Today in San Francisco History

(Disclosure:  This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page.) WARNING: HISTORY LESSON! HISTORY LESSON! Today, May 21, is the fortieth anniversary of the Dan White verdict and “White Night” riots which occurred in the S.F. Civic Center and Castro District. People still debate whether the riots had a positive long-term effect on LGBT rights. I say they didn’t, and shouldn’t have happened in the first place. The far-out nature of the verdict made a violent public reaction likely, though, so no one should have been surprised. Dan White’s crime was viewed as homophobic, and San … Continue reading Today in San Francisco History

Boycott Dorchester Collection Hotels

In the past few years, you may have heard about a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel, due to the way the law in Brunei addresses intimate acts which are not treated as crimes in many other countries. The Beverly Hills Hotel is one of nine owned by the Sultan of Brunei, who does business using the name Dorchester Collection. This month, the enforcement of Shariah Law in Brunei became more strict. An existing boycott of Dorchester hotels has intensified because there is now a greater possibility of people in Brunei being stoned to death for homosexual acts and adultery. … Continue reading Boycott Dorchester Collection Hotels

The George Michael Essay You May Have Missed

(Note:  A link to a 2005 essay on The Advocate’s website by George Michael appears at the end of this post.) The Advocate, an LGBT publication founded in 1967, has never achieved mainstream popularity.  However, occasionally it has had features that appeal to people who don’t fit the magazine’s readership profile. I remember buying The Advocate in 1979, when I was first coming out as bisexual.  At the time, I thought maybe I was gay, but more recent history has proven otherwise.  Still bi. When I was coming out, The Advocate was printed on newsprint — the correct name for the paper used … Continue reading The George Michael Essay You May Have Missed

The Most Articulate Coming Out Ever

Disclaimer:  I’m partial to George Michael.  As if you didn’t know that. Some people say Mr. Michael was outed the day he was arrested leaving a park men’s room in Beverly Hills.  Actually, anyone who listened to GM’s fine music during the 1990s already knew the closet door in question was ajar, not closed.  The 1996 song Jesus to a Child was a tribute piece dedicated to Anselmo Feleppa, who, according to the booklet enclosed with the Older CD, “changed the way that I look at my life.” Prior to April 1998, the London tabloid media harassed George Michael relentlessly on … Continue reading The Most Articulate Coming Out Ever