Queer Issue 2012

Voices of "The Queer Youth of Today"

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For the cover of our Queer Pride Issue, the Guardian rallied a group together to take some photos and ask them about their experiences as queer youths in the Bay Area. Go to the jump to hear more from Angel, Brian, Dennis, and Huitzi.

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LGBT Pride: the good, the bad and the ugly

QUEER ISSUE: Pride is lame -- here's a queer antidote

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OPINION No doubt about it, LGBT Pride is a mixed bag.

Long gone are the days when Gay Freedom Day, later Gay Pride, was a one-day affair, a protest march and celebration to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York City in June, 1969.Read more »

Prancing at the revolution

QUEER ISSUE: Why Are Faggots so Afraid of Faggots? questions queer assimilationism

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marke@sfbg.com

QUEER ISSUE "Right now it seems we have more in common with the Christian Right than the gay liberation movement. We've become so focused on marriage as the end-all and be-all of gay rights that it's completely within the realm of possibility that the next leader of Focus on the Family could be a gay man. We all have to get married now for tax breaks, health care, or to stay in this country? Are you kidding me?" Mattilda Sycamore Bernstein spilled some truth into my hot pink Princess phone.Read more »

OccuPride remembers

QUEER ISSUE: Pride has long been a forum for protest, and this year is no different

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A poly push?

QUEER ISSUE: OpenSF conference could be sign of expansion in the polyamorous community

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culture@sfbg.com

QUEER ISSUE Is San Francisco's polyamorous community experiencing a renaissance? Pepper Mint, organizer of the recent sex education conference Open SF (www.open-sf.org), suspects the non-monogamous in the Bay Area have finally reached a critical mass. His proof? Over the weekend of June 8, OpenSF was attended by over 500 of the poly-curious and practicing.Read more »

Make it better now

QUEER ISSUE: The queer youth of LYRIC build community and fight discrimination without waiting for the adults

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yael@sfbg.com

Noted queer writer and speaker Dan Savage sent a hopeful message to LGBT youth with his 2010 YouTube video, "It Gets Better." But many queer youth in the Bay Area say they aren't willing to wait.Read more »

Hot pink action

QUEER ISSUE: Our annual guide to the (actually!) coolest Pride events

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ONGOING

Faetopia Tower Records building, 2286 Market, SF. www.faetopia.com. Through Fri/22, noon-midnight, (event times vary), $10 suggested donation. What's a radical queer to do in the season of commercialized sexuality? Seize an empty records store and fill with blithe faggotry. The crew behind Faetopia is organizing nights of queer cinema, hip-hop and ecology classes, drag musicals, skillshares, and much more — drop in.Read more »