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The Bay Times & The Chronicle Feature L.G.B.T.Q. Life In The Portola

Move over Castro, southeast S.F. appears to be home to a growing L.G.B.T.Q. scene.  Last week, not one, but two Bay Area publications had pieces profiling the rainbow culture of the Portola.

Portola as featured in The Bay Times. Note the free advertising for our upcoming Drag Queen Bingo

The San Francisco Bay Times had a lovely article about “Queer life in the best little neighborhood you’ve never heard of.”  It was written by a Portola couple, John Lewis & Stuart Gaffney, who have proudly called the neighborhood home for over seven years.  You may recognize John & Stuart from the extensive media coverage on the marriage equality movement in California and nationally.  They have been active in the fight for L.G.B.T.Q. rights for over 30 years.  During this time both have held prominent positions at the advocacy group, Marriage Equality USA and they are now co-directors of the non-profit, Marriage Equality. Most notably though, they were plaintiffs in the 2004-2008 California Supreme Court case for Marriage Equality which catapulted the couple into the national media spotlight (see image below).  Despite their relentless drive for human rights, John & Stuart still find time to be active in the Portola community, attending and supporting the various neighborhood groups and events.  You can read further about their love for the neighborhood here.

Portolans, John & Stewart, showing their pride on the cover of the New York Times

Meanwhile over at the Chronicle, a story popped up last week profiling the life of another notable neighbor.  In this piece we are given a peek into the life of a prominent San Francisco Drag Queen.  Pollo Del Mar, a.k.a Paul Pratt, lives on the “outskirts of the Excelsior” (a.k.a. literally on the border of the Portola according to my sources).  Ms. Del Mar’s story is a familiar one for most artists struggling to make ends meet in an increasingly expensive city.  Priced out of the traditional gayborhoods, now living in the rear cottage of a home in what she describes as a “very heterosexual, very diverse and very blue-collar neighborhood.”   A slightly different take on the community from John & Stuart’s in the article above but perhaps they can introduce her around to the Portola’s gay scene.  You can read the whole article here and hopefully we will see Pollo Del Mar at our upcoming Drag Queen Bingo!

Keep your eyes peeled for this muscular 6′-0″ tall blonde strutting around the neighborhood.

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