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This Year's GaymerX Convention Is The Last One as Costs Skyrocket in San Francisco

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Last year San Francisco played host to GaymerX, an LGBT-targeted video game convention where queer gamers of all stripes could geek out in a safe space over their favorite hobby without having to put up with the homophobia that runs rampant in video game culture. The con was such a success that it will be coming back this year as GaymerX2.

Darren_youngUnfortunately, it will be the last as the cost of running the convention in San Francisco is just too high. Said the event's founder Matt Conn in an interview with Polygon,

We decided that we could no longer continue as a convention as the price of running a yearly convention downtown in San Francisco was just too high — we weren’t able to get the corporate sponsorship that we needed to make it something sustainable, and we were racking up huge amounts of debt to put this years con on.

The con intends to go out with a bang. It has moved to the San Francisco Intercontinental Hotel - a much larger venue than last year's Hotel Kabuki - and will be hosting guests such as activist Mattie Brice, game designer David Gaider, and out WWE performer Fred Rosser, aka Darren Young (pictured).

The Golden Age of Hustlers: VIDEO


Justin Vivian Bond and co-directors Silas Howard and Erin Greenwell present their (crowdfunded) remake of "Golden Age of Hustlers", written by SF punk chanteuse Bambi Lake, which "captures the 1970's gay hustler scenes of pre-HIV/AIDS era on Polk St in San Francisco from an insider's experience."

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

StudThe HuffPost has an interview with the directors.

Says Howard:

I'm obsessed with the idea of queer and trans lineage and how the past and future can live in the same room. Perhaps it's in part due to coming of age in the midst of loss from AIDS, that I feel a kinship to the mentors gone too soon. Though Bambi wrote the song in the early '90s, in a community of "misfit" queers, sex workers, transsexuals, queers and punks, it speaks to a modern time in that many of us still look for places where all parts of ourselves can find home. I'm grateful to Justin Vivian Bond for carrying Bambi Lake's legacy forward, allowing us access to learn from Bambi as a performer and a punk transsexual icon of an older generation, who prevailed and created art that represented an experience of living outside the "mainstream." I think of the music video as a kind of love letter from our past to the next generation.

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Tyler Clementi's Story to Be Told by SF Gay Men's Chorus in Musical Suite

On March 25th, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus will premiere a series of songs, "Tyler's Suite," celebrating the life of Tyler Clementi (right). The college student was himself a musician before his suicide in 2010, which in turn prompted a great deal of national discussion surrounding the issue of LGBT youth and bullying.

ClementiThe musical piece will be comprised of multiple movements written by some of today's great composers, including Stephen Schwartz, and is being presented as part of a larger performance titled "Luster: An American Songbook." reports:

"As a soundtrack of American life during the time of the Great Depression and two world wars, the American Songbook consists of timeless music that translated positive values and an optimistic spirit," says [Artistic Director Dr. Timothy] Seelig. "The Chorus continues that tradition, presenting a new set of songs by today's premier American composers, offering hope and bringing to light the important cultural issues of today through the story of Tyler Clementi."


With the help of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, SFGMC commissioned a musical work that will add eight new songs to the soundtrack that is the American Songbook of the 21st century, honoring the memory of a beloved son, brother and friend. "Tyler's Suite" creates a new story of inclusion, dignity and acceptance for other youth and their families, through a musical experience that inspires community, activism and compassion. The story is one of hope and encouragement to families everywhere.

Other composers involved in the project include "John Bucchino, Ann Hampton Callaway, Craig Carnelia, John Corigliano, Nolan Gasser, Jake Heggie, Lance Horne, and Pamela Stewart." The piece will also be performed by gay men's choruses in Chicago, Los Angeles, NYC, San Diego, Dallas, and Seattle.

Visit the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus website for tickets and more information.

Archbishop Cordileone Says Understanding Gays 'Tenderizes Us', Still Opposes Equality: VIDEO

Archbishop Cordileone

San Francisco's KQED held an interview last Friday between host Scott Shafer and Salvatore Cordileone, the Archbishop appointed to the San Francisco diocese by Pope Benedict last year. Naturally, the topic of homosexuals was brought up and it would seem that Cordileone is softening to the plight of gays, saying:

They’ve been disowned by their families. They’ve been harmed and they want to come to a place that will accept them for who they are. And affirm them. So it tenderizes us.

Perplexing use of the word "tenderize" aside, Cordileone's time in San Francisco seems to be nudging him in the direction of support and love. Unfortunately, it's not by much at all. Cordileone still chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage and said of the legalization of gay marriage in Hawaii:

The decision in Hawaii is disappointing and shows the need for rebuilding a culture of the family in our country. [C]hanging the meaning of marriage in the law does not promote the common good or protect authentic rights.

Evidently the Archbishop is in need of more tenderizing. You can watch the video of the interview AFTER THE JUMP...

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SF Candlelight Vigil Planned Wednesday to Mark 35th Anniversary of Milk-Moscone Assassination

A candlelight vigil is being held tomorrow night in San Francisco to mark the 35th anniversary of Harvey Milk and George Moscone's assassination at City Hall.

MilkMoscone1Write the organizers on Facebook:

Harvey and George were the brightest beacons of hope for San Francisco’s disenfranchised and displaced. But more than that, they represented the spirit of San Francisco, a city for anyone and everyone, welcoming to all, affordable to all, with justice for all. 35 years later, the time has come again for us to gather, one and all, to remember Harvey and George. More importantly, the time has come to make their vision of a city of hope come alive. Now more than ever, we have to give each other hope.

The vigil will begin at Milk Plaza at 7pm followed by a candlelight march down Market Street to City Hall. A performance by the Gay Men's Chorus, words of inspiration from Dustin Lance Black, and a recorded message from Harvey Milk will conclude the evening. 

ASL Interpretation and Spanish translation will be provided as well as accessible transportation from Milk Plaza to City Hall.

San Francisco's Massive LGBT Homeless Population Gets Big Assist from LGBTQ Connect: VIDEO


On October 7, organizers held the first LGBTQ Connect, an event to help the city's LGBT homeless population at the San Francisco LGBT Center.


In an eye-opening film, filmmaker Marc Smolowitz highlight's the city's homeless problem and the ways that The Mayor's Office of HOPE, Project Homeless Connect, and AIDS Housing Alliance are helping them.

Watch the short film, AFTER THE JUMP...


Assisted by sponsorships from Metta Fund, Sass Social Justice Fund of Horizons Foundation, Dignity Fund, Haas, Jr. Foundation, 80 service agencies came together to connect the city's homeless LGBT with organizations that can help them.

Important to think about, especially as we celebrate Thanksgiving.

You can find out how to volunteer at Project Homeless Connect. No word on when the next LGBTQ-specific connect will be held but you can follow on their Facebook page.

Watch the short film, AFTER THE JUMP...


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