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.