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Gay rights activists clash over the future of the city

Gay rights activists clash over the future of the city

West Hollywood gay pioneers clash with younger progressives over future of city

Gay rights activists and young city leaders clashed over the future of the city in a forum organized by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

A large crowd attended the panel, which took place at the Beverly Hilton and featured City Council members Janice Hahn and John Barbadoro, as well as City Council members Carlina Rivera and Mike Bonin and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel.

The panelists disagreed on whether the city should strive to be a place where all people can gather for diverse reasons and how to better integrate the LGBTQ community in the city.

“We really need to look at the LGBT community as one and the same. Not two separate groups,” Barbadoro told the room as a crowd of onlookers cheered.

LGBTQ issues were brought up by several participants of the panel. Hahn noted that although the city doesn’t have a gay newspaper, the Voice of San Francisco, that is now starting to gain steam.

“At a time when there’s a lot of newsprint in the newspaper industry, there’s a lot of newsprint for the LGBT community. But we really need to recognize that we’re one and the same,” Hahn said.

Mayor Ed Lee and other elected officials have tried to make positive moves for the city, Hahn said, pointing to the recent approval of the city’s first LGBT-specific non-discrimination ordinance.

“The fact of the matter is we need to be progressive and diverse. We need to find partners between the LGBT community and the rest of the city. We need more partnerships with other groups,” he said.

But at the forum, the activists and city officials clashed over the future of the city itself and how to incorporate the LGBT community into the fabric of San Francisco.

Rivera said the city is at a crossroads in the future and that although she believes that LGBTQ people “deserve” a seat at the table, there is a need for more education about the differences between the two groups.

“We need to do things differently, and look at the whole rainbow,” Rivera said of the city’s diversity.

In order to ensure that the city has the infrastructure and policies to continue to grow and thrive, Rivera said

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