Bevan Dufty Hub
Gay former San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty features his daughter Sidney in "Someplace New", the first ad in his campaign for mayor.
Dufty and Sidney were the target of criticism from SF news anchor Pete Wilson back in 2006. Wilson called Dufty's 'non-traditional' decision to have a child with his friend Rebecca Goldfader "a travesty - or a potential travesty" on his radio show.
Watch the charming ad, AFTER THE JUMP...
The SF Chronicle profiles mayoral candidate and former SF supervisor Bevan Dufty:
A gay Jew who was raised in Harlem, Dufty is hard to define. He's one part Castro district socialite, one part scrappy underdog fighting A-list competitors, and one part political insider, counting on the No. 2 endorsement of former mayor and power broker Willie Brown.
At the Irish candidates forum, he was Bevan Doyle Dufty. When he's touring the Bayview, he makes sure everyone knows his godmother was jazz singer Billie Holiday. He can discuss his favorite Tequila with a 95-year-old woman as easily as he can discuss the benefits of the Central Subway with a skeptical budget hawk.
But while Dufty is a bit of a political chameleon, he isn't a panderer. He just wants to be liked.
Dufty has a simple solution for fixing San Francisco: Everybody needs to talk more.
Bevan Dufty hard to pigeonhole in S.F. mayor's race [sf chronicle]
Nathan Manske and Marquise Lee just finished a 4 month, 50 state tour of the United States collecting stories for their I'm From Driftwood site. We'll be sharing some of the stories they collected along with some of the insight into what they saw. They're still encouraging people to submit their written stories via IFD.
Harvey Milk was the inspiration for creating “I’m From Driftwood” so being in San Francisco was a special moment on the Tour. We met Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who represents the same district Harvey Milk did, after he finished meeting with some folks from his district to talk about some local issues. Listening in on the public event through the church’s doors, it was charming hearing him talk with his constituents about garbage pick-up issues, reminding me how Milk scored a lot of points by focusing on every day issues like cleaning up dog poop in the park.
Bevan shared a story about bullying he experienced when he was in 3rd grade, and I couldn’t help but wonder what Harvey would have to say about all the bullying and suicides going on today.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Despite having met with a group of gay leaders and activists this week, Jamaican 'murder music' singer Buju Banton says his attitude toward gays has not changed:
"This is a fight, and as I said in one of my songs 'there is no end to the war between me and faggot' and it's clear. The same night after I met with them (gay associates), they pepper-sprayed the concert. So what are you trying to tell me? I owe dem nothing, they don't owe I nothing."
"It is not about boxing food out my mouth, if a that I would have surrendered to the system a long time ago. The mayor of San Francisco, or the mayor-to-be, claimed that I was in his district and that it was imperative for him and his organisation to meet with me to further see what kind of personality or character (I have)."
Banton said he will continue on despite cancellations, which he added aren't hurting him: "I have two-and-a-half more weeks and let me tell you this, if a show has been cancelled or postponed by this group of people, it has been picked up and replaced in another venue. Let the struggle continue. Pray for I, don't cry for I."
This is encouraging. SF mayoral candidate and supervisor Bevan Dufty, activist Michael Petrelis, executive director of the SF gay community center Rebecca Rolfe, Equality California's Andrea Shorter, and SF Supervisor Eric Mar, held a meeting yesterday with Jamaican dancehall singer Buju Banton, whose concerts have been canceled across the country in protest of the homophobic lyrics in his songs that advocate the killing of gays. The meeting was organized by Dufty.
Petrelis writes: "According to Buju and his advisers, this was his first meeting ever with gay advocates, and they really want to put an end to the controversy that continues to dog him over violent homo-hating song he sang in his late teens, 'Boom Bye Bye.'... The meeting was very civil and productive, even though at times I had to play the "bad cop" activist, especially when Buju was dominating the discussion, and we made several suggestions for him to consider, in order to start to undo some of the problems he has in the gay community because of his past anti-gay lyrics."
Here's an update on his tour cancellations.