Archive for ‘Localism SF’

September 4, 2011

Today in SF CA: HUG A HUNK! Benefiting the Trevor Project at The Edge

by Accidental Bear

San Francisco’s bar The Edge will be hosting HUG A HUNK today, Sunday the 4th, benefiting The Trevor Project. This will also will be a platform for Ms Kylie Minono to continue her climb to become  Grand Duchess of San Francisco. This will be the perfect opportunity to go to a bar on sunday, help out a great cause and nestle up and get gratuitous man hugs from some hunks!

Join Kylie Minono as she continues her campaign for Grand Duchess of San Francisco and support the TREVOR PROJECT!
– Have your picture taken with the huggable HUNKS!

– Fierce show at 5 with your emcees, Sisters Eve Volution and Pat N’Leather bringing their Sister magic.

Open show, so bring a CD and show us what you have to support Trevor Project.

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September 2, 2011

CUTE TANK by San Francisco’s Own Lucas Ringhofer and Eden Slezin

by Accidental Bear

Having a tank top on is one step closer to being nude, think about it men. What I love about tanks is that they are celebrated by every demographic of queers. Muscles gays can show off their guns, bears can high light their fuzzy shoulder, backs and chests, twinks can reach in the sides and play their rib cage like a xylophone and finally those with an armpit fetish, need I say more. Eden Slezin and Lucas Ringhofer have got this so right on, with a plethora of cool designs and patterns. I think they might have had you in mind.

 

On Sunday September 4th, at 12pm to 3pm.

 Sui GENERIS “ille” are happy to Launch the line of Tank tops of their good friends Lucas and Eden

Please stop by say hello, have a Margarita, try on a CUTE TANK top and take it home!  Eden & Lucas with all their mounds of good looks and charm will be there as your host for the event.

The Margaritas are sponsored by BOUNCE at REBEL on Market Street in SF.  They hope to see you at the  after party at BOUNCE. 3pm to 7pm.

See all the styles that will be present at Sui Generis for Sept online as well at www.cutetank.com

August 25, 2011

Oakland Pride Welcomes Families: September 4

by Accidental Bear

In a cheering voice, “Who’s got pride? Oakland Does!!” At this point in pride season, some of us may be all prided out! But I am sure you can squeeze a little more out for our brothers and sisters on Oak-town. Mike Enders

Organizers are preparing Oakland’s second annual LGBTQ Pride festival, hoping to draw families and collect money for establishing a community center in the city.

This year’s Oakland Pride will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, September 4. The Labor Day weekend festival takes place at 19th and Franklin streets in the city’s Uptown neighborhood. (BART riders should exit at the 19th Street station).

The event will feature four stages with over 75 performers, including headliners Jennifer Holliday, from the cast of the original Dreamgirls, and disco legend Thelma Houston (“Don’t Leave Me This Way”). Admission is $10, or $5 for seniors and youth 12 and under. More at B.A.R.

August 22, 2011

SF CA: Art for AIDS Celebrates 15th Anniversary Supporting UCSF AIDS Health Project| September 23, 2011

by Accidental Bear

Rex Ray, Untitled, 16”x16, resin panel

Art for AIDS celebrates 15th Anniversary Supporting UCSF AIDS Health Project with “Phantom” Star and Artist, Franc D’Ambrosio on September 23, 2011. San Francisco, CA—The UCSF AIDS Health Project announced the 15th annual Art for AIDS auction will take place on Friday, September 23, 2011, 6:00–9:00 PM. More than 700 supporters are expected to converge at The Galleria in the San Francisco Design Center to celebrate Art for AIDS 2011, benefiting the UCSF AIDS Health Project. This year, “Phantom of the Opera” star, and donating artist Franc D’Ambrosio will open the event with a special performance.

FRANC D’AMBROSIO

Unifying emerging and established artists, galleries and collectors, Art for AIDS is San Francisco’s premier art auction, bringing the Bay Area art community together to support Bay Area residents living with HIV/AIDS.

