UPDATE: Petrelis vs. Wiener, Let’s Get Ready to RrrummmBBLLEE!!

Supporters and Michael Petrelis (Center) and his lawyer, Dereck St, Pierre (Right) Photo: KTVU

Step up to the ring folks-things are about to get dicey, once again, in local Castro, Queer political circles.

As the Biscuit posted on Nov. 30th, Dist. 8 Sup. Scott Wiener asked the SF District Attorney’s office to press charges against Michael Petrellis, longtime LGBTQ activist, blogger, and local politician’s nightmare, for violating criminal codes while attempting to take pix of the Supe peeing in a city hall bathroom back in October. Petrelis posted about the attempted glimpse of Wiener’s wiener incident on his blog Oct. 27th. In it the offending published pix had no penis portrayed just the Supe, bent over a basin, tooth brush in hand, practicing another oral skill-good gum and teeth hygiene.

On Wednesday Mr. Petrellis found himself in court where he pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct. In addition he was ordered by Judge Donna Little to stay at least 150 feet away from the Supervisor at all times. Mr. Petrelis’ attorney, Dereck St Pierre, argued the restraining order was unjust as Mr. Wiener is a public official and Petrelis merely a citizen. He also added that the order would cause undue hardship and keep his client from pursuing his journalistic endeavors.

Judge Little didn’t buy that argument. She believed that Mr. Petrelis had exhibited a pattern of harassing behavior. Supporters of Mr. Petrelis bearing signs that said, ‘I LIKE MIKE’, disagreed with the judges ruling bemoaning that it was actually a violation of Mr. Petrelis’¬†first amendment rights.

Sup. Scott Wiener at a recent City Hall hearing not feeling the love. Photo: Luke Thomas

Mr. Weiner’s original complaint highlighted what he told the Sheriff Dept has been, “an ongoing¬†history of inappropriate and harassing behavior” and that he (Petrelis) “had yelled at me in public before as a result of political disagreements.” That is a bit of an understatement as even we here at The Biscuit have seen Mr. Petrelis with a bullhorn on at least one occasion shouting out at the Supe his ‘disagreements’ over policy, ideology, MUMC, bench removal at Harvey Milk Plaza, the nudity ban, Gay Flag usage, leadership/or lack of leadership and direction of the legacy of the Queer community and it’s politics here in the Castro whose reins now lie in the hands of Mr. Wiener.

This political and legal tug of war will now wind it’s way back through the court as Mr. St. Pierre has said they will fight this charge to the fullest extent. Mr. Petrelis was uncharacteristically mum post hearing allowing his lawyer to do all the talking. We will keep you abreast of the developments as they happen but at the end of this skirmish we are posting a score of Wiener 1, Petrelis 0.

Waiyde Palmer

Waiyde Palmer loves San Francisco, social activism and punk rock(ers). His work has appeared in Handbook Magazine. SF Bay Times, The Advocate, Diseased Pariah News and American Music Press . He also has an extensive and repeatedly redacted FBI file.

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8 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    You got to wonder about anyone who would support Petrellis’s vision of leadership and direction of the Queer community in San Francisco.

    Michael is sick and deranged. Michael has never achieved anything in his life, and is holding on to the real world with a thread. I know Michael will read this, and it will feed his narcissistic personality disorder, grandiose idealizations and mental illness. I would just urge you, Michael to get professional help.

    It’s really sad in the United States we treat every illness but mental illness. We all pay the price for this.

    Waiyde, the Biscuit should no longer report any Petrellis news. It’s the same as laughing at the handicapped or mentally insane.

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    • Waiyde says:

      Joe- as usual your perspective is uniquely ‘Joe-ish’, and, I appreciate your passion & position but I would no more censor Petrelis from posts appearances than I would your comments about him or his choices in life.

      One person’s madman is another’s inspiration. Besides we’re here to report what goes on in the neighborhood and community with as much objectivity as we can muster considering we’re Queer men with far left leanings, a taste for the weird and a desire to remain open to all that makes our fevered corner of the world spin.

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  2. raymond says:

    well you might as well be quoting any of the half-clothed, half-conscious, half-reality-based denizens of Powell Street Station if you are going to suggest that Petrelis is somehow ‘representative’ of any group other than the one that exists in his imagination. seriously. there are activists who are capable of rational. mature arguments articulating queer progressive politics and yet Petrelis manages to grab all the attention. Why? Well, maybe because he is an attention seeker in a town full of enablers.

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    • Waiyde says:

      Raymond-If a half clothed, half conscious, half reality based denizen of anywhere were confronting Wiener we would report that as well and with equal vigor ad it would be, like Petrelis’ is currently, news of the Castro. As for the ‘activist’ moniker-in the definition of the term he meets the qualifications. Do we agree with what he says, his tactics, his approaches or targets? Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

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    • Joe says:

      Well said Raymond.

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  3. WilloSF says:

    He’s gone completely off the rocker. I agree that this is news, but he has clearly become a nut job representative of no one but his own muckraking and delusions. He may have had a point, once upon a time, but stalking politicians at urinals and harassing kids with a bull horn at a Christmas tree lighting trashes any credibility or sympathy. A 5150 one day soon would not surprise me.

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