Many of you who have attended âBettyâs Listâ events over the years know Grace Floyd. For nearly a decade she has worked tirelessly both in front of and behind the scenesâsetting up heavy equipment, organizing volunteers, handling payments and so much more. She is often the warm first presence at the door, welcoming you with a genuine smile and a hug. She imparts guests with a true sense of belonging and value.
Even if you are familiar with Grace- and itâs hard to miss her tall, attractive presence- there are a few things that you might not know about her. First, thereâs her own impressive career outside of her âBettyâs Listâ efforts. For eight years she served as the IT operations manager for the Discovery Channel. She has also held other high tech and management jobs requiring incredible skill, control, savvy and impressive leadership abilities.
Person of the Week: Kevin McClatchy
Published: October 4, 2012
Sacramento native Kevin McClatchy, the owner and CEO of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1996-2007, recently came out in a New York Times article. He now joins a handful of major league executives who have left the closet in favor of living openly and with pride. Rick Welts, the president and...
Person of the Week: Barbara Parker
Published: September 20, 2012
Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker brings to her position tremendous integrity, dedication, strong respected leadership, and an empathetic understanding of common, shared issues affecting many of us, not just in the city of Oakland. Now facing an election to maintain her City Council appointment, Parker needs our support.
Person of the Week: Gary Billings
Published: August 23, 2012
Canadian amateur astronomer Gary Billings gets our honorary nod this time around. Billings, who is a member of the Center for Backyard Astrophysics, observes the galactic goings on from his yard in Calgary, Alberta.
Recently this hobby led to a headline-grabbing discovery. One night, Billings found Minor Planet...
Person of the Week: Marilyn King
Published: July 26, 2012
Numerous professional athletes call the Bay Area home, but our Person of the Week, two-time Olympian (Munich, 1972 and Montreal, 1976) Marilyn King, is a standout. Her 20-year athletic career in the grueling Pentathlon earned King five national titles and a World Record. Many of us remember those moments, impressed...
Person of the Week: Frank Ocean
Published: July 12, 2012
Several well known individuals have publicly come out in recent days, including U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe and Anderson Cooper. But the one who perhaps made the biggest media waves was r&b singer-songwriter Frank Ocean, our person of the week.
Over the years, hip-hop and rap have been...
Person of the Week: Kriss Worthington
Published: June 21, 2012
For the first time ever, the city of Berkeley will have a float at the SF Pride Parade. One of the organizers is Berkeley Councilmember Kriss Worthington, our Person of the Week. He and our friends in Berkeley have been championing gay rights for ages. Berkeley, for example, was the...
Person of the Week: Tim Cook
Published: June 14, 2012
When Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks, many of us listen, eagerly awaiting the next high tech breakthroughs. Reuters and other media outlets have called him âthe most powerful gay man in the world.â Earlier this year, Out magazine placed him in the top spot of the annual âPowerâ list of...
Person of the Week: Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate
Published: May 31, 2012
Our Bay Times Person of the Week, for the first time, is not a person at all, but rather a previously little-known organization that has hit the news in the past two weeks. Known as the Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate, the group is responsible for making known the words...
Person of the Week: Vice President Joe Biden
Published: May 17, 2012
Vice President Joe Biden moved the clock ahead, and in doing so becomes our Bay Times Person of the Week.
Accounts vary, but published reports say the vice president apologized to Obama for declaring his own support for same-sex marriages in an off-script statement. Did his comment force Obama...
Person of the Week: Shannon Minter, Esq.
Published: May 3, 2012
During conversations with NCLR leaders this week, Bay Times heard one name cited as the legal eagle hero who remains sometimes unsung â Shannon Minter. Serving as the organizationâs Legal Director, Shannon was lead counsel for same-sex couples in the landmark California marriage equality case in 2008 and also on...
Person of the Week: Nancy Carleton
Published: April 19, 2012
When it was decided to do a special issue of the Bay Times about Earth Day, Nancy Carleton, our Person of the Week, immediately came to mind. She co-founded Berkeley Partners for Parks and served as Vice Chair of the Berkeley Parks &Recreation Commission, among other positions. One of her...
Person of the Week: Adrienne Rich
Published: April 5, 2012
By Dr. Betty Sullivan The LGBTQ community on March 27th lost a national legend with the passing of poet and essayist Adrienne Rich, who has been lauded as a feminist writer with a voice that inspired a generation of literary figures, gay movement activists, and feminist leaders.
Person of the Week: Michael LeBlanc
Published: March 22, 2012
Restaurateur Michael LeBlanc, the mastermind behind PicĂĄn in Oakland, has been a trailblazer for decades. He was among the first African-Americans to graduate from Duke University, later earning an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. He then went on to become the first African-American corporate officer at Polaroid.
Person of the Week: Commander Zoe Dunning
Published: March 8, 2012
Today the 2012 International Womenâs Day Summit and Awards Luncheon is honoring Commander Zoe Dunning with its Sue Bierman Extraordinary Public Service award. The Bay Times applauds this decision, and has chosen this extraordinary woman as the Person of the Week.
Commander Dunning, SC, USNR (Ret.), is a...
Person of the Week: Police Chief Greg Suhr
Published: February 23, 2012
San Francisco police chief Greg Suhr earns our Person of the Week honor for his work on the âSFPD It Gets Betterâ video project, which is part of the nationwide campaign to end bullying of LGBT youth. Mayor Ed Lee & Chief Suhr recently unveiled the project, with the SFPD...
