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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Facebook Real Names Policy Divides SF Pride Board, Money Wins

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 3:13 PM

Mark Zuckerberg rode a cable car in the 2013 SF Pride Parade - KOBBY DAGAN / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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  • Mark Zuckerberg rode a cable car in the 2013 SF Pride Parade

Facebook will be allowed to sponsor and march in the San Francisco Pride Parade this year, despite its refusal to change the "real name" policy that drag queens and trans people say discriminates against them. The reason Pride is turning its back on the portion of its community affected by Facebook's policy? According to the San Francisco Examiner, all it took was a phone call from Mark Zuckerberg himself and the promise of sponsorship dollars. 

San Francisco drag queens have led a campaign against Facebook's name policy since last year, when Facebook began a mass deletion of profiles of people who use aliases—many of them drag performers, trans people, domestic violence survivors, and others who don't want to use their legal name for a variety of reasons. 

A meeting between Facebook and drag queens last fall did not resolve the issue, and the activists launched a petition this spring calling for Facebook to be barred from the New York and San Francisco Pride parades. The petition has garnered over 2000 signatures, and nearly 1000 people have signed up (on Facebook of course) to protest at the company's Menlo Park campus next Monday. 

But according to the Examiner, a personal call from Mark Zuckerberg to the Pride board's executive director president Gary Virginia helped push him to vote to allow Facebook into the parade. The vote was 5-4. 

The Examiner obtained draft minutes from the board meeting, which took place on May 17. Those minutes are provided in full below, but here are some highlights (all quotes are from the draft minutes, not a direct transcription of what was said):

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Why Do So Many Left-Wing, Gender-Nonconforming Queers Love Disney?

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LGBT people love Disney enough that a Florida anti-gay group flies planes over the Magic Kingdom, so that all decent people know to come back some other time. - TOWLEROAD.COM
  • LGBT people love Disney enough that a Florida anti-gay group flies planes over the Magic Kingdom, so that all decent people know to come back some other time.

For decades, the Walt Disney Company has been one of the most powerful influences on childhood development, shaping young minds from a very early age. It's cute that we all remember the lyrics to those fairytale songs still today, Disney is still a very conservative force when it comes to gender roles. Even parents who swear they won't stop their daughters from playing with trucks are resigned when those same girls embark on the pink princess phase, thanks to Disney and Barbie.

Since the world is still bursting with homophobic and transphobic media representation — extending even to the current cover of Science Magazine — you’d think that many LGBT people (in particularly, those queer, lefty types) would have a huge problem with Disney and its normativity.

But in many cases, they don’t.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence Swear to God There Will Be a Second Coming of Hunky Jesus

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 8:30 AM

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In an upsetting turn of events this Easter, the Sisterhood's annual Hunky Jesus contest was cancelled, thanks to a holy (and long overdue) downpour.

Easter in San Francisco includes a contest with stripped-down savior impersonators strutting their beards and robes in Dolores Park following the Easter egg hunt and bonnet contest hosted by the order of queer nuns.

But this year, the sisters say, the sky burst open immediately after the bonnet contest and soggy mayhem ensued. The Hunky Jesus hopefuls were forced to hide their abs under raincoats, and the revelers headed home to sleep off their Easter buzz.

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Hunky Jesus Contest in Dolores Park

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to Perform a Trash Exorcism on Dolores Park for Easter

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to Perform a Trash Exorcism on Dolores Park for Easter

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM

This doesn't exactly make you hungry for lunch now does it?
  • This doesn't exactly make you hungry for lunch now does it?

As you adults already know, Easter isn't just about chocolate bunnies, it's also about queer nuns.

Although the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence -- who formed their queer sisterhood on that sacred Sunday in 1979 -- are always devoted to helping the community (even if it means crashing conservatives' dinner parties), they're getting extra dirty this weekend with plans to clean up the popular, and thus, trashed Dolores Park in honor of Jesus' resurrection.

See Also: Photos of the Sisters Crashing Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Dinner in SF

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Monday, October 22, 2012

San Francisco Has Some of the Gayest Buildings in America

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:04 PM


Recently, California Home+Design decided to honor gay and lesbian history by creating a gallery of the "Gayest Buildings in America." No, the buildings themselves aren't gay, but they do hold special meaning for our LGBT community. 

