THE FIGHT SF / BAY AREA LGBTQ MONTHY MAGAZINE JULY 2019

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THECONTENTS

ON THE COVER

LEO HERRERA

COVER PHOTO, CONTENTS

PHOTO AND FEATURE PHOTO

BY JOSE GUZMAN COLON

FEATURES

12 BEYOND SOUND BITES

MOVING FORWARD ON

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS

14 THE DRAG KINGS OF

SAN FRANCISCO

FUDGIE FROTTAGE ON

EQUALITY AND RECOGNITION

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16 THE UNCOMPROMISING

QUEER UTOPIA OF

LEO HERRERA

IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE

AIDS NEVER HAPPENED

20 HEART THROB

THE SEVEN COLORS OF SEX

22 GRATEFULLY GAY

CONNOR JESSUP’S

COMING OUT STORY

24 PRIDE INSTITUTE

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JUST MEAN LIVING

SUBSTANCE-FREE

28 I’M FINE

FINAL SEASON OF

THE DEKKOO SERIES

29 DON’T LET ME GO

DARIO’S NEW SINGLE

ON RELATIONSHIPS

DEPARTMENTS

06 THE EDITOR

08 THE TALK

10 THE CITY

11 THE NATION

26 THE ART

30 THE CALENDAR


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THEEDITOR

Hello Gentle Reader, and welcome

to THE FIGHT.

I trust you all spent the 50th

anniversary of Stonewall in riotous

celebration. I myself spent the lion’s

share of San Francisco Pride staffing

THE FIGHT booth at the Civic Center.

I haven’t been to the festival in years,

because I tend to share in the prevailing

SF prejudice that the official

Pride celebration at the Civic Center

being the providence of tourists and

straight looky-lous—a place true San

Franciscans avoid. But duty called,

and instead of dancing my Pride away

at Juanita MORE’s annual fundraiser,

I spent approximately 26 hours deep

in the thick of it.

And I’m glad I did, because most

of the folks I met fell into one of two

camps: older LGBTQ folks who once

called the city home, and have been

priced out and forced to move to the

suburbs; Or young Queers, mostly

from the Central Valley, who made the

long drive to San Francisco with stars

in their eyes to spend just a few hours

with a tacky rainbow flag tied around

their neck in a place where they

thought they could be themselves. I

spent two days hearing stories about

how the city used to be, or listening

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THETALK

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THECITY

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THENATION

>> NEWS BRIEFS


BEYOND

SOUND

BITES

BY ORLY LYONNE

AT LEAST ELEVEN

BLACK TRANS

WOMEN HAVE

BEEN KILLED THIS

YEAR. MEANWHILE

THE TRUMP

ADMINISTRATION

IS TRYING TO GIVE

MEDICAL PROVIDERS

AND INSURANCE

COMPANIES LICENSE

TO DISCRIMINATE

AGAINST TRANS

PEOPLE.

In

a historic moment, Democratic

presidential hopeful Julián Castro

used the televised debate stage

last month to support civil rights for transgender

people, reports Sony Salzman at

www.rewire.news.

His comments were echoed later by

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who called for

justice for black trans women. Of the 20

candidates invited to the debate stage

across two nights, Castro and Booker

were the only two to specifically mention

transgender rights.

A spokesperson for media watchdog

group Media Matters for America noted

that Castro and Booker’s comments are

likely “the first time that trans rights were

mentioned in an affirming way.”

This discussion of transgender rights on

a presidential debate stage may signal the

Democratic Party’s willingness to embrace

broader civil rights and social justice platforms

amid a shifting national conversation

around LGBTQ rights, writes Salzman.

In 2008, not a single Democratic candidate

endorsed marriage equality. But

by 2016, the official Democratic platform

included a section affirming that “LGBT

rights are human rights and that American

foreign policy should advance the ability

of all persons to live with dignity, security,

and respect, regardless of who they are or

who they love.”

Though historic, Castro and Booker’s

comments reminded advocates how marginalized

and misunderstood the transgender

community remains, reported www.

rewire.news.

“It seems both Julián Castro and Cory

Booker are ready to fight for [transgender/gender

non-conforming] people,”

said Cecilia Chung, senior director of

strategic initiatives and evaluation at the

Transgender Law Center.

“However, for their comments to move

beyond sound bites, they need to take

action,” she said. For example, “Neither

of them mentioned how they would seek

input from trans communities, and this

should be a focus for all the candidates.”

“In my opinion, trans rights were not

talked about,” said Lourdes Ashley

Hunter, executive director of the Trans

Women of Color Collective. “There was a

mention of trans people … [but] they were

mentioned as a ploy to pander to marginalized

communities.”

Chung noted that at least eleven

black trans women have been killed this

year. Meanwhile, she said, “the Trump

Administration is trying to give medical

providers and insurance companies license

to discriminate against trans people, which

would disproportionately impact Black trans

people and trans people living with HIV.”

And for Hunter, it’s not enough to mention

these deaths in passing.

“We can talk about murders, but we

need to talk about how that is manifesting,”

Hunter said, noting that structural

issues enabling violence against trans

women go much deeper than military bans

and health-care issues, and include fundamental

services that many in the United

States take for granted, such as the ability

to use a public restroom and get a driver’s

license that matches their gender identity.

“I hope the next president would appoint

trans people to their team as well as

to the judicial branch, so that we can be

more than just an afterthought to campaigns,

but instead front and center having

our needs represented,” said Chung.

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The democratic

debates briefly

spotlight transgender

rights, hopefully

signaling the party

is willing to embrace

broader civil rights

and social justice

platforms.

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INTERVIEW


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COVER FEATURE


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majored in the gay erotic arts,

via escorting, adult film acting,

sex and intimacy coaching, etc;

and if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s

that we’ve been programmed to believe

that there is only one kind of sex worth

having: the pornographic, reptilian, and

carnal. It’s the kind of sex that inundates

porn sites, that popular dating and

hookup apps extol, and what we most

commonly imitate in the bedroom.

This is what I call “red sex.” And

don’t get me wrong; I love red, both as a

color, and as a kind of intimate interaction,

but when it’s the only pigment you

see when you pull back the sheets, it

can get boring and repetitive—especially

when there’s a full spectrum available

to us in our bedroom adventures.

Which is why I’ve written this guide!

To show you all the hues that can use to

make your sensual moments burst with

technicolor! Sex can do so much more

for the fulfilling than simply using it to

scratch that solitary itch, over and over

again (woof!).

For the sake of structure, I’ll be using

the seven chakras in the body—each

with its traditionally associated color—

to pinpoint the physical place from

which these shades of sex metaphysically

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