San Francisco – a city well-known as the home to many legendary LGBT activists and a mecca for the gay community – lost one its most adored icons in the early hours Saturday morning. Bubbles – also known as Anthony Torres – was shot and killed outside the New Century Club in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.
Bubbles was a figurehead in the city’s underground dance music scene and a dance floor legend loved by many. She could ten be seen DJing with her portable DJ equipment near the RS94109 record store, a store which was on the same corner where she was killed.
Josh Cheon, Boss Dark Entries Label based in RS94109, commented on the spirit and life Bubbles brought to San Francisco’s scene:
Several people took to Twitter and Bubbles’s Facebook page mourning the loss their friend. They shared images, videos, and artwork.
“I love you Bubbles, this is one sad little Oklahoma girl… & Your finger still smells like my belly button.. see you on the flip side my friend….“,wrote Melanie Hanna-May on Bubbles’ Facebook.
Stephane Taurel wrote,”Bubbles was and will remain our friend because in all the things we thought he was, he choose to help us to feel free . We, I mean all his friend have a mission now, it’s to keep his spirit alive”
The San Francisco Police Department has been putting time and resources in keep the trans community safe and hope that this heartbreaking event isn’t a trend. Bubbles’ attorney Jim Reilly is firmly labeling the murder as a hate crime and states that the loss the activist will not be taken lightly.
Bubbles was an eclectic, fun-loving and truly “bubbly” figure that will be missed dearly in San Francisco. Several LGBT icons have come from San Francisco including Harvey Milk, Margaret Cho, José Sarria, Lou Sullivan and many more – and Bubbles, too, is a star among them.