When Amos and Mickey Lim met in 1995, they had no idea they would someday have a daughter together. It just didn’t seem possible. They lived an ocean away from each other, and didn’t know if they would ever even meet face-to-face. That’s because they first connected online, on a gay discussion group.
“Someone was talking about long-term relationships, how there’s no such thing as long-term relationships,” Amos says. “Probably because we don’t see the role models out there.”
San Francisco revels in its uniqueness. Last month it added another unique aspect: it just might be the only city on earth with officially designated cheerleaders, as voted by the Board of Supervisors.
Cheer San Francisco has been performing gymnastic feats since 1980. It didn’t begin in San Francisco, but down the Peninsula in Hayward, as an all-male gay organization. After performing just for fun at LGBT sporting events, the group realized its potential as a money generator for worthy groups. Now, 35 years later, they’ve doled out over $300,000, according to the group’s communications director, Nguyen Pham of San Francisco.