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August 15, 2011

Video| Hugh Leeman + JR for The Inside Out Project: SF CA

by Accidental Bear

hughleemanJR Video| Hugh Leeman + JR for The Inside Out Project

Is this what ‘they’ mean by painting the town red? “Inside Out” is a large-scale art project where the subjects were  also the participants. Hugh Leeman, whose artistic works often focus on those who exist at the periphery of society rather than those who are part of the socioeconomic middle class, reached out to JR for this project, and the result is a collaborative mural residing at 606 Ellis Street in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. The mural features photographs taken by the artists themselves, as well as by the subjects of one another.(curatedmag.com)

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August 14, 2011

Mad Respect: Open Hand Founder Ruth Brinker Dies at the Young Age of 89

by Accidental Bear

Ruth Brinker was a visionary and fought off ignorance and fear of HIV in the very early years of the disease. Few people get all my respect, but today I put in all with my thoughts of Ruth. RIP you lovely lady. I blow you a big kiss.  A B

(B.A.R.) Ruth Brinker, the retired grandmother who in 1985 started delivering meals to people living with AIDS and went on to found Project Open Hand, died Monday, August 8 at the Eden Villa Assisted Living Facility in San Francisco. She was 89.

She died after a series of strokes and the effects of vascular illness, the agency said in a statement.

Ms. Brinker, who had retired from a career in food services, heard about a neighbor who had died of AIDS. She was shocked to discover that malnutrition was as much a cause of her neighbor’s death as the illness itself, and started preparing meals in her kitchen and delivering them to seven people, according to a statement on Project Open Hand’s website. Soon, of course, that number grew and others came to help her cook and deliver hot, nutritious meals throughout San Francisco. 

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August 13, 2011

Whiskey Waxing Competition: Beard & Mustache Extravaganza in San Francisco’s North Beach 8/15

by Accidental Bear

Accidental Bear’s Mike Enders will be one of the three judges Monday evening for the competition portion of the evening. Not to be missed.

 

 Live Barbershop Quartet!!!

At Comstock Saloon
Monday August 15, 2011
7 PM Registration
8 PM Competition

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Welcome to the 2011 Whiskey Waxing Beard & Mustache Competition. Whiskey Waxing is a San Francisco Bay Area competition celebrating local hairy talent on the old Barbary Coast. Contestants judged on their form & ability to sip whiskey or tea. All sizes, shapes, and styles considered. It’s not the size of your sweep, but the shape of your broom!

August 12, 2011

Farm Fresh Friday News: 80-Yr Old Drag Queen Arrested, Gays More Popular In Utah Than Obama, ‘Gladiators’ arrested

by Accidental Bear

80-Year-Old Drag Queen Arrested After Scuffle With Police

DARCELLE WALTER COLE X390 (SOURCED) | ADVOCATE.COMPortland, Ore.’s most famous drag queen was taken from the stage and put in jail after police showed up at the Darcelle XV nightclub.
Performer Darcelle said there was “all of this commotion all of a sudden” that could be seen from the stage, and so the 80-year-old drag queen got in the middle of things, admitting to pushing a man who seemed to be causing trouble. It turns out he was from Oregon’s Liquor Control Commission. Charges dropped after Darcelle arrest. Portland celebrity and entertainment icon Darcelle was arrested Thursday evening for allegedly assaulting two Oregon Liquor Control Commission officers in the Darcelle XV nightclub. view full article

Another California Gay Bashing

San Francisco Bay area–based musician Brontez says he was the victim of a hate crime Wednesday after leaving an urban hipster bar in Oakland. Brontez reported the attack on his Facebook page: “Got gay bashed last night. Me and my bandmate, Adal, were leaving the Paradiso in downtown Oakland when two dudes with … accents and dreadlocks started calling us ‘batty boys’ and saying that if we were in Jamaica we’d be dead.”

Brontez X390 (MYSPACE) | ADVOCATE.COM

New HRC Poll: Gays More Popular In Utah Than Obama

The Human Rights Campaign has released a new poll showing that Utahns have “warmer feelings toward gay and lesbian people than they do toward President Barack Obama.” Gay and lesbians scored a 51 percent approval rating, while Obama received an average 38 points, the survey found. Seventy-seven percent of residents would also support extending anti-discrimination protections in housing, employment and public accommodations to the LGBT community, and “42 percent said their feelings about LGBT people have become more accepting over the last five to 10 years.” A majority — 63 percent — still oppose same-sex marriage.

ANTI-GAY INDIANA STATE REP CAUGHT EXCHANGING MONEY FOR GAY SEX 

Indiana state Rep. Phillip Hinkle (R) is in the media spotlight today under allegations he offered a young man money for sex Saturday night. Joe Jervis notes that Hinkle, who is married to a woman and has children, voted in favor of the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions in Indiana, which will require a second vote by the legislature to pass next year. Hinkle also prides himself on supporting a bill that required Indiana to offer “In God We Trust” license plates. Bil Browning adds that there are likely some other anti-gay Indiana legislators whose stories have not yet come to light.

