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Friday, September 24, 2010

San Francisco Gays on Fire on YouTube

Posted By on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 12:30 PM

The Week In Gay

Who says creativity has died in the city that brought us the beat generation (as a matter of fact, Howl -- a story about Allen Ginsburg falling in love -- opens today in San Francisco) and the flower children? Don't forget who built this damn city, people!

Two of San Francisco's blossoming auteurs have been inspired this week. Don't miss your chance to hitch your wagon to their stars (I'm certainly not!).

The ongoing story about the failure of the U.S. Senate to end a filibuster by Sen. John McCain that doomed the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy continues to writhe like an untethered fire hose.

Inspired by McCain's rather Grandpa Simpson-like histrionic and hysterical repetition of the facts that he wishes were true ("We do not go out and seek if people are gay"), San Francisco's very own Sean Chapin puts the words of the desperate, obstinate, rigid old man who LOST the election in 2008 to a funky, funky beat that is irresistible. To wit:

More DADT: On Thursday, the Obama administration filed an objection in federal court in response to the injunction issued against DADT on Sept. 9 declaring the policy unconstitutional. While this filing is NOT notification that the Department of Justice will appeal the decision, some gay legal-minded journalist types parse the language used and see that an appeal is likely.

In other words: "I don't care what you say. I don't care what others say."

A YouTube-based movement (It Gets Better Project) to lend support and encouragement to LGBT youth was launched this week by sex advice columnist, author, and Seattle's alt-weekly news Princess Dan Savage. Following the suicide of a Greensburg, Indiana 15-year old named Billy Lucas, who was harassed by fellow students for being gay, Savage has attracted thousands and thousands of followers to the project aimed at ending the plague of gay related teen suicide.

Inspired by Savage, San Francisco's intrepid freelance journalist Matt Baume has decided to organize the city's gays (good luck with that) to contribute to the It Gets Better Project. This Sunday (which is Sept. 26, no matter what the video says) in the Castro, Baume has arranged a meetup for people interested in contributing to Savage's idea.

Baume's other projects include the ongoing deconstruction of anti-gay political advertisements created by the National Organization for Marriage. The organization that seeks to impose an uneven application of Christian morality (only the gays need to obey; straights can break tradition with impunity) has injected itself into the Minnesota gubernatorial election. NOM uses Martin Luther King, Jr and the right to vote in an ad supporting Tom Emmer for governor and the right for Minnesotans to amend the state constitution against gay marriage.

You may recall that big box retailer Target found itself in hot water for making a campaign contribution to a gay-unfriendly Minnesota gubernatorial candidate. Target wants to open two stores in San Francisco. You may also recall that candidates for San Francisco's Board of Supervisors are unanimous in their opposition to Target being given easy access to the wallets of the gayest city in the universe.

Certainly the candidates from the Castro neighborhood (District 8) agree on that one issue. They may not agree on much else, though. This past week at the LGBT Community Center, a heated debate was held featuring the four candidates for the seat. The Bay Area Reporter wants you to think the "gloves" came off at the debate but this video clip of six minutes of the fray doesn't appear very dramatic. To me, the candidates appear to be knee deep in the hoopla and fully aware that San Francisco was built on rock 'n' roll.

Patrick Connors is an uppity fag who just wants to dance here but someone stole the stage.

Follow him on Twitter at @UppityFag and @TheSnitchSF  

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