Eastern Span Book Review

Eastern Span books arriving in a cardboard box

Reprinted from Street Spirit

By Alastair Boone

I could describe Eastern Span in two ways. I could tell you that it is a noir novel set in 2013-14 Oakland about a gig-economy sleuth named Pug, on a meandering hunt to find a friend who has mysteriously disappeared. Along the way, he stumbles upon a housing conspiracy wrought by the kind of evil developers that we all suspect exist,

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Mental Healthcare for All!

by Anisha Tammana

Supervisors Ronen and Haney recently introduced new mental health legislation after a long history of criticism of what has often been called a broken system. Mental Health SF will be on the ballot in November 2019, and proposes a radical shift to the system, attempting to support underserved populations in San Francisco by providing easier access to mental health care, substance use treatment, and medications. 

If passed,

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Trans Timeline 2019

by Percy Langston

Here’s a brief overview of some of the milestones (and setbacks) in transgender rights in 2019, and why they matter:

New York City and New Jersey offer gender-neutral birth certificates

January 1, 2019

and February 1, 2019

What it is:

Laws enabling residents to amend their birth certificates with a gender-neutral designation took effect in New York City on January 1 and the state of New Jersey on February 1. 

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THE TRANSITION FROM NAVIGATION CENTER TO PERMANENT HOUSING

By Shyhene Brown

June 1, 2019

I can remember the first time I went to the navigation center. It was a long process getting documents ready to working with my case manager and going through the whole process. Yes, it was hard at the time, but now I’ve got keys to my own place.

It’s a big change from the navigation center. Like the navigation center, I can come and go when I want — the only thing is I have to check in after three days.

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THE DONUT SHOP

By Raina “Scar” Hunter

The donut shop on Castro Street was open 24 hours. The hungry, the curious and the cold found themselves there in the ‘80s, before technology and the impersonal took over. Male hustlers and their sophisticated sugar daddies, winos who drank beer, and runaways in shock from the mean streets found a friendly smile — perhaps a free donut — from a well-meaning neighbor in the donut shop we called home.

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Queer + Trans Icons

by Jason Wyman

My name is Jason Wyman, and I’m an artist in San Francisco. I’m also Queer.

I’ve struggled a bit recently with my mental health. I’ve been quite a bit down and my anxiety has kinda been through the roof. I’ve even cried myself to sleep.

To help me get through this rough patch, I hunkered down into my art practice. I shared space with other queer + trans folks,

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Leo

It’s hard to say goodbye to the person I once knew. This special person that made me smile, laugh and made me stop feeling blue. Staying up for hours and talking about everything. To drawing and creating our own worlds to escape, to the way we used to sing. I’ll remember all those moments today, when I meet you for our visit. For however long or brief it is, I will cherish every minute. I will feel like I will be meeting you,

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Sexual Gentrification

By Garrick Wilhelm

Gentrification is the reshaping of communities through economic forces generally based in racism. How can gentrification be sexual?

Have you ever thought that you weren’t attracted to a group of people based on their race (ex. “I’m not into Asian men”)? Have you ever deselected someone as a partner because they weren’t of a particular race (ex. “I only date white women”).

Race is an unreal reality.

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The CURSE of Conservatorship

by Meghan Roadkill Johnson

Over months of politically heated public hearings and rally’s on what direction SB 1045 would be headed in San Francisco, the bill passed on June 4th 2019 by an alarming 10 to 1 vote. Supervisor Shamann Walton, being the only one to oppose the conservatorship legislation, voiced that he was not convinced the city would make any plans to reduce the negative impact on the African American community, people of color and other marginalized groups.

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Gay Shame

Image features two panels. In the first a cop grabs a person by the wrist and threatens them with a baton while pejoratively calling them "QUEER!". In the second a cop and a person in a business suit hold a banner reading "QUEER" and hold an American flag. Underneath it reads "POLICE OUT OF PRIDE"

reprinted from gayshame.org

2019 marks 50 years since Stonewall, a series of riots that kicked off at the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village in opposition to repeated police raids, harassment and overall criminalization of poor and marginalized queer people who patronized the bar, one of the few establishments where they were welcome[. Stonewall is widely considered an inaugural moment for the broader gay/trans liberation movement, its militancy deemed commensurate with the indignities that sparked it.

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