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Drag performers dress down Facebook over ‘real names’ policy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Drag performers (from left) Lil Ms. Hot Mess, Sister Roma and Heklina, take turns speaking about their battle with Facebook during a news conference at City Hall Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in San Francisco, Calif.
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco drag performers are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules. In recent weeks, Facebook has been [...]

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Gay man beaten, left for dead, dies after being removed from life support

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Bryan Higgins
SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco gay man who was beaten and left for dead in the city's Castro District on Sunday was taken off of life support Wednesday afternoon while more than 100 people gathered in a silent vigil on a hill in a nearby park. Police are now [...]

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Apple video commemorates LGBT pride: ‘Inclusion inspires innovation’

Monday, July 7, 2014
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In a new video posted on its YouTube page Monday, Apple documents its participation in San Francisco's LGBT Pride parade on June 29, where thousands of Apple employees marched in the company's first ever officially sanctioned Pride parade. The short film is set to Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars." [...]

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Police investigating second alleged hate crime during San Francisco pride

Thursday, July 3, 2014
San Francisco, Calif.
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police are investigating a second hate crime during the city's Gay Pride festivities. Police spokesman Albie Esparza says a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and her husband were attacked Saturday night by a group of four people who yelled anti-gay slurs. [...]

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Burger King sells ‘Proud Whopper’ in San Francisco

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Burger King
NEW YORK -- Burger King is celebrating gay pride with a message on its Whopper wrappers. The fast-food chain says it will post a video online Wednesday that shows scenes from a San Francisco location where it sold a "Proud Whopper." Customers were not told what is in the burger, [...]

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Police say anti-gay hate crime occurred during San Francisco pride event

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- Police say an attack on two women during LGBT pride festivities in San Francisco was a hate crime. The women were walking to a transit station on Saturday evening when they were approached by five men in the South of Market neighborhood. Officer Albie Esparza said Tuesday [...]

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San Francisco Archbishop spurns appeals to skip anti-gay marriage rally

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco said Monday it's his duty to proclaim "the truth about marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife," even when those views are unpopular. The comment by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone came in response to calls to skip an upcoming [...]

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Pelosi to SF Archbishop: Marriage march is ‘venom masquerading as virtue’

Monday, June 16, 2014
U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined a high-profile lobbying effort to pressure San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to skip the upcoming "March for Marriage" event, calling it "venom masquerading as virtue." [...]

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SF Pride to honor Chelsea Manning, ban National Guard over transgender policy

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Participants in San Francisco's 2013 pride parade celebrate Chelsea Manning, who was chosen as an honorary grand marshall last year, then suddenly drop amid controversy surrounding that decision.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Organizers of San Francisco have banned the National Guard from participating in this year's festival in response to the military's ban on openly transgender service members, and instead will celebrate a controversial transgender Army private who leaked military secrets as their honorary grand marshal. [...]

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Calif. officials, community leaders urge Archbishop not to attend anti-gay rally

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Salvatore Cordileone
SAN FRANCISCO – Top California and San Francisco officials, along with faith, LGBT and civil rights leaders, are calling on San Francisco Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to cancel his participation in an upcoming march and rally against marriage equality for same-sex couples. [...]

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