Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 47 / 23 November 2017

Covered CA enrollment underway

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act due to President Donald Trump's desire to end the federal health insurance program, health officials in California have mounted a marketing blitz to enroll residents of the Golden State in insurance plans for 2018. (read more)


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Farley named new trans adviser

Clair Farley, the director of economic development at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center for the past 11 years, has been named the mayor's senior adviser on transgender initiatives, replacing Theresa Sparks, a trans woman who is retiring. (read more)

Events set for World AIDS Day

Events are planned around the Bay Area next week to mark the 29th annual World AIDS Day (December 1), which commemorates the lives lost and the work that remains to be done in fighting HIV and AIDS. (read more)

A helping hand for Thanksgiving

Oakland City Councilman Abel Guillen, left, hands a turkey to Sarah Huang and Gordon Wu at his third annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway that took place Saturday, November 18 at Roosevelt Middle School. (read more)

Gay SF man denies murder charge

The gay man accused of fatally stabbing his boyfriend in San Francisco's Hayes Valley has pleaded not guilty. (read more)

Fountaingrove Lodge residents return home

Residents of the Fountaingrove Lodge, an LGBT senior living facility in Santa Rosa's Fountaingrove neighborhood, were happy to finally return to the lodge November 13, following the October wildfires. (read more)

DOJ, gay groups differ on bias in cake case

By one legal expert's assessment, the Trump administration's argument for allowing a baker to refuse service to a same-sex couple would lead to "anarchy. (read more)

Bay Area schools plan to purchase LGBT textbooks

Schoolchildren in the Bay Area will be among the first to use recently approved textbooks that include LGBT history lessons as local districts are making plans to purchase the new materials once they are released next year. (read more)

LGBTQs must work with others, panel asserts

The message was "You gotta give 'em hope," as Harvey Milk famously said, at the 10th annual State of the LGBTQ Movement Update, presented by the Horizons Foundation November 8, a day after eight transgender people – and scores of LGBs – were elected to state and local offices across the country. (read more)

Avant-garde take on Dickens classic has queer influence

San Francisco's Theatre of Yugen is bringing back its critically acclaimed work "A Noh Christmas Carol," beginning December 1, with a queer twist. (read more)

New HIV housing list debuts

San Francisco officials have launched a new housing wait list for people who are living with HIV. (read more)

More than 20 million now on HIV treatment

Access to antiretroviral therapy for HIV has risen dramatically worldwide over the past two decades, and nearly 21 million people are now receiving lifesaving treatment, according to a new UNAIDS report released in advance of World AIDS Day on December 1. (read more)

New Honor Walk plaques installed

The first eight of the second class of 24 Rainbow Honor Walk inductees were unveiled in the Castro during a reception Wednesday, November 15. (read more)

Hundreds gather for SF TDOR observance

It was standing room only in the Rainbow Room at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center Monday, November 20, as hundreds gathered to remember transgender individuals lost to violence in 2017. (read more)

South Bay holds TDOR ceremony

Aejaie Franciscus lit 25 candles on the podium in remembrance of trans individuals who died in the U.S. last year at the November 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance observance in San Jose. (read more)

Political Notebook: Former SF homeless advocate seeks East Bay Assembly seat

For five years in the late 1990s Judy Appel served as director of the civil rights legal division at the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness. (read more)

News Briefs: Tree lightings start the holiday season

Several tree lightings will take place over the next few days, signaling that the holiday season is in full swing. (read more)

Jock Talk: Giving thanks on the ice

As we collectively prepare to sit down to hearty Thanksgiving feasts of tofu turkey and gluten-free pumpkin pie topped with sugar-free marshmallows, let us all take a moment to give thanks to the Gay Games for supplying us with late-breaking good news in figure skating – that wonderfully graceful sport of athletic artistry that has had a sporadic reputation for homophobic nastiness. (read more)

Transmissions: November hope

On Election Night, I watched a miracle unfold. (read more)

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