Gladiators’ arrested outside Rome’s Colosseum

Some 20 “gladiators” or “centurions” have been arrested outside some of Rome’s most famous tourist sites, in an undercover sting by police aimed at breaking up a violent racket targeting tourists, according to reports. The AFP news agency said police had disguised themselves as gladiators, garbage men and members of the public to make the arrests. The detained people are alleged to have attacked and intimidated competitors, the AFP said.

Regulators Grapple With Outbreaks As Salmonella, E. Coli Illnesses Grow

It’s been another tough week for food safety. Another 30 people nationwide, including one who later died, were infected with the antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella tiedGround turkey packages like this one are part of a nationwide recall and are blamed for sickening 107 people so far. to ground turkey processed and laterrecalled by food giant Cargill. That brings the total to 107 people infected in this outbreak. Meanwhile, as many as 18 people, including one who later died, got sick from an E. coli outbreak linked to strawberries from an Oregon farm. And just today, a meat manufacturer isexpanding a recall to thousands of beef products after discovering a different E. coli strain that’s suspected of causing illnesses in Michigan.

San Francisco Cops Jam Cell Phones to Prevent Protest

It’s not just the London police and Middle East dictators who try to curb unrest by clamping down on communications networks. According to reports, police in San Francisco are jamming cell phones to head off protesters.

Protesters had planned to gather at a San Francisco BART station during rush hour to protest the fatal July shooting of Charles Hill by a BART police officer. But the protest never materialized. One reason, possibly, is the extreme lengths police went to make sure potential protesters couldn’t communicate. From CBS San Francisco:

As an added precaution, the agency shut off cellphone service on the station’s platform. While Alkire said the tactic was an unusual measure, he said it was “a great tool to utilize for this specific purpose” given that the agency was expecting a potentially volatile situation.
“This group seems to want to challenge BART, challenge the police department,” Alkire said.


August 9, 2011

SHAME: Sister of Perpetual Indulgence Attacked in the Castro SF CA

by Accidental Bear
Sister Rome (There's No Place Like Rome), one ...

Not Sister in the attack

Does it get any lower? Attacking a female nun. I suspect this was a lethal dose us alcohol and stupidity. None the less, worrisome that this happens in the ‘gay village.’ AB

On Sunday, July 31, a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence was assaulted and called a “faggot” during an early morning attack in the Castro district. The incident happened at around 2 a.m. According to the Bay Area Reporter, this is how the alleged hate crime went down.

stoptheviolence.jpgThe Sister told police he was walking past The Crystal Way, 2335 Market Street, when he saw a woman and said, “Hello, my darling. How are you this evening?”The report says the woman responded by grabbing the Sister’s waist, pushing him, and yelling at him. The Sister was unsure what the woman said, but “does distinctly remember that the suspect called him a ‘faggot,’” the report says.

The suspect then shoved the Sister again, knocking him into the window of 2337 Market Street (the address of the restaurant Blue) and causing him to fall, according to police. The woman then either punched or used an object to break The Crystal Way’s window before fleeing.

 

The unidentified Sister went on to tell police he believed he was attacked “because of his sexual orientation and that he was dressed as a female nun.”

No arrests have been made.

In related news, the Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence, along with the Castro Community On Patrol (CCOP), and Triangle Martial Arts Association (TMAA), have helped form Stop The Violence, a campaign aimed at ending increasing violence in the Castro. The project helps distribute safety whistles, conducts personal safety seminars, and “take[s] any step necessary to make our communities safer.” Go here for more details.

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August 9, 2011

SF CA: Cops Seeking Teen Gang That Committed Duboce Triangle Hate Crime Attack

by Accidental Bear

On Saturday night, three white males described as being in their “mid-teens” attacked a 52-year-old Santa Barbara man with a baseball bat near Market and Sanchez in Duboce Triangle. The teens, who yelled homophobic slurs at the victim during the attack, fled with the man’s keys and had not been found as of Monday evening.

 

No arrests have been made yet and the victim waited until Sunday to report the crime. The three boys fled on foot and were wearing dark clothing.

