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HOT PINK LIST 2013: Faetopians

our annual tribute to queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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Once a year, a mystical gathering of artists, musicians, cultural visionaries, political agitators, sexual explorers, spiritual travelers, and just plain magickal beings gathers to share knowledge and intertwine in giant spontaneous puppy piles at Faetopia (www.faetopia.org). Read more »

HOT PINK LIST 2013: COMICS GEEKS

Our annual tribute to queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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It's been a big year for queer comics. A movie based on a lesbian comic book, Blue is the Warmest Color, swept the top prizes at Cannes. The first textbook history of queer comics No Straight Lines was released by local hero Justin Hall, and snagged the Lambda Literary Award for Best Anthology. Heck, even Green Lantern went queer in "Earth Two," and there was a gay wedding in Archie's hometown, Riverdale. Read more »

HOT PINK LIST 2013: BOOT BLACKS

Our annual tribute to queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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Midway through Folsom Street's dark Powerhouse leather bar, you'll find the bootblack, toiling away with a kit of rags and polish — break out your Stompers for a sublime shine. "What I've learned is that for me, bootblacking is religion," says seven-year bootblacker Ms. V. "What I do is simple, slow, and uncluttered — and it reveres the authenticity of the boot and shoe above all." She was first introduced to bootblacking seven years ago at Folsom Street Fair. "What a mystical experience seeing this polish-smeared wizard at work," she recalls. Read more »

HOT PINK LIST 2013: DRAG PHANTASMS

Our annual tribute to queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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Hip-hop swagger meets goth-electro darkness, with the specters of legendary club disturber Leigh Bowery and e-art wunderkind Ryan Trecartin shimmering over the proceedings. But why stop there? Add in agitating performance art hijinks and a fundamental decontextualization of drag practices rooted in the shivery, negative emotions that the Internet pukes up on our screens. Read more »

HOT PINK LIST 2013: ACT-UPPERS

Our annual tribute to queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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AIDS-era nostalgia gripped popular culture recently with several acclaimed documentaries (including Oscar-nominated How to Survive a Plague) and the Tony-winning revival of Larry Kramer's play "A Normal Heart" (soon to be an HBO movie with Julia Roberts). But a new generation was also rediscovering the disruptive tactics of ACT-UP. Read more »

Pride on fire: This year's must-do events

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Strap on that rainbow jetpack -- there's a heckuva lot of stuff going down at Pride. Here are our pinkiest, proudest picks. 

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Elm Street state of mind

FRAMELINE 2013: Gay horror icon Mark Patton revisits 'Nightmare 2'

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FRAMELINE FILM FEST In 1985, a new family moved into Nancy Thompson's house on Elm Street. Though the stairs no longer had the consistency of sloppy oatmeal, the window bars remained — and a certain razor-fingered fellow still lurked in the shadows. Teen hunk Jesse soon encountered Freddy Krueger in, where else, a nightmare — though this time, the murderous Freddy had a high-concept scheme: "You've got the body, and I've got the brains!"Read more »

More to grow on

FRAMELINE 2013: Short takes and highlights from Frameline37

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Pit Stop (Yen Tan, US) One of the very best narrative features at Sundance this year, Yen Tan's drama nonetheless completely flew under the radar of media attention. It's a beautifully low-key tale of two 40-ish gay men in a Texas small town. Neither are closeted, but they aren't exactly fulfilled, either, both being in awkward domestic situations. Gabe (Bill Heck) is still living with angry ex-wife Shannon (Amy Seimetz) for the sake of their six year-old daughter. Read more »

Lives less ordinary

FRAMELINE 2013: Five docs about five great gay men -- plus more at the massive LGBT Film Fest, opening this week

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FRAMELINE Each year Frameline's program vividly reflects issues that of late have seemed most urgent in the LGBT community — for many years, for instance, there was an understandably overwhelming amount of films about AIDS. Most recently, the fights for gay marriage and trans rights have dominated many a dramatic and documentary selection.Read more »

Kinky boots

Leather season is hard upon us -- and a special Folsom Pride party adds to the festivities

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