In case you haven’t heard of our ‘Hot Cop of the Castro,’ he now has a Facebook page. Officer Chris Kohrs has attracted attention because we all want to get arrested, handcuffed and frisked by him.
Via The Castro Biscuit:
The SFPD officer that has been making appearances in the Castro, craning necks and getting guys (and girls) hot and bothered had this to say to the creator of the page and original photographer, Mark Abramson,
“Right on Mark. I appreciate your support. As more people tune in, it is inevitable that there will be a few that disapprove for whatever reasons. I hope this individual better understands the history, including the difficult times that the LGBT community went thru in the past and that we’re only trying to bring positivity to the future. The community has came a long way since the riots and I feel the SFPD has too. I hope our relations with the LGBT community keep improving! That would put a smile on MY face. And yes…that’s what it’s all about my friend.
Now pardon me as I go break some laws in the Castro :).
With the launch of the Harvey Milk stamp today, and with the premiere of ‘The Normal Heart’ this Sunday, it’s a good time to look back at the historic 1980s in San Francisco.
Here’s the story behind these fantastic photos via The Huffington Post:
Thomas Alleman moved from Michigan to San Francisco in 1985, hoping to become a newspaper photojournalist. But Alleman was soon put off by the notion of “objective” photography, gravitating instead toward a more personal, off-kilter photographic style. Alleman got a job at the tabloid The Sentinel, right when widespread awareness of the AIDS epidemic was sweeping the nation.
Suddenly San Francisco, and specifically the Castro district, was at the spotlight of a media frenzy, with journalists unabashedly rushing to snap photos of the sick and dying victims of the disease. Alleman, however, chose a different approach.
“We reported and photographed a blizzard of protests and demonstrations, vigils and marches and sit-ins, as the community struggled for social and political recognition of the crisis,” Alleman explained in an email to The Huffington Post. “We photographed groundbreaking gay candidates for public office, who sought change from inside ‘the system,’ as well as street-level activists whose proud, queer anger drove them to hector that system from the outside.”
Rather than focusing on individual tragedies, Alleman used his camera to depict the collective forces catalyzing change and activism. “The Castro had been an incredibly vital place in the ’70s and early ’80s, perhaps as Harlem had been during it’s famous ‘Renaissance’ in the ’20s. A group of people who for countless years had been marginalized, cast-out, even hated, came together to live in a neighborhood where they built their own very vibrant culture.”
Read more here.
As the LGBT community continues to evaluate its use of “tranny,” a legendary San Francisco-based event is taking matters into its own hands:
In a Tuesday Facebook post, Stefan Grygelko — a drag queen who goes by the name Heklina Heklina — announced that in the coming year, he will be working to rebrand and rename Trannyshack, the monthly San Francisco drag event he founded in 1996.
“Increasingly, and in the past year especially, it’s become clear to me the meaning the word ‘tranny’ has taken on,” Grygelko writes. “I’ve tried to avoid the issue because I’ve spent almost 20 years branding and promoting my club. But more and more, I am asked on the street, in interviews, and online about my thoughts on the word, and the name of my club.”
“I am in the business of (hopefully) entertaining people,” he writes later in the statement. “It’s never been my intention to hurt people. I am not another Shirley Q. Liquor, wanting to offend just for the sake of it. Also, on a purely business level, I don’t want to be viewed as archaic, out of step with the times, like an ostrich with my head in the sand.”
The rebranding roll-out begins with the June T-Shack Seattle Pride Edition event.
What would you name the iconic event?
Here are how some of my buds are celebrating the heat wave today…
While the SF 49ers begin the 2014 season at their new San Jose stadium this fall, Paul McCartney will headline the team’s previous home’s final event. In case you didn’t know, the Beatles played their last live concert ever at Candlestick in 1966. After Mayor Ed Lee entertained McCartney with the idea to play a final gig at the park during last year’s Outside Lands Festival, McCartney has committed to the show:
After some handwringing that Sir Paul might bring his summer tour to Santa Clara, Macca has announced he’ll get back to Candlestick Park to close out the stadium and his “Out There” summer tour on August 14th, 2014.
“Putting the rumor mill to rest,” McCartney’s announcement reads, “Paul has confirmed that he will indeed return to San Francisco August 14 to play Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert.”
