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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Year in Gay, 2010 Edition

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Honorary mentions in 2010

Newt Gingrich's ex-wife (one of many) telling secrets, Kelsey Grammer engaged to No. 4 before being divorced from No. 3, and who can forget Jesse James cheating on Sandra Bullock and getting caught 10 days after she won the Academy Award.

Those people really put the "hole" in holy matrimony this year.

Married lesbian superhero Ellen Degeneres "doesn't like our country" according to a contestant on Family Feud.

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Constance McMillen getting ready for the prom her school nixed

Gay youth in 2010

A teenager from Mississippi, Constance McMillen, was cheated out of her high school prom by conniving parents who arranged a decoy prom to preserve the heterosexual integrity of the high school of privilege.

 An outbreak of suicides among gay teenagers erupted this fall bringing attention to the effects of bullying and harassment that many young LGBT people face. Anti-gay hate group Focus on the Family appeared on CNN to discourage gay-friendly outreach in schools. Fortunately, people like Dan Savage aren't afraid to take CNN to task for promoting bigotry by giving hate groups a platform to spew their propaganda. Savage is the founder of the It Gets Better Project, a website collection of videos launched this year to help give queer youth support and encouragement.  

San Francisco contributed (with some help from Matt Baume) to the It Gets Better Project. 

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Judge Vaughn Walker, possible future grand marshal here in S.F.
San Francisco in 2010

The first statewide celebration of Harvey Milk Day happened in late May and I thought it sucked. Nancy Pelosi robotically addressed the gathered throng in attendance at the SF Pride celebration. The SF Pride committee lost both its executive director and the board president after months of budget woes. Only one new gay - Scott Wiener in District 8 -- was elected to the Board of Supervisors.

A horrible big-box retailer -- Target -- is slated to move into San Francisco even though the chain's executives contributed $150,000 to support a Republican candidate in Minnesota who hangs out with a rabidly anti-gay group. The redevelopment agency doesn't have a problem with helping Target fund anti-gay candidates. There's no conflict of interest there, right? 

Conflicts of interest in San Francisco in 2010

The Human Rights Campaign announced that it is going to move into the storefront that used to be Harvey Milk's camera shop.

Prop. 8 in 2010

San Francisco hosted the federal challenge to Prop. 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. The trial began Jan. 11, 2010, lasted a couple weeks, then went on hiatus until June. Judge Vaugn Walker was was "outed" by the Chronicle during the hiatus. That didn't stop him from having dinner with a mystery date in the Castro, or completely trashing Prop. 8. And it certainly didn't stop him from retiring after the hoopla.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeal is mulling what to make of his decision at this very moment.

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The Year of Jimmy
Last and not least, the Uppity Fag of the Year:

James Franco! No, he's not gay but he makes me want to be a better gay. Whether he's talking about how often he masturbates or portraying Alan Ginsburg in Howl or observing a sex act between two men to get into a role, James Franco does a better job of being a gay guy than most gay guys I know. If he really is a straight guy, all that gay bravado makes him one hell of an uppity fag. Because of that he is the uppity fag of 2010.

Patrick Connors is an uppity fag who basks in the shadow of James Franco.

Follow him on Twitter at @UppityFag and @SFWeekly
 
 

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