San Francisco in the 1970s, in retrospect, seems like a literary creation, too strange to be real. But, lo, it was.And yet, the man who crafted the speeches for one of the city's most literary denizens of the time, Harvey Milk, was indeed a writer who delved in fantasy transcending even the city's w ... More >>
It's that time of the year when Save California, a "family values group" (aka anti-gay group) begs parents to keep their kids home from school today so as to not expose the children to anything related to Harvey Milk, the gay rights activist who was assassinated at City Hall in 1978. Today would b ... More >>
Harvey Milk is to San Franciscans what George Bush is to Texans -- a friggin' hero. That's probably why Supervisor David Campos has decided our international airport should be named after the gay civil rights guru, an honor that's typically reserved for former presidents. According to KTVU, Campos ... More >>
San Francisco might not be the gayest city in America anymore, but it sure is among one of the gayest-friendly cities in the nation -- and that's something to brag about. On the 34th anniversary of Harvey Milk's death, the Human Rights Campaign released a national report that gives a snapshot of how ... More >>
All that effort you put into trying to save the Gold Dust Lounge in Union Square can now be seamlessly channeled into the city's SOMA neighborhood where the LGBT community is trying to stop the beloved Eagle Tavern from falling into the hands of non-queer buyers. A local petition is circulating aski ... More >>
Have you ever wondered exactly how our government leaders make some of the decisions they do? Like many of you, we also assume enough city decisions are made through back room deals and a lot of back stabbing. And then there's Supervisor John Avalos' refreshing governing style. We were shocked, ente ... More >>
Last week, we told you about those hatemongers up in Sacramento who wasted time and money trying to convince everyone to lock their kids inside for Harvey Milk Day, which, by the way, is today. And while we can't say for sure how many kids were forced to stay home from school so they didn't have to ... More >>
The right-wing pro-family group Save California has made the daunting request that probably won't go over well in San Francisco. Those hatemongers demand parents take their kids out of school on May 22 -- Harvey Milk Day -- so youngsters aren't subjected to curriculum, lessons, or positive informati ... More >>
Aside from being located in the same state, there's very little San Francisco and San Diego have in common, except perhaps our affinity for men in sailor suits.In any event, we came across a more important thread that links these two disparate communities: our love for Harvey Milk.As the Bay Area Re ... More >>
There is so much to learn Earlier this week, a large part of San Francisco was stunned, bitter, depressed -- pick your adjective -- when some parents complained about school boys taking a field trip to the iconic Castro District. The boys visited Harvey Milk's camera store and stopped by the hist ... More >>
Frans HalsDrinking in the library? Huzzah! At last. At last. Lord God, I knew this day would come -- you will finally be able to rest the alcoholic beverage of your choice on the delightfully archaic mantelpiece of the ever so "mid-century modern" Harvey Milk library. And not only will you not ge ... More >>
WWHD?There's an emerging pattern in Gayville lately. It's not a new thing -- not new to the gays or the general population either for that matter -- but it's still disconcerting. It's called whorishness.Does everything good have to be sold out, watered down, or compromised? The Human Rights Campa ... More >>
Harvey Milk has been enlisted by the HRCIn what some grassroots gay activists are calling an "insult," the Human Rights Campaign is about to move into the location of Harvey Milk's old camera store at 575 Castro Street. It will be the new San Francisco "action center" providing information on the ... More >>
He came, he saw, he tweetedDude, I don't even know what happened this week. Do you? Answer the questions correctly, mail us all your answers here, and you'll win a damn prize. Onward! 1. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev lost his Twitter virginity this week in San Francisco. What was the rough tr ... More >>
Terry Schmitt/ChronicleWill it taste like rainbows?Equality California is gearing up to host the local festivities for Saturday's first State-recognized Harvey Milk Day, and has asked ice cream kingpins Humphry Slocombe to create a special flavor to honor the late Supervisor and activist. The ... More >>
Jerry PritikinHarvey Milk stood for ... tricycle races? This Saturday, May 22, is the inaugural Harvey Milk Day in the State of California. As you'd expect, there's lots of stuff happening in San Francisco commemorating the gay icon. What you might not expect is how tame San Francisco's event ... More >>
Feature: Arson Our guide in the spookiest room in City Hall-- the Board of Supervisors main chamber!City Hall is haunted. Not just by measures that have died within its chambers, but by actual spooks -- or so claimed our robed tour guide last night. The guy with the Snuggie shepherded a large g ... More >>
Learning about John Muir has hardly made the state's schoolchildren conservationists ... so how could curriculum on Harvey Milk turn them gay?Milk, on the whole, tends to suffer when left out -- but Sen. Mark Leno feels a year of exposure is just what his Milk bill needed. The San Francisco State Se ... More >>
What Dan White's gay friend thinks of the Harvey Milk biopic.
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By Edward Paik Standing outside Castro Camera in downtown San Francisco a few decades back, Daniel Nicoletta took a photo of Harvey Milk he thought he couldn’t use. The black and white portrait captured the gay rights activist - then running for city supervisor of San Francisco - with a face-spl ... More >>
The new Milk bust costs about as much as 14,860 gallons… By Joe Eskenazi On May 22, something extraordinary will happen. For the first time since 2004, people will march into City Hall with the actual goal of looking at one of the busts gracing the edifice. The last time this happened was four ... More >>
An interesting transformation back to the '70s is taking place in the Castro this week during filming of the Gus Van Sant Harvey Milk biopic Milk -- particularly a stretch of block between 18th and 19th. Castro Shopper has an impressive breakdown of all the changes, from newly devolved storefronts ... More >>
Daily Variety had this juicy bit last Monday: "Milk" has beaten "The Mayor of Castro Street" to the greenlight. ... Focus is moving forward with Gus Van Sant's biopic about late gay-rights activist Harvey Milk, with Sean Penn in the title role. The film, co-financed by Groundswell Prods., will begin ... More >>
In January director Gus Van Sant will begin production on Milk, the Harvey Milk biopic starring none other than Bay Area roustabout Sean Penn as the gay rights icon and activist, who was assassinated by fellow supervisor Dan White in 1978 -- to be played by Matt Dillon. SFist attended the open cast ... More >>
Remembering Moscone, Milk, and the "Twinkie Defense."
Hide your harmonicas and tampons -- Sxip is back
Two decades after Harvey Milk's assassination, a historic collection of his memorabilia still waits for a proper home