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San Francisco Castro District’s New Gay Supe: Scott Wiener sworn in as D8 Supervisor

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In the 30-some years since Harvey Milk held the Castro district seat, it has become almost a tradition for the San Francisco District 8 supervisor to be gay. Scott Wiener, who was sworn in on Saturday, follows Bevan Dufty, who replaced Mark Leno. Both gay. Dufty is now planning a run for mayor, and Leno is a state senator. Before that, lesbians Susan Leal and Roberta Achtenberg held the spot.  Wiener’s opponents were Rafael Mandelman and Rebecca Prozan. Gay and gay. Wiener beat the further-left Mandelman and the fellow moderate Prozan to take the 8th district. Wiener joins District 9 Supervisor David Campos to double the current gay composition of the board. Congratulations, Scott, and Good Luck!

Leather Week at SF’s Castro Magnet features Jok Church MENdalas

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 Magnet, the men’s health clinic slash community center slash art gallery in the Castro, is featuring an exhibit of digital prints on stretched canvases by the quirky, multi-talented Jok Church. A long-time gay activist, Church is also a Leatherman, a cartoonist and the creator of the children’s TV science series Beakman’s World. His web design includes the sites for the French artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude and  for the local watercolorist Richard Bolingbroke.

Church calls these highly-manipulated photographs MENdalas, a take-off on the meditative mandalas of Hindu and Buddhist iconography.  The show opened with a splashy reception that drew such luminaries as Donna Sachet, the first lady in red of San Francisco drag, and Mark Leno, State senator for district 3, which includes the city and county of San Francisco and Marin and Sonoma counties. Church is donating 100% of sales to Magnet and to the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy. Sales were brisk at the opening, with more than half the work sold by evening’s end. Sister Dana Van Iquity, SOPI, wrote a review for the San Francisco Bay Times. The show continues at Magnet, located at 4122 18th Street at Castro, through the end of September.