In the News

May 22, 2020

As SF Loses The Stud, Lawmakers Push to Fight Nightlife Extinction - (KQED - May 22)

The Stud, San Francisco’s oldest operating gay bar, is permanently closing its current SoMa location after 33 years.

May 22, 2020

California Advances Bill Allowing Some Restaurants, Bars to Terminate Leases Amid Coronavirus - (SF Chronicle - May 22)

The California Senate advanced on Friday a bill that would allow some hospitality tenants to terminate leases if negotiations with landlords to modify terms aren’t successful during coronavirus.

May 20, 2020

LGBTQ People Left out of California’s Focus on Tracking Coronavirus - (SF Chronicle - May 20)

Lonnie Haley was hospitalized for four days in early April after he woke up one morning barely able to breathe. He was diagnosed with COVID-19, and his partner and his roommate also tested positive for the coronavirus.

May 13, 2020

Advocates Blast CA Gov Newsom for Lack of COVID LGBT Data (Bay Area Reporter - May 14)

Advocates are blasting California Governor Gavin Newsom and state public health officials for not gathering data about the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak on the Golden State's LGBT community.

May 6, 2020

Wiener Bill Would Mandate SOGI Data for COVID-19 in California (Bay Area Reporter - May 6)

Gay state Senator Scott Wiener introduced legislation May 5 requiring that the state of California collect the sexual orientation and gender identity data of novel coronavirus patients.

If it becomes law, Senate Bill 932 would track how many LGBT people are being infected, hospitalized and placed in intensive care, as well as how many have recovered versus died.

April 28, 2020

Out Politicians to Hold a Virtual Town Hall on Pandemic's LGBTQ Impact - (The Advocate - Apr 28)

Out elected officials from around the nation will take part Thursday in a National LGTBQ Town Hall focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the community.

April 2, 2020

‘You Can’t Move and You Can’t Stay’: Top Democrats Say COVID Renter Protections Won’t Work - (Sacramento Bee - April 2)

Two top Democrats in the California Legislature say Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order temporarily protecting tenants who can’t afford rent because of COVID-19 doesn’t stop landlords from initiating eviction proceedings and could allow a wave of evictions once the order ends on May 31.

April 1, 2020

SF Moves to Oppose Blood Ban; Wiener Plans Drive - (Bay Area Report - Mar 31)

Gay District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman introduced a resolution to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors March 31 calling upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to lift its ban on men who have had sex with men in the past year from giving blood amid a projected blood supply shortage due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.