iOS app Android app

Toshio Meronek

Blog Entries by Toshio Meronek

Erasing Gay and Transgender History

(13) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 5:55 PM

Lower Polk Neighbors (LPN) is a central San Francisco neighborhood association that meets monthly to talk "crime, cleanliness, beautification, and [the] strengthening of our community." But that "community" part deserves closer examination, because for years the organization has been openly trying to erase the history of Polk Street as a...

Read Post

Is $33,000 Too Much for a Life-Saving Drug?

(17) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 3:32 PM

The pharmaceutical giant Gilead, headquartered 20 miles south of San Francisco in Foster City, California, just released a new once-daily AIDS drug. It's called Stribild, and they're selling it at a cost of $28,500 per year (though a Walgreen's in San Francisco quotes it at $33,000 without insurance)....

Read Post

Want Real Safety? Try Jobs and Housing

(10) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 5:28 PM

In 2004, San Francisco banned the question "Have you ever been convicted by a court?" and its accompanying check box from government job applications. Since then, so have seven states and dozens of cities and counties. Now, a growing number of formerly incarcerated people, activists and supporters at City Hall...

Read Post

The Year Queers Fought the De-Politicization of Pride

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 7:07 PM

San Francisco Pride 2012 had its wasted revelry, long Porta-Potty lines, and enough boys and girls in bra-and-angel-wings-on-top, bathing-suit/fish-nets/rainbow-colored-tutu-on-bottom combos to fill Civic Center a couple of times over -- all things we've come to expect and love from the celebration. What was different from other recent years was the...

Read Post

No More Prisons, No More Closets

(5) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 5:53 PM

How and why would anyone be expected and forced to live without love from a significant other...? It's insane!

It's a familiar train of thought for anyone in a non-heterosexual relationship. But here, Regina Diamond, a lesbian ex-prisoner from New Jersey, is referring specifically to LGBTQ people...

Read Post