National report looks at hate bias

A recently released national report highlights violent incidents suspected of being motivated by victims’ sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV-affected status. But numbers for San Francisco and the other cities lump in categories like employment discrimination that make it difficult to determine actual cases of violence. Despite an overall drop in cases, murders are up, […]

LGBTQ Groups Bring Queer Voices to May Day

On May 1 LGBTQ communities around the world marched for May Day, a day historically dedicated to workers’ rights. In New York City, my colleagues from the Astraea Foundation and I joined the lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, two-spirit, and gender-nonconforming (LGBTQTSGNC) contingent. The contingent was the first collaboratively organized event of five Astraea grantee […]

A World Without Walls: Stopping Harm & Abolishing the Prison Industrial Complex

In exploring what life could look like once we abolish the prison industrial complex, one of the first questions we almost always run into is how to address harm without policing, surveillance, and imprisonment. Fortunately, many of us in the U.S. are already establishing principles and practices for confronting harm and violence that do not […]

A victory for true safety in San Francisco

For many LGBT people, this New Year’s will be spent not with family and friends, but surviving the violence of life in a jail, prison, or detention facility, or awaiting deportation. In fact, the terrifying possibility of life-altering deportation is a daily reality for a growing number of LGBT immigrants in San Francisco. Last month, […]

LGBTQ Organizations Come Out for the Immediate Elimination of ICE’s “Secure Communities” Program

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Organizations Call for the Immediate Elimination of ICE’s “Secure Communities” Program On August 5, 2011, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton informed governors that ICE would terminate all agreements with states to implement its controversial fingerprint-sharing “Secure Communities” (S-Comm) program, despite previously saying that states […]

Just Another Statistic?

Last June, San Francisco firefighters discovered the body of Freddy Canul-Arguello, 23, burned beyond recognition alongside a trash bin. The gay man had moved from Mexico with his brother Ivan about four years ago after learning of the city’s gay-friendly reputation. He was by all accounts a happy man who loved life and often performed […]

The secret side of gay pride

The flurry of rainbow flags can only mean one thing – the Gay Pride Parade is coming in San Francisco. Beneath those pride beads however lurks a taboo topic, which rests silently on the lips of the thousands of Castro Street party-goers who pour into the city for the yearly pilgrimage: The secret crisis of […]

Do Hate Crime Laws Really Affect Anti-LGBT Violence?

The recent passage of legislation repealing the military’s infamous “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, which since 1993 told gay and lesbian servicemembers the could serve only if no one knew or they didn’t reveal their sexual orientation, is already being lauded by many as the definitive LGBT achievement of President Barack Obama’s first two years […]

CUAV restructures staff

A San Francisco nonprofit that’s been supporting victims of violence for 30 years is adapting to budget cutbacks and a new strategic plan by reconfiguring its staff and services. Community United Against Violence (CUAV) is aiming to help people stop violence, rather than just cope with its aftermath. Morgan Bassichis, development manager, said the changes […]

Proposition Hate

A lesbian woman (known as Jane Doe, to protect her anonymity) is gang-raped by four men in Richmond, Calif. On her way home from a Minneapolis grocery store, 32-year-old lesbian Kristen Boyne is beaten unconscious by two men. These are just two of the many hate crimes committed against LGBT people in the past year, and experts […]