The case is being handled by SFPD’s special investigations divisions, which covers hate crimes, and is the second alleged hate crime to have occurred in the neighborhood over the weekend. The other attack on a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, occurred just over a block away on Market Street, although the two incidents appear unrelated.

Anyone with info on Saturday night’s incident is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

An again: the Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence, along with the Castro Community On Patrol (CCOP), and Triangle Martial Arts Association (TMAA), have helped form Stop The Violence, a campaign aimed at ending increasing violence in the Castro. The project helps distribute safety whistles, conducts personal safety seminars, and “take[s] any step necessary to make our communities safer.” Go here for more details.

[BCN/Appeal]

August 9, 2011

S.F. Gay Married Couple Loses Immigration Battle, Every Gay Loses

by Accidental Bear

As gays we are always in the game of 1 step forward two steps backwards. I think it should be made mandatory to look under the ugly masks of republicans to see if they are hiding any devil horns. We all should be sickened by this story. I feel like a good old fashion Harvey Milk riot should occur. AB

via www.sfgate.com

Citing the Defense of Marriage Act, the Obama administration denied immigration benefits to a married gay couple from San Francisco and ordered the expulsion of a man who is the primary caregiver to his AIDS-afflicted spouse.

Bradford Wells, a U.S. citizen, and Anthony John Makk, a citizen of Australia, were married seven years ago in Massachusetts. They have lived together 19 years, mostly in an apartment in the Castro district. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services denied Makk’s application to be considered for permanent residency as a spouse of an American citizen, citing the 1996 law that denies all federal benefits to same-sex couples.

The decision was issued July 26. Immigration Equality, a gay-rights group that is working with the couple, received the notice Friday and made it public Monday. Makk was ordered to depart the United States by Aug. 25. Makk is the sole caregiver for Wells, who has severe health problems.

“I’m married just like any other married person in this country,” Wells said. “At this point, the government can come in and take my husband and deport him. It’s infuriating. It’s upsetting. I have no power, no right to keep my husband in this country. I love this country, I live here, I pay taxes and I have no right to share my home with the person I married.”

Husband’s pleas READ HERE

August 4, 2011

SF CA Weiner News: Circumcision Ban Removed from Ballot

by Accidental Bear

Saying that the state regulates medical procedures, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi struck the controversial anti-circumcision proposition from the November ballot last week, ordering the head of the city’s Department of Elections to remove it.

The proposition, which qualified for the ballot in May, sought to criminalize anyone practicing circumcision on boys under the age of 18 within San Francisco. Violations would result in a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment in county jail for up to one year, or both. MORE 

via B.A.R.

 

August 4, 2011

SF CA: Police still searching for gay man’s Killer a Year Later

by Accidental Bear

This story has hit a heart string for me seeing that the murder occurred a block from my house. When the who, what and why’s are left unanswered my mind fills in the unknown with the worst case scenario. Let’s find this killer!

via B.A.R.

Last weekend marked the first anniversary of the murder of San Francisco resident Philip DiMartino. The gay 36-year-old was found dead in his apartment, located at 138 Hermann Street, on August 2, 2010.

The person responsible for DiMartino’s death hasn’t been caught, and police, family, and friends are hoping someone will come forward with information.

“This weekend was rough,” Lisa DiMartino, 39, DiMartino’s sister, said in an interview Monday, August 1. “My family and I think about Phil every day, of course, but hitting the one-year mark was tough.”

In its report on DiMartino’s death, the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office said injuries included 48 stab wounds, most of them in his back. The cause of death was listed as “sharp force injuries with blunt force injuries.”

DiMartino’s body was found after a co-worker who had gone to check on him looked through a window and saw “a pair of what appeared to be bloody legs on the floor,” the report said. The co-worker did not enter the apartment, according to the report.

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August 1, 2011

Accidental Bear Takes a Casual Walk Thru Dore Alley Street Fair: Video Evidence

by Accidental Bear

There are some things in life you shouldn’t pass up while your heart is still ticking and body is still willing. One of those events is San Francisco’s Dore Alley Street Fair “Up Your Alley.” You never know who you may run into with their pants down. Leather, Bears and flogging, oh my.

July 31, 2011

Up Your Alley Fair SF CA 2011: What’s Your kink of Choice?

by Accidental Bear

 

Sunday, July 31, 2011
11am to 6pm

On Dore Alley between Howard and Folsom, continuing on Folsom from 9th to Juniper and the adoining block of 10th St. [See Map]
San Francisco, CA