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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gayborhood Beat: Rainbow Crosswalks, Laverne Cox Comes to S.F., and Fred Phelps' Death Rattle

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 7:00 AM


As the Snitch reported earlier this week, the Castro is getting a gay makeover, or gaykeover, for the four San Francisco residents who aren't entirely sure what all the rainbow flags, cock ring stores, and alley blow jobs mean. The redesign comes complete with rainbow crosswalks, new trees, wider sidewalks, and a Rainbow Honor Walk, featuring plaques of LGBT notables, like Allen Ginsberg, James Baldwin, and Frida Kahlo. Supervisor Scott Weiner says the project aims to help pedestrian foot traffic, but we think it's really a response to this very important survey that claimed the Mission, and not the Castro, is S.F.'s gayest hood.

If the Castro's reput-gay-tion doesn't excite you, perhaps this will. Orange Is the New Black star and all-around badass Laverne Cox is speaking in San Francisco on March 19 at the Nourse Theater. She'll be talking about how "the intersections of race, class, and gender uniquely affect the lives of trans women of color" and it's sure to be excellent. Tickets start at $25, and for $75 you get to attend a reception with Ms. Cox.

Following on the heels of a study we wrote about a few weeks ago that homophobic people tend to die earlier, Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, of "God hates fags" infamy, is allegedly on his death bed, and was also excommunicated from his church, according to an account from his son, Nathan Phelps.

The Internet, ever thirsty for blood, responded by creating a Fred Phelps Death Watch page on Facebook (now up to 2,000-plus members), memes involving Hitler, cats, and Duck Dynasty, and calls to give Phelps a taste of his own medicine by picketing his funeral, mirroring the WBC practice of protesting funerals of LGBT people, military personnel, and celebrities who run disaster-relief charities, apparently.

While Phelps' actions are objectively despicable and horrifying -- WBC has been condemned as a hate group by organizations like the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center -- we think that emulating any of WBC's practices is probably not the greatest idea. There's probably not going to be a funeral, anyway. So save your pitchforks for the next back-to-the-land artisanal turnip party.

To end on an upswing, the gaymazing comedians at The Gay Women Channel created a parody of the First Kiss video that enchanted millions and then embittered them once they found out it was a clothing ad. GWC's video, called First Gay Hug, asked 15 "homophobic strangers" to hug a gay person for the first time. Watch.

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