 536,000 followers on Twitter.

The 53-year-old attended the launch event for Apple's marchers just days after CNBC host Simon Hobbs worried he had outed Cook, asking why there were not more openly gay CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

June 27, 2014

Come to New York to learn about the start of the modern gay freedom movement and LGBTI artists
 

London, Toronto, Paris, and San Francisco are well known for their Gay Pride celebrations.

June 20, 2014

‘Do not be naughty in the potty. It’s $2200 for tampering with a smoke detector in the lavatory. And you know if you had $2200 you’d be in first class'

‘Folks, if you don’t like the jokes or the service today, there are six ways out of this airplane,’ a hilarious flight attendant says in his pre-flight safety announcement. ‘You feel free to use them.’

Passengers flying from San Francisco to Chicago on Southwest Airlines this week were treated to a hilarious few reminders on everything from buckling their seat belts, locating their life vests, and what to do in a fashion emergency.

June 13, 2014

Says federal amendment banning same-sex marriage needed and plans to attend opposition march

San Francisco's Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is ratcheting up his opposition to gay marriage as a string of legal victories for marriage equality continues to grow.

Cordileone, chair of the US bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, said at a meeting of bishops in New Orleans this week that the country is at a 'critical point.'

His solution?

June 11, 2014

Filmmaker writes book about his adventure and says: 'You don't need to go on a dating site, just go hitchhiking!'

Legendary filmmaker John Waters (Hairspray) says he learned a lot about America during the nine days he spent hitchhiking from Baltimore, Maryland to San Francisco, California.

Waters told Stephen Colbert Tuesday (10 June) that it took 21 rides to get him to his destination and along the way, he ride in the cars of a preacher's wife, a trucker, a police officer, a coal miner, a young politician and a rock band called Here We Go Magic.

June 9, 2014

Participants inspired by accomplishment but also saddened after one rider dies during her 13th year as a rider

Thousands of riders arrived at the finish line of the 545-mile AIDS LifeCycle in Los Angeles weary but jubilant Saturday (7 June) after completing a seven-day journey that had begun in San Francisco.

Their efforts resulted in a record $15 million being raised to support the HIV/AIDS services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

June 7, 2014

Adam Schiff writes in Facebook journal: 'I ride because I want to see an AIDS free generation'

A year ago, US Congressman Adam Schiff participated in the closing ceremonies of AIDS/LifeCycle during which he read movingly of the tradition of the 'Riderless Bicycle' which symbolizes those who are no longer alive.

The 53-year-old Democrat from California was so moved by the experience that this year, he decided to hop on a bike himself and pedal the 570-mile trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The seven-day event is the annual fundraiser for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

June 6, 2014

Looking star says filming show's sex scenes are 'the most challenging and easiest at the same time'

Sometimes, Jonathon Groff's wardrobe on the HBO series Looking is literally next to nothing.

The actor, in a recent panel discussion, shared how his nakedness and the simulation of certain sex acts is achieved.

For example, for those scenes where his character is being rimmed by another man, the show's costume designer has made an 'anal cover' for the actor to wear.

‘The intimacy on Looking is challenging because we are in nothing but like a dick sock and an anal cover and our legs are in the air,’ Groff explains.

June 3, 2014

This weekend, I hope you enjoy my hometown’s impeccable weather, proximity to beaches, killer eateries and one hell of a gay scene

I envy every single person in LA this summer.

After living in London for over two years, I appreciate what London has that LA doesn’t, like proximity to Mediterranean beaches and an abundance of cider on tap.

That being said, we’re having trouble taking the LA out of the boy long after the boy has left LA.

Namely, we’re missing In-N-Out burgers, midnight drives to the beach and bars open past midnight.

May 29, 2014

Hunky officer gives sly smile when told he's become something of a web celeb

Armistead Maupin, the celebrated author of the Tales of the City books, is the envy of many this week after encountering the San Francisco police officer known only as 'The Hot Cop of Castro Street.'

'Well, I finally got to see him in person,' Maupin writes on a Facebook post accompanied by a photo he snapped of the cutest cop since Kent McCord on TV's Adam 12.

May 26, 2014

San Francisco-based club Trannyshack will remove ‘tranny’ from the name, founder cites recent debate about the use of the word as the reason for the change

The founder of a US club called Trannyshack is to drop the word ‘tranny’ from the name, due to the recent debate surrounding use of the word ‘tranny’.

Heklina, founder of the San Francisco-based club, said in a Facebook post the word has become politically charged of late, and felt she had to change the name of the club.

‘I generally loathe to be political, but whether I like it or not the very name of my legendary nightclub has become political,’ she wrote.

May 20, 2014

A San Francisco Catholic school has told Jessica Urbina she will be included in the final year book, after her photo was omitted because she wore a tuxedo instead of a dress 

A US catholic school has apologized to a female student after omitting her photo from the year book because she wore a tuxedo instead of a dress.

Jessica Urbina, an 18-year-old senior, wore a tuxedo instead of a dress for her year book portrait and the school decided to omit the photo because it did not comply with their Catholic ideals.

May 17, 2014

A Roman Catholic school is under fire for removing a year book photo of a girl wearing a tuxedo, students protest by wearing ties to school

A Catholic school in San Francisco has omitted one student’s year book picture because she was wearing a tuxedo.

Jessica Urbina, who is a senior at Sacred Heart Preparatory school in San Francisco, decided to wear a black tuxedo for her year book picture instead of a dress and as a result her picture was not included in the final year book.

Principal Gary Cannon responded by saying he was adhering to the Roman Catholic teachings to which the school abides by.

May 14, 2014

Filthy. Funny. Frank. Jump into the newest gay comedic drama, set in the Windy City

We’ve had The L Word in Los Angeles, Queer As Folk in Manchester and Pittsburgh and most recently Looking in San Francisco.

In each of these groundbreaking LGBTI series, the city in which they are set plays as pivotal a role as the main characters.

Now, get ready for Dudes, the latest gay-themed web series that follows the trials and tribulations of three friends in Chicago, Illinois.

April 17, 2014

Representing LGBTI allies on the West Coast and beyond, Valerie Uribe took her boyfriend and straight friends to the SF LGBT Center’s annual soiree for an evening of party and politics

Out of the 1,000 people at the San Francisco LGBT Center’s annual soiree this year, I was proud to be among the straight ally contingent.

The mission of the SF LGBT Community Center is to connect their diverse community to opportunities and each other to achieve a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTI people and their allies. I feel the ‘allies’ mention is crucial to achieving these goals.

April 14, 2014

'I want to publicly apologize to Chelsea Manning and her supporters on behalf of SF Pride, and we look forward to a proper honor this year'

The organizers of San Francisco Pride have apologized to WikiLeaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning for not naming her as last year's grand marshal.

In 2013 April Manning was picked as one of the several grand marshals for the end of June event. Approximately 24 hours after the choice was made public Lisa L. Williams, San Francisco Pride board president, rescinded it.

April 14, 2014

Postage stamp featuring slain gay civil rights leader debuts on 22 May

The White House announced today that it will have a dedication ceremony next month to celebrate the debut of the US postage stamp featuring slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk.

The stamp will become available to the public on 22 May which is Harvey Milk Day in California.

In announcing the ceremony, The White House described Milk as 'a visionary leader ... whose achievements gave hope and confidence to the (LGBTI) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination.'