Behold! Mr. Marina 2014 is Crowned

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Christopher Victorio

Ah, 'tis that time of year again for $9 Bud Lights and a bevy of beautiful beefcakes shaking their stuff on stage -- the crowning Mr. Marina 2014.

Last night's festivities kicked off at the Regency Ballroom packed to the rafters with a heady blur of neon, pastel, party dresses and Wolf of Wall Street t-shirts; I couldn't tell if I was in Vegas, the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore. Disoriented I made my way through to the crowd (most of whom brandish -- or wear -- their favorite contestants' swag) and head to the bar because as MC and Mr. Marina founder Brianna Haag reminds me, those drinks are philanthropic tonight!

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Mr. Marina Competition: Bros on Stage for a Good Cause

Categories: Benefit, Events

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Godofredo Vasquez
Who will be crowned Mr. Marina?

The Marina. It often gets a bad rep, and on certain days it can be somewhat justified. There's nothing like getting shoved off the sidewalk by a group of guys -- four bros wide -- charging down the street in their Sperrys and button down shirts, shouting drunkenly to one another about yesterday's game, and how much they miss those UCSB days.

But there's another group of Marina guys, and they're showing off the kinder side of the men that call this place home. The annual Mr. Marina contest is coming up in March, a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, where contestants vie for the chance to be crowned Mr. Marina for the year.

We had a chance to talk with one contestant Charlie Walker about why he agreed to take on this endeavor, and had him share some details on why the Marina isn't that bad after all.

See also: Mr. Marina @ Ruby Skye (photos from the 2013 competition)

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Helping Hands: #GivingTuesday Highlights Charitable Contributions This Holiday Season

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Families.com
Ageless Giving

Trying to ease your conscious after eating your weight in food and racking up the debt from Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Feeling a little empty and trying to get into the holiday-giving spirit?

Instead of shopping until you drop, give your Benjamins -- and time -- to charitable organizations, because today is the start of #GivingTuesday. A national effort to create a day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season, #GivingTuesday celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations throughout all 50 states.

This is the second year of the social movement and media campaign, and last year, more than 50 million people worldwide spread the word about #GivingTuesday and the hashtag became a trending topic on social networks, according to the namesake movement.

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Video of the Day: Fight Hunger with Football

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John Todd
former Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick, now of the 49ers.

Just when AT&T Park has had a chance to cool off after the Giants' World Series win, another high profile event comes to town. But this one's in tune with the holiday spirit. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Game, recently renamed from the previous incarnation as the Emerald Bowl, is the premiere event in the college football bowl lineup.

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Lost Robert Altman Movie Discovered at Flea Market by Filmmaker Gary Huggins (Video)

S.F. a Cappella Group the House Jacks Add Voice to Monday Night Football and The Sing-Off


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New Mural Seeks to Celebrate San Francisco's Thriving Sexual History and Culture

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Marilyn Roxie

Since the Gold Rush brought miners and sailors to our city, the disproportionate amount of men to women and their transient lifestyles fostered a sexually liberal environment that has bloomed for decades. The city's now got one of the highest number of sex workers per capita in both illegal and legal trades, necessitating a rich history of activism in sexual politics. For the city with at least a dozen annual occasions to don leather (or nothing at all) out on the streets, the Center for Sex and Culture is putting it all out there in a new mural celebrating S.F.'s sex-positive community and their achievements.

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This American Whore Podcast Seeks to Demystify Sex Work

Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Is More than Grief and Death


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Have a Ball at SF Weekly's Snow Ball Holiday Benefit

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From last year's benefit at the Academy of Sciences

Come one come all! Please join us in spreading the holiday cheer and helping fight cancer at SF Weekly's Snow Ball Holiday Benefit at San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay. While we can't make any promises about it actually snowing in the city, we can guarantee that this will be a night you won't want to miss out on. This year features a "Wintry" theme (cocktail attire -- let's get classy folks), with an open bar (we'll repeat that again: OPEN BAR).

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SF Weekly Web Awards Party 2011: Pictures and Winners

Cute Overload: SPCA Pet Adoption Holiday Windows and 3D Light Show with Nutcracker Dancers


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Video of the Day: Help The Rumpus Make a Movie

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The Rumpus, brainchild of local author Stephen Elliott, has always been a literary darling, publishing top-notch essays and interviews, incubating the Dear Sugar phenomenon, and single-handedly bringing written correspondences back en vogue with Letters in the Mail, where authors like Dave Eggers, Margaret Cho, and Jonathan Ames pen intimate notes to subscribers. Now The Rumpus is hopping into even bigger britches with the making of its first feature film, Happy Baby, based on Elliott's grim and affecting novel about growing up in the child welfare system.

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Kink.com Co-Stars with James Franco in About Cherry

Author Cheryl Strayed: on Dear Sugar, Keeping the Faith, and Palling around with Oprah

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An UnCANnily Good Benefit for the S.F. Food Bank

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We tried to get through this post without using the word CAN excessively, but we just don't see how you CAN look at something like the San Francisco CANstruction Event and not go a little ape with the puns. Even the organizers are getting in on the act with this year's theme, the CANnes Film Festival. Too cute.

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San Francisco Landmarks Made from Canned Food

Local Food Banks and Shelters Lose $600,000 in Funding

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Making Waves: outLoud Radio Celebrates 10 Years of Helping LGBTQ Youth

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I've often wondered what happened to Justin, the person who trained me in the fine art of flipping burgers at the McDonald's I worked at in high school. At first Justin seemed like any other high school kid -- we bonded over toasting buns, "running the bin," and daydreams of all the horrible things we could do to your milkshake. But over the course of a year, Justin changed a bit. He started out with, "I think I accidentally went on a date with this guy," then moved on to, "I'm definitely dating this guy," and eventually it became, "Okay, I think I'm gay, but don't tell anyone."

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Biden: Trans Discrimination Is a "Civil Rights Issue of Our Time"

Remembering Slain Transgender Teen Gwen Araujo


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Video(s) of the Day: Schmooze and Booze with Dan Savage

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John Vajda

Say what you will about activism in San Francisco, but at least our politics are never boring. We stage puke-ins; we canvass in the buff; we even voted on a proposition a few years back that tried to rename a sewage plant after George W. Bush. (It failed, much like Bush's presidency.)

Nonetheless, we weren't surprised to hear that one such group, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, prefers its activism in song form. We can't say we blame them. The group's first performance was an impromptu memorial for George Moscone and Harvey Milk in 1978, and members of this 300-man chorus have since continued to raise the bar for gay rights, with concerts dedicated to Proposition 8, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the AIDS epidemic, and more (often in conservative communities).

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Gay People Love Vodka (Infographic)

10 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Lesbians


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