Wounded Pride

Despite its reputation, gay-friendly San Francisco is still a tough place for teens to come out.

Watch a video of artist Scott Bakal creating this week's cover for "Wounded Pride."
Watch a video of artist Scott Bakal creating this week's cover for "Wounded Pride."
Rafique Franks transferred schools after facing bullying for dressing as a female.
Josh Edelson
Rafique Franks transferred schools after facing bullying for dressing as a female.

In the end, San Francisco adult gay culture has given Franks a surrogate family. "That's why I put up with all the curfews. That's why I put up with the vegetables," she says. It's also why, nearing curfew on a recent school night after getting her latest hormone shot in the Castro, Franks passed Mission High, and started running again. Not to escape a bully this time, but to catch the 33 bus, settle into a backseat, and hurry home.

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