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Tokyo Moves to be LGBT-Inclusive by 2020 Olympics

Japan isn’t known for LGBT inclusivity—but Tokyo intends to change that by 2020. 

SF Giants Pitcher Jeremy Affeldt Urges Fellow Christians to Love Gays

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt is urging his fellow Christians to let go of animosity toward LGBT people, insisting on his blog that both the church and its followers should become “beacons of love.” Though he admitted in 2013 that he used to hold homophobic views himself, he later realized he was wrong.

Tribal Love: First Nations That are Saying Yes to Marriage Equality

As the rest of the United States eagerly awaits to hear the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, there are parts of the country that can and have been making their own rulings: tribal lands aresovereign territory, technically not considered to be a part of the United States that come under sovereign law. Thus, some Native American tribes have taken the step of allowing marriage equality on their tribal lands. 

Paul Schrader Honored as Storyteller at SFIFF

On Tuesday, April 28, Paul Schrader hit the stage at the San Francisco International Film Festival Awards, the night after he had been honored with the Kanbar Storytelling Award. 

Schrader’s body of work includes Taxi DriverRaging Bull,Obsession, and Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. He has a very long and prestigious background when it comes to film, and worked with many of the maverick filmmakers of the 1970s. 

Lesbian Dating App Dattch Rebrands and Expands as HER

The lesbian dating app formerly known as Dattch is back under a new name: HER. 

Facing Our Problem With Transphobia and Violence

In the LGBT-friendly web series Questionable Content, one comic depicts Claire, a transgender woman, undressing for her boyfriend Marten (who knew that she’s MTF) for the first time. The scene itself is a very sweet moment. 

HIV in the Tenderloin

According to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the Tenderloin is one of the top four neighborhoods in the city with the highest numbers of people living with HIV/AIDS, and in the top three for HIV-positive intravenous drug users. An interactive map of San Francisco on AIDSVu.org shows that in 2010, the zip code 94102 had a rate of 4,945 adults and adolescents who were known to have HIV or AIDS per 100,000 population—nearly 5 percent of residents. 

TV is Already More Queer Than It Was Last Year

The 2013-2014 broadcast year was not great for LGBT representation—it was reduced to a paltry 0.6 percent of recurring characters—but it looks like 2014-2015 is turning that around. The numbers this year are up: 3.3 to 3.9 percent. 

Drink Here Now: Where to Get Lit for SF PRIDE

Here's your Pride Weekend drinking schedule. You're welcome.

The Big Gay To Do: 50 Ways to Do PRIDE Right

Just in time for Pride weekend, we give you our annual Pride Big Gay To Do, brimming with queer-related merriment sure to keep you entertained, enthralled, and inebriated until the cold light of Monday morning comes. Enjoy. 

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