Inspired by the panel "If These "Walls Could Talk," the gallery focuses on buildings that represent a special place in time and space. Much of the history of the LGBT community is unknown because for so long it was illegal for gays to gather in public -- thus, some historic sites remain in the closet. 

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Alleged Cock Ring Patrol Upsets Castro Nudists

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 3:50 PM

What is annoying is trying to get a drink in the Castro
  • What is annoying is trying to get a drink in the Castro

Believe it or not, being a nudist doesn't always make for a liberating life.

Just ask the naked folks of the Castro, who claim San Francisco cops are on unofficial "Cock Ring Patrol" in the Castro, which is exactly what it sounds like: cops cracking down on nudists wearing cock rings.

Mitch Hightower, a local nudist, says in an e-mail to SF Weekly that cock-ring-wearing exhibitionists "frequenting the area report that either a duo or trio of cops approach selected male nudists and inform them that wearing cock rings draws undue attention to the genitals, and is therefore, under the law, considered to be lewd conduct." He went on to say that those nudists were told they would have to register as sex offenders if they are busted with the sex toy in public.

Obviously, we wanted to know more. So we contacted SFPD, which tried its best to explain the very fine line between laying around naked and wearing a cock ring in public, especially if it's used to arouse the penis.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Marijuana Is Career Poison for Olympic Athletes Who Are Not Named Michael Phelps

Posted By on Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Stephany Lee
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While he never raced against Jim Thorpe in the decathlon and never competed against the color barrier, American swimmer Michael Phelps can nonetheless lay claim to the title of most decorated Olympian. His 22 medals won over three separate games allow him this.

Judo practitioner Nicholas Delpopolo is no Michael Phelps. Nor is wrestler Stephany Lee. However, both of Phelps' once-and-former fellow members of Team USA have something in common, aside from residence on the Olympic Village: They've all used marijuana.

Of course, Phelps did not test positive for pot prior -- or following -- his feats in the pool. Delpopolo turned up marijuana-positive on July 30, the day he finished seventh in judo, and Lee tested dirty in April, costing her the trip to London.

And also of course, nothing would have happened had any of these athletes turned up for a drug test blind drunk.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Eliminating the "Crazy" Stigma, One Photograph at a Time

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 4:01 PM

A local grassroots nonprofit launched a new campaign last month to eliminate the stigma that still shrouds mental health.

The "Stomp Out Stigma" campaign, also referred to as the SOS campaign, is spearheaded by a locally based organization, Youth In Mind. Through the campaign, the group hopes to influence dialogues about mental health, specifically focusing on discrimination youth face from providers and community members.

According to Youth In Mind president, Susan Manzi, it all began with one photograph. One of the group's primary organizers posted a snapshot of himself in his office cubicle holding a sign with his name and diagnosis, OCD. It wasn't long before other youth followed suite, unveiling themselves publicly in a world that values "normalcy" and "hegemony."

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Bay Area Gay Dog Owners: Will Someone Please Throw Them a Bone?

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 7:45 AM

At the very least you should buy this album
  • At the very least you should buy this album
Only hours remain until the group Bay Area Gay Dog Owners disappears forever.

The group's name alone has kept us asking the same question: Are the dogs gay, or just the dog owners? After a cursory investigation, we learned that, in many cases, owners were honestly convinced their canines were barking up the same tree.

How sweet.

But this quirky group of dog lovers has been leaderless for several weeks now, and is warning the group that it could be shut down if no one steps up as organizer. Yesterday, members were alerted by e-mail that they had 24 hours to find a leader or risk losing this social outlet for gay pups.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" HBO Documentary: Free Premiere Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM


Next Tuesday is a big day for gay and lesbian members of the armed forces. But HBO documentary filmmakers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey want to celebrate a little early -- with the world premiere of their documentary, The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't

Tell, tonight at the Castro Theatre at 7.

The two filmmakers -- who have made almost two dozen other documentaries for HBO -- will be in attendance at tonight's free-but-with-limited-seating event, along with documentary subject Aaron Belkin of SFSU and state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).

The film will air twice on HBO, with the next showing on Sept. 20 -- the day that the ban on gays serving in the military will be repealed. The repeal was signed into law last December, but hasn't been implemented yet.

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