SF supervisors recommend queer man for entertainment commission – Bay Area Reporter, America’s highest circulation LGBT newspaper

by | Oct 17, 2022 | Entertainment

Queer activist Stephen Torres received the recommendation of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Rules Committee for a seat on the influential Entertainment Commission. The committee members, headed by District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, voted unanimously for Torres, who also serves on the advisory board of the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District.

The full board is expected to soon take up the nomination.

Torres’ application to fill Seat 2 on the commission almost put him head to head against Casey Lowdermilk, an executive with Another Planet Entertainment, the concert promotion company that assumed management of the Castro Theatre in January. The cultural district, for which Torres serves as executive board co-chair, has been strongly critical of APE’s proposed renovations to the movie house. However, Peskin announced at the beginning of the Rules Committee hearing that Lowdermilk had withdrawn his application without stating why. Five other people applied for the position.

Speaking before the committee at its October 17 meeting, Torres said, “I am a 22-year veteran of the San Francisco entertainment and nightlife industry,” and that he had experienced “its challenges and inequities.”

As a member of the commission, he said he would represent the city’s nightlife workers and would expand the commission’s focus.

Seat 2 on the commission represents the interests of entertainment associations or groups. Torres is a bartender at th …

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