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Join the Trans March in Honouring Vicki Marlane & Win Free Tickets to Hard French Hearts Los Homos! (6/27)

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If you haven’t yet noticed the assemblage in Dolores Park, it’s not too late to strap on your chanclas and hustle on down and join the rest of the queer folk.  You will have already missed the elder-youth brunch, but not the chance to add your solidarity to your queer comrades as they weave their way down Market Street in the company of many including  Mayor Lee, no less.

The march will culminate at the corner of Turk & Taylor at the site of Gene Compton’s Cafeteria where, in 1966, “hair fairies”, hustlers and “street orphans” fought back against the skull-cracking SFPD armed only with coffee cups, chairs and stilettos.  It is here that the city will also unveil the newly minted street signs bearing the name of the lady with the liquid spine.  Hence forth, from 7:30 this evening the 100 block of Turk Street will be known as Vicki Mar- Lane, honouring the trans icon who made forever start every night at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge across the street along with close friend and original Compton’s alumni Felicia Elizondo who will also be in attendance.

BAS favourite and dive sin par, Aunt Charlie’s Lounge will undoubtedly be hopping, so make sure to stop by a lift a glass of butane to not only Vicki but all the other screaming queens who went before us and  without whom not one minute of Pride would be possible.


AND, dear readers, as has been tradition for the past few years, those quality queers who throw a little cakewalk called Hard French have graciously donated one free pass for one of you lucky kiddies, plus a date of your choosing to their annual Hard French Hearts Los Homos, very appropriately also playing tribute to the iconic muses of our collective queer consciousness with their Screaming Queens Block Party at Mezzanine hosted by those titillating traviesos Persia & Daddies Plastick.

SO, in order to procure said passes, it’s time for you to put your thinking caps on, divine faeries of yesteryear and answer our gay pride trivia question:


2014 marks the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and, whereas Stonewall became the watershed moment that brought the spotlight to queer liberation, as we can see, the Compton’s Cafeteria Riots predated Stonewall by three years.  The West Coast was actually the setting for many early actions, in particular, this cool, grey city of love.  However, with our electric starlet sister to the south, Los Angeles, we do have a few things in common- perish the thought!

Two separate locations in both cities that were the site of major queer rights turning points in the 1950’s and 1960’s were named for the same thing.  What was it?   Leave your answer after this post on our Facebook page to win!


2014 Trans March
June 27, 2014 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m
Mission Dolores Park  to Turk & Taylor
[Mission/ Tenderloin]

Vicki Marlane Street Commemoration
June 27, 2014  7:30 p.m.
Site of Gene Compton’s Cafeteria
101 Taylor Street (@ Turk)

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Stephen Torres - Threadbare-Fact Finder (Editor, San Francisco)

Stephen Torres - Threadbare-Fact Finder (Editor, San Francisco)

Stephen's early years were spent in a boxcar overlooking downtown Los Angeles. From there he moved around the state with his family before settling under the warm blanket of smog that covers suburban Southern California. Moving around led to his inability to stay in one place for very long, but San Francisco has been reeling him back in with its siren song since 1999.
By trade he pours booze, but likes to think he can write and does so occasionally for the SF Bay Guardian, Bold Italic and 7x7. He also likes to enjoy time spent in old eateries, bars and businesses that, by most standards, would have been condemned a long time ago.