Persons of the Week: David Boies and Theodore Olson
Published: February 9, 2012
The legal firepower duo David Boies and Theodore Olson have earned our âPersons of the Weekâ acknowledgment. Through their efforts, the legislative momentum is now lopsided heavily in favor of marriage equality, although the battle is far from over.
When Olson and Boies first took on the case,...
Person of the Week: Dr. Laura Rifkin
Published: January 26, 2012
When Dr. Laura Rifkin spoke at the 2010 Dyke March, her words rang out like a clarion call to action and self-respect for all members of our community, but especially for our disabled sisters. âWeâre disabled and weâre proud,â she said. âWeâre proud to be dykes on scooters, using wheelchairs,...
The âWe Donât F#*@ Aroundâ Person of the Week - James Hormel
Published: January 12, 2012
âEquality can only come from acceptance, and acceptance can only happen when people know who we are,â James Hormel recently told The Washington Diplomat. The grandson of the founder of Hormel Foods learned the hard way about personal acceptance. âI had my childhood in a space where sexuality wasnât discussed,â...
The âWe Donât F#*@ Aroundâ Person of the Week - Geri Jewell
Published: December 15, 2011
Geraldine Ann (Geri) Jewell was born in 1956 in Buffalo, New York. The actress, comic and author is best known for her role as Cousin Geri on the 1980âs sitcom, The Facts of Life. Jewell, born with cerebral palsy, was the first person with a disability to have a regular...
The âWe Donât F#*@ Aroundâ Person of the Week - Assi Azar
Published: December 1, 2011
Israeli Filmmaker Assi Azar and San Franciscoâs Frameline LGBT Film Festival hosted a screening of Azarâs new film Mom and Dad: I Have Something to Tell You at the Opera Plaza Theater on Nov. 15.
Azar, 32, also stars in the documentary, and his very personal story is interwoven...
The âWe Donât F#*@ Aroundâ Person of the Week Terry Joan Baum
Published: October 20, 2011
Terry Joan Baum has been involved in electoral politics since 1970 when she worked for Bella Abzugâs first run for public office. Despite impossible odds, Abzug was elected to Congress. Baum herself now faces impossible odds in her quest to become Mayor of San Francisco. When she is not campaigning,...
The âWe Donât F#*@ Aroundâ Person of the Week
Published: July 28, 2011
Al Franken is a Democratic Senator from Minnesota and Saturday Night Live alum. He is the author of Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them as well as Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot. He is a co-sponsor of Senator Dianne Feinsteinâs Respect for Marriage Act, which is...
African Trip Changes SFâs Jake Berkowitz
By Paul E. Pratt Published: May 6, 2010
/* /*]]>*/ Jake Berkowitz admits getting too caught up in material possessions. Like many gay men he knows, Berkowitz became more concerned about designer labels and keeping up appearances than making a positive impact on the world. That started to change when the Castro resident decided to make a recent...
Carly Ozard Is âBewitched, Bothered, and Bipolarâ
By Paul E. Pratt Published: April 22, 2010
Bay Area Cabaret Favorite Makes One-Night Only Rrazz Room Debut April 24
Carly Ozard knows the LGBT community â some members more intimately than others! The classically-trained mezza-soprano poked fun at this fact in her hilarious and critically-lauded 2008 one-woman cabaret debut Bitter and Be Gay, all about the...
And Then Thereâs Maud
By Paul E. Pratt Published: April 15, 2010
Sr. Maudlin Masscara Is âAbbessâ of SF Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
When Mike Kraemer moved to San Francisco from Los Angeles just a few short years ago, he knew he wanted to dedicate himself to a local nonprofit. After attending an Easter celebration at Dolores Park, Kraemer knew that...
Rev. Diana Wheeler Is a Lady of the Night
By Paul E. Pratt Published: March 25, 2010
Many nights of the week, Rev. Diana Wheeler can be found in the Castro, talking with patrons of area bars and restaurants. Though she loves the people, itâs not strictly for social purposes. As a Fellow â and now Deacon â of the San Francisco Night Ministry, itâs all part...
Lance Holman is Historic First for Mr. SF Leather
By Paul E. Pratt Published: March 11, 2010
With his winning smile, bulging chest and biceps and love of community, Lance Holman stands out wherever he goes. And he looks damn sexy in a pair of ass-less chaps, too. All-of-the-above should prove particularly handy come Memorial Day Weekend when Holman heads off to Chicago to represent San Francisco...
Anna Conda Runs for District 6 Supe
By Paul E. Pratt Published: March 4, 2010
For some, news that a drag queen threw her wig into the political arena, seeking election this fall to the District 6 (SOMA) seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, could have come as a shock. To those that know Glendon âAnna Condaâ Hyde, though, the decision might have...
Jan Wahl Talks Oscars, SF Gay Menâs Chorus
By Paul E. Pratt Published: February 25, 2010
Itâs hard to say which came first, Jan Wahlâs love for films or her appreciation and commitment to the LGBT community.Â As San Franciscoâs favorite movie critic, Wahlâs extensive knowledge of Hollywood â and massive collection of fabulous hats â are well-documented. Her critiques of todayyâs hottest films and celebrity interviews...
Marlena Celebrates 30 Years in San Francisco
By Paul E. Pratt Published: February 4, 2010
On January 25, 1980, Garry McLain unpacked his bags in San Francisco and started a love affair with the city that has lasted three decades. Soon after, he dove into the Imperial Council of San Francisco, enjoyed the SOMA gay bike clubs and began forging the life he dreamed of...