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When Preparation Becomes Risk

Michael Slater, 27, presents his Truvada pill - a medication that prevents HIV by 99 percent. Photo by Martin Bustamante

Carlos Mendoza

December 6, 2015

Michael Slater, 27, presents his Truvada pill - a medication that prevents HIV by 99 percent. Photos by Martin Bustamante By Carlos Mendoza Two and a half years ago Michael Slater, a 26-year-old homosexual, received the worst news of his life. While supporting a friend who was afraid that he was e...

Art of the Dead

Art of the Dead

Naomi Outlaw

December 2, 2015

An altar by Mary Ann Statler, 65, of San Louis Obispo at the Dia de los Muertos Festival of Altars in Garfield Square Nov. 2. Photos by Brian Churchwell   By Naomi Outlaw Aztec dancers covered in jingling beaded skirts scooped and twirled in unison to beating drums as they led hundreds of peopl...

Fighting for the Spotlight

Fighting for the Spotlight

Steven Calderon

November 21, 2015

Iris Contreras and Vivian Flores trade punches at Beautiful Brawlers V in Pacifica. Photos by James Chan   Story by Steven Calderon [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he crowd crammed into every corner of the second floor of the Moose Lodge in Pacifica to witness the storm of jabs, hooks and crosses that ...

For Heritage: A Cultural Struggle in Chinatown

For Heritage: A Cultural Struggle in Chinatown

Ashley Goldsmith

November 2, 2015

Mrs. Yu (left) and Mr. Yu (right), who both refused to provide first names because of privacy concerns, sit on a twin-sized mattress inside of their Chinatown SRO. San Francisco's Chinatown has experienced a 60% increase in average rent costs from 2013 to now according to Norman Fong, Executive Director of ...

The Plastic In Our Bay and the Scientists Expelling It

The Plastic In Our Bay and the Scientists Expelling It

Jordan Lalata

November 2, 2015

Rebecca Sutton, senior scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, holds up a vial of microplastics collected from the San Pablo Bay. Photo by David Henry By Jordan Lalata [dropcap size="50px"]K[/dropcap]aty Reid, a 25-year-old freelance production assistant, turned the knob to let the water run warm ...

Loud and Clear with Oscar: They’re From the Future, Not From the Past

Loud and Clear with Oscar: They’re From the Future, Not From the Past

Oscar Gutierrez

November 2, 2015

Photo by Martin Bustamante   By Oscar Gutierrez [dropcap size="50px"]O[/dropcap]ne of the most important pieces of advice my mother ever gave me was “It is better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” I never understood how my mother would benefit from this considering I...

Through the Cracks in the Groove

Through the Cracks in the Groove

Lupita Uribe

November 2, 2015

Photo by James Chan By Lupita Uribe [dropcap size="50px"]W[/dropcap]hen you hear the words “record label,” San Francisco is not the first city that comes to mind --possibly because the commercial record labels are located in the southern region of our golden state. Though San Francisco has n...

What is Gender Fluid?

Oscar Gutierrez

October 10, 2015

By Oscar Gutierrez A mirror shows the reflection of Jay Garcia as they get ready for another day of work. Amongst a closet of dresses, suits and ties, Garcia decides on a bright red collared silk shirt and denim pants. To complete the look, they wear a binder to press their breasts down to make the...

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