The release goes on to relive the magic of last summer’s Outside Lands set:
This once in a lifetime occasion is sure to be doubly bittersweet as Paul closes the same iconic venue where The Beatles played their final concert date on August 29, 1966. Of Paul’s most recent visit to San Francisco, headlining last year’s Outside Lands festival, the SF Weekly gushed, “One of pop music’s original supernovas… let us bask in its incredible warmth for the best part of three hours… The question of whether or not it was a ‘good’ show almost doesn’t apply — Paul McCartney… was good in a way that no other show could be.”
Tickets for the farewell shindig at Candlestick will go on sale Monday, May 5 at 10 a.m.? And, apparently, if you have an Amex card you can get them starting Thursday, May 1st.
For all of us who feel like we’ve been run over while walking around the Castro, crosswalks are about to get a lot more visible. In the upcoming street makeover, crosswalks in our gay district will end up as painted rainbows:
There are more rainbows coming to San Francisco’s Castro District, and the newest ones will be under your feet and could save your life, officials said.
At the groundbreaking ceremony for the Castro Street Streetscape Improvement Project Thursday, officials unveiled plans to install rainbow crosswalks on all four pedestrian crossings at the intersection of 18th and Castro streets.
Funded by the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District, the vibrantly colored pavement will celebrate the neighborhood’s rich and storied LGBT history as well as serve to alert drivers to people crossing the street, officials said.
“The Castro Streetscape project will make one of our most popular and celebrated neighborhoods more livable and welcoming for residents and visitors,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “The new design also will improve pedestrian safety.”
The theme was chosen by an in-person and online survey. Of the more than 4,500 respondents, roughly 42 percent voted in favor of the rainbow, said Andrea Aiello, executive director of the community benefit district.
Construction on the $4.5 million dollar revamp — which also includes upgrades to Muni infrastructure and underground water mains, among other things — is supposed to be wrapped up by October of this year.
Very cool. I can’t wait to see the ‘bows join the rainbow flag dominating the Castro.
Last week, Rich and I moved to Sacramento where we now own a beautiful home. During the week, I will continue to work in the Bay Area and am actively seeking a room in an existing apartment in which to live Monday through Friday.
Could this be the most humiliating roommate audition ever? (Seen today on Craigslist).
Hmmm. Maybe it would be worth it for $400 per month? (click to
Whether you feel like ripping out hearts or getting your heart ripped out, the Horrors of Love offers the cruel catharsis you need.
This Valentine’s Day weekend, the communities that bring you Faetopia and Zombie Christ have created a labyrinth filled with interactive performance and visual arts tableaus that will awe and appall. It’s an artistic chimera exploring the sinister and sometimes sadistic sides of love, in the typically hilarious flare of the radical faeries and queerdos by the Bay.
Your tour through the Horrors of Love Haunted House will take you into the strange and haunting spaces of the heart… and groin. During your journey, you’ll have to survive syphilitic zombies, make your way out of the clutching halls of co-dependency, past the bondage chains of marriage, encountering man-eaters, incubi, and demonic cupids along the way. And, that’s just the beginning. Whether you are single, straight, poly-, pansexual, married, gay, other, or all the Horrors of Love will surely woo you over – no sexuality or sentiment will be left sacred.
The haunted house will be open Friday and Saturday nights from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Admission for the events is $10-20, No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds (NOTAFLOF), with funds raised supporting the Center for Sex and Culture and Calamus, a radical faerie fellowship.
Get your tickets here and enjoy Leo Forte‘s fine promotional work for the event below.
Another reason to visit our fair city: San Francisco Bear Pride! is coming from Thursday, November 7th to Monday, November 11th, 2013.
The event promises a massive weekend of events, shows, entertainment and showcase all of what San Francisco has to offer. Bears, cubs, otters, chubs, chasers and friends from around the globe. More details and schedule of events at http://www.sfbearpride.com/. Watch above (I enjoyed watching this as I know some of these bears personally)…
A lighter than normal crowd attended Castro Street Fair today but temps in the 80s led to a plethora of hot nearly-naked boys prancing around the streets. I worked Castro Patrol and helped secure transfer of gate receipts from the gates to the event’s treasury. I am exhausted after 8 hours on my feet (and getting over a cold), so I am home relaxing with a glass of Pinot Grigio and Mylie Cyrus on SNL. Hope you had